Women of the Year Lunch 2011

TV News London’s Managing Director, Roz Morris, was one of the 400 women attending this year’s 56th annual Women of the Year Lunch at the InterContinental Hotel in London.  Roz, who is on the Nominating Council for the Lunch is seen below (left) with Naveeda Ikram, the first female Muslim Lord Mayor of Bradford.

Roz with the Lord Mayor of BradfordRoz says: “ It’s fantastic to see so many women of achievement, all of them making a positive difference to the world. The energy in the room was amazing and everyone attending is inspired by Women of the Year Lunch and the celebration of women’s achievements in all walks of life.”

Other guests included 18 year old Holly Watson,  the youngest woman at the lunch who has campaigned against knife crime in Suffolk since her brother was stabbed to death 2 years ago. Plus a huge range of other women of achievement including Julia Donaldson, Children’s Laureate, Warrant Officer Esther Freeborn, Bandmaster, Household Cavalry,  Norma Graham, Chief Constable of Fife, Vikki Heywood, Executive Director, The Royal Shakespeare Company,  Alison Horner, Operations Director, Tesco, Jay Hunt, Chief Creative Officer, Channel 4, Nicola Mendelsohn, President of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, Mary Noble, Founder and CEO, Feminenza International, Frances O’Grady, Deputy General Secretary of the TUC, Dawn Paine, Managing Director Nintendo UK, and Jenny Rowe, Chief Executive of the Supreme Court, Pam Warren, Founder Paddington Rail Crash Survivors Group, Councillor Mary Chapman of Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council and Anne Aslett, Executive Director of the Elton John Aids Foundation, Dr Kate Saunders, Chief Executive British Dyslexia Association and the CBI’s first woman President, Dame Helen Alexander.

Well-known faces at the Lunch included the Home Secretary Theresa May MP, Lulu,  ITV’s Lorraine Kelly, Anna Ford, Esther Rantzen, Jo Wood, Ruby Wax, Camilla Batmanghelidjh, Bianca Jagger, Shami Chakrabarti, Stephanie Flanders, BBC Economics Editor, and Sandy Toksvig, who compered the event, plus actresses Juliet Stevenson, Barbara Knox From ITV’s Coronation Street, and 92 year old June Spencer (Peggy Archer), Paddy Green (Jill Archer) and Angela Piper (Jennifer Aldridge) from BBC Radio Four’s The Archers.

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, President of the Women of the Year, said: “The magic of this event is that it does what no other awards ceremony manages to do. It brings together the most fabulous women from the widest range of geographical, social, ethnic and political backgrounds – from the very well-known to unsung heroines doing outstanding work in their community. Every woman who attends the lunch is a Woman of the Year in her own right.  

Five Women of the Year Awards were presented to exceptional women – and for the first time ever - a team of women - who have each proved an inspiration to others through their courage, selflessness and dedication. Their achievements, dedication and passion are an inspiration to women everywhere, encouraging us all to fulfil our ambitions, support others and stand up for what we believe in.

The 2011 Women of the Year Award Winners are:

Barclays Women of the Year Award - Debby Edwards, Victoria Mulleady, Sgt Lauren Odell , Kate Sherman, Surgeon Commander Sarah Stapley and Sarah Winters – the medical team working mainly at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, and the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court treating soldiers wounded in Afghanistan

Good Housekeeping Women of the Year Outstanding Achievement Award - Dr Nawal El Saadawi – 80 year old Egyptian feminist writer and campaigner

Sacla’ Women of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award – Lulu - for her professional achievements and her campaigning in the UK and worldwide for charities including Marie Curie Cancer Care, the Elton John Aids Foundation, Hope for Children and the PRASAD Project

Sainsbury’s Women of the Year “You Can” Award - Katie Piper –founder of the Katie Piper Foundation which she set up after her career as a model was cut short by an acid attack on her face

ITV1 Lorraine Inspirational Woman of the Year Award - Jackie Millerchip – childminder from Hinckley in Leicestershire who looks after both severely disabled and able bodied children.

The winners are selected by a wide cross-section of women represented on the Women of the Year Lunch nominating council, including prominent figures from the arts, media, science, politics and a number of other major fields.  Women on the council include Maureen Lipman CBE, Sue MacGregor CBE, Mary Nightingale, Dianne Thompson CBE, Nancy Lane OBE, Doreen Lawrence OBE and Virginia Wade OBE.

For the ITV1 Lorraine Inspirational Woman of the Year Award, viewers of Lorraine were invited to nominate and vote for the women they felt deserved to win the award.  The three finalists attended the Women of the Year Lunch in London, where the winner was announced along with the winners of the four other special awards.

The Women of the Year Lunch was founded in 1955 by the late Lady Tony Lothian OBE, Odette Hallowes & Lady Georgina Coleridge to celebrate women’s achievements in all walks of life.  Every guest at the Lunch is a ‘Woman of the Year’ and is celebrated for her own achievements and contribution to the community in the UK and worldwide.  Since it began, Women of the Year Lunch has raised more than £1 million for a variety of charities both in the UK and overseas, and from 2001 has made its donations through the Women of the Year Foundation.

For more information see www.womenoftheyear.co.uk

Published 21 October 2011


Save the Childrens work in Liberia on worldwide TV Channels

Reports about Save the Children's work in Liberia, have appeared on BBC World, Sky World News and Reuters World TV, thanks to TV News London's Director, Malcolm Douglas, who is currently working with the charity as a broadcast PR consultant.  Malcolm visited Liberia for Save the Children, and interviewed health workers and people attending the charity's clinics, and also in remote villages six hours walk from the nearest medical help.

There are only 100 doctors in the whole of Liberia, a country where nearly half of the population lives in extreme poverty.  In 2008 there were only just over 1,000 doctors, nurses and midwives in total a country of 3.5 million, which means only 2.8 health workers per 10,000 people.

Malcolm is pictured (above) at Kingsville Clinic, which is a two hour drive from the Liberian capital Monrovia and is only open five days a week between 8am and 4.30pm because there are so few health workers in Liberia. 

Malcolm in LiberiaHe also visited  Firestone, a remote village about three hours outside the capital. The village is a six hour walk to the nearest clinic and many young women have lost children to preventable diseases because of the lack of health care workers.   "The visit and filming was to highlight the lack of health care workers worldwide and to ask world leaders to invest more money in training," said Malcolm. 

"We met one woman who had lost five of her eight children from measles and other preventable diseases. There were no health workers visiting her village and she relied on country medicines...herbs...which often aggravate the condition and do more harm than good."

Children living in rural areas in Liberia  are twice as likely not to have access to healthcare than those living in cities and currently 112 children die out of every 1,000.  This is in fact an improvement since the days of civil war in Liberia when 247 children per 1,000 died.  World Health Organisation figures show that despite the very high level of child mortality, less than 5% ($1.5 million) of the foreign aid received by Liberia for health goes towards supporting health workers.

In a major new report 'No Child out of Reach', Save the Children warns that at least 350 million children will never see a health worker in their lives. The report was released as world leaders gather at the UN General Assembly in New York to discuss funding to plug the global shortfall of 3.5 million health workers that is threatening the lives of millions of children across the world. 

While children living in the UK will see a health worker at least 10 times in their first five years, millions of children in Africa and Asia will die every year from easily preventable diseases such as pneumonia and diarrhoea, simply because they have no way of being seen by a trained health worker if they fall sick.

According to Save the Children, a quarter of the world's cases of disease occur in Africa, but  children there have access to just three per cent of the world’s health workers. This means they are five times more likely to die before their fifth birthday than children in countries with enough health workers.

"If you haven't visited Liberia. It's very difficult for you to imagine how poor people are," Malcolm Douglas says.  "This was the first time I’d been there and I was shocked by how little medical care people can get, and by the very poor conditions many of them live in, such as unhealthy huts with open fires in the centre, and no running water or electricity. Some of the children we filmed and photographed had never seen a picture of themselves and were amazed when I showed them their pictures on my phone."

Save the Children is working in Liberia in Montserrado, Bong and Margibi countries, managing 20 health centres and one hospital.  The charity is also working to train health workers both to work in health centres and go out into the community and is running a 70-bed hospital in Margibi with only one doctor.

The charity also helps with vital immunization courses by providing and maintaining motorbikes to transport workers and the vaccines to hard-to-reach villages, training health workers in immunization and carrying out raising awareness campaigns.

 for more info visit http://www.savethechildren.org.uksave the children

Published 19 October 2011