I had the great privilege of attending the Women Appreciating Women awards. The event is a celebration of women that are positively contributing to society. I was nominated by a lovely lady for the work I have been doing over the last decade, empowering survivors of childhood sexual abuse. I have never won an award before. Women Appreciating Women is my first one.
Over 100 women of different races, nationalities and backgrounds attended the event. Some women travelled from their home countries to be present. We were all offered the opportunity to be interviewed on camera. When it was my turn I was nervous. Nevertheless, I completed the interview and I enjoyed the lovely drinks reception afterwards.
Doctor Pauline Long, is Founder of Women Appreciating Women and a Philanthropist. It is clear from many conversations had during the course of the evening, that she is highly respected and well thought of. Moreover, her passion for empowering women was evident in her speech. The theme for this year awards was ‘she must-win’.
Dr Long encouraged us as women to push through challenges and be the best we can be. Dr Long interviewed a selection of different women. She asked them to make a difference. Each story was unique, but a common theme stood out; a desire for change. Adversity, hardship, discrimination and injustice was significant in their vision to achieve extraordinary things. It was truly inspirational.
I had a lovely three-course meal. Besides receiving my lovely award. The D.J played some great throwback music (80’s Madonna and Whitney, I loved it!). Through conversation, I learned women are making a difference through a range of interesting careers. I met a Councillor and award-winning Indian drummer.
The atmosphere was really special. I left the event feeling proud and inspired to continue to do great things. Indeed, the event reminded me of why it is important that we are celebrated. I am a proverbs 31 woman: a wife, mother and businesswoman. Also, I am a leader and a world changer. My gender does not define my potential. Nor will I allow other peoples limitations define me. So, therefore, I will continue to dream big and fly high. After all, she must-win.