The Divas of Colour 2020 International women’s festival is a focus on mental health tagged, Mind Your Mind.
Because there’s no health without mental health.
Our 2020 flagship international women’s festival will focus on mental health awareness, continuing from our Mind Your Mind campaign which began from our 2018 event.
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The Fashion show.
Our fashion show is an integral part of Divas of Colour, an opportunity for Designers to showcase their brands to a global audience of mostly women; professional and high profile women and London renowned media.
Divas of Colour awards during the International women’s festival is a prestigious award that recognises the many contributions of women in diverse sectors of economic and human development. The awards are open to women from around the world from all walks of life.
The Divas of Colour awards is an important aspect of the Divas of Colour empowerment strategy as we seek to discover, recognise and reward the efforts of hardworking women who may not have been discovered. Because of Divas of Colour awards, women from around the world have had the opportunity to visit the UK, been recognised by British Embassy in their resident nations and also have seen women grow from unknown women to being launched on global platforms.
Previous nominees include Dawn Butler, MP (UK’s Shadow minister for women and equalities), Baroness Rosalind Howells of St David’s (Member of UK House of Lords), Baroness Floella Benjamin (Member UK House of Lords), Hon. Cecilia Ogwal, MP (Member of parliament Uganda), Rep. Dee Dawkins Haigler (US Georgia State representative), Hon. Abike Dabiri of Nigeria, Senator Grace Bent of Nigeria, Jennifer Obaseki of Obaseki Solicitors, Ruth Oshikanlu, Fatima Alimohammed, Rumbidzayi Kamba, among many others
Mental health is one of our top priorities because women’s mental health has a direct effect on the family and society alike. Women are naturally more predisposed to poor mental health due to their biological dispositions, childbirth, religious, traditional and societal pressures all add to the strains and stress that women continual face.
Whether they’re career professionals, entrepreneurs or simply stay at home mothers; women are majorly vulnerable and as such predispose more people to danger. For us, it’s important that women globally are empowered to through adequate education, information sharing and validation.
Women are expected to compete both in business, career professions and most do these still going through pregnancy, childbirth and nurturing the family. As kore and more women step into the global stage, there’s more need to pay attention to their overall health and more specifically their mental health.
Who Can Attend The International Women’s Festival?
The Divas of Colour International Women’s Festival is a global event bringing together a diverse range of international professionals, entrepreneurs and organisation to deliberate on the wellbeing and practical empowerment of women as well as celebrate the invaluable contributions of women in different sectors of human, socio-economic development. Each year, hundreds of delegates from diverse backgrounds from across the world attend the flagship summit in London. Typical attendees include;
Human Resources professionals
CEOs, managers, executives.
Married and single Women and men.
Young men and women.
Fashion and beauty professionals.
Other professionals (Entertainment, sports, banking, tech, and all aspects of human endeavours).
Why Focus on Mental Health?
Our Co-founder, Faustina Anyanwu said, “For me, mental health sums up an individuals health as what happens in the mind has not just a direct effect on the general health but also, has a crucial effect on an individual’s overall performance and productivity. Therefore for a better society and outcome, women’s wellbeing must become a priority for organisations, families, businesses, nations and individuals alike. Employees, in particular, must pay attention, train and equip their staff with information on the peculiar needs of women which may affect their mental health.”
Economic implications to families, organisations and the nation. (According as recorded by Mental Health UK
Mental health problems are associated with large direct costs for individuals and society, such as the provision of health and social care, and indirect costs including lost employment.
Perinatal mental health problems carry a total economic and social long-term cost to society of about £8.1 billion for each one-year cohort of births in the UK.
In 2015, common mental health problems (e.g. anxiety, depression and stress) and more serious mental health problems were the third most important cause of sick leave. In 2015, mental-health-related issues were found to lead to approximately 17.6 million days’ sick leave or 12.7% of the total sick days taken in the UK.
Research carried out by Oxford Economics suggests that 181,600 people cannot join the labour force because of their mental health problems.
According to calculations by Oxford Economics, it is estimated that the UK GDP in 2015 could have been over £25 billion higher than what it was if not for the economic consequences of mental health problems to both individuals and businesses. This value is a total of 1.3% higher than what it was.
It has been estimated that the cost to UK GDP of workers either leaving the workforce entirely or going part-time in order to care for someone with a mental health problem, was £5.4 billion in 2015, with over 91% of this amount being due to those leaving the labour force entirely.4
Statistical effects of mental health on women.
Mental health problems affect both men and women, but not in equal measure.
In England, women are more likely than men to have a common mental health problem such as; anxiety, depression and stress and are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety disorders.
In 2013, 6,233 suicides were recorded in the UK for people aged 15 and older. Of these, 78% were male and 22% were female.
10% of mothers and 6% of fathers in the UK have mental health problems at any given time.
One in five (19.1%) women had CMD symptoms, compared with one in eight men (12.2%).
Approximately 68% of women and 57% of men with mental health problems are parents.
The most common mental health problems experienced during pregnancy and after birth are anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Women experiencing maternal mental health problems.
Postpartum psychosis: 2 per 1,000
Serious mental ill-health: 2 per 1,000
Severe depressive illness: 30 per 1,000
Mild-moderate depressive illness and anxiety states: 100-150 per 1,000
PTSD: 30 per 1,000
Adjustment disorders and distress: 150-300 per 1,000.