24 Mar Justine Greening praises local charity for setting ‘fantastic example’ on gender equality
Haven House Children’s Hospice has been praised by the Minister for Women and Equalities for raising awareness of gender equality in the corporate sector after 140 guests attended its inaugural Women in Business Lunch.
City leaders from a range of corporate sectors came together to share their inspirational success stories under the theme of International Women’s Day, Be Bold for Change.
Organisations represented on the panel included the Bank of England, Canary Wharf and City, The Economist Educational Foundation and Mizuho.
Haven House Patron, Iain Duncan Smith MP, attended the event and gave an opening speech. Guests also heard about the challenges faced by families with life-limiting conditions from Haven House Director of Care Eileen White.
Mr Duncan Smith MP said: “I was delighted to help launch Haven House Children’s Hospice’s inaugural Women in Business Lunch. In society women continue to bear the brunt of caring responsibilities, and for parents with life-limited children, the support provided by hospices such as Haven House really is vital.”
Minister for Women and Equalities Justine Greening MP said: “We can’t just wait for equality to happen, we have to keep pushing for it – and we all have a role to play.
“By launching its Women in Business Lunch, Haven House Children’s Hospice is helping to raise the issue of gender equality with the many families and supporters it works with. It has already set a fantastic example with strong female representation across the charity.”