today is officially named international women’s day to celebrate equality for women, from simply being more appreciated, respected and loved to acknowledging economic, social and political achievements – i think that every day should be like this whether you are female or not!
i have started to volunteer at the bay tree centre in brixton – a centre for women and their daughters of all nationalities to go and learn english, further their studies in the essentials of education – reading, science and other skills, but also fun activities like cooking, dancing and art. there is a strong emphasis on social inclusion, encouraging equality in development. girls can be appointed mentors, who help with homework, especially for those whose parents dont speak english. its a lovely vibrant centre to be part of – my daughter has mentored a 12 year old little chinese girl there for the past year and introduced me to it. they is always a need for volunteers – you only need to offer an hour a week, every little helps.
i have lots of inspiring female friends – too many to mention, but Pip has always been my patient and beautiful muse from my very first photograph professionally to my new discovery of watercolours.