The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women just hosted its annual Festive Members’ Celebration in London, with this year’s theme based on Mexico and some of our work there. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to say thank you to our new partners and supporters, and a great chance for us to meet new friends who may wish to join us in the future.
The event itself was hosted in the Richard Saltoun gallery in Mayfair and the Mexican theme was infused throughout the night. We hosted live music from a female mariachi duo called Las Guadalupes, who wore local Wahacan dresses from one of our project areas in Mexico. We were also sponsored by The Intercontinental Hotel’s restaurant Ella Canta, which was created by a female Mexican chef, who supplied us with endless Mexican themed canapés and traditional margaritas.
The event was designed to not only showcase Mexican women entrepreneurs, but women from all over the world. Our wine sponsors, Embrazen, range of wines was enjoyed by all and the QR codes on their labels, once scanned, shared forgotten stories of empowered women throughout history.
During 2019, the gallery has been showcasing the work of a women artists through their “100% women” campaign, which will continue until next February. The exhibition explored the experience of motherhood and some of the structural barriers that often hold women back.
We also heard from Angela Jilina, the European Chair or our campaign board, Catherine McCormack, the exhibitions Curator, Helen McEachern (CEO), Cherie Blair (Founder) and Tony Blair (Patron).
For those who missed it, here are a few speech highlights:
• We’re proud to announce that we are launching our new 100,000 Women Campaign in Davos in January! We aim to help an ambitious 100,000 women over the next three years.
• We showcased some of our work in Mexico, including our Mujeres A.V.E. programme which will run for another two years, and Road to Growth, which had its next set of women entrepreneurs graduate on 7th December.
• We’re moving HerVenture into a new priority country next year, Kenya.
• We also proudly announced some new partners.
• We were delighted to introduce our new European Chair, Angela Jilina, and our Latin America Chair, Beatrix Gasca Acevedo.
This was Angela’s first event as new European Chair, and she would like to share these words with you about the event:
“I am deeply passionate about the Foundation’s cause and as such feel privileged to Chair the new exciting Campaign – 100,000 Women that aims to redefine the future of the women entrepreneurs in the developing world and advocates for gender equality. The definite highlight since the start of my involvement 6 months ago was the Festive Members’ Celebration event. I was delighted to meet our supporters; it was an opportunity to meet like-minded people willing to affect change through the Foundation’s important work. It was inspiring to listen to Cherie’s accounts of the recent trip to Mexico and to hear the real life stories of the local women whose lives have been transformed through the Foundation. Most of all, everyone had fun! The Mexican theme of the party with local guitar rhythms and Margaritas generously supplied by our sponsors definitely contributed to the giving festive spirit! It was a true celebration of the tremendous achievements of the Foundation and its loyal supporters.”
We also have a quote for you from one of our long term supporters, Anita Goyal, of the Hemraj Goyal Foundation:
“It’s wonderful to collaborate with other women with a similar mind set to support the project in Mexico. Providing women with entrepreneurial skills to encourage them to grow will enrich not only their own lives but the lives of their children and the communities in which they live. The stories of their strength and resilience is shared with compassion.”
After the success of this year, we are already excited about the possibilities for next year’s festive event…