Today marks the 106th International Women's Day, a day dedicated to commending women and their achievements, and a time to reflect on what we need to do to help make this world a fairer place for us all. Team Odabash feel greatly that the cause is something which should be continued to be celebrated, as well as given awareness to and Melissa herself is a true advocate for supporting women.
Melissa with Jacquie Beltrao- the face of the collection
Melissa has always been passionate about advocating women and helping all women to feel their very best in their own bodies, So, in 2015 Melissa launched her Mastectomy swimwear line, alongside the UK based breast cancer charity, Future dreams which was designed to give the confidence back to women who have suffered from the disease.
. The line still oozes in style, meaning women can still feel great despite what they have been through and amazingly, all proceeds from the range go to the Future Dreams breast cancer charity, the line can be purchased here.
Melissa accepting her award
Following this, Melissa was awarded the first Future Dreams Humanitarian Award. This was given to Melissa as recognition for her role and efforts in working alongside the charity to both help fund-raise and ease the process of women who are going through and have been through this battle.
Melissa feels passionately that is so important to keep up the awareness of the mastectomy line and the charity, recently having spoken on Gaby Roslin's BBC London radio show promotion this amazing cause for women.
Melissa with BBC Radio London host Gaby Roslin
Melissa also often attends and speaks at events aimed at endorsing the achievements of women and what they can do, pictured here at the women powered talk last year at Burberry, which was held to show women how they can build a brand. This is just another amazing way Melissa enjoys giving her support to other women.
Melissa speaking at Burberry House
This week, Melissa attended a Women's event held at the London Stock Exchange, where Sherry Coutu spoke to inspirational women leading businesses across the UK and female CEO'S who are at the early stages of their career. Melissa is a firm believer in women supporting other women and commends women celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.
Melissa at the Stock Exchange opening
So today, throughout the world women and men are encouraged to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. Wondering how can we celebrate International Women’s Day? There are in fact, so many ways! Around the world there are talks, gatherings and rallies. Some women are also striking economically by refusing to work, you can find out more on https://www.womensmarch.com/ There is also a theme created by IWD, where they are asking everyone to be #BeBoldForChange, whether this be organizing your own event or making a pledge to speak out about equality, we can each play our part in creating sustainable equality for all.