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Annual Rising Festival Supports Women Through Pandemic by Focusing on Wellbeing

Annual Rising Festival Supports Women Through Pandemic by Focusing on Wellbeing

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Celebrating International Women’s Day, the virtual Rising Festival 2021 will respond to the pandemic with a focus on confidence, wellbeing and resilience


Running online from Saturday 6th March to Wednesday 10th March to mark International Women’s Day, The Rising Festival 2021 will support and inspire women around the world.  With globally renowned speakers, opportunities to network with like-minded peers, and access to mentoring throughout the Festival, participants will gain inspiration and advice on wellness and balance, achieving their full potential, and having the confidence to go after their dreams.

Lily Cheng, Founder of The Rising Network said:

“This is our third annual Rising Festival and it’s exactly the right time to bring our supportive community in virtual format to women around the globe.  We know that women are under incredible strain because of the pandemic. Many are juggling home schooling, working from home, and existing domestic duties; for others, economic opportunities have decreased, or caring responsibilities have increased dramatically. This year’s Rising Festival has been designed to support women through these challenges, and is focused on wellbeing, building resilience, and developing the confidence and skills to thrive in the lives they choose.

We’d like to thank our sponsors and partners for making this event possible: our Ally Partner, ARM and sponsors Kiss CommunicationsAVEVAOne Zero AccountancyBritish Antarctic Survey, and Anglia Ruskin University. Thank you to our media partners, Cambridge Independent and Velvet Magazine.”


Participants in previous festivals have said:

“I left feeling empowered…I left the Rising Festival feeling like yes I do deserve the success I’ve had and it’s an achievement. So thank you for helping me recognise my achievements and to believe in myself.”


“I am so pleased I came to this year’s Rising Festival. Not only did I have a great opportunity to meet and listen to extraordinary and successful women, I have also made new connections throughout the day. It made me realise that being a woman is great and if they can do it…I can too!”


A limited number of Early Bird tickets for the Rising Festival are available until 15th January so book your ticket by this Friday.

We have corporate packages and ticket bundles available for purchase. Get in contact to learn more.

Learn more about the Rising Festival here:


About The Rising Network

The Rising Network is a vibrant network empowering women to reach their true potential. We offer mentoring, e-learning courses, masterclasses, workshops, events, networking, webinars and other learning and development programmes.  These are designed to empower women to reach their true potential through peer to peer learning, upskilling and knowledge transfer in a supportive learning and networking environment. Topics include mindset, finding balance, cultivating confidence and wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, career progression, leadership, and how to break the glass ceiling. As well as supporting our individual members, we offer universities, charities and corporate membership to support learning and development, and diversity and inclusion initiatives. For more information and to join us,


Background on International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.  It will be marked on 8th March 2021, with the theme of #ChooseToChallenge.


Background on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on women

The latest ONS statistics on UK wellbeing show that women are experiencing higher levels of anxiety and worry than men, with 80% of women feeling ‘very or somewhat worried’ and 37% of women reporting ‘high levels of anxiety’ (vs 69% and 29% respectively)* Data for 22 December 2020 – 3 January 2021 

The pandemic is having a greater negative impact globally on women’s employment opportunities than men’s, predicted to significantly set back gender parity in the future. [2]



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