Hello Anwulika! Tell us a little about yourself?
Hi, I’m Anwulika, I’m 22 years old and I’m currently in my final year studying Physics at university.
Why do you think it’s important to celebrate International Women’s Day?
Even though we have come so far in the fight for gender equality, we still have a long way to go. It’s important to have a day to celebrate our achievements and focus on what’s next. All around the world women face obstacles such as the motherhood pay penalty, lack of representation in politics, FGM and harassment. Having a day, where women all around the world can come together, demand change and put women’s issues front and centre is crucial to set the wheels of change in motion.
Tell me a time you felt the most empowered.
I feel most empowered, when I’m working on things I enjoy and that I know will make a difference. When you empower others, who will then go on and do the same for others, you feel like your small individual actions, like a ripple in the water, can have far reaching effects. At university I run our Women in Finance group and I feel empowered knowing I’m doing my part to help reduce the underrepresentation of women in the financial sector.
What was your dream job as a little girl?
As a very boring child, I’m pretty sure I just wanted to be CEO with a suit and a corner office!
What’s one piece of advice you would give to 18 year old you?
Have confidence in yourself and your abilities.
Don’t worry about making mistakes, the only people who get everything right are people who don’t like a challenge.
Don’t give up - whilst you may have to change your route, mode of transport and estimated arrival time, you can still reach your goals.
What is a change you would like to see for women in the next generation?
I would love to see more women at the top in business and politics. In 2020, of the 100 CEOs of the FTSE100 firms, only 5 were women. This number hasn’t really changed much in years and I really hope the next generation can rectify this.
Edge o’ Beyond is inspired by you and has a range named after you. Who is a woman that inspires you and why?
My Mum is my inspiration. I know she has gone through many challenges in her life, but she always has a smile on her face and is the life and soul of any party! She always looks on the bright side of life and is always looking for ways to help others.
What’s your favourite EOB range?
I may be a bit biased, but the Anwulika range - It’s beautiful and 20% of sales are being donated to the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation!
Each EOB lingerie + swim range is inspired by + named after a wonderful real-life woman. We're extending our celebration of International Women's Day 2021 + taking the opportunity to introduce you to some of them.