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Be Bold for Change on International Women’s Day

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Be Bold for Change on International Women’s Day

21st February 2017
International Women’s Day is a global event which celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

To honour the contribution made by women, Caritas Anchor House has organised a reception on Friday 10 March 2017 in partnership with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and the Newham Chamber of Commerce.

The theme of the event is Be Bold for Change, and will see Caritas Anchor House patron and ITV News journalist Julie Etchingham chair a panel of successful women, including actress and singer Anita Dobson, best known for her role as Angie Watts in Eastenders, and Debbie Brown, a resident of Caritas Anchor House who has rebuilt her life after a period of homelessness. Also on the panel will be Claire Burlison Green, CEO of the fast-growing Clubbercise, and Dr Carrie Dunn, a sports journalist and academic.

The reception comes at a time when new research shows female rough sleepers are at a growing risk of harm. Nearly one in four have been sexually assaulted in the past year, whilst nearly six in ten have been intimidated or threatened with violence.

At Caritas Anchor House, we offer a home and life-changing support to homeless people, and last year helped over 60 women (25% of our resident group) to rebuild their lives, some of whom have mental health needs or have experienced domestic abuse. Through tailored and holistic support, we aim to empower all of our residents to identify their strengths, achieve their best, grow in confidence and lead independent, self-fulfilling lives.

Linda Maytum-Wilson, Caritas Anchor House Deputy Chief Executive, said “We’re holding an International Women’s Day reception to celebrate the achievements of women.

“I hope that our event will raise the awareness needed to help drive positive change, and recognise the achievements of women from all different walks of life, including those who have been able to turn traumatic experiences into opportunities for growth.”

The reception commences at 7:30am with breakfast and networking, and the Q&A session will run from 8:30-9:30am, with networking opportunities until 10am. The event is being held at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, 65 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1HS.

If you would like to attend, please email communications@caritasanchorhouse.org.uk. Space is limited and places will go on a first-come first-served basis.

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