International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.
This year the theme is #ChooseToChallenge. A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.
We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.
Meet the leading ladies and empowering women at Edmonton Green who Choose to challenge.
The Edmonton Green Centre Management Team
Name: Marie Kyriacou-Edwards
Position: Operations Manager, Edmonton Green Shopping Centre.
What International Women’s Day means to me: International Women’s Day is a very important day to me, when we can reflect and celebrate all of the positive changes which have happened to create equality. Being a female working as an operations manager I feel proud daily to be working in such a male-dominated industry. I truly believe that when women support each other incredible things happen.
Name: Naomi Wainford
Position: Operations Assistant, Edmonton Green Shopping Centre.
What International Women’s Day means to me: For me, this is all about celebrating amazing women in the property industry. I have been lucky to work with many great women in my young career in property management, and even luckier to continue this by working amongst an all female team of strong women who have worked their way up. The ladies I work with are such an inspiration to me every day.
Name: Rebecca Bird
Position: Retail manager, Edmonton Green Shopping Centre.
What International Women’s Day means to me: For me it’s about the celebration of women from all walks of life. It’s about remembering and recognising all the amazing things women have achieved, but also about challenging the stereotypes that still surround us. We’re breaking these at Edmonton green, being an all-female management team which isn’t the norm in our industry, and being able to work and support each other has been fundamental in our success.
Business owners and managers at Edmonton Green
Ameya John-Lewis, Ameya World
Ameya started her started authentic fashionwear business, selling African Caribbean unisex clothing in 1992 from her home in lagos, Nigera. When she moved to the UK in 1999 she continued her business part time from her conservatory, whilst working full time. Ameya built her business by tailoring and making made to measure clothes and grew a loyal customer base through world of mouth.
Following an accident which prevented her from going back to work, Ameya decided to follow her dream and open her first shop within Edmonton Green Shopping Centre in 2011.
“I have faced many hurdles in my life and at times lacked self confidence but when those people around me told me I couldn’t it just made me stronger,” Ameya explains. “I pushed myself, I am a stubborn woman and even when my husband doubted me I wanted to show him I could and set a good example for my daughter”.
Ameya now has two shops, one selling authentic made to measure clothing and a second selling fabrics. Ameya has also inspired her two teenagers to set up their own businesses. Ameya is currently working on launching her website and online shopping site, but in the meantime you can check Ameya World out on Facebook and Instagram.
Kelly Vincent, Letherbarrow
Letherbarrow is a fourth-generation family run business started nearly 90 years ago in the 1930s. I took over the family business and has kept it running with the old ‘greengrocer’ traditions ever since. I pride myself on being extremely personable with our local community which has built a steady and loyal customer base and a great local reputation.
Rebecca Afaidze-Hayford, Rebecca’s Shop
Rebecca‘s Shop has been established for more than 20 years in Edmonton Green London and have supplied everything from groceries, money transfers, restaurant and Air travel ticket.
Rebecca aspires for her shop to be the number one Afro Caribbean shop that gives customers the taste of Africa and the Caribbean. With over two decades experience, the team have come to recognise the key factor to take the business to the next level.
It is more than just a shop.
“My name is Selba everybody calls me Selbz around here. I opened my hair salon Bladez in Edmonton Green nearly 23 years ago. I am proud to say that I have developed a very regular client base over the years which varies from different demographics, we’ve had old and young people coming to us. Something that I pride myself on is that in some cases it has caused a chain reaction where even families are coming to see us. I could have a whole family come in from the grandparents down to the grandchildren of the family all coming in to get their hair done by ourselves.”
Mabel, Rebecca’s Kitchen
Mabel is the Manager of Rebecca’s Kitchen, where you can find delicious Ghanaian food to eat in or takeaway. Specialising in commercial ordering of Ghanaian foods for all occasions, you will find London’s finest Jollof, fried rice and Wayke. Not to mention the most amazing Jerk Kitchen. There’s no denying locals and tourists alike love Rebecca’s Kitchen, the reviews speak for themselves. Check out the Facebook page. Mabel loves managing the restaurant and aspires to own her own business one day.