Women & Empowerment Planning Meeting

Following a successful first meeting for the Women's empowerment group, this meeting is being held to plan events to further address the issues raised in the first meeting, (see below for topics raised). During this meeting we will be discussing the order, timing, format and content of events. We will also consider which social and networking platforms we can use to raise awareness of these topics and which organizations we could potentially work with

This meeting is an opportunity to join the group and raise your topic of discussion, if you missed the first meeting.

Topics to be further discussed in this meeting include:

• Empowering women starting up social enterprises

• Violence against women living on the street.

• Gender discrimination against Women in employment.

• Cultural and social barriers preventing women from attaining their individuality and complete freedom, to choose how they wish to live their lives.

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  • Joanna N.

    I am so pleased that l came to your group today. I have a lot of topics that l would like to talk about in the future which includes a play that l am trying to write at the moment. I would be pleased if l can have some feedback on my work in the future. Joanna Nathan

    March 31, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Joanna, Thank you for attending today and for your contributions. You have some very inspiring stories, which will fit in perfectly at the open space meeting, which I will host in a couple of months' time. It would be great to have a chat about your plat at the next meeting also. I will keep this on my agenda. Kindest Regards, Sharn.

      March 31, 2014

    • Joanna N.

      Thank you Sharn for your message. It was lovely meeting you and l feel very excited and inspired by your group. I am so pleased that you feel that my story and my plans will fit in with your group! I am looking forward to having a chat with you at our next meeting. Best Wishes Joanna Nathan

      April 5

  • Andrea S.

    I think one of the big added values this group can bring to any issue it deals with and which could be a common thread running through its events as Anne suggested, is being able to showcase why personal issues are political, and that more needs to be done to ensure that women are supported and protected. Bringing gender issues into the public sphere and emphasising why the 'personal is political' can be a positive way of truly empowering women beyond attending a meeting, as we discussed during our group meeting. This approach could also be a good way of ensuring that men are included in these progressive discussions too. Be interested to hear your thoughts and look forward to the next meeting.

    Best wishes, Andrea

    2 · April 3

  • Andrea S.

    Dear All,

    It was good meeting you on Monday evening and I came away feeling energised and excited by the possibility of what the group might achieve!

    Ahead of the meeting preparations on the issue of domestic violence, I thought you might find this article useful in helping to contextualise the problem at the EU level. It also highlights how much public resources is spent on tackling this problem and why it demands a comprehensive political response: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/05/violence-against-women-eu

    April 3

  • margaret G.

    Sorry I couldnt make it - dont live in London but am really interested in joining in (mainly virtually!)

    April 1, 2014

  • Carolin

    It was great meeting you all last night.
    I had this in my inbox this morning, might be fitting. Comments are more interesting then the actual article...
    http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/03/its-time-for-a-new-discussion-on-women-in-leadership/

    1 · April 1, 2014

  • Francis S.

    Thanks to all those who went to the meeting last night and overcoming the last minute panic over the actual meeting place. Sharn was really calm despite the small crisis but it seemed to go well and looks as it there was a great start to what could be an interesting and important group.

    April 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to this meeting. The expertise around the table was invaluable and has really generated the substance of this group. I am looking forward to working with you all to get the upcoming meetings off the ground.

    1 · March 31, 2014

  • Harsha P.

    Thanks Sharn for organising this meeting. A really good start and great ideas. I really hope more people will join this - there really is something for everyone. Inspire, be inspired, learn, discuss, debate, challenge, be challenged, develop, build, grow and be truly empowered! Looking fwd to future meetings.

    1 · March 31, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Harsha, Thank you so much for your support today. This really was a great meeting and has provided a lot of content to work with. There is now a good run of meetings to be keeping us busy over the coming months. I am definitely looking forward to the upcoming meetings and the debates and issues they raise.

      March 31, 2014

  • Pradeep S.

    does the program starts now ?

    March 31, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Pradeep, we are gathering outside the green room at RFH. There's an event on today, which we didn't know about, so we will be finding somewhere to sit. My number is 07710699515. Drop me a call if you can't see us. Sharn

      March 31, 2014

    • Anne B.

      We are near the ticket office elevstors green side level 2 a.k.a. ground floor!

      March 31, 2014

  • Carolin

    Any hint where exactly I can find you? I am in the royal festival...

    March 31, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Carolin, we are outside green bar on the 4th floor. We are shortly telocating. My number is[masked] 515. Drop me a call if you can't find me. Sharn

      March 31, 2014

  • Anja B.

    Hi all, not sure if I'll be able to make it tomorrow, first day back from leave at work and last day of the charity's financial year, could be rather busy....
    I'd like to add treatment of women fleeing persecution to the list of topics. I work with the London Refugee Women's Forum - they'd probably be up for a joint meeting :)

    March 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Anja, if you can make it to tonight's meeting, we can discuss the topic there and plan how we approach it. Otherwise, we can have a conversation offline to discuss. Let me know which option is most suitable for you. Sharn.

      March 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    hi can't see what
    the sub is....I prefer to pay cash

    March 27, 2014

    • Francis S.

      The sub is fifteen pounds a year and that entitles you to join any of our network meetings in any one year and also bring along a guest.

      March 27, 2014

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