Celebrating International Women’s Day 2019: Our Strong Women of Manchester

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2019: Our Strong Women of Manchester

We are very pleased to announce that our very own Sharmila Kar, Director of Workforce and Organisational Development and Jackie Driver, Strategic Lead for Inclusion and Social Value have been chosen to feature in this year’s Manchester City Council’s International Women’s Day campaign – #StrongMCRwomen (pictured below).

Sharmila and Jackie were nominated by members of the International Women’s Day Steering Group to feature in this year’s campaign alongside of 14 other inspirational women from across the city.

On Saturday 2 March, both Sharmila and Jackie will be join many others from across the city to show the world how great Manchester and its women really are in the Walk for Women event. The walk will start at 1:30pm from outside Central Library and will make its way over to Castlefield Bowl finishing at 4:00pm.

You don’t have to be a woman to take part, but you do have to support them and there will be music, dancing, marching and shouting.

To find out more about the Walk for Women event and the #StrongMcrWomen campaign, please visit manchester.gov.uk/IWD

About Sharmilla Kar, Director of Workforce and Organisational Development

Image featuring Sharmila Kar, MHCC Director of Workforce and Organisational Development
Sharmila pictured above (centre) in the #StrongMCRWomen campaign

 

Born and raised in India, Sharmila moved to the UK in her 20’s. Sharmila is a senior professional specialising in people development.

Throughout her career she has been passionate about organisational and people development ensuring that equality and inclusion are at the heart of how organisations function. Sharmila has led HR and OD functions at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Disability Rights Commission and Nacro, a national social justice organisation.

Sharmila has worked with a wide range of organisations across the public and not for profit sector undertaking a portfolio of HR, OD and Equality related projects. She has served on the board of Amnesty International UK and is currently a trustee at the LGBT Foundation.

About Jackie Driver, Strategic Lead for Inclusion and Social Value

Image of Jackie Driver, MHCC Strategic Lead for Inclusion and Social Value
Jackie pictured above (left hand side) in the #StrongMCRWomen campaign

Jackie is currently on secondment here at Manchester Health and Care Commissioning (MHCC) to design and lead our inclusion and social value strategy. Outside of the world of MHCC, she works full time in the field of equality and human rights and she has been part of the leadership of the Equality and Human Rights Commission since its inception. She is listed as one of the most influential disabled people in the UK in the Power 100 list as well as recognised for her leadership by rights campaigners.

As a Chair of a nationally recognised Manchester user led organisation, Breakthrough UK, Chair of the national leading Deaf organisation Sign Health and advisor to Result CIC, who provide coaching to disadvantaged communities, Jackie clearly has some time management talent alongside her strong commitment to the voluntary sector.

Jackie was recently asked what makes a strong woman and she said:

“It means defining your own strength, instead of adhering to a set of standards society has decided women must follow in order to be considered strong. A strong woman is a woman who fights for rights she and others shouldn’t have to fight for. Being a strong woman is telling yourself that you are good enough, brave enough, and innovative enough to overcome the obstacles that get in the way of our freedom to flourish.”

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