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Celebrating women all month long...

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Text: Lyndsay Jensen

Dear readers

As we marked International Women's Day on March 8th, it sparked a profound reflection with our team here at The International. Why limit the celebration of women's accomplishments to just one day when their journeys are ongoing stories deserving of continual recognition? Departing from tradition, we've embraced the entirety of March to spotlight the diverse experiences of women worldwide.


This issue is our pledge to amplify women's voices, stories, and triumphs. Each article is unique, weaving a vibrant tapestry that honours women's resilience, creativity, and determination from around the globe.

While picking a favourite among many compelling narratives is tough, one article holds a special place in my heart. In our bumper issue during December, I shared my mother's sudden passing and the challenges of being an international, separated from family at a time of grief. Today, I honour her memory by recounting her remarkable journey, symbolising countless women who brave new frontiers in search of a better life.


My mother embodied strength, resilience, and entrepreneurial spirit. Leaving her roots in the UK as a young mother, she ventured into the unknown, driven by a determination to forge her path in a new country. Her story echoes the struggles of many women who defy norms, transcend boundaries, and shape their destinies.

Our family often spoke of "northern grit" - a resilience passed down through generations. It's this spirit that propelled my mother forward despite adversity. She taught us the value of hard work, dreaming big, and returning from setbacks.

Her legacy extends beyond our family to the lives she touched and the mark she left on the business world. Like many entrepreneurial women, she navigated challenges gracefully, forging ahead with courage and conviction. Her journey inspires women to break barriers and challenge expectations.


As we celebrate International Women's Month, let's honour the pioneers and unsung heroes—the women rewriting their stories with resilience and determination. Let's celebrate the dreamers and entrepreneurs who turn adversity into opportunity.

In the spirit of empowerment, we invite you to commemorate International Women's Month—a time to celebrate achievements, advocate for equality, and create a world where every woman thrives.

As we journey together, let's honour the past, celebrate the present, and pave the way for a future where every woman's story is valued and celebrated.

Happy International Women's Month!

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