International Women’s Day 2020 - Celebrating women's achievements in the quest for an equal world

This International Women’s Day, the theme is #EachforEqual – promoting the concept that an “equal world is an enabled world” and that our “individual actions, conversations, behaviours and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society.”

Here, we celebrate our clients whose mindsets, individual actions and businesses have wide reaching benefits – to those around them and beyond.

1 – Follow your dreams – Former banker and cancer survivor, Marina Efraimoglou, took a leap of faith (and major career change) to answer her calling. Her vision and dream, Euphoria Retreat, opened in summer 2018 and has since been heralded as one of the best spas in Europe (recently winning a Conde Nast Traveller Spa Award)

2 – Discover self care – Gua Sha is at the heart of the Hayo’u Method, founded by Katie Brindle – practitioner of Chinese medicine and author of the best-selling book ‘Yang Sheng, the art of Chinese self-healing’. Katie has created a fully integrated preventative health method – empowering individuals with the tools and rituals to self-heal. Her virtual clinic allows people to take responsibility for their own wellbeing, rather than turning to Western medicine when they get sick

3 – Transforming food in UK schools – this is the goal of Chefs in Schools, co-founded by Nicole Pisani, former head chef at leading London restaurant NOPI. The charity is already doing phenomenal work in over 25 London schools and starting to work further afield, while also campaigning for national change. Furthermore, the senior leadership team is all female. In addition to co-founder and Exec Chef Nicole, the charity is headed up by CEO Naomi Duncan, with Polly Praill as Head of Development and Danielle Glavin as Head of Content & Campaigns. More about the charity’s work here

4 – A force for good, for people and planet – itmustbeNOW.com is a legacy project of hotel industry stalwarts Alexa Poortier and her husband Onno. Alexa is driving their commitment to transform the impact of travel, prioritising and empowering the traveller to make smarter choices that are better for the environment

5 – Creativity & calm through art – Aged 27, Zena El Farra is a successful London entrepreneur who created MasterPeace in 2019. The mindful art studio helps people to use creativity – which is proven to help cope with stress, anxiety, and depression – to revitalise and boost their mental wellbeing. Zena was listed as one of the top ten women to watch in business innovation in 2018. More about Zena here

6 – Shaping science and advancing research – celebrating the female-majority team of resident marine savers and manta trust researchers, coral specialists, oceanographers, turtle rehab experts and manta researchers at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru. Led by a team of passionate marine biologists, the pioneering on-island marine research centres enable guests to experience once-in-a-lifetime marine encounters, while learning about their life and habitat. Their dedication and commitment to ocean conservation is shaping science and advancing research in their respective fields

7 – Dedicated to improving the health, immunity and quality of life of others – the new Head Physician at The Original FX Mayr, Dr. Muntean-Rock, whose passion for Chinese and Mayr medicine and how they work so well together, has quickly won her the empathy of the clinic’s guests. Learn here why she is so passionate about fasting – and why it’s so good for everyone’s health

8 – FREE Ayurvedic consultation for all women from Ananda in the Himalayas, focused on achieving hormonal balance. Hormones regulate hunger, weight and mood and influence reproductive systems and sleep patterns. This complimentary consultation, available throughout March, gives a sense of the expertise available at the pioneering destination spa, with guidance on lifestyle choices to help achieve perfect hormonal balance. To book, email wellness.consultant@anandaspa.com or visit www.anandaspa.com (see here for more details)