Fashion designer and business woman Sonya Lennon was in the European Parliament today, Tuesday, November 27th, with colleagues from the international charity ‘Dress for Success’ which she brought to Ireland in 2011 and is currently active in 22 other countries. Dress for Success supports women to access job opportunities and provides a free mentoring programme and career development while helping them before, during, and after their entry into the workforce. For the past three years Dress for Success has run a campaign each November – the #WorkEqual - campaign to highlight Ireland's gender pay gap and the measures that workplaces and society in general can take to bridge that gap.
Marian facilitated the visit of the representatives from ‘Dress for Success’ to the European Parliament where they met Irish MEPs and members of both the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality, and the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. While in Brussels they also met other relevant bodies in order to raise awareness of their issues and to learn from best practices in other countries.
Pictured in the European Parliament were (L to R): Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee, Chair of the Cross Parliamentary Group on Work Place Equality in Leinster House, Mairead McGuinness, MEP, Sonya Lennon, Marian, Angela Smyth, CEO, ‘Dress for Success’ and Martina Quinn, Business Development Co-ordinator, ‘Dress for Success’.