Coventry's Lady Godiva marks International Women's Day with event - The Coventry Observer

Coventry's Lady Godiva marks International Women's Day with event

Coventry Editorial 12th Mar, 2024   0

MORE THAN 100 students gathered at Coventry’s Lady Godiva event at the Priory Visitors Centre to commemorate International Women’s Day where they were treated to inspiring tales and empowering messages from accomplished women who live in the city.

Pru Porretta, Lady Godiva and the founder of the Godiva Trust Charity and Godiva Sisters Community Organisation, orchestrated the event which featured a diverse line-up of speakers representing various professions and backgrounds.

The event welcomed 12 speakers, including professional football player Katy Morris and domestic abuse worker Rachel Oluyemi, who shared their personal journeys and insights with students from several local schools.

These included West Coventry Academy, Sydney Stringer Academy, Blue Coat School, Kenilworth Secondary School, and Seva Secondary School.

Rachel Oluyemi encouraged the students to carry on doing what they were passionate about.

She said: “You are the owner of your life, you can do what you want.




“There are 40 years to work, so make sure you love it.”

The Godiva sisters urged students to gift plants, which were provided, to their teachers as a symbol of growth and to remember the day.


The presence of Coventry’s Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress added to the event’s importance and the community’s support for women’s empowerment.

During the session, students questioned the speakers on their resilience and motivation in the face of gender-based challenges.

Rev Abby Rhodes reflected on her journey as a female priest, informing the students that this year signified the 30th anniversary of women being able to become priests.

“For me it is about faith.

“It is not about money or glamour, it is about loving what you want to do and never letting anyone stop you or build a ceiling for you.

“If you believe you can do it then you can”

Coun Maya Ali expressed her delight at the event’s success, adding: “Today was an amazing day to celebrate with girls and women from across Coventry.

“It was lovely to inspire these girls to do better for themselves and for their futures.”

Lady Godiva shared her thoughts, highlighting the spirit of unity and progress.

“We have had a really inspiring morning with over 100 students and 12 panelists from all different walks of life and careers.

“Godiva is not just about the past, she is the spirit of Coventry.

“You can make a difference, you can share what you do, and you can make good for everyone.”

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