#100Women: One month on

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One month on from the 100 Women conference, are the women who took part still engaged with the ideals of the day?

The BBC's 100 Women season ran throughout October on BBC World News TV, BBC World Service radio and online at At the end of the month, on 25 October 2013, 100 women from around the world attended a conference at Broadcasting House in London.

We asked three of those who came along to reflect on the day and tell us if they plan to stay involved with the women they met in London.

You can stay in touch with the women by using #100Women on social media or following our 100 Women Twitter list.

Judith Webb, former commander, British Army

At dinner on the eve of the conference, the atmosphere was electric, sparked by the extraordinary mixture of 100 women from some 60 nations. There were few shrinking violets amongst this group and there seemed to be an instant rapport and excitement. It established a mood which would continue throughout the conference.

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This wasn't about feminism, it was more about many of the less high-profile women in particular, suddenly realising that they had a voice, that their views and opinions were valued. Many had extraordinary stories to tell and experiences to offer.

Joyce Aruga, a bubbly 27-year-old who lives in a huge Nairobi slum, is the youngest of 11 children and the first to attend school. She had run away from marriage at 13, was disowned by her parents, lived in a children's home, worked as a maid and is now realising her dream of becoming a teacher. This was her first trip abroad and I invited her to Somerset for the weekend; I put her on her return flight with 60kg (132lb) of new school uniforms and we are now working towards the possibility of opening a school in Nairobi - thank you 100 Women!

Bahia Shehab, Lebanese-Egyptian artist, designer and art historian

The 100 Women event was the tip of a beautiful, colourful iceberg, an eye-opening experience on many levels. It was the initiator of so many conversations that still need to be discussed on so many topics that concern women in the world today. It was fascinating to see that even though we hailed from all over the world, some of our issues and problems are still quite the same.

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One of the conversations that I would like for the 100 Women to re-address in the future is the meaning of the word feminist. I am sure that for the other 99 women who were present in the room, each of us had a slightly different perception of what being a woman was. This is what was so beautiful about our meeting; we gave 100 different meanings to one word.

We do not have enough role model women/mothers/scientists/givers/artists/workers/heroines for younger girls to look up to. I am hoping that 100 Women will be a platform of inspiration and conversation for younger women to be able to face the challenges that lay ahead of them as they advance in life.

I would like to think of it as an ongoing global conversation.

Rubana Huq, Textile manufacturer, Bangladesh

As part of the 100 Women legacy project, Rubana Huq will mentor aspiring Cambodian designer Sreymom Ang over the coming year.

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A lovely 20-year-old Cambodian, all wrapped in a bright jacket with sneakers to brave the October chill in London, Sreymom Ang was flown in by the BBC to share her dream - she wants to become a designer! This young woman had already travelled a long way from where she started in life, as a 12-year-old collecting garbage.

Back home in Dhaka, I found another Ang, 11-year-old Liton, who also collects garbage for a living and wants to be an engineer. While I pursue little Liton, standing outside my doorstep, I am also flying to Cambodia in January to meet my Srey Mom! As one of the 100 Women, the journey for me has just begun…

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