Yesterday (8 March) we invited residents, staff and partners to join us for a special chat with activist, comedian and mental health advocate, Ruby Wax, and Rachel O'Riordan, Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre.
The event started with a welcome from Cllr Sue Fennimore, Deputy Leader of H&F Council, followed by Rachel and Ruby talking on a variety of topics, including this year's theme of #ChooseToChallenge. Attendees were invited to take part in a question and answer event after the interview.
This year's International Women's Day theme was 'Choose to Challenge' – encouraging everyone to challenge gender bias and inequality.
Cllr Sue Fennimore, Deputy Leader of H&F Council, said: "I was delighted to welcome Ruby Wax to our International Women's Day celebration. It was another great chance to reaffirm our commitment to gender equality and acknowledge the huge social, economic and cultural impacts that women make every day."
Ruby Wax is a successful comedian, activist and TV writer and performer of over 25 years. She holds a Masters degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University and was awarded an OBE in 2015 for her services to mental health. She is the author of multiple bestselling books and has toured all over the world.
Formerly the president of the UK's leading relationship support charity Relate, she is the Visiting Professor in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Surrey as well as the Chancellor of Southampton University.