The power of women is celebrated at Waterlooville church service

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HUNDREDS of people are expected to gather for a service aimed at stopping the discrimination and persecution of women around the world.

A service will take place at the Sacred Heart and St Peter the Apostle Church in London Road, Waterlooville, from 2pm on Friday for the Women’s World Day of Prayer.

The hour-long service has been arranged by all the churches in the Waterlooville area and is interdenominational. However, people do not have to be affiliated to a religion to attend.

Hundreds of other services will be taking place across the globe at the same time.

Elizabeth White, one of the organisers, said: ‘A different country is chosen every year to prepare the service and this year it’s Malaysia.

‘It’s all about giving power to women. The theme of the service this year is “Let Justice Prevail”.

‘We support women who are discriminated against in education and employment.

‘We are a voice for women across the world.’

There will be a collection at the service and refreshments.