Media Trust provides advice and mentoring on International Women's Day

More than 150 volunteers have agreed to share their communications skills at the trusts Women's Voices event today, just one of many charity events to celebrate the day

The Media Trust is to provide 30 women and girls' charities with advice and mentoring as part of dozens of events that are taking place to mark today’s International Women's Day.

More than 150 media volunteers have agreed to share their communications skills at the Women's Voices event in what is the trust's biggest volunteering event of the year.

Kate Dale, the strategic lead for campaigns at Sport England, is the keynote speaker at the event, which matches charities with volunteers from the trust's key corporate partners, including Google, ITV and Facebook.

It is one of many charity events celebrating International Women's Day.

The Wow Foundation, which works to build a gender equal world, chose the occasion for its official launch.

Founded by Jude Kelly, the theatre director, it started nine years ago as WOW – Women of the World festival in London and now has support on six continents.

A programme of events in London, marking its establishment as a foundation supported by Bloomberg, will include famous names such as Lily Allen, Angela Davis and Naomi Klein.

Members of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Women’s Empowerment Network are promoting women's equality in the House of Lords at an event hosted by the crossbench peer Baroness Coussins on behalf of the Traveller Movement.

MPs, peers and members of the GRT women’s network will speak at the event.

The artist Anouk Mercier, who is drawer-in-residence for the hospital charity CW+ at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, is creating 50 portraits of female nurses from a 1919 photograph.

Mercier discovered the photograph in the archives of the hospital and was struck by the fact that none of the nurses’ names had been recorded. She hopes the project will highlight the lack of gender diversity in the hospital archives.

Celebrities and influencers are joining forces with clients of the homelessness charity St Mungo’s to highlight the plight of female rough sleepers.

Actors Julie Hesmondhalgh and Victoria Emslie are among those taking part in the What Does Home Mean to You? campaign.

St Mungo’s is urging supporters to take an online quiz and share what home means to them online under the hashtag #WhatHomeMeans.

The disability charity Leonard Cheshire has chosen today to announce the Paralympic athlete Olivia Breen and the television presenter and disability rights campaigner Sophie Morgan as its newest ambassadors.

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