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International Women's Day Conference - The Oppression & Resilience of Women

Central London Humanist Group

Saturday, 15 March 2014 from 10:00 to 17:00 (GMT)

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Central London HumanistsConway Hall Ethical Society and the National Secular Societyare pleased to announce a joint event to celebrate International Women's Day. 

Our Conference - The Oppression and Resilience of Women will celebrate women's achievements in the arts, science and politics. We will also look at health, wealth and education and how culture, men and religions can impede women. We will be highlighting the appalling oppression effecting many women in the 21st century and the positive achievements of women despite the many challenges they face, and we will end the day with some comedy.

N.B. We realise that some men feel a conference about women is not for them but trust us it’s for you too, we want you there and we want you to show you care about certain issues. .As an incentive to get more men along any women bringing a male friend will receive a surprise gift as will any man turning up on his own volition.

We have a fantastic line up of speakers for the conference they include,


The time table of the day:


09.30 Doors


10.00 Registration

10.15 Welcome from Helen Palmer Chair of CLHG

(N.B. Speakers will have a maximum of 15 minutes with 5 minutes for Questions)

10.20 Anne Marie Waters - National Secular Society
10.40 Lejla Kuric - Activist & Blogger
11.00 Pragna Patel - Director of Southall Black Sisters
11.20 Sara Kahn - Director & Co Founder of women's rights group Inspire
11.40 Sue Cox - Survivors Voice
12.00 Baroness Cox - Life Peer & CEO of the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART)
12.20 Baroness Flather - Life Peer & Vice Chair & long standing member of the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group
12.40 20 minutes further Questions/comments from the floor.
13.00 Lunch provided by NSS
14.00 Welcome back by Helen Palmer
14.05 Science Girl Kate Arkless Gray
14.25 Ahlam Akram - Journalist and founder of BASIRA
14.45 Siana Bangura - Editor of Feminist blog No Fly on the WALL
15.05 Martin Rowson - Cartoonist & BHA Distinguished Supporter
15.25 Marianna Fox - Director of Passion for Freedom
15.45 Kate Smurthwaite - Comedian & Activist
16.05 Open debate from the floor on the whole day
16.25 Thank you to all from Helen Palmer
16.30 Tea & Coffee served
17.00 End (Further debate in local pub the Enterprise)


 There will also be a selection of stalls relating to Women's issues and achievements at the event.

Stalls include, Newham BooksPlan UK and Survivors Voice.

The conference will run from

 10.00 a.m. until 5.00 p.m.

We suggest minimum donation of £5 entry for unwaged or low waged and £10 waged which will go towards covering costs and any additional money raised will go to charities that support women chosen by our speakers.

The #tag for the conference is #IWDCONF

On Wednesday 12th March we will also screen, 'Honor Diaries - Culture is no excise for abuse', it is the first film to break the silence on ‘honor violence’ against women and girls in Muslim societies. The film is being promoted by BASIRA in the UK.  Please register for this event via this link 


More information on the film via

Honor Diaries, A New Film About Women's Rights In The Middle East 

We look forward to seeing you at what will be a fun, fascinating and informative day. 

Do you have questions about International Women's Day Conference - The Oppression & Resilience of Women? Contact Central London Humanist Group

When & Where

Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
WC1R 4RL London
United Kingdom

Saturday, 15 March 2014 from 10:00 to 17:00 (GMT)

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Central London Humanist Group

A local humanist group for people in Central London, partner of the BHA (British Humanist Association), associate member of the IHEU (International Humanist & Ethical Union) and consultative member of the EHF (European Humanist Federation).

We provide a meeting place for humanists in and around the Central London area. We hold an event (i.e lecture, debate) every third Wednesday, a lively social every first Wednesday of the month and more events inbetween.

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International Women's Day Conference - The Oppression & Resilience of Women
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