An elegant and inspiring evening at Carlton House Terrace

Members and guests enjoyed an evening on 18th January 2017 at the CWN Winter Drinks networking at the powerful location of Carlton House Terrace overlooking the Mall and its views of the London Eye and Whitehall. We sampled canapes and cocktails while being inspired by Frances Scott from 50:50 Parliament and by Jocelyn Hillman OBE, founder of our charity Working Chance, and Ann Salter, one of the impressive women supported by Working Chance.

Women in Power

Just as we see Theresa May as PM and the power of numbers at women’s marches around the world, Frances Scott who founded 50:50 Parliament, gave a passionate talk about getting more women in parliament. Starting with Margaret Thatcher’s quote: “Power is like being a lady, if you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.” she challenged the women in the room for one of us to stand for parliament or ask a woman to stand. She reminded us that the democratic process was created when women didn’t have a voice. We need both women and men to reach gender parity in parliament. If Malala can ask for an education in Pakistan, why can’t we ask for equal pay and rights in this country?

Barriers Women Face

The societal change discussion turned to actions needed to address the harsher sentences and stigma against female ex-offenders. Ann Salter was then introduced and spoke movingly about her personal experience of career impacts after a conviction.

She told us how life changes very quickly and our charity Working Chance played a key role for her and many other women to find quality work to support themselves and their loved ones.

Our speakers raised the energy of the room quite high. Attendees continued networking and it was with disappointment the evening had to come to an end.

We would like to thank all who attended and we are looking forward to seeing you at our next event in February.