"Raising those aspirations of future generations of women with Connecting Enterprising Women. The aim is to inspire women and girls to strive for greater things. We work directly with a range of women to raise aspirations to strive for a better future"
The Connecting Enterprising Women (CEW) initiative was created in 2007 as a grass roots initiative of Ruth Dass. Ruth wanted to create opportunities for women to network with a range of organisations and businesses in hard to reach areas. Since 2007 the programme has grown from strength to strength with events and conferences across Yorkshire. The successful Connecting Enterprising Girls programme, was created in 2012 to inspire the next generation of women.
An exhibition of photographs and stories of the enterprising girls and women who have participated in the programme is being displayed at Portcullis House, Palace of Westminster from 28 February - 24 March 2014, to celebrate International Women's Day. It features 100 portraits by photographers Nick Gregan and Johanna Hilton, accompanied by extracts from the individual stories of the girls' and women's journeys through life. The exhibition includes portraits of six of the women MPs in Yorkshire, Baroness Margaret Eaton, women entrepreneurs and girls from Leeds East Academy, David Young Community Academy and John Smeaton Community College. The exhibition will be in Leeds during April 2014 as a culmination of the city's month long celebrations to mark the day. On 3 March 75 girls and women from the programme will travel to the Houses of Parliament to see the exhibition, meet MPs and attend the annual International Women's day lecture about Ellen Wilkinson MP (1891-1947).
The following presentation by Paul Brookes was shown in Leeds from 26.March - 4.April 2014.
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