With International Women’s Day almost one month gone, we are very keen to share with you what we got up to on the day! Up and down the country in the UK and in our teams overseas, our supporters showed their unity for women with leprosy. 

We are pleased to announce that we reached an estimated total of over eight million people through radio interviews, life-changing tea parties and on social media too!

Here’s what happened!

On the radio

On the day our ambassadors, Victoria Hislop and Fiona Duby OBE took to the radios, including BBC Asian Network and Dilse Radio, to talk about our new active case finding methods which found 30% more women than the Indian Government who use similar methods.

You can still listen to the interview on BBC Asian Network starting from 2.35.50 (available until 07/04/2017). You can also read more about the project on our website or watch this short video!

Social media

We invited our supporters to share tea drinking selfies on social media to show their support. This challenge was taken up by gardener Alan Titchmarsh, Colchester MP Will Quince, kids’ presenter Amy Thompson, actress Claire King, and Heart radio presenter Stuart Miles!

Selfies of Claire King, Amy Thompson, Stuart Miles, Will Quince and Alan Titchmarsh enjoying a cup of tea

Some of our senior management team joined in too!

Tim Swaine, Isabel Cross, and Geoff Prescott of our Senior Management Team enjoying a cup of tea

Life-changing tea parties

In our Colchester office, we were joined by our supporters and local businesses for a life-changing tea party. We raised just over £70, enjoying tea and cake kindly donated by East of England Co-op and Feast Colchester.

Collage teacups, cakes, and people enjoying a cup of tea

At least six tea parties were held by our supporters elsewhere, including one of our long-term supporters Erica Elliott  who raised a impressive £517!

Lepra India

Lepra India also celebrated International Women’s Day in style. Not only did Vice-Chair Jayashree join us for the radio interview on BBC Asian Network, actor and Goodwill Ambassaor R. Madhavan shared his message for International Women’s Day, calling for action against the discrimination and isolation suffered by women with leprosy.

Our Goodwill Ambassador Madhavan on this #IWD2017 #BeBoldForChange

Posted by LEPRA India on Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Ms Padmaja, Project Officer of the Healthcare WASH Project, was chosen for the Mahila Vashishta Puraskaram (Eminent Women Award), amongst other women, for her services rendered at Kamareddy District level!

We are happy that our colleague Ms Padmaja, Project Officer, Healthcare WASH Project, was chosen for the Mahila...

Posted by LEPRA India on Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Lastly, our colleagues at Lepra India also raised awareness by pledging to #BeBoldForChange in the fight against leprosy and discrimination!

Collage of our colleagues at Lepra India holding signs pledging to #BeBoldForChange

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