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Birgu – and its remarkable women of the past

A tour of the oldest maritime city in Grand Harbour will show what it was like to be a woman living in this area during the time of the Knights.

Women’s histories in Birgu, the oldest maritime city in Grand Harbour, will be the subject of a tour by environment NGO Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar, which aims to bring the past to life.

Remarkable Women of Early Modern Birgu will lead participants on a journey back in time, merging history and drama.

By focusing on thought-provoking female narratives, participants will be informed about what it was like to be a woman living in the harbour area during the time of the Knights.

“When we look at the past, we are looking at people like us who often faced challenges and responded to them with the knowledge and skills they had within their social, economic and political environment,” FAA said.

“Whether it is witchcraft, religious matters, married life, or the working environment, both men and women dealt with daily life hurdles, sometimes successfully and sometimes less so,” it continued.

FAA does not receive government grants; its work to protect heritage and quality of life and its free informative events are wholly funded by memberships and attendance at its tours.

Remarkable Women of Early Modern Birgu will be held on May 25 at 6pm, with tour guide Roberta Briffa.

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