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On the 30th of November, I represented Lynn at the United Nations Women Awards, an event held at the Old Bailey in London which celebrated people and institutions who have gone above and beyond to make gender equality a reality for women and girls, both in the UK and globally. It was truly an evening to remember filled with inspiring stories, conversations and performances.

UN Women UK Executive Director, Claire Barnett said during her opening speech. “We live in the climate crisis where more than 80% of refugees related to that are women and girls and we are also living through conflicts that regularly expose women to the threat of sexual assault being used as a weapon of war”. I recognize the significance of talking about these topics in the context of gender equality as I have worked with initiatives relating to the climate crisis with Lynn Planet and international conflicts with the Fighting Putin’s propaganda Narrative Response Toolkit. 

I was therefore delighted to attend and represent Lynn, as I believe that events like the UN Women Awards are incredibly important to us moving forward on these issues. Not only to celebrate the positive progress, but also to highlight that there is still a lot of work that needs to be done in order to build a more equal and safer society.  

I encourage everyone to follow UN Women on Twitter as they have lots of useful information as to how we might support them as individuals. Moreover,  it serves as a crucial reminder to me that we can all have the power to shape a brighter future, and be part of change.

 UN Women UK Executive Director, Claire Barnett during her opening speech 

Other startling data presented at the UN Women UK Awards included the likelihood that it will take nearly 300 years to achieve complete gender equality and the fact that 80% of women in the UK had experienced sexual harassment in public. Even though these statistics can be overwhelming, I left the event feeling inspired and energized, with new ideas on how I can make a difference with my work.  The UN Women awards,  reminded us that there is still a lot of room for progress, and I was truly amazed by the winners and the impact of their work and projects.  Thank you UN Women UK for hosting this important event and congratulations to all of the winners.

Team Lynn at the UN Women Awards UK
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