Monday, 09 March 2020 15:45

East Anglia Women in Business - International Women’s Day 2020 Featured

East Anglia Women in Business International Women’s Day 2020 East Anglia Women in Business International Women’s Day 2020

Our Director, Emma Smith and Business Development Manager, Naomi Sherwood attended an International Women’s Day 2020 Event Sponsored by local solicitors (Ward Gethin Archer) ( on Monday 9th March. The event was opened by the Mayoress of Downham Market, Becky Haynes and featured Headline Speakers (Rania Kurdi), Actress, Singer and Transformation Coach ( along with Jo Reynolds, the 1st Female Firefighter in the UK. The event at Downham Market Town Hall also enabled Local Female Entrepreneurs to host stalls showcasing their businesses allowing for lots of networking opportunities with over 50 other ladies from the local area.

Mayoress Becky Haynes opened the event, in her speech she shared how she was the first female Mayoress to hold the position and work full-time. Rania Kurdhi, Transformation Coach, Actress and Singer gave an inspiring talk about positivity. She recommended reflecting on 5 things we are grateful for each night before going to bed to enable the flow of positive thoughts. She read a fabulous poem entitled “Be a Lady they Said” (

Jo Haynes, the UK’s 1st Female Firefighter shared with the group her insightful journey as a 17-year-old training to be a firefighter in a predominately man’s world. She has attracted a lot of media attention and has written a book about her experiences.

International Women’s Day is a celebration of women’s achievements, increasing visibility, while calling out inequality. International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women - while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender equality. We were delighted to be part of such a celebration of the achievements of Women.

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