Sunday, 22 October 2017


International Women’s Day 2017 (Uist and Benbecula)

Published on 20 Mar 2017

2017-03-20 - IWD 2017 - Groggary Lodge Isle of South Uist

Participants at International Women’s Day 2017, held in Groggary Lodge, South Uist.


International Women's Day is a day to celebrate the achievements of all women throughout the world.  This year Uist and Benbecula celebrated the achievement of older women with an event aimed at ‘Celebrating the Cailleach’, which is a Gaelic affectionate term for an older woman.

This event, held on 8th March in Groggary Lodge, South Uist, brought together women to celebrate and share the wit, wisdom, grace and grit of growing older.

In total there was  1834 years of knowledge and experience between all the ‘cailleachs’ who attended, which made for a fun, energised and joyful event.

Norma Neill, Chair of the Uist & Barra Planning Group, said, “It was a wonderful event designed to give women from many different nationalities and backgrounds a chance to get together to support each other through the ageing process and in ‘Having the Time of their Lives!’

“I would like to thank the NHS Western Isles’ Health Promotion team and my colleagues on the planning group for all their efforts in making the event so successful.  We look forward to being involved in some of the spin-offs that will come from the day.”

Isabel Steele, NHS Western Isles’ Senior Health Improvement Officer, said “It was a pleasure to work with so many talented women in such a creative way. The day identified issues for us to address and many reasons for us celebrating growing old.

“One fun workshop on the menopause taught us about many things and through sharing their stories, the women gave valuable hints and tips in surviving this stage in life which we can share with other women.”