The Business Exchange Swindon & Wiltshire Edition 65: February/March 2023 | Page 28



By Anita Jaynes Founder of The Business Exchange
For a second year , we ’ re celebrating Swindon and Wiltshire ’ s most inspiring women ( as voted by you ) to mark International Women ’ s Day 2023 .
In print and online this feature was one of our most read in 2022 , so again , through our social media channels , we asked our followers which women in our community inspire them and this is the list ...
International Women ’ s Day ( IWD ) 2023 takes place on Wednesday 8th March . It is a global day which celebrates the social , economic , cultural , and political achievements of women . The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women ’ s equality .
IWD has occurred for well over a century , with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people . Today , it belongs to all groups collectively everywhere . Each year there is a theme and this year it is Embrace
Equity . Equity acknowledges that people do not begin life in the same place and that circumstances can make it more difficult for people to achieve the same goals . Inequity affects many people , but most commonly historically it has marginalised communities such as women , people of colour , disabled people , the economically disadvantaged , and those from the LGBTQ + community .
The goal of equity is to change systemic and structural barriers that get in the way
of people ' s ability to thrive . IWD is needed as a platform for change more than ever . Only a few months ago , Afghanistan ’ s higher education minister announced regression , with women banned from attending university in the country . Wherever we are in the world , women with a voice need to stand up for those who are silenced . It is only through education that we can begin to build truly inclusive communities and that ’ s something worth shouting about .
At The Business Exchange we will be embracing this year ’ s # EmbraceEquity theme with a special event to be held in Bath on International Women ’ s Day in partnership with independent chartered accountants and business advisors , Milsted Langdon . To find out more and to book your tickets follow us on Eventbrite ‘ The Business Exchange South West ’.
Caroline Peyton , Peyton Principles
Pam Jones , Eight Interactive
Claire Anello , Stargazey Workshops
For more info : www . peytonprinciples . com
For more info : www . eight-interactive . com
For more info : www . facebook . com / stargazeyworkshops
Charlotte Bloomsbury , Actress , singer , voice over
Claire Brewerton , Virtual Business Centre
Danielle Holmes , Black Nova Designs
For more info : www . charlottebloomsbur . wixsite . com / website
For more info : www . virtualbusinesscentre . com
For more info : www . blacknovadesigns . co . uk
Elizabeth Donovan , Brand Photography by Elizabeth
Emma Boatman , Boatman Admin Services
Fiona Da Silva Adams , Revolution Performing Arts
For more info : www . brandphotographybyelizabeth . co . uk
For more info : www . boatmanadmin . co . uk
For more info : www . revolutionpa . co . uk
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