On International Women's Day we wanted to highlight a few fantastic females who have been exceptionally brilliant in south-east London and north Kent.

IWD takes place on March 8 every year to celebrate how far women have come and also to continue the fight on inequality.

It is also centred around campaigning to close the gender pay gap, which according to the World Economic Forum won’t close until 2186.

The seven women below are just a sample of the many amazing women and girls who have done something inspiring in the last six months.

Girl's donation to Little Princess Trust after classmate gets cancer

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A little girl from Hayes who was upset when her classmate was diagnosed with leukaemia has spent three years growing her hair to donate it to children with cancer.

Summer Clark was just five when her friend’s hair started falling out.

Summer had 12 inches of her long hair chopped, which was then donated to the Little Princess Trust, a charity which makes wigs for children with cancer.

Woman thanks therapist for saving her life after suicide attempts

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A young woman who had truly hit rock bottom, and had attempted suicide, thanked her therapist who "saved her life".

Zoe Thomas, 23, was two weeks into studying at Queen Mary University in east London when she was strongly advised to seek help in A&E over concerns for her mental health.

But she said her fight returned thanks to inspirational therapist Charlotte 'Lottie' White.

Calls for new inquest into Lewisham girl's death linked to air pollution

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Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah wants to know the cause of her daughter’s death, after she died in 2013.

The Hither Green mother and clean-air campaigner is waiting to hear back from the attorney general after lodging a request, with new evidence, for a second inquest into the death of her daughter, Ella.

The “incredibly healthy” Holbeach primary pupil died in February 2013 aged nine, from acute respiratory failure after years of coughing fits and seizures.

Rosamund continues to fight for a new inquest to be launched and to clean up the dirty London air to stop this happening to other children.

Lollipop lady spends 42 years working in John Stainer School in Brockley

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Sheila Richards has spent the last 42 years helping schoolchildren cross the road in Brockley and she has no plans of retiring.

This September she turns 82 but she is continuing to spend her time supporting kids at John Stainer School on St Asaph Road.

She has been branded a "community hero".

Autistic children suffering 'mental stress' at school

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Emma Dalmayne and a specialist team of autistic adults run a group called Autistic Inclusive Meets.

This is for autistic children who are suffering "mental stress" at school and having to be educated at home instead, according to a support service.

Autistic Inclusive Meets (AIM) looks to enable families with autistic children to get out into the community and socialise with peers.

Ladywell woman runs Simply Listening service for people feeling low

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A woman who has lived in south-east London throughout her life has set up a community listening initiative for those who feel at a low ebb.

Nana Anto-Awuakye, who has previously worked for BBC Radio 4 and 5, wanted to create a space for people who might be suffering in silence.

The idea was inspired by Nana's own experience of walking into a cafe when she had a young son and just wanted to speak to someone but who also didn't want to "medicalise" how she was feeling.

We would love you to send us photos of you and the women that inspire us the most. Email us on emily.hennings@newsquest.co.uk