Queen Anne's Parent to run The Great Ethiopian Run

Wednesday 28th May 2014

A member of Queen Anne’s community will be taking part in Africa’s biggest and noisiest 10km race this November to raise money for Womankind Worldwide, an international women’s rights and development charity based in the UK.

photoMrs Julie Rayfield, whose daughter Alanna attends Queen Anne’s, will be taking part in The Great Ethiopian Run on 23 November 2014, joining over 35,000 runners as they take to the streets of Addis Ababa to run 10km at an altitude of 2600m/8000ft!

As well as taking part in The Great Ethiopian Run, Mrs Rayfield will have the opportunity to meet local partners that Womankind Worldwide are working with and see first-hand some of their work in Ethiopia.

If you would like to sponsor Mrs Rayfield, please click here to visit her fundraising page.


Womankind Worldwide’s work in Ethiopia is vital as Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in Africa and traditional values mean that women experience inequality in everyday life. These problems include the lowest percentage of girls that attend secondary education (less than 20%), harmful cultural practices such as FGM and early forced marriage, and one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.

Womankind Worldwide and their local partners are working on four main areas in Ethiopia:

  • Encouraging girls to stay in school.
  • Engaging with local communities to abandon harmful traditional practices.
  • Giving women control over their livelihoods and to protect themselves from violence.
  • Supporting women and girl survivors of violence.

Womankind Worldwide has been working for 25 years to change the fact that everyday, women and girls face discrimination, poverty and violence just because they are female. They work with local partner organisations in Africa, Asia and Latin America on day to day issues that affect women’s lives in order to make a lasting difference. The three main aims of the charity are to end violence against women, to increase women’s participation and voice in society and politics, and to ensure that women have equal access and control over economic resources.

Queen Anne’s would like to wish Mrs Rayfield the very best of luck for November.