On Wednesday, September 9th, Dulwich College Beijing students had the enormous privilege of meeting Her Majesty’s British Ambassador to China, Ms Barbara Woodward. The purpose of her visit was to launch the Inspiring Women campaign in China. During the event, Ms Woodward delivered a speech to Senior School students in which she talked about her role as an Ambassador and the significance of this campaign.
The campaign seeks to inspire the up-and-coming generation of powerful and ambitious young women to broaden their horizons and fulfil their dreams. First initiated 18 months ago in the UK, the campaign has already over 16,000 influential women offering to share their stories. Together with the Ambassador, we hosted two other distinguished guests in support of the campaign: the Country Director of China British Council, Ms Carma Elliot and the Chair of British Chamber, Ms Clare Pearson.
Ms Woodward concluded her speech with a quote from Dag Hammarskjöld (the second UN Secretary-General, 1953 - 1961): "We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny, but what we put in it is ours.” Ms Woodward told the students that it is up to them to paint their picture of life through their own actions and decisions. "Inspiring Women is about giving more women more colours, more ideas and more things to put in that picture," she said.
The presentation and question-answer session in the Wodehouse Theatre were extremely well received by our students, both girls and boys. Our students had spent time preparing questions and the panelists all commented on how astute these questions were. After the event, two of our IB students had the opportunity to attend a media conference with the Ambassador.
Please watch the below video from HM British Ambassador’s visit to DCB please click here:
To read more about Inspiring Women campaign or to volunteer for the programme please visit:
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