The second Mosaic Associates event to celebrate International Women’s Day kicked off to a full house on 4th March at Portcullis House. The event was hosted by Yasmin Qureshi MP for Bolton South East, Jo Swinson MP, Government Minister for Women’s Equality gave the keynote address. Delegates came from leading industries and companies including: Lloyds Bank, Vodafone Group, the law firm Addleshaw Goddard, the Guardian and award winning entrepreneur Farida Gibbs of Gibbs S3 Recruitment.
Leading the Mosaic Associates initiative and facilitating the evening, Mosaic mentor and director in mobile and digital media, Saba Shaukat, opened the event by outlining how the Mosaic Women Network was gaining momentum in the world of business. Saba began: “The first objective is to create a network and ecosystem of influential women, business leaders and entrepreneurs as strategic influencers and agents of change to galvanise and unleash the economic impact of young women.”
Commenting on the new Network, Mosaic’s Jonathan Freeman added: “This Network is about using our collective experiences to help young women from deprived communities to maximise their potential through mentoring, coaching and supporting. We are excited about the future and what the Network will achieve.”
Delivering the keynote address, Jo Swinson MP talked about how the Government is working towards creating more opportunities in business for women. A key issue discussed was that of affordable childcare solutions, a still unresolved issue. A keen supporter of Mosaic Associates initiative to mentor, support and encourage young female entrepreneurs from deprived communities, Ms Swinson recognised the potential impact of helping young women become more productive within deprived communities and acknowledged the result could potentially be profound in reviving local economies.
Our host for the evening, Yasmin Qureshi MP, described the issues faced in her own constituency of Bolton that has one of the highest rates of economic deprivation in the UK. Ms Qureshi commented: “Women from deprived communities face gargantuan challenges with the lack of good education, lack of opportunities and some of the highest childbirth mortality rates.”
Mosaic Vice Chair Yasmin Waljee highlighted the benefits of mentoring young women and students, and the impact it can have on a community. The winners of last years Apax-Mosaic Enterprise Challenge, primarily girls, have been mentoring girls from their local primary school. They showed them what could be achieved with self-belief, support and determination. Living proof that mentoring is good for society and this is a great example of people within communities learning from each other.
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