UN International Day of the Girl
300 women and girls take over London Eye
Thursday 11th October was the UN International Day of the Girl and to celebrate, The Southbank Centre and WOW paired 150 girls with 150 successful female mentors from across a range of professions and industries for mentoring sessions on the Coca-Cola London Eye.
The girls aged between 11-18 from 25 schools across London and beyond. were matched at random with three different mentors from diverse backgrounds. including film, media, engineering, sport, politics and transport for 15 minute sessions celebrating the power and potential of girls.
The mentors included campaigner Baroness Doreen Lawrence, former Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard, actor Gillian Anderson, Co-Founder of the Women’s Equality Party Catherine Mayer, MPs Dawn Butler and many more.
Elaine Bedell, Chief Executive, Southbank Centre said “We are delighted to be able to host such a stellar line-up of inspirational women at our seventh speed mentoring event celebrating International Day of the Girl. This annual gathering is a key part of Southbank Centre’s programme and we are proud to be able to play a small role in shaping these girls’ futures by introducing them to so many brilliant women who have made a real difference in the industries they operate in.”
Jude Kelly, Founder, WOW - Women of the World Festivals said, “I set up WOW in 2010, when there was the idea or implication that gender equality had been achieved and it quite simply hasn't. With Southbank Centre, WOW established our first girls-only Speed Mentoring event on International Day of the Girl in 2012, giving hundreds of girls a voice and an opportunity to meet some really inspiring and powerful women whilst sailing above the city on the London Eye. Six years later it’s both a testimony to young women that the event is so successful and so many people are keen to take part, and a sign that there is so much more work that can be done to support them and their futures.”
The United Nations declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl in 2012, marking a moment to celebrate girls’ potential and their achievements, and acknowledging the challenges millions face around the world.