Councillor praises women at special ceremony for International Women's Day

A leading Trafford Councillor praised women across the borough when she hosted a special awards ceremony.

Councillor Joanne Harding, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Strategic Partnerships, hosted the third Trafford International Women’s Day awards on March 4th.

The event was held at Flixton Girls School with over 150 people in attendance and was opened by the Mayor of Trafford Councillor Chris Boyes.

Cllr Harding received 70 nominations for the categories of: 

  • Inspirational Young Woman
  • Inspirational Community Champion
  • Inspirational Woman Leader
  • Inspirational Volunteer
  • Inspirational Woman in Health & Social Care
  • Inspirational Woman in Business
  • Woman who goes Above & Beyond

Cllr Harding said: “It was incredibly tough to pick the winners from each category, as far as I am concerned every single woman nominated is a winner.

“Every woman named was awarded a certificate and there were some amazing stories of all the brilliant work that many unsung heroines are doing across Trafford. “

There were also some guest speakers on the day who told emotive stories of the reasons why they came into work that supports women and girls. The event was closed by one of the Young Woman nominees, Neeve Zahara,who is now seeing national success as a country singer.

The winners of the categories are:

Young Woman – Maddison Edgar & Rebecca Coles

Community Champion -Catherine D’Albertanson & Tina Huxley

Leader – Caroline Gleaves & Samantha Fisher

Volunteer -Myra Neale, Leila Sheikh Seliman, Jasmine Stagg & Michelle McHale

Health & Social Care – Samantha Drabble & Rachael Mallard

Woman in Business – Aliya Bukhari & Lucy Reynolds

Above & Beyond – Tracy London & Safina Ahmed

 Cllr Harding added: “It was an absolutely joyous celebration of some brilliant women in Trafford. It is so important on International Women’s Day to recognise some the amazing achievements of local women.”


Posted on Tuesday 7th March 2023