Inspiring Women 2017

Ealing Women’s Forum and Gunnersbury Park Museum joined forces to celebrate the achievements of some Inspiring Women to mark International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8th March.

The women were nominated by family, colleagues or friends and 9 were selected to be photographed and included on banners that will be displayed at the Gunnersbury Park children’s play area throughout the month and possibly will be displayed in other parks across Ealing during the rest of the year.

More than 50 people travelled from far and wide to celebrate the launch which was also attended by actress, Emilia Fox who gave certificates to all the women or members of their family.

Jackie Sear, Ealing Women’s Forum Chair, said ‘ This is the third year that we have been able to mark International Women’s day in some way through partnerships and co-operation and very little money- something women do well!”

All the women celebrated had overcome challenges, broken down barriers, given a huge amount of their time :
– Michelle Bailey of EASE (community development)
– Bozena Laskiewicz, surgeon (health)
– Shelagh Hunt, pianist (musician & educator – posthumously)
– Sally O’Connor (wheelchair access campaigner)
– Jessica Huntley (social and political activist – posthumously)
– Leena Gade, race engineering (Formula One)
– Michele Stodart, musician and educator (The Magic Numbers)
– Jill Saward, campaigner on behalf of survivors of sexual assault (posthumously)
– Carlene Bender, businesswoman (Contactus – magazines promoting Ealing businesses, and Ealing Business Expo & Networking Festival 2017)

Other nominees
– Judy Wellington (education and community)
– Dominique Morgan (Hanwell Community Centre)

  • Karen Marewood-Jones (nurse and volunteering)
  • Debroah Bell (magistrate and volunteering)

Ellie Lewis-Nunes of Gunnersbury Park Museum said We are proud of this event and the women highlighted as it is part of the development of the People and Places gallery that will be at Gunnersbury Park Museum”

Louise Morgan, local photographer who took pictures of most of the nominated women ‘this was a wonderful project to be involved in’

The Inspring Women event was part of a programme of activities including sports, fundraising events, conferences, and training to mark International Women’s Day 2017. For more information regarding Ealing Women’s Forum

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