International Women’s Day: Rotary chief on improving equality
To mark International Women’s Day, we talked to some of the most influential women in Redbridge and asked what challenges they have overcome and what women still have to face.
As the first female district governor for Rotary in London, Eve Conway-Ghazi made history in 2012.
She has been involved with the Rotary Club for about 30 years and was previously president of the Redbridge group but still works in broadcast journalism.
Eve estimated that women make up roughly 12 per cent of the international organisation.
She said: “There are a lot of women in senior positions in Rotary already and more coming through but we always like to see more joining.”
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It has been a fast turn-around since 1987, when women were allowed to become members for the first time following a Supreme Court judgement in the US.
Eve will also become the President of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland in 2016.
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The organisation, which is more than 100 years old, is open to business and professional leaders aged 18 and upwards.
Eve said she has never felt disadvantaged herself but has worked to help women’s causes through Rotary.
The organisation helps local charities and runs international campaigns, including fighting to rid the world of polio.
One of the recent projects sent midwives, gynaecologists and nurses to slums in Mumbai to teach women about giving birth safely.