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Posted: 7/03/2012 23:00

Today is International Women's Day and for me it has already gotten off to quite the start. I opened the London Stock Exchange this morning alongside 49 other UK businesswomen, which showcased the talent and success of women in this country.

I have achieved so much in my career and am still excited by new opportunities to take my business to the next level. Being alongside women from across the country who are doing the same was a truly inspiring way to start the day. It was quite a buzz being there to ring the opening bell!

International Women's Day is about celebrating the amazing role women play every day across the world. Mother, professional, sister, aunt, creator, designer and businesswoman are just a few of the hats I wear on a daily basis, which goes to show just how busy a woman's life really can be.

There are so many women that are unsung heroes, so a day like International Women's Day reminds us of just what a contribution women make. For me, one of the achievements I am most proud of is being a mother to Natasha and a step-mum to Savannah and Sienna. I think being a parent has to be one of the toughest jobs (even Oprah agrees), but the bond between a mother and her daughter is something incredibly precious. I am so proud of what Natasha has achieved and she inspires me every day to pursue projects I am truly passionate about.

I was thrilled to be able to work with the White Ribbon Alliance For Safe Motherhood on a project to showcase the special bond between mothers and daughter while raising funds for their incredibly charity. I had my photo taken by Joanna Vestey for the Dreams for my Daughter exhibition, which is taking place at the Blue Bar in the Royal Festival Hall on the Southbank here in London.

The White Ribbon Alliance does amazing work to ensure women around the world have access to health care during pregnancy and childbirth. They are active in 155 countries providing lifesaving care to women and girls. My great friend Yasmin Mills introduced me to the charity and I'm thrilled to be helping out in any way I can. This exhibition Dreams for My Daughter is raising further awareness for an issue first highlighted by Sarah Brown in 2010; the forcible marriage of young girls.

Over the past year the WRA has been capturing the hopes and dreams that mothers have for their daughter from locations across the globe. This amazing project is being unveiled today at the South Bank and I am so thrilled to be a part of this incredible campaign.

So what's my dream for my daughter Natasha? Well it's simple, I just wish for my daughter's dreams to come true.

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy and happy International Women's Day.

P.S. The Huffington Post's founder Arianna Huffington is also supporting the campaign!

 

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