Join author Shrabani Basu and Global Teacher winner Andria Zafirakou at this year’s International Women’s Day virtual event

25 February 2021

Join Brent Council’s Gender Equality Network for a series of exciting, virtual events between 8-12 March to celebrate International Women’s Day. All events are free and everyone is welcome!

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality. This year’s theme, ‘choose to challenge’, highlights that gender equality affects us all and that collectively we can all help create an inclusive world.

This week-long programme of events will launch on Monday 8 March at 12pm with a panel discussion featuring a number of inspirational women. Joining the panel will be: Shrabani Basu, Author, journalist and historian; Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu, Nurse, Author and Professor; Councillor Shama Tatler, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning at Brent Council; Ellah P Wakatama OBE, Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature; Nequela Whittaker, Global Thinking Project Manager for the Young Brent Foundation; and Muriam Mateen, Brent Foster Carer.

The rest of the week will be filled with keynote speaker events, with award winning authors, journalists, politicians and more. You'll be able to hear from keynote speakers Andria Zafirakou, the Winner of the Global Teacher Award in 2018 and teacher at Alperton Community School; and Mary-Ann Stephenson, Director of the Women’s Budget Group, who will be in conversation with Dawn Butler MP for Brent Central.

Cllr Margaret McLennan, Deputy Leader of Brent Council, said:

“This year, Brent’s International Women’s Day celebrations will be spread out over five days through a series of virtual events which will host a number of incredible and inspiring women including Shrabani Basu, Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu, Andria Zafirakou and many more.

“The theme of this year’s celebrations is ‘Choose to Challenge’ so please join me in learning how we can challenge gender bias in our lives and help work towards a more inclusive world for everyone.”

To view the full programme of events and to get your free ticket, please sign up here: