Championing equality at women's day

More than 100 women attended an event at Ribby Hall Village to honour the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of females.

Tuesday, 15th March 2016, 1:56 pm
Updated Tuesday, 15th March 2016, 2:01 pm
International Women's Day conference at Ribby Hall. Pictured are Emma Fisher, Ann Hallmark and Natalie Hughes.

The day was organised by Pink Link Ladies Networking to mark International Women’s Day and had the theme Pledge for Parity.

There were two guest speakers who told about their own personal journeys to help inspire other women.

Jen Blackwell, from Preston, was born with Downs Syndrome and expresses herself through dance. She set up the DanceSyndrome Company with her mum Sue, which helps people with learning disabilities realise their dreams and further their dancing skills.

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She managed to raise the atmosphere by getting all the ladies off their seats dancing and joining in with her.

Holly Moore told guests how she became the very successful founder of Make Events, working with celebrities from around the world.

Both women showed their passion for what they do, and how their determination helped them overcome obstacles in order to get where they are today.

Statistics show that women make up 51 per cent of population but only 17 per cent of business owners are female – and men are twice as likely to start a business as women.

Holding events like these aims to help raise awareness of female enterprise.

Coral Horn, managing director of Pink Link, said: “There is still a long way to go to ensure each individual has a voice.

“I think a job should be given to the right person, regardless whether they’re male or female. We should champion equality for all.”