On Thursday the Countess of Wessex convened a meeting of the Women’s Network Forum (WNF) at the London Stock Exchange. The Countess established the Forum in 2014 as part of The Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme.
The Forum gives the opportunity for senior leaders from different industries and companies to discuss the challenges and issues businesses face in ‘attracting, developing, retaining and advancing women in the workplace’.
Sophie spent time with teenage girls from across London discussing their professional goals and how they are making progress towards achieving their ambitions. The young women are matched with an experienced mentor who offers advice and guidance.
The Forum’s work fits perfectly into the Countess’ portfolio of over 70 organisations. She has emerged as an increasingly visible advocate on women’s issues both in the UK and around the world.
Sophie hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace on International Women’s Day 2019 and announced her support for Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda and the UK’s Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI), part of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR).
And, during a visit to Toronto in November 2019, the Countess encouraged attendees at the 100 Women in Finance’s Next Generation Initiative to “find people that you know and trust and take their advice. You don’t actually have to follow it, but it’s always good to have lots of advice.”