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"Unsung Heroes: International Women's Day 2024, Honouring Local Women Making a Difference in Their Communities"

Updated: Mar 16

Image of Jacqueline Golding (Willocks) owner of Ethical Homecare, participating as a volunteer UN delegate.
Owner of Ethical Homecare representing as a volunteer UN delegate.

Happy International Women's Day! On March 8, 2024, Ethical Homecare proudly stands with the United Nations under the theme "Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress." Today, we celebrate the remarkable achievements of women worldwide and shine a spotlight on the incredible women who make a positive impact in our local communities. Join us on this journey of empowerment, recognition, and support for the amazing women in our lives.

Khadijah Ibrahiim: Championing Literary Activism and Youth Empowerment

In the vibrant city of Leeds, we are privileged to have local legend Khadijah Ibrahiim, a literary activist, theatre maker, and writer. As the founder and artistic director of Leeds Young Authors, Khadijah has dedicated herself to empowering young voices. Her influence extends beyond local communities, as she has been featured on prestigious platforms such as BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Radio 3, and BBC Radio 4. Khadijah has utilized these channels to amplify the voices of underrepresented communities, shedding light on the rich tapestry of diverse experiences and perspectives. Her work, including the documentary 'We Are Poets,' serves as an inspiration to us all.

Newspaper article featuring Khadijah Ibrahiim, highlighting her work with Leeds Young Authors.
Khadijah in the news

Nurturing Voices and Shaping Futures, at the heart of Khadijah's impact is the foundation of Leeds Young Authors, an organization she founded. This platform has become a nurturing ground for aspiring young poets and writers, providing a space where their voices can be heard and cultivated. Under Khadijah's guidance, Leeds Young Authors has grown into a dynamic community fostering creativity, confidence, and literary excellence.

As the executive producer of the documentary 'We Are Poets,' Khadijah has brought to light the captivating narratives of young poets navigating their creative journeys. The film not only received critical acclaim but also served as a powerful testament to the transformative power of spoken word and the impact of Khadijah's mentorship.

Her writings reflect a deep understanding of societal nuances, cultural richness, and the power of storytelling to bridge gaps and foster understanding.

Khadijah Ibrahiim delivering an inspiring speech.
Khadijah speaks.

Khadijah Ibrahiim stands as an advocate for cultural expression and diversity. Through her literary and theatrical endeavours, she champions the importance of embracing and celebrating diverse voices, weaving together a narrative that reflects the true essence of our interconnected world.

In summary, Khadijah Ibrahiim is not only a literary luminary but also a dedicated community builder, mentor, and advocate for the transformative potential of the arts. Her contributions continue to shape the cultural landscape of Leeds and inspire generations of storytellers.

Ebony Milestone: Curating Style, Celebrating Culture

In the vibrant tapestry of Leeds, Ebony Milestone, also known as Bev Brown, has carved out a distinguished niche with her eponymous brand. Ebony Milestone stands not only as a beacon of style but as a testament to the power of cultural expression, entrepreneurship, and community engagement.

Ebony Milestone takes centre stage with its collection of vibrant and stylish African clothing, homewares, and accessories. As a business owner, Bev Brown has not only curated a fashion brand but a cultural movement that celebrates the richness and diversity of African heritage. Her creations transcend mere garments; they are vivid expressions of identity, history, and the beauty of cultural diversity.

Image of Ebony Milestone hosting Cultural Style Week
Cultural Style Week host

In 2023, Ebony Milestone curated and hosted Cultural Style Week, a spectacular event that shone a spotlight on the multifaceted facets of African culture. This Leeds-based cultural extravaganza went beyond fashion, delving into the heart of diversity within our communities. By blending style with cultural celebration, Ebony Milestone demonstrated the transformative power of fashion as a means of fostering understanding and unity.

Bev Brown, the visionary entrepreneur behind Ebony Milestone, goes beyond the realms of fashion curation. As a dynamic business owner, she navigates the intricacies of entrepreneurship with flair and innovation. Ebony Milestone stands not just as a brand but as a testament to Bev's entrepreneurial prowess, breaking barriers and reshaping the local fashion landscape.

Ebony Milestone's logo
Ebony Milestone's logo

As International Women's Day unfolds, Ebony Milestone extends its vision of empowerment with it's new Pop Up Shop. The curated collection beckons women to go beyond conventional fashion, encouraging them to make a statement that resonates with their identity. From bold prints to elegant accessories, Bev's vision is to empower every woman to feel not just fashionable but like a million dollars.

Ebony Milestone isn't merely a retail space—it's an immersive experience that invites individuals to embrace their uniqueness. Bev Brown, as the curator of style, understands that fashion extends beyond aesthetics; it's a form of self-expression. The pop-up shop serves as a communal space where diversity is celebrated, and style becomes a language that transcends cultural boundaries.

Bev Brown is not just a business owner; she's a cultural ambassador actively engaged in the local community. Beyond the pop-up shop, Ebony Milestone continues to be a hub of cultural celebration through regular events. Be it fashion showcases, cultural festivals, or collaborative projects, Bev consistently contributes to the vibrant cultural fabric of Leeds.

Image of Ebony Milestone on holiday in Africa
Ebony in Africa

In essence, Ebony Milestone is more than a brand; it's a dynamic force that weaves together fashion, culture, entrepreneurship, and community engagement. Bev Brown's vision stands as a testament to the transformative power of style, fostering inclusivity, and celebrating the strength and beauty of every woman.

Christella Latras: A Musical Maestro and Empowerment Advocate

Join us in celebrating the remarkable achievements of Christella Latras, the distinguished winner of last year's Empowering Women Award. Christella is not just a professional singer/songwriter, producer, vocal arranger, composer, and keyboardist; she embodies the very essence of creativity as a driving force for positive change.

Image of Christella Latras winning an award
Christella Latras, award winner

Christella's talents extend far beyond the conventional boundaries of music. She is a maestro, orchestrating a symphony of creativity that captivates audiences and leaves an indelible mark on the world of music. Her multifaceted skills as a singer, songwriter, and composer create a harmonious blend that speaks volumes about the power of artistic expression.

Her commitment to excellence in musical experiences is reflected in every aspect of her work. Christella's visionary leadership at Stella Latras transforms not only melodies but also the narrative of empowerment, making her a trailblazer in the industry.

Beyond the melodies, Christella Latras uses her artistic endeavours as a platform for advocacy and empowerment. Her music becomes a medium through which she champions important causes, inspiring individuals to embrace their uniqueness and pursue their aspirations. Christella's commitment to empowerment is not just sung; it is a powerful anthem that resonates with those who seek inspiration.

Christella's talent, leadership, and unwavering dedication have earned her a well-deserved place among the winners of the prestigious Empowering Women Award. This recognition is not just a celebration of her musical prowess; it is a salute to her commitment to empowering others through the transformative language of music.

In summary, Christella Latras stands as a beacon of creativity and empowerment, enriching our lives with her musical artistry and inspiring leadership. As we applaud her achievements, we look forward to witnessing the continued impact of her work on the realms of music and empowerment.

Logos of Ethical Homecare's partners
Our partners in care

On International Women's Day, Ethical Homecare extends heartfelt congratulations to these extraordinary women who contribute to the fabric of our communities. Their achievements remind us of the importance of investing in and accelerating progress for women. Let's continue to uplift, support, and celebrate the incredible women who shape our world.

Join Ethical Homecare in celebrating International Women's Day. Take a moment to recognize and appreciate the women in your life and community. Share their stories and achievements, and let's collectively invest in a future where every woman can thrive.


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