Over time, International Women’s Day has evolved and now each year, thousands of events are held throughout the world to recognise the progress that has been made, to inspire women and to celebrate their achievements.
You are invited to join us to celebrate women’s achievements locally, nationally and internationally.
A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day.
We can choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements.
Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.
From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge.
Will you #ChooseToChallenge?
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Hosted by Sabah, Vice-President of Future Faces, hear from three inspirational women joining as our guest speakers.
Satnam Rana-Grindley, Head of Communications at Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and a former BBC Correspondent.
She is on a career break from the BBC where she worked for 21 years up until last summer but she’s never too far away from her passion – storytelling.
Satnam was born and brought up in Wolverhampton . Her interest in a career in the media and story-telling started when she was very young. She founded and edited the school newspaper and as a teenager she arranged work experience at local radio stations. She went on to study at Lancaster University where she completed a French and History Joint Honours degree. She graduated in 1999 and started her career at BBC Radio 5Live as a researcher where she worked for just under two years. Satnam joined the Midlands Today team as a trainee journalist in 2002. She presented a weekly radio show on BBC WM called ‘Midlands Masala’ and has also presented on the digital radio station BBC.
Mrs. Sheila Brown OBE, Chief Executive of Newlife the Charity. Born in 1956 and raised in a rural community in Staffordshire, Sheila has been the Chief Executive of Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children (since its establishment in 1991. Having first tasted the world of business at the age of 12 by selling bananas in a local market, Sheila drew on years of experience to set up a unique retail outlet, which recycles surplus and unwanted stock from some of the leading High Street retailers including Marks & Spencer and River Island in order to raise vital funds for the charity.
Sheila’s leadership has enabled Newlife to become a multi-million pound business and an invaluable partner for a wide range of High Street clients.
Sarah Folley, Critical Care Paramedic at Midlands Air Ambulance. Sarah started training to be a Paramedic at the age of 18. At a time when her friends were experiencing university or traveling the world, Sarah was witnessing the very raw reality of life and death on the front line. In 1997 she entered the male dominated world of the ambulance service, fast forwards 24 years, its pleasing to see that the tables have turned to more an equal gender mix within the workforce.
This year we will be supporting Period Poverty: Up to 85,000 women and girls may be at risk of period poverty because of their financial circumstances, stigma or a lack of understanding of menstrual health, according to a new report. The National Strategy for Women and Girls said yesterday women with addictions, homeless women, those in long-term accommodation like direct provision, and women in abusive or controlling relationships are most at risk of period poverty. (The Times) we will be requesting all our attendees of the event support by purchasing through a link that will be provided.
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