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Spirit of Women Changemakers Conference - Manchester

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51 Lever Street


M1 1FN

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In our 150th anniversary year, the Fawcett Society, the UK's leading gender equality charity, are delighted to have been awarded funding from the Sprirt of 2012 to present two conferences and a grants programme.

The Spirit of Women conference is part of a wider Spirit of Women initiative to mark and celebrate the iconic moment in 1918 when women first won the right to vote, and will focus on the power of women and men to drive forward change in their communities, their workplaces or in their own lives with particular emphasis on the voluntary, cultural, sporting and physical activity sectors. The conference will bring individual community activists and organisers together with those who have driven change at the highest level to identify the most powerful ways to create change.

The conference will have three themes, which will be explored through a mixture of presentations, panel discussions, interactive workshops, networking and art:

Women's health and wellbeing – including ending violence against women and girls, healthy relationships, objectification, resilience and positive body image and the role of physical activity and sport in supporting these aims
Women in the economy – including the role of cultural representation of women and girls and education in, closing the gender pay gap and balancing work and family life
Women into public life and political representation – including diversity of participation and voice with a particular focus on disabled women, BAME women, LGBT women with caring responsibilities and older and younger women with special emphasis on the role of the media, culture and the voluntary sector

For details on our London Conference, head here. Further details on the grants programme to follow.

We have a special ticket offer for members of Fawcett - attend for free! If you are a member and you recruit a new member to the Fawcett Society, you can come to the London or Manchester conference for FREE! Simply call (0203 598 6154) or email us ( with the name of the person you have recruited, and when we have verified them, we'll give you a unique code to get your ticket for free. Get recruiting! Please not only one free ticket per member.

If you're not a member of the Fawcett Society, sign up now to get a discounted ticket!

Key speakers include:

Tanya Joseph, This Can Can

Joeli Brearly, Pregnant then Screwed

Frances Ryan, Guardian journalist

Sophie Walker, Women's Equality Party

Gail Heath, Manchester Women's Aid

Becky Olaniyi, Disability campaigner

Esther Bunting, Spirited Bodies

Ayesha Hazarika, comedian

Kadeena Cox, Paralympian

Fearless Futures

White Ribbon Campaign

Young Women's Trust

The Pankhurst Centre


10:00 - 11:00 Arrival, registration and coffee

11:00 - 11:30 Welcome, scene setting and purpose

11:30 - 12:45 Theories of change

Bringing together women who have made change in different ways, through individual, collective and direct action, this panel discussion will explore how we can best go about change.

12:45 - 13:15 Making change in our communities

Delegates will participate in engaging sessions to encourage networking, collaboration and the generation of ideas for how we can each drive forward change in our communities, workplaces or own lives.

13:15 - 14:30 Lunch

14:30 - 15:30 Interactive Workshops

Delegates will have the opportunity to attend fun, practical and creative workshops focused on how we can use art, networking or social cohesion to make change.

15:30 - 16:45 Questions to our inspirational Change Makers

Our panel of inspiring speakers will reflect on the key issues explored throughout the day and how they have driven change, particularly through breaking down gender stereotypes. Delegates will be encouraged to question our panel and get advice on their own ideas to drive change.

16:45 - 17:00 Closing keynote: ‘The power of women and men to generate to change in their communities.’

Your ticket price includes lunch and refreshments and we will be offering a creche service (see below).


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

There are no ID requirements or age limit, but children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Am I eligible for a concessionary rate?

We offer a concessionary rate to students, those on low income, pensioners and children under the age of 16 (accompanied by an adult).

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

The Studio is easily accessible on foot from central Manchester stations:

Manchester Piccadilly Station – 7 minute walk
Manchester Victoria Station – 12 minute walk

Please visit The Studio's website, which provides detailed information on how to get to the venue and available parking nearby. The Studio also offers discount to the NCP in the Northern Quarter.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please email if you have any questions.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes, you can change the name on your ticket up until 48 hours before the event. Please email at your earliest convenience to advise of any changes.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes, please email to update your registration information.

Do I have to bring my ticket to the event?

Yes, please bring your ticket either printed or in scannable electronic format.

What is the refund policy?

We are happy to refund tickets up to two weeks prior to the event. Unfortunately, we are unable to refund any tickets cancelled within two weeks of the event.

I have accessibility or dietary requirements, how do I let the event organiser know?

You will be asked to complete this information in the booking form.

Can I bring my child to the conference?

Yes, there are various options.

We are pleased to be able to offer crèche facilities for a limited number of children up to the age of 12, which are available on a first-come-first-serve basis for a small fee. Please indicate your interest in the booking form.

Children bewteen 12 and 16 are welcome to attend the conference with an accompanying adult and are eligible for a concessionary ticket rate.

Are refreshments included in my ticket?

Yes, we will provide lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Dietary requirements can be specified in the booking form.

I would love to help out at the event, do you require any volunteers?

Yes, we would love to hear from you if you are interested in volunteering at the event! Please contact Joe at to state your interest.

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