With the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report indicating gender parity is over 200 years away, there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. Movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp and more have fueled a global call-to-action to press forward for gender parity. Celebrated annually on 8 March for well over a century, International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day galvanises action for accelerating women’s equality  and belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group nor organisation specific. See and support the 2018 #PressforProgress campaign theme.


Inspiring Girls International is a charity dedicated to raising the aspirations of girls around the world by connecting them with female role models. Our goals are to expose girls (10-15 years old) to the full variety of careers and options in life, and inspire them to aim high. Find more information about Inspiring Girls International at


Now across eleven cities, the British Library’s network of Business & IP Centres provides free-of-charge access to up-to-the-minute databases on market intelligence/insights on sectors, trends and consumer behaviour, UK and global company information, as well as help to protect and commercialise patents, trade marks and registered designs. Specialist staff are on hand throughout the week to guide you to the help and resources that you need to start and run successful businesses. Uniquely placed in local communities, anyone can walk into these physical hubs offering shared workspace and complementary one-to-one coaching and workshops with external experts that help to pass on skills, knowledge and confidence you need.


Forward Ladies is the UK’s largest business support network for women in business. We offer training, awards, events for career women and female entrepreneurs. Our mission is to create a global platform that connects women to opportunities, networks, businesses and expertise that empowers them.

Since 1999, we have worked closely with some of the biggest names in business, creating innovative events and programmes designed to help women achieve their individual aspirations – which also helps companies to achieve much-needed diversity in leadership and the wider business community.