International Women's Day

Cox Automotive to celebrate International Women's Day with triumphant Kilimanjaro team

Cox Automotive is marking International Women's Day today with a Women With Drive event that will welcome the successful Kilimanjaro team as guests of honour.

Women With Drive Mount Kilimanjaro team

The ten-woman team will join more than 90 other attendees at the event, which champions equality in the automotive industry, where they will take to the stage to share the story of their inspirational journey.

Alison Fisher, HR Director for Cox Automotive, said: "The best way to promote equality is to celebrate women's successes, and as well as the Kilimanjaro team, we'll hear from female leaders in our own business who will talk about their career, and the steps they've taken to reach a senior position in the industry."

"We'll also ask all the attendees to make a personal pledge in line with the International Women's Day call to #press for progress."

Alison continued: "We set up the Kilimanjaro challenge as part of Women With Drive's ambition to showcase female achievements, and inspire women to reach their goals, so I will be incredibly proud to welcome our ten triumphant climbers on to the stage."

The Cox Automotive Kilimanjaro Challenge team set off on 26 February for the six day trek, which took them over moorland, and across rocky ridges as they ascended the north side of Africa's highest mountain.

Aneliese Platts, Graphic Designer at Cox Automotive and part of the Kilimanjaro team, said: "As we climbed higher, weather conditions worsened, and we pushed to the summit through heavy snow and extreme cold."

"The final climb was the toughest challenge I've ever had to face, even the guides were telling us that these were the worst weather conditions they'd seen in years."

"I know that every single member of the team had to push themselves harder than ever before, and there is absolutely no way I would have reached the top without the support of my fellow climbers."

"We set out to climb the mountain as a celebration of what women can do if they reach for their goals, and I hope we've achieved that."

Aneliese and the other nine climbers will share their experiences at the first Women With Drive event of 2018, being held at Kelham Hall in Nottinghamshire. The climbers have raised more than £20,000 for Wooden Spoon, a charity that supports disadvantaged and disabled children across the UK.

Alison added: "Women With Drive goes from strength to strength and we are passionate about ensuring that there is equality in our industry. International Women's Day is the perfect time to celebrate how far we've come, and pledge to continue to promote the advantages of a diverse workforce across our industry."