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IWD Swindon presents "Amplify Your Voice"
Wed 8 March 2017, 19:15 – 21:00 GMT
IWD Swindon in association with Abbey Communication and True North presents 'AMPLIFY your Voice’, an inspirational evening that focuses on women being heard when stepping into the public domain.
Even in today’s society, many women who want to be heard in the public domain – as artists, leaders or entrepreneurs – face new challenges for which they are not always prepared. Slights and threats, from the subtle to the overt, come at us in guises that can be harder to pin down as “real” sexism. In ‘AMPLIFY your Voice’ we throw light on these phenomena and share strategies for overriding them by talking to a number of inspirational speakers with a wealth of experience in the public domain.
The Keynote lecture will be given by Marina Strinkovsky (Swindon Feminist Network). This will be followed by personal accounts given by leading women from different sectors. The evening will close with a Podium Discussion and an open Q&A.
AMPLIFY your Voice will take place on Wednesday 8th March at 7-9 pm at Swindon Central Library. Tickets cost £8. Refreshments provided.
Here are the bios of all of the speakers.
"Marina Strinkovsky is a feminist writer and campaigner who blogs at It's Not a Zero Sum Game. Her main interests revolve around male violence against women, reproductive justice, sexual exploitation, rape and harassment. Marina has written for the New Statesman and Indy Voices among others. She lives in Swindon with her one surviving cactus and, remarkably, no cats."
Sokari Douglas Camp was born in Buguma, an island town in the Rivers State, Nigeria. She studied Fine Art at Central School of Art and Design and then the Royal College of Art. Sokari has represented Britain and Nigeria in National and International exhibitions and has had more than 40 solo shows worldwide. These shows were in venues such as the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute1988-89 .The Museum of Mankind London1994/5 .Her public artworks include Battle Bus: Living Memorial for Ken Saro‐Wiwa (2006), a full-scale replica of a Nigerian steel bus, which stands as a monument to the late Niger Delta activist and writer. Battle Bus travelled to Nigeria as part of Action Saro- Wiwa a campaign to clean up the Niger Delta Summer 2015
In 2003 Sokari was shortlisted for the Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth. Her work is in permanent collections at The Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C., Setagaya Museum, Tokyo and the British Museum, London. In 2005 she was awarded a CBE in recognition of her services to art. In the same year she became an honorary Fellow of the University of the Arts London and recently an honorary Fellow of SOAS
In 2012 All the World is Now Richer, a memorial to commemorate the abolition of slavery was exhibited in The House of Commons, and then went on to Bristol Cathedral, Norwich Cathedral and St George’s Hall in Liverpool. The sculpture was exhibited in St Paul’s Cathedral London 2014 and the Doge’s Prigioni Venice 2016
‘All the world is now richer’ is inspired by the words of liberated ex-slave William Prescott, who said: “They will remember that we were sold but they won’t remember that we were strong; they will remember that we were bought but not that we were brave.” Sokari’s work is intended to act as a constructive and positive responses toslavery, and to show how admirable all people are. The work invites viewers to salute the survivors who have contributed to the lives we lead today. 'All the world is now richer’ will be on display in Palazzo Pisani near S Marina. As part of the Diaspora Platform project in Venice during the Venice Biennale 2017. This work of Sokari’s seems to have found its own path through touring and being displayed in rich environments and palaces, staging humanity that is so often forgotten.
Stephanie is a Lawyer and an expert in business, legal business development and legal marketing. She is currently with Bower & Bailey Solicitors, leading providers of Legal Services to Businesses and Families in Wiltshire and Oxfordshire. Stephanie is a member of Council for Bristol Law Society and helped found Bristol Women Lawyers Division and Swindon Women in Property Group as well as being a Committee member for the Oxford Acquired Brain Injury Forum. Stephanie is an active businessnetworker, public speaker and digital innovation advocate and is currently an Ambassador for ‘Switch on to Swindon’ aimed at ambitious entrepreneurs, innovative companies andtalented employees. Stephanie studied Law and French at University of the West of England, Bristol (LLB Honours) and Sciences Politiques at L’Institut Etudes Politiques, Strasbourg whilst working in the European Parliament. She is a French speaker. Stephanie attained her Legal Practice Certificate, Law at The College of Law Chester and has been a qualified Solicitor since 2000.
Dr. Jun Zhang
Senior Lecturer in International Management and Trade, the Business School, University of Gloucestershire. Dr Jun Zhang has many years of experience in lecturing in UK Higher Education. Her teaching expertise is in international business management with special research interests focused on China and the UK. Besides University teaching and research, Jun has worked with high-level British expatriate managers, supporting them to successfully make cross-cultural transitions into China. She combines industrial experience as well as academic knowledge in her teaching to connect students with the real business world. In 2016, she won the University Staff Awards for Partnership and Community. Previously, Jun worked in Shanghai for many years as a senior executive managing key commercial accounts, such as Carrefour, for a major Chinese company where she was as awardedthe ‘Pioneer Female Employee of the Year’ for the celebration of International Women’s Day. In her own time, she loves global cuisine, as Jun believes that it’s at the heart of understanding culture.
Women’s Aid survivors ambassador
Mother of four beautiful children, Jahmene, Corice, Isaac and Darren. Suffered 18 years of tortures and buried two sons because of my perpetrator.Daniel committed suicide because of our failing justice system.
“I am not what happened to me...I am what I choose to become” Carl Jung
Fiona Scott of Fiona Scott Media Consultancy Ltd
Fiona Scott is a journalist, media consultant, videographer and tv producer/director. She has worked in the media for almost 30 years including working for ITV, BBC & Comic Relief. Some of the programmes she’s managed include multiple regional award-winning current affairs series West Eye View, political show The West This Week, antiques and collectibles shows The Bargain Hunters and Beat The Dealer. On the national stage, she’s worked on The One Show and Flog It! She’s also been a guest producer for ITV Wales and won the award for the Best Regional Television Feature in the British Asian Media Awards 2013. After setting up her media consultancy in 2009, she’s offered media advice to many including Wiltshire & Dorset Fire Rescue Service, Kream London, Systemagic, John Williams Heating Services, Medikas, Sinclair Pharma, Galderma, Haines Watts Swindon and Brad Burton, founder of 4Networking. Today as her business is growing she works with associate writers and media professionals offering a range of different ways to tell stories and share news, which can be tailored to budget and need. All of her associates act under her guidance and direction.
Alex Morgan has over 15 years' experience in HR, Leadership & Management Development, in industry, the health service and pharmaceuticals. She brings this wealth of experience into the language immersion arena, and creates real value added training contributing to both the professional and language development of the individual. She has a European Business Degree and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development, Certificate in International Business English Training (distinction), and a Masters in Management. Alex is also an executive coach for international executives and a leadership development expert. She is a member of both the British Institute of Learning and Development and a Fellow of the International Management Centres Association (FIMCA). Alex has also lived and worked in Germany and Belgium and has worked with many international colleagues. Alex enjoys living locally to Abbey Communication in Malmesbury with her husband and two daughters.