Coverage in Christian Today, celebrating #InternationalWomensDay
“Natasha Rufus Isaacs, co-founder of Beulah London
We thought slavery was abolished by Wilberforce in 1833, but the reality is that almost 30 million people are held in slavery today. Beulah was founded with a vision to empower women who have been trafficked by providing an alternative, sustainable livelihood. International Women’s Day is a reminder to us to keep fighting slavery and injustice and make a positive difference in the world.”
"Clothes that aim to stop the traffic
From homespun beginnings, Beulah is gathering a celebrity following thanks to elegant designs - and sold ethics”
Sky Sports’ F1 presenter, Natalie Pinkham, sparkles with life off and on camera. With a passion for helping others, Natalie’s recent documentary ’The Lost Orphan: Mirela’s Story’ tracks Natalie’s hunt to find a vulnerable teenage orphan in Romania who she originally looked after as a 3 year old child during her university summer in 1999. Natalie’s tenacity & incredible heart for people is clear from the last two years which she has spent fundraising to build a safe home for Mirela with ‘Hope and Homes’.
Multiple award winning British actress, screenwriter, comedienne, and author, Emma Thompson has made an unforgettable impact on us through her performances in films such as Sense & Sensibility, Much Ado About Nothing and Love Actually. Emma is also now touching lives by creatively exposing the brutality of sex trafficking. After working with the Helen Bamber Foundation and meeting a Moldovan girl in 2006 (who had been lured to the UK with the promise of a receptionist job, but forced into the sex trade at 19 years old) Emma was inspired to create a hard hitting art exhibit called ‘The Journey’. This used seven shipping containers which chronicled the seven stages of a trafficked woman’s experience.
Sadly cameras didn’t exist in 500 BC so we don’t have a photo of Esther but we do know that she was a true biblical beauty. Her 12 month make up regime before meeting King Xerxes at his Royal Beauty pageant puts all of ours to shame (6 months applying oils & 6 months sampling perfume & cosmetics)! Handpicked for the throne by King Xerxes, Esther knew how to impress in a dress, but what we love most of all about Esther was her ability to model powerful female strength & character. At a time in Persia when the King was planning to massacre her Jewish people, Esther interceded and petitioned to save their lives whilst bravely risking her own life.
Founder of Sport For Freedom, Julia Immonen is passionate about combating human trafficking through sport. Her desire to raise awareness of modern day slavery is so strong that in 2011 she rowed 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean with the first female crew through crashing 50 ft waves. With a job on the Sky Sports Team, Julia juggles so many things, yet she always has time for people. We love her inspirational positivity, faith, golden locks and the way she walks the talk.
Liz Earle is a cosmetics queen who gets hands on. Not only is she is the creator of iconic ‘Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser’, but she also runs an organic farm. We hugely admire the way Liz has managed to build a multi-million pound beauty brand even as a working mother of five children. Liz now also heads up her charity ‘Live Twice’ which seeks to provide practical help & support for the disadvantaged.