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by The Women's Association

We are working with organisations and leaders to ensure that every girl has the information, access, and support to navigate her path equitably and authentically from education to  employment, transforming her aspirations into tangible realities.


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For The Girls gala is a celebration of unity, empowerment, and support for young girls. The gala is dedicated entirely to celebrating and uplifting girls, their achievements, and their potential. It serves as a tribute to the community that is coming together to make a difference in their lives.


The gala is not just an event, it's a space to honour girls' potential, share stories of empowerment, and gather resources to support their growth. The gala is a bridge between the broader community and the specific goals of "Project Phoenix."

From speaking to many girls over the last 2 years, we've understood that one of the barriers that impact their dreams is low self-esteem/confidence. One of the biggest factors they've cited that affects their self-esteem/confidence currently is social media.


As social media is such a prominent part of society we can’t stop girls from engaging but we can change how they engage.


Project Phoenix" carries a deeper symbolism of rebirth and renewal. It reflects the process that the girls are going to undergo—shedding negative influences, rising from challenges, and emerging stronger and more resilient.

By nurturing resilient, compassionate, and empowered young girls, businesses contribute to creating a generation of confident and capable individuals who will become leaders, innovators, and contributors to society

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The Executive Challenge connects girls from under-represented communities with corporates to give them an insight and connection into the world of work. 

he Executive Challenge runs over a period of a year and comprises 3 core elements namely

Working at home


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Sharon Whale

CEO Global Markets & Operations

Oliver Agency

"I think it can be easy for young women, especially young Black women and other women of colour to feel othered and not good enough, so it’s important for me to carry on educating myself but it’s also important to provide support and allyship to young women. This project helps young women develop a sense of self and it helps them develop their ambition and not be afraid of it. - Sometimes you just need the access."

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Jon Clark

EMEIA Oil & Gas Strategy and Transactions Leader


"If I was 15 again I would love to have access to something like this. I have a 10-year old daughter and I’d love for her to have access to this. Just to learn all the different jobs that are out there is really valuable. I want young women to know that all of these people out there with important sounding jobs are just human beings.: 

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Ruth Leas



"I would have loved the opportunity to meet with someone and see how human they are when I was younger. This is a great opportunity to talk to someone and understand the personal side of business, it’s also very inspiring to talk to young people. I very much support the whole ethos of The Executive Challenge."