International Day of the Girl
What does the future of work look like for our girls?
The world’s girls and young women are part of a large and vibrant global generation whom will take on the future, recognising that their progress is also for families, communities and society at large. Yet the ambition for gender equality in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals highlights the disadvantage and discrimination girls and young women face everywhere across the world, including the UK, on a daily basis.
For our contribution to the gender equality agenda, we are hosting a multiple-location event in 10 cities across the UK, which will bring together women from private, public and social sectors together to explore gender equality in the workplace and the responsibility we have as leaders now to ensure the future world of work is designed to maximise the potential of our girls. The main event will be hosted at Rise London in Shoreditch.
Becky Hewitt, CEO at Changing Faces
Becky is Chief Executive of Changing Faces – a charity driving positive change so that people with disfigurements can lead the lives they want to lead. Changing Faces are passionate campaigners for an equal society where people with disfigurements are valued, respected and treated fairly in all areas of their lives including employment. A committed feminist, Becky was previously Communications Director at Girlguiding where she was proud to work with you women to campaign about body confidence, women in leadership, sexual harassment in schools and media sexism. Other career highlights include her work to support Gauntanamo Bay and death penalty campaigners Reprieve, Darfur campaigners Waging Peace and disability charity Scope.
Keshia Hannam – journalist, presenter and strategist
Keshia is an editor with Fortune and has contributed for publications including Fortune, Forbes, CNN, Huffington Post, Hong Kong Free Press and Tatler, a consultant for purposeful causes ranging from Mission 2020 (anchored in the Paris Agreement), the U.K. Ethical Awards to the Hong Kong Human Rights Awards, and a communicator on the stages belonging to the Business of Design Week to innovation organisation Mettā. As co-founder of Camel Assembly–a platform for creative female leaders–she is known for spurring human empowerment through the medium of women, standing at the intersection of art and activism.
Kathryn Nawrockyi, campaigner and consultant in gender inequality
Kathryn Nawrockyi is a campaigner and consultant specialising in gender
inequality. Until recently she was Gender Equality Director at Business in the
Community, working with clients from the private and public sectors to advance
women’s equality in work. There she led high-profile campaigns such as Project 28-
40, the largest ever UK study of women in work. She is the founder of Same But
Different, a creative project about women’s identity and intersectionality. She
regularly participates in public debate through writing, public speaking and media
Priya Nirmal, Erase all kittens
Priya recently graduated from Queen Mary University of London with a BSc degree in Computer Science and Multimedia. She is passionate about overcoming the underrepresentation of women in technology. When she came across Erase All Kittens, she instantly felt that it was something that she could relate to and wanted to contribute to. She is involved with ideas for gameplay and code education, which allows her to be innovative and think outside the box. She strongly believes that encouragement and exposure to coding at a young age will help girls to feel confident to build a career in technology in the future.
Sandra Golding, Business Manager Women’s Economic Empowerment at CARE international
Sandra Golding is the Business Manager Women’s Economic Empowerment
at CARE International UK. This is a global role helping to economically
empower women and girls in 71 of the 95 countries where CARE operates.
Prior to joining CARE International UK Sandra was the Marketing and
Communications Director for ADRA International in Maryland, USA.
As a professional she has travelled extensively addressing topics on gender
inclusiveness, social enterprise, organisational development, marketing,
childcare, leadership and raising finance for businesses.
Rachel Whale, Founder & CEO at Koreo
Rachel has spent 25 years working in civil society in the UK & internationally and believes the solution to society’s problems will come from our ability to attract, develop, connect and celebrate talented people who want to create purpose through their day job. Rachel wants to make social purpose business as usual in all organisations by innovating new approaches to talent acquisition, development and progression. Koreo’s consultancy and programmatic work has involved working with some amazing organisations including the BBC, Barclays, SAB Miller, Tate Britain, NSPCC, Mind, AGE UK, Marie Stopes International, Care International, Unicef, The Cabinet Office, DFiD, Unilever, DigitasLBI, Grant Thornton & PWC.
Good Women is a free and open network for women - across sectors, organisations, professions and at different stages of life - interested in social and environmental change. Hosted by Koreo, the network's ambition is to inspire and mobilise female talent to address some of the pressing complex issues we face today.
Barclays Eagle Labs are a community resource available for everybody. From accelerating UK business, enabling collaborative innovation to digital empowerment, they are a space to give ideas the space to grow. Read more about them: https://labs.uk.barclays/