Women of the Year Lunch Awards 2007

Roz Morris, Managing Director of TV News London Ltd attended this year's prestigious Women of the Year Lunch held at the InterContinental Hotel in Park Lane in London W1. Roz, who is on the Nominating Council for the Lunch is pictured (left) with Eleanor Angel, the Chairman of the Women of the Year Lunch. Eleanor is a director of Angels the costumiers, who supply costumes for major films and television dramas.

The Women of the Year Lunch was founded more than 50 years ago by the late Lady Antonella 'Tony' Lothian OBE to ensure that women's achievements in all fields were recognised at a major event every year.

'This year's Lunch was attended by 400 outstanding women, and was a truly inspiring event' says Roz. 'It is really humbling to be with so many amazing women who have achieved so much.' 

The President of the Women of the Year Lunch is Joan Armatrading and at this year's Lunch awards for outstanding achievements were made to the following extraordinary women :

Sister Frances Dominica 2007 Women of the Year Award

Sister Frances Dominica is a nun and pioneer to the hospice movement. She is founder of Helen House, the first children's hospice in the world, which provides care to children with life-limiting illness. The hospice opened in 1982 following a friendship Sister Frances had with the parents of a seriously ill girl called Helen, who lived with her family but required 24hr care. Sister Frances continues to dedicate her life to fundraising as well as lecturing and writing on the care of children and young people with life-limiting illness. Sister Frances is a truly exceptional woman, who has helped and influenced people around the world both personally and professionally.

Jasvindar Sanghera 2007 Women of the Year Award

Jasvinder Sanghera was awarded the Women of the Year Window to the World Award sponsored by Pilkington UK plc and announced by presenter Shami Chakrabarti. This award salutes a woman whose courage and determination to bring to our attention the plight of other human beings – often at risk to herself – changes the way we think about the world.

Jasvinder Sanghera campaigns for the rights of victims of forced marriage, domestic violence and honour killings. As a result of her charity, Karma Nirvana, she has provided support to many women unable to help themselves– often putting her herself at risk. Jasvinder works regularly with the British Transport Police and is a regular contributor to official think tanks and organisations concerned with integration and the growing crimes against individual freedoms. She refused her own forced marriage and broke the silence by sharing her experience, and the experiences of her six older sisters, who were all taken to India to marry and then trapped in abusive and oppressive relationships. It is her belief and courage that has opened a window of opportunity to those in need.

Marguerite Patten 2007 Women of the Year Award

Marguerite Patten (OBE) was awarded The Women of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Elior for her outstanding contribution to cookery.  Presenter Fern Britton announced the award which is given to a woman who, during her lifetime has inspired generations of women and through changing times, and trends, she has been true to herself, maintained integrity and commanded the respect of her peers.

Marguerite Patten, OBE is an accomplished home economist, food writer and broadcaster. She began giving cookery advice whilst working for the Ministry of Food. Her advice and books were instrumental in improving the quality of British cookery in the post-war years, when rationing meant that more exotic dishes were impossible to prepare. Marguerite was awarded the OBE in 1991 for 'services to the art of cookery'. Today she remains one of Britain's top selling cookery writers, a career that spans more than 60 years, Marguerite is an inspiration, she has sold 17million copies of her 170 books and has won 5 lifetime achievement awards – Including this one.

Rose Molokoane 2007 Women of the Year Award

Rose Molokoane was awarded the Women of the Year Outstanding Achievement Award sponsored by Good Housekeeping and announced by Comedian Victoria Wood. The award acknowledges and celebrates a phenomenal achievement against all odds by a woman whose indomitable spirit has shown the world that anything is possible.

Rose Molokoane’s story began in Oukasie, one of the most famous informal settlements in South Africa where she was born and raised.  Rose is now the National Chairperson for the 80,000 member South African Homeless People’s Federation and a board member of Shack/Slum Dwellers International. She has supported and helped more than 150,000 squatters, a vast majority of whom are women to pool their savings. This in turn, won them sufficient standing to negotiate with the government for a progressive housing policy that has already produced 15,000 new homes and secured more than 1,000 hectares of government land for development. A South African veteran of the anti-apartheid struggle, this courageous and determined woman is one of the most internationally recognised grassroots activists involved in land tenure and housing issues around the world. 

Published 12 October 2007