Empowering Women Awards launch party

Last night, Marie Claire was at the launch of the Empowering Women Awards at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, along with Tana Ramsay and Will Young...

Last night, saw the launch of the Empowering Women Awards at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Knightsbridge.

The winners will be announced later on in the year, but last night we spotted guests such as Will Young and Beverley Knight turning up to hear speeches from Tana Ramsay and Charlie Webster.

The Empowering Women Awards – created by Avon and domestic violence charity Women’s Aid and in association with marie claire – will recognise the courage of women survivors of domestic violence and those who work to support victims.

The panel of judges include the Prime Minister’s wife Sarah Brown, Dancing On Ice star Tana Ramsay and Hollywood A-lister Reese Witherspoon. Among other awards, they will vote for Woman Survivor Of The Year and Grass Roots Hero for a woman who has gone beyond the call of duty to help those in need of support.

 Tana Ramsey and Trish Halpin at the Empowering Women Awards 2010

Nicola Harwin CBE, chief executive of Women’s Aid, said: ‘We know how difficult it can be for a woman to leave an abusive relationship and rebuild her and her children’s lives. Through our work we have met many women whose achievements have been inspirational.’

If you would like to nominate someone for an award, go to womensaid.org.uk by the closing date of April 30.

If you are affected by domestic violence call 0808 2000 247, the National Domestic Violence Helpline run by Women’s Aid and Refuge or see womensaid.org.uk


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