Dialogue Society Leicester Branch Celebrates International Women's Day

Sun, 13 Mar 2016 11:00 in Discussion Forums

Where: Dialogue Society Leicester Branch, 2 Swan Street, Leicester LE3 5AW
Date: 13th March 2016
Time: 11am-17pm

Speakers:

  • Seval Gokce, Executive Director, Mevlana Rumi Mosque
  • Ikram Butt, White Ribbon
  • Tehmina Kazi, British Muslims for Secular Democracy
  • Gill Taylor, Women's Aid Leicestershire
  • Claire Morsman, Morsbags
  • Malka Al-Haddad, Genocide in Iraq Campaign

The Dialogue Society Leicester Branch would like to invite you to celebrate International Women’s Day on Sunday 13th March 2016. Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement. There is much to celebrate, and still much ground to be fought in the bid for greater gender parity. This year, the theme of International Women’s Day is ‘Pledge for Parity’, encouraging everyone to pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly. This event will take a look at six inspirational people working hard in the world to achieve those goals.

The full day event will run between 11am-5pm, starting with a chance to socialise over food at lunch. Then we will turn to our 6 speakers: Ikram Butt, Gill Taylor, Malka Al-Haddad, Seval Gokce, Claire Morsman and Tehmeena Kazi. The women will be speaking across three different panels where you will have the chance to interact with them directly. They will be talking on a variety of subjects including different ways of getting involved in impactful community cohesion projects, difficulties encountered as a female in leadership in male dominated environments, and the government’s extremism agenda and its effect on women and girls in the UK. 

The event will include live music, stalls, and will feature a few exciting surprises.

Programme

  • 11:00   Networking & Open Buffet lunch/refreshments
  • 12:50   Introduction by Dialogue Society
  • Panel 1
  • Panel 2
  • Panel 3 
  • 16:50-17.00 Closing remarks

Poster

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Biography of Ikram Butt

Ikram made sporting history becoming the first British Asian player to represent England in either code of rugby. Amongst others, he played for Leeds Rhinos and London Broncos, enjoying an illustrious club career. He also captained the Pakistan Rugby Union team to their first ever Tri Nations victory.

Ikram was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Sport Science by Leeds Metropolitan University for his services to community sports development in the UK and abroad.

He has been featured in a publication ‘Did You Know’, a resource book targeting educational establishments, highlighting the significant contributions made to British society by ten past and present, Black and Asian role models, which was launched at the House of Lords. More recently, he has published his story, ‘Tries & Prejudice’ described by correspondent Andy Wilson of the ‘Guardian’ newspaper as, ‘an autobiography which is fascinating and inspiring’.

Today, Ikram is widely recognised as a champion of community integration, seeking to challenge social and cultural barriers through the medium of sport.

Biography of Tehmina Kazi

Tehmina is the Director of Media, Outreach and Lobbying at British Muslims for Secular Democracy, a group of Muslim democrats working to raise awareness about democracy, particularly secular democracy, within British Muslim communities and the wider public.

Tehmina is executive producer of the documentary film Hidden Heart, and was also a freelance consultant for English PEN’s Faith and Free Speech in Schools project.

Tehmina is a trustee of Hope Not Hate, an advisory board member of the Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks project, an Inclusive Mosque Initiative committee member, and was a judge for the Accord Coalition‘s Inclusive Schools Award, 2014.

Tehmina was named one of the BBC’s 100 Women in October 2013 and 2014, and held the Eric Lane Fellowship at Clare College, Cambridge from January to March 2014.

Abstract

The Government's Prevent Violent Extremism Agenda has developed a poor reputation among the Far-Left. Tehmina Kazi debunks some of the myths surrounding it, and gives positive examples of how it has helped women and girls in educational settings.

Biography of Gill Taylor

MA FCIPD, is chair of Women’s Aid Leicestershire and also an HR consultant and has more than 28 years work and consultancy experience in the voluntary sector.

She will talk on the experience of women and Domestic violence in the UK, including recent cuts in services, effects of the austerity agenda and the need for continuing services.

Biography of Malka Al-Haddad

- An Iraqi Academic has an established career at Kufa University, in Iraq, on Literary Criticism
- Member of the Union of Iraqi Writers since 2005
- Director of the Women's Center for Culture and Arts in Iraq
- Delegate member to USA in 2009 for the Iraqi & American Reconciliation Project
- Registered with the Irish international Foundation "Front Line defenders" for the Protection of Human Rights
- Volunteer with Leicester City of Sanctuary
- Member of Leicester Civil Right Movement
- Member of the Leicester Art Zone
- Member of Birmingham Coventry Group
- 10 Academic Studies published in the Scientific Magazine in Iraq
- Academic paper at LSE in London / Middle East Center BRISMES Annual Conference 2015
- Paper at IARS 4th Annual Conference with Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS)

Biography of Claire Morsman

Claire is a mother, international English examiner, Moroccan guesthouse owner, teacher, animal lover and founder of morsbags. She is currently doing a PhD in sociolinguistics. She has worked all over the world as a teacher, writer and examiner. Claire lived on a barge in London and became increasingly agitated about the quantities of plastic bags floating by on the canal. A simple plan came to her… the project self-perpetuated and tens of thousands of people - mainly women - joined in. Morsbags is a multinational creative non-profit community based on recycling waste fabric and goodwill.

Abstract

Morsbags. A positive tale of Guerrillas in the Mist.

Biography of Seval Gokce

- Mba international business
- Npqsl in education
- Deputy head at NLGS 2012-2015
- Currently executive director at Rumi mosque working and leading a team of predominantly male personnel.

Abstract

The difficulties encountered as a female executive director ın a male dominated environment and how to overcome them.

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