Launch of GO Girls for International Women's Day
On Tuesday 8 March thirty year 7 and 8 girls took part in a speed networking event with local self-made business women; Maia Orme, Galia Orme, Katie Light, Georgia Rooney, Elif Köse and Nicky from Mumpreneurs. The students were able to meet each woman in turn and ask questions about their career choices and how they came to be running their own businesses.
Galia, founder of Choc Chick said “Thank you so much for organising such a wonderful event. I know all of the women involved were very inspired by the students we met and we are keen
to continue this relationship and programme events more regularly. There are many business women keen to help out and I am Looking forward to developing the #GoGirls! mentoring programme together with BACA.”
International Women's Day has marked the plight and achievements of women for more than a century. An annual "international women's day" was first organised by the German socialist and theorist Clara Zetkin along with 100 delegates from 17 countries in March 1911. When it first began, women were demanding that they be given the right to vote - which they received in Britain in 1918 but just last year in Saudi Arabia - to hold public office and to be given equal employment rights as men.
Today, when only a fifth of parliamentary seats are held by women and only 19 heads of state out of a possible 196 are women - only seven more women than 20 years ago - there is much progress still to be made.Women are also predicted to face another 118-year wait for the gender pay gap to close, with only 55 of the 500 richest people in the world being women.
BACA continues to work hard to support all students to reach their fullest potential and to believe they can. This networking event was a great way to focus on just a small group of students to mark this annual day with the support of local inspirational women. We aim to grow this programme to reach more students and work with the Go Girls network to demonstrate what is possible for BACA students.