Brent celebrates International Women’s Day with Olympian Goldie Sayers
11 March 2019
Olympic medallist and javelin British record holder Goldie Sayers delivered an inspiring keynote speech to Brent residents and council staff on Friday (8th) at an event to celebrate International Women's Day.
The event, which was held at Brent Civic Centre, featured a performance monologue by Lady Paulette, a reading by Pride of Brent 2018 winner Iman Hamid from Fly Girls Wellness, as well as speeches by the council's Chief Executive Carolyn Downs and Deputy Leader Cllr Margaret McLennan.
International Women's Day is an annual event which celebrates women's achievements, raises awareness of gender bias, and encourages everyone to take action for equality. This year's theme is 'balance for better'. Attendees were encouraged to strike the #balanceforbetter pose with their hands out - a move that's been adopted on social media to show commitment to building a more gender-balanced world.
Cllr Margaret McLennan, Deputy Leader at Brent Council, said: "Gender equality affects all of us. If women aren't properly represented in the workplace, on TV and in our political system, we will never be able to reach our full potential as a society.
"That means that everyone has a role to play in advancing gender equality, something we are committed to in Brent. I am very proud to celebrate the contribution of women in our borough today."