Celebrating women today and every day

7 March 2024
On International Women’s Day, we are celebrating the phenomenal women on our team and the continued global progress towards gender equality.

This day provides an opportunity for people and organisations around the world to come together to celebrate the achievements of women and girls. Our founder Stephanie Slater reflects on the contributions of the women on her team:  

“On this day I’m thinking about the tremendous impact women have had on our organisation since School Food Matters was born sixteen years ago. Our team of staff and volunteers are made up of talented gardeners, food teachers, project coordinators and evaluators, nutritionists and chefs, all with unique insights to help this organisation thrive. Their passion for our mission energises me every day, and I feel so lucky to call them my colleagues and friends.  

“Our quest is to inspire the next generation of women food professionals and through our food education programmes, we can introduce young women to the many opportunities that exist in the food sector.” 

Our programmes encompass all different aspects of the food system and expose young people to different opportunities within the food sector.

Our Young Marketeers programmes across the country give primary school girls a chance to sell the fresh produce they have grown at school.

Through our Fresh Enterprise programme, young women from secondary schools in London have an opportunity to develop and market their own products.

Our Honeybee Programme gives young girls the chance to learn about their role as environmental stewards. Through the programme, they will come to understand the vital role of pollinators in our food system and the need to protect our precious planet for future generations. 

Today we must also recognise that there is more work to be done to close the gender gap. If you or your organisation are looking for ways to inspire gender equality, why not start by checking in with two dynamic women, our very own School Food Matters trustees?  

  • Alayna Francis is speaking at Borough Market’s virtual International Women’s Day masterclass. Her talk will focus on creating your personal brand. All webinar sessions are free to attend. Link here.

  • Mex Ibrahim is founder of Women in the Food Industry which strives to empower women, shine a spotlight on their contribution to the UK food industry and build a community of women who give each other support, confidence and strength.  

Learn more about International Women’s Day on the UN Women website here.