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Of Women: In the 21st century – FESTIVAL of IDEAS
June 8, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join leading human rights campaigner and Shadow Attorney General Shami Chakrabarti for a powerful, urgent and timely discussion of why women still need equality, and how we get there.
Gender injustice, Shami shows, is an ancient and continuing wrong that is millennial in duration and global in reach. It is the greatest human rights abuse on the planet. It blights first and developing worlds, rich and poor women’s health, wealth, education, representation, opportunity and security everywhere.
As we move forward in the 21st century, Shami will lay out the huge challenges we face. We have not yet done enough to create a more equal world: one where women and men share power, responsibility and opportunity. One that is potentially happier and more peaceful. One where no life is wasted, and everyone has a chance to fulfil their potential. Instead, we’ve been playing around at the edges. What’s needed now, Shami will explain, is radical change.
From the disparity in the number of births to issues of schooling, work, ownership, faith, political representation and international diplomacy, she will outline what needs fixing and make clear, inspiring proposals about what we do next, putting women’s rights at the centre of the progressive political agenda.
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About the speaker
Shami Chakrabarti is Britain’s leading human rights campaigner. Labour’s Shadow Attorney General and a member of the House of Lords, Shami is an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Bristol and the University of Manchester, an Honorary Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge and Mansfield College Oxford and a Master of the Bench of Middle Temple. She was the Director of Liberty, the National Council for Civil Liberties from 2003 to 2016 and the Chancellor of the University of Essex from 2014 to 2017. She is the author of On Liberty, an impassioned defence of human rights, published in 2014. Her latest book is Of Women: In the 21st Century (Allen Lane).