Inspiring Women

In this section, we will write about inspiring women from around the world and from all walks of life – women who have walked through their fears to follow their dreams, women who have shown incredible courage in trying circumstances, women who have faced addictions or situations of loss and have come out the other side. There’ll be stories about inspirational social entrepreneurs, charity workers, activists and campaigners. Please write in with suggestions of women you would like to champion or with your own story.

I know so many inspiring women, I’m not sure where to start. I mentioned a few in my Just As I Am blog and I’ve met more since. Here’s a taster of the kind of people I’d like to feature here:

  • Caroline Marsh, property developer and motivational speaker who appeared on Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire
  • Sonia Brown MBE, founder of the National Black Women’s Network and its social networking site SistaTalk
  • Camila Batmanghelidjh, founder and director of children’s charity Kids Company
  • Heather Costaras, a South African social entrepreneur, writer, singer, artist, designer, mother and all round passionate woman who founded the fantastic Beautiful Life Project
  • Christine Garde, executive director of New York-based non-profit Could You?, an organisation that takes professionals on a week-long immersion trip to Mozambique to help them discover how they can use their unique gifts and talents to impact poverty.
  • Tracey Webster, Africa director of Could You? and an inspirational social entrepreneur who was a founding member of South Africa’s Starfish Greathearts Foundation that supported 22,000 orphaned and vulnerable children across the country.
  • Servane Mouazan, managing director of Ogunte, a social innovations development company focused on women-led ventures. Ogunte’s website features a host of inspirational women who are following their dreams and having a positive impact on society at the same time and I hope to feature some of their stories here.
  • Clare Dakin, a passionate environmentalist and founder of TreeSisters, a campaign to harness women’s collective power to protect the natural environment.

There are so many more women out there heading up amazing ventures, challenging injustices or showing courage in difficult circumstances and we hope to feature their stories here.

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