When a woman is empowered, women are empowered. Each new achievement reinforces us all.

Inspirational Stories

Stephanie Leese

Stephanie Leese has taken on the male dominated world of plastering, and won. Afterjust three years in business she now has a team of eight and a growing reputation. She has worked on a Channel 4 television show and has been invited to take part in research by British Gypsum.

Stephanie learned plastering many years ago, as a part time job while at university, but thought no more of it as she followed a career in HR. Following redundancy in 2010, however, she refreshed…

Rinoza Riaze

After many years as a full-time Mum, Rinoza Riaze finally has the time to do something for herself, fulfilling her ambition of running her own company - ‘Bees Dialect’ interpreting services. The Women’s Organisation helped her get her ideas off the ground.

Before running her own business, Rinoza was a full time mother. “All my time was taken up with my four children,” she explains, “I had plenty of ideas, but I didn’t have time…

Karen Caffrey

Karen Caffrey set up Homecarers Liverpool in 1994 and has since grown the business to 270 staff and an annual turnover of £3.4million. The Women’s Organisation is proud to have supported Karen in developing her business, and delighted that she now works with us to help other women.

Karen was an NHS nurse for 14 years before she spotted a gap in the market created by the Community Care Act. Karen set up Homecarers Liverpool Ltd (HCL) in 1994, as a domiciliary…

Hana Awwad

After 6 years of medical school and 4 years as a practicing doctor, Hana Awwad took the brave decision to change from a career that wasn’t satisfying her, and start her own business using her passion for design to fill a gap in the greetings card market. The Women’s Organisation gave her all the support and encouragement she needed to take this bold step.

Working in design was a dream for Hana Awwad, but a dream that she thought she would never realise after…

More than twice as many men than women are self employed: 14% of men, 6% of women.
source: Fawcett - The changing labour market
Women in full-time work currently earn an average of 15% less per hour than men
source: Fawcett - The changing labour market
"I think you should take your job seriously, but not yourself, that is the best combination"
source: Dame Judi Dench
In 2010, 104 million women in 59 countries started and managed new business ventures
source: GEM 2010 - Women's Report
30,000 women every year lose their jobs as a result of becoming pregnant.
source: GEM 2010 - Women's Report
"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any"
source: Alice Walker


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