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Published Tuesday, 24 February 2015

‘Equality for women is progress for all’, is this year’s International Women’s Day theme raising topical issues and recognising the contribution that women make in all walks of life.


Enfield Council and the Enfield Women’s Centre are teaming up to encourage women and men to join in a special conference for International Women’s Day on Wednesday 4 March at the Dugdale Centre in Enfield Town.

The day not only calls for change but also celebrates acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in their countries and communities.

Cllr Yasemin Brett, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Organisations, said, “Great strides have been made in recent years so that women have the opportunities to fulfil their potential.

“International Women’s Day makes the case for even greater equality in the work place; improvements in education, health and support for families. By using the networks of the United Nations we can help to improve life for women throughout the world. Equality for women really is progress for all.”

International Women’s Day draws attention to the need for more women in business; greater equality in legislative rights for women; equal pay with men in similar work; and better representation in politics and public life.

Globally women receive poorer education and health services than men and violence against them is a growing concern.

Barbara LeFevre, chair of the Enfield Women’s Centre, said, “While inequalities still exist, and women struggle, our aims are clear. In all communities, the contribution made by women is valid and necessary.

“As mothers, partners, workers, performers, wherever they are in the world they deserve respect and understanding. Women can support women and men – we need a world that strives and achieves equality for everyone.”


Conclusions and recommendations from the day will be published in due course. will be published.

To book a place contact: Natalie Orchard 020 8379 4958 or email  .

Equality for Women – Progress for All
International Women’s Day Conference


Programme
MC – Cllr Yasemin Brett
9.30 - 10.00 Registration and Refreshments
   Opportunity to view exhibitors’ stands/displays

10.00 - 10.10 Welcome and Introduction - Cllr Yasemin Brett, Cabinet Member Community Organisations, LBE
                                Barbara LeFevre, Chair, Enfield Women’s Centre and;
                                Ginnie Landon, Centre Director, Enfield Women’s Centre

10.10 - 10.30 UK Feminista - Roxanne Halsey, Feminist Activist

10.30 - 11.10           Workshop - Getting Involved

11.10 - 11.30  Migrant Women Magazine - Mirela Sula, Editor in Chief

11.30 - 11.45   Break

11.45 - 12.25           Workshop - The Economic Empowerment of Women

12.25 - 13.00           Feedback from Workshops and Questions

13.00 - 14.00           Lunch/ entertainment

14.00 - 14.05 Cllr Joanne Laban, Deputy Leader of the Opposition and the Conservative Group, LBE

14.05 - 14.25            No More Page 3 – Lucy Holmes, campaign founder

14.25 - 15.05  Workshop - Countering Negative Perceptions of Women & Girls

15.05 - 15.25            Feedback from Workshop and Questions                    

15.25 - 15.30            Closing Remarks

15.30 - 16.00          Opportunity for Networking - Conference Ends


About the speakers

UK Feminista: UK Feminista supports people to campaign for a world where women and men are equal. Why? Despite massive advances in the status of women, gender inequality is still widespread in the UK and across the world. We believe that political, economic and social equality between women and men is possible – and it is a world that will be better for all. But progress doesn’t just ‘happen’. It takes ordinary women and men to stand up and be counted and to create the world they want to live in. Our aim is to inspire and enable people to do just that.

Mirela Sula is Editor in Chief of Migrant Women Magazine. Mirela has been involved with supporting women’s rights, leader of the Women’s Network “Equality in Decision Making”; Mirela has lived in London since September 2012, working on a PhD in Psychology at the School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology, at Regents University. She has been the Editor in Chief of the “Albanian Woman” newspaper published in London, and is now leading the “Migrant Woman” Magazine. Mirela also works as a trainer of Domestic Violence at Solace Women’s Aid, London.

Lucy –Anne Holmes is the founder of ‘No More Page 3’ a campaign to stop The Sun including photos of topless glamour models on its Page 3. The campaign started in 2012 and has cross party support from over 140 MPs. It also has the support of many groups and national organisations including the National Assembly for Wales, UK Girl guiding, National Union of Teachers, National Association of Head Teachers, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, UNISON and the British Youth Council and has also attracted support from over 30 organisations that represent concerns for women’s and girls’ safety.

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