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International Women's Day 2012

International Women's Day 2012

International Women's Day 2012

International Women's Day 2012

March 8th marked International Women's Day and Cherie took part in a series of celebrations this year which began with the Join Me on the Bridge Event on Millennium Bridge, organised jointly by Women for Women International, Google and Equals Coalition as well as her own Foundation for Women.

Now in its third year, the Join Me on the Bridge campaign began in 2010 when women from DRC and Rwanda met together on the bridge connecting their two countries, showing that they could build the bridges of peace. This action sparked a massive global movement, and last year they were joined by thousands of other people on hundreds of bridges worldwide.

The Join Me on the Bridge campaign urges women around the world to unite in building connections between each other and this year there were 215 events in 59 countries and on all 7 continents. This included a ceremony on the border between Rwanda and DRC, where it all began, in which a tree was planted in each country, symbolising peace and sustainable development for both countries. In South Sudan about 1,500 women, men and children followed a peace band across the Kubur William Bridge, which was entitled 'Women are peace makers - involve them', whilst in Pakistan men and women gathered together on the Red Bridge in Kaipur. There were also over 70 events across the UK, and people gathered on bridges across the US too, from Brooklyn Bridge to Golden Gate in San Francisco

Following a march from the Millenium Bridge to the South Bank alongside hundreds of other women including Helen and Laura Pankhurst, great granddaughter and great great granddaughter of Emmeline, Cherie then took part in the Women in the World Festival at the Royal Festival Hall, which was put together by Jude Kelly OBE; Artistic Director of the South Bank Centre. WOW is an annual festival (now in its second year) that presents, recognises and celebrates women, and is held in London, Baltimore and Brisbane.
Cherie kicked off the speed mentoring event on International Women's Day, held by her Foundation for Women, who then participated with a mentoring stall on Friday and Saturday at the Festival.

She ended her day at the Women: Inspirations and Enterprise Event where she was presented the Humanitarian Award. The WIE Symposium is a conference designed to inspire and empower women, and the event brings together prominent leaders from the worlds of politics, business, fashion, philanthropy, media, entertainment and the arts, in a full day of panels, workshops, master classes and an awards ceremony.

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