Recorder speaks to just some of the inspirational women around the borough
PUBLISHED: 11:00 11 March 2017
Women everywhere have been celebrating what makes them different and standing up for equality this week as part of International Women's Day.
Reporter Hayley Anderson speaks to a few individuals in the borough that embody the national occasion.
Fay Hough, of Rainham: Founder of Awareness for Autism Facebook page
I first started my Facebook page after a horrific meltdown my son had at West Ham Station when he nearly threw himself under a train. As I laid on the platform in the pouring rain bear hugging my son, not one person stopped to help me.
This made me realize the lack of autism awareness, this incident added to years of other incidents out in public.
I connect with autism parents and adults with autism from all over the world through the page, they message me their concerns and I try to support and help in the best way I can.
So many individuals with autism are judged, I see it with my son every time we walk the streets.
I want other families living with autism to know their not alone, and that someone understands.
The Made Public team, of Romford: Jenny Lam, Charlotte Trower, Amy Reid, Christine Santa-Ana, Lauren Martin, Sarah Walters
As an Arts Community Interest Company (CIC) our aim is to regenerate areas through art, culture and entrepreneurship so its no surprise that we all have art related degrees and are all very determined individuals.
Prior to working at Made Public we have all had varied careers but I think we all had a passion for making a difference in our own hometown.
We went to school around here and have grown up locally, so while we may have worked in London, we’ve always seen Romford as our roots and as a place that deserves some positive and creative changes to its landscape.
There are so many art and culture initiatives in London, everywhere from Hackney to Peckham has something going on and we all thought it was about time Romford got in on the action.
The community is what makes every town special. The people of Romford are a diverse, intriguing, captivating and down right interesting bunch (and we include ourselves in that description).
We love working with the community and hope to carry on doing so for a very long time.
Mayor of Havering, Cllr Philippa Crowder
The charities I have been supporting during my mayoral year are Havering Mind, Havering Association for people with Disabilities (HAD) and the Havering Family Diabetic Group.
I chose these three charities, because they are all close to my heart.
So far, we have managed to raise around £50,000 which will be split between the three and there is still more money to make at upcoming events.
My main aim during this year has been to raise the profile of the charities that I am supporting.
I love every part of being the mayor of Havering.
I feel highly honoured and privileged to be in this position.
Emma Knight, of Upminster: 2017 Miss British Beauty Curve contestant
I never really had much confidence and the thought of walking on stage in heels was very distressing.
But I thought if I can get up there after feeling so insecure, then I
can prove to others they can do it
It’s OK to love yourself for who you are, whether you have wobbly bits and stretch marks.
You don’t have to be this stick thin, brushed-hair, baby smooth-skin type of person. No one is the same.
I’m not as fit as I could be but I am completely happy with who I am now.
I want to inspire younger generations and tell them it’s OK to be different.
You can be your own person – you can be plus size and still be beautiful.