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Stars celebrate International Women's Day with Girls I Rate

PICTURED: Female music industry stars celebrate Girls I Rate

GRAMMY-NOMINATED songwriter Carla Marie Williams brought together some of the UK’s top female music talent at a special event in celebration of her organisation Girls I Rate last night.

Alexandra Burke, Nao and Misha B were all in attendance at the gala dinner, which was fittingly held on International Women’s Day (8 March), at Soho restaurant 100 Wardour Street.

Williams, who is behind Beyoncé’s song Freedom featuring Kendrick Lamar and many other chart hits, said: “What a night of celebration and inspiration it was tonight, such an honour to bring some of the industry’s most kickass women together in one room.”

More than 100 women attended the gala dinner, in aid of Girls I Rate’s aim to empower women and improve their representation in the music industry.

Williams said it meant everything to have the support of friends, stars and Vevo, who partnered with Girls I Rate on the event. “I’m appreciating all of them."

Talking about some of the women who were present, Williams said: “They’re artists that I actually work with in my day to day life. I try and invite people that I can connect with and [those who] really understand the mission of Girls I Rate, which is operation couch – celebration, opportunity, unity, change and hope.”

Alexandra Burke said: “There should be more organisations like Girls I Rate and more events for women to go to to celebrate each other. This is a great way to start to impact the world. The women who are coming today are making a difference by attending, by showing support and uniting together and just doing what we do best – women are powerful, women are amazing.”

BBC radio and TV presenter Sarah Jane Crawford hosted the night and said she was excited about the event and what it represents, describing it as “a really unique occasion”.

“It’s really nice because iron sharpens iron, it’s good to be around like-minded women. It’s good to celebrate other women and not see them as competition."

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