Q&As and canapes: Be Bold for Change on International Women’s Day, says Zonta in London

20 February 2017

Maternal health and the plight of refugees may not make for the easiest of dinner conversations, but the Zonta Club of London II plans to discuss these topics over canapes for International Women’s Day.

The Club is hosting an evening of canapes, Q&As and a film screening on Wednesday, 8 March at 6pm at TOMS London Community Outpost in Soho.

The evening will feature Nancy Durrell McKenna, Founder Director of the international charity SafeHands for Mothers, committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Mothers and their newborns.  They use film as part of an essential toolkit to bring about change for women and girls across the world.  Nancy will screen a 6’ film on Child Marriage – a film with a difference!

Ms Durrell McKenna said: “It’s important to draw attention to maternal health around the world on IWD. Too many women still die in childbirth or from complications related to pregnancy. No woman should die while giving life.”

The event will also feature Dr Vanessa Davies, barrister and Director General of the Bar Standards Board and former deputy CEO of Refugee and Migrant Justice.

Zonta’s London President Ann Edqvist said: “We are looking forward to hearing these two inspirational women show us how we can be bold for change. The issues of women’s reproductive health and the plight of refugees are so topical right now. We need to hear how we can make a difference in this increasingly globalised and uncertain world.”

The event will take place at the TOMS London Community Outpost in Soho. In case you haven’t heard of TOMS, with every product you purchase, TOMS will help a person in need. One for One.

TOMS in Soho is located at 5-7 Foubert’s Place, London, W1F 7PY. The evening begins at 6pm and concludes at 7.30pm sharp. TOMS are offering a 20% discount, 6pm-6.30pm (discount doesn’t apply to sale items of the Core Classics, and only valid when presenting your event ticket/email).

Tickets are £20 each and the net proceeds will go to the Zonta London Fund in aid of various projects, including the great work of SafeHands for Mothers, girls’ education and supplies for women’s refuges. It is a registered charity in England and Wales.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/international-womens-day-be-bold-for-change-zonta-in-london-tickets-32102103255?aff=eac2

It’s also on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/zonta.london/ You can subscribe to upcoming events there.

To create buzz around International Women’s Day on social media, the Club has also started a Thunderclap campaign to promote this year’s theme, Be Bold for Change. To support the campaign, click here: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/53352-be-bold-for-change-iwd2017



For more about Zonta, or the event, please call Angela Yin on 07961 485746 or email contact@zontalondon.org.

About Zonta Club of London II

The Zonta Club of London II is a local service Club, started on Valentine’s Day 1979, which is part of Zonta International, a global network of professionals who participate in service and advocacy projects that empower women and girls. Zonta International has Clubs in 66 countries, with around 30,000 members worldwide.

About Nancy Durrell McKenna

Nancy is the Founder Director of SafeHands for Mothers.  A photographer and filmmaker, she started the charity in 2003, using her skills to tackle mortality in pregnancy and childbirth. SafeHands for Mothers makes films that inform, educate and increase the skills of frontline health workers in some of the world’s most challenging environments. Their films inspire action by raising awareness of the barriers women face in accessing safe, affordable reproductive healthcare.

About Dr Vanessa Davies

Dr Vanessa Davies is the Director General of the Bar Standards Board (BSB). She took office in January 2011. Prior to joining the BSB, Vanessa was the deputy Chief Executive and Director of Operations at Refugee and Migrant Justice (RMJ), which was one of the largest legal aid charities in the UK, supporting over 7,000 vulnerable people on an annual basis across 11 locations in the UK. She oversaw the closure of the charity in 2010 when it went into administration after changes to legal aid contracting. She is an unregistered barrister, and a Bencher of Inner Temple.

About TOMS

In 2006, American traveller Blake Mycoskie befriended children in a village in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One™. So far, over 70 million pairs of new shoes have been given to children in need, in more than 70 countries around the world. 445,000 have had their sight restored through purchases of TOMS® Eyewear since 2011. 400,000 weeks’ worth of safe water has been given, since 2014, from the sales of TOMS Roasting Co Coffee, and the newest, TOMS Bags, have helped provide more than 70,000 safe births for a mother and baby in need.

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