It’s International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March and this year, we’ve collaborated with our charity partners The Girls’ Network to raise awareness and funds for the inspiring and empowering work they do in raising aspirations of 14-19 girls and young women from the least advantaged communities in the UK.
The International Women’s Day 2019 campaign theme of #BalanceforBetter is focused on driving gender balance across the world.
On Wednesday 6th March, we’ll be holding our Tribe meet ups up and down the country – and they’ll be focusing on the #IWD19 theme.
And in true Sisterhood spirit..
We’ve collaborated with Allbright and ForwardLadies two other leading Female Focused organisations doing incredible things to drive Gender Balance.
On the 6th March, our Founder and CEO CatherineAstaLabbett will be taking part in a LIVE panel discussion with ForwardLadies.
And on IWD itself, Catherine will be in London at Allbright leading a panel discussion on ‘spinning a side hustle’ along with members of the GTG team.
In partnership with The Girls’ Network
The Girls’ Network mission is to inspire and empower girls from the least advantaged communities by connecting them with a mentor and a network of professional female role models. Girls can face multiple barriers in the classroom such as a lack of confidence, pressure to conform or a lack of role models.
Established in 2013, The Girls’ Network now works with more than 1,000 girls each year through the mentoring programme and 100% (in 2018) reported feeling much more confident, with 89% of teachers saying the girls were more resilient and self-motivated.
6th March Girl Tribe Gang meetups…
We have some incredible #powerhours planned with 100s and 100s and 100s of women coming together ALL on the same night to celebrate being a woman in 2019 AND to shine a light on the need to drive gender balance.
…in locations right across the UK
BATH, 6th Mar
BEACONSFIELD, 6th Mar
BISHOP’S STORTFORD, 6th Mar
BIRMINGHAM, 6th Mar
BRIGHTON, 6th Mar
BRISTOL, 6th Mar
CAMBRIDGE, 6th Mar
CHESTER, 6th Mar
DERBY, 6th Mar
HARROGATE, 6th Mar
GODALMING, 6th Mar
ILKLEY, 6th Mar
LEEDS, 6th Mar
LEWES, 6th Mar
MAIDENHEAD & WINDSOR, 6th Mar
MAIDSTONE, 6th Mar
NORTH LONDON, 6th Mar
READING, 6th Mar
SEVENOAKS, 6th Mar
SOUTH LONDON, 6th Mar
STOURBRIDGE, 6th Mar
SUTTON COLDFIELD, 6th Mar
TUNBRIDGE WELLS, 6th Mar
WAKEFIELD, 6th Mar
YORK, 6th Mar
Take a look at the full details of your nearest Tribe and if you’re not yet a member, book a guest ticket, by exploring our Tribe Locations…
With inspiring and fist pumping empowering Power Hours from a huge range of amazing speakers..
We’ve got Fiercely Brave stories that will be shared, along with talks on Gender Equality and Balance, Ambition, Panel Discussions, The Power of Community over Competition, and a whole lot more – all followed by our signature relaxed connecting in some rather gorgeous venues, in the very heart of your community.
We’re supporting The Girls’ Network ‘Call to Action’ too, and here’s how you can get involved…
We’re asking everyone:
“What would YOU say to your teenage self?”
Research shows that only 1/3 of teenage girls feel positive about themselves and their futures. Help us inspire girls in the UK this #IWD19 by thinking back to your own experience: What have you overcome? Was anything not worth worrying about? What do you wish someone had told you?
Share a short video or a few sentences with us and let us know!
You can do this by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org between now and March 8th, or by posting on your Instagram or stories on the day and tagging us.
Make sure you use the #DearTeenageMe #GirlTribeGang
Plus we’ve launched our Fiercely Brave special edition T-Shirts, with £5 from every sale going to The Girls’ Network
Months of hard work and effort has gone into making this happen with our special project leads TracyAnnJames and AnisaLewis working with TheGirls’ Network to make an impact.
Along with BethKirk and MelanieEilers who have advised on the social impact and strategy of this campaign.
And AmyVictoriaGoodall our HQ Design Queen collaborating with us on our Fiercely Brave charity tees.
I personally want to say THANKYOU as without your support this wouldn’t have been possible.
We’d LOVE for you to get involved, and get your friends/sisters/BFFs involved with our Call to Action and show your support at our meet ups on 6th March. Help us support the work of The Girls’ Network, and to champion and celebrate being a woman in 2019.
Stephanie Hirst – Ilkley Tribe
We are delighted to welcome one of the UK’s biggest radio stars, Stephane Hirst, for our special IWD19 meetup on 6th March. Stephanie will be holding a live Q&A panel, where she’ll be sharing her incredible story and discussing the advice she would give to her teenage self.
Emily Brooks – Bristol Tribe
On the 6th March, we’ll be joined by Emily Brooks, award-winning designer of cards & gifts available in Liberty, Paperchase, Oliver Bonas, Urban Outfitters. Emily will be sharing her thoughts about Female Ambition and why it’s so important to have faith in our own to tie in with #IWD19’s theme of driving gender balance.
Fighting Shame – Leeds Tribe
In Leeds, we’ll be hosting a POWER HOUR of 5 #FiercelyBrave women sharing their stories. Five women who are truly making a difference in Leeds for the most disadvantaged communities. This is about hidden poverty, hidden impacts, and the increasing inequalities faced. Hidden Poverty means hidden and wasted potential, as well as inequality of opportunity.
These 5 women are the stars of the Critically Acclaimed, Guardian commissioned documentary ‘Fighting Shame’. These women need a platform, and we hope as many women as possible can join us at our meet up on the 6th to support them as they share their stories.
Helen Farmer – Bath Tribe
Our #powerhour this month embraces our theme of creating gender balance and we are delighted to welcome Helen Farmer, founder of Voice By Volume who will join our Tribe Boss, Karen Cook, to be help us explore how female business owners might unwittingly be setting their own glass ceilings.
We’ll also be looking at how we can be more #fiercelybrave in our businesses and also looking at what we’d have loved our teenage selves to have known as part of our work to support The Girls’ Network.
Maidenhead & Windsor Tribe Panel
Join us in support of the incredible charity, The Girls Network, with a panel discussion to share and debate our experiences of how guilt uniquely affects women and its impact on gender balance. Our panelists are Adele Williams, reflexologist and energy practitioner, Katrina Fitzgerald, recruitment specialist and Kia Bing-Davies, counsellor and coach.
We’ll be taking part in The Girls’ Network’s national #dearteenageme campaign and sharing our advice to our teenage selves to help future generations of business women to keep driving gender balance in the workplace in a sustainable and enriching way.