Brent celebrates women’s achievements during ‘inspirational’ event


Brent Housing Partnership (BHP) and Brent Council celebrated the achievements of women during International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8 March with some inspiring speeches and performances.Paulette

“Be Bold for Change” was the theme of the day and the special event at the Civic Centre featured entertainment, inspiring speakers, information stalls including local women’s groups and charities, campaigns for women and girls and confidence boosting workshops. The festivities kicked off with a speech by host, actor, motivational speaker and life coach Paulette Harris-German (pictured), highlighting how drive and determination has helped her to succeed and her ambition to one day win an Oscar.

Paulette said: "It was great to see everyone participating full-heartedly in my 'Motivate and Aspire' workshop session at the Brent Council 'International Women's Day' event which was sponsored by BHP. Thank you all for the opportunity! 

Carolyn Downs, Brent Council’s Chief Executive, told her story of growing up on a deprived Manchester estate through to her successful career in local government with the pitfalls and sexism she has faced. There were further speeches by a variety of people including Sujata Aurora from the Grunwick 40 exhibition who spoke about the Asian women who went on strike at a film processing plant in Dollis Hill and a demonstration on Japanese kimono.

Chisa Egwurugwu, BHP Community Engagement Officer, said: “It was an inspirational and enjoyable event that had the international theme reflected in the programme.”