Georgina named a "Woman of the Year"

Georgina Downs at the Women of the Year Lunch on 13th October 2008

Georgina was named a "Woman of the Year" and invited to the prestigious Women of the Year Lunch at the Guildhall in London on Monday 13th October 2008 in recognition of her campaign and stand against the Government for failing to protect rural residents and communities from exposure to toxic pesticides sprayed near homes, schools, children playgrounds and other premises.

Georgina's work and campaign have continued to receive recognition as in the last 2 years she has been nominated for 8 major awards winning 3 of them.

The Women of the Year Lunch was founded in 1955 by the late Tony Lothian OBE, the late Odette Hallowes, and the late Lady Georgina Coleridge to bring together outstanding women from all walks of life, creating one of the most significant assemblies of women in the world in recognition of their individual achievements.

Every woman is individually nominated by a member of the Women of the Year Nominating Council and is considered a "Woman of the Year" because of her special contribution to society or the workplace. Georgina was nominated by the Chairman of the Women of the Year, Gill Carrick, who stated in the invitation letter that, "your campaign against the use of pesticides is to be applauded."

Joan Armatrading MBE, president of Woman of the Year states, "For the past 53 years, Women of the Year has been honouring women from all backgrounds, women who themselves seldom recognise their incredible value to the international community yet who have excelled in their field."

Georgina said, "I feel very honoured to have been invited to such a prestigious event and to be in the company of so many remarkable women who have achieved so much in their respective fields."

The Women of the Year Lunch and Awards took place at the Guildhall in London on Monday 13th October 2008 between 12pm to 3.15pm. The 2008 keynote speaker was award winning playwright and anti-violence campaigner Eve Ensler. For further information see