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Join us in this meeting hosted by Rachel Reeves MP on "The Changing Role Of Women In British Politics. Rachel is a British economist and Labour Party politician. She has served as the Member of Parliament for Leeds West since 2010. She was Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from 2013. Rachel is also the chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee This is one of several meetings we have held celebrating the role of women in politics. Women play an increasingly important role in politics and in the House of Commons. Rachel Reeves MP has written a book called “Women of Westminster” that was published on International Women's Day. Without the pioneers throughout the decades that she celebrates – Eleanor Rathbone campaigning for family allowances, Barbara Castle fighting for equal pay for women, and Harriet Harman and Tessa Jowell pushing for better childcare provision – there would have been much slower progress. Women of Westminster includes female MPs beyond the most famous, those who have been largely forgotten in a political history written by men In the past 100 years a total of 489 women have being elected to Parliament. Yet it was not until 2015 that the total number of women ever elected surpassed the number of male MPs in a single parliament. Tot get the number of women as our representatives in Parliament has been a long struggle and Rachel Reeves’s will talk about this and the key people in her book as well as what more needs to be done. We will also have a speaker from the 50 50 Campaign that has fought hard to achieve equality of representation in Parliament. Their founder Fran Scott has spoken at one of our meetings before and she or one of her team will join us on the platform. Speaking with Rachel Reeves will be, Frances Scott who founded 50:50 Parliament in 2013, being a passionate advocate for better gender balance in Parliament. She has campaigned hard to address this issue from organising events to providing submissions to select committees. When speaking for 50:50 in Canterbury she inspired Rosie Duffield to stand. Rosie then went on to be one of the 12 extra women elected to Parliament in 2017. This was the start of 50:50’s Ask Her To Stand campaign to encourage women along the pathway to Parliament. Sam Smethers the CEO of the Fawcett Society. Prior to that she was the Chief Executive of Grandparents Plus for over six years. Sam is no stranger to equalities and gender issues having worked for both the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. She also served as a Fawcett trustee between 2007 and 2010, was a trustee of Gingerbread for seven years and has nine years’ experience working in Parliament. Sam is passionate about equal representation, valuing and sharing care and closing the gender pay gap
Join us with students as well as members of the GlobalNet21 community and to discuss the future of Universities and whether they provide the education students want. Universities are facing huge pressures and with student fees scheduled to be reduced and with no compensatory funding will Universities be faced with becoming more commercial - offering courses that derive income and cutting courses that do not. Will the purpose of education to develop the art of critical thinking be drowned in the demands to follow the needs of industry and the state? Are Universities being forced into a more commercial environment or are they with their knowledge base and research important resources to engage the wider community? And how do the choices they make relate to issues of wider diversity. We would like to discuss the challenges, opportunities and constraint that Universities face in our modern world as part of our ongoing theme of addressing the need for educational transformation. We are hoping to follow this meeting with one in the House of Commons and at this meeting we would also like to discuss with you the issues we should raise in such a meeting
Fred Langford, Deputy CEO/Chief Technical Officer, Internet Watch Foundation Fred Langford will be speaking about employees use of company equipment for criminal activity. Fred joined the IWF in December 2004 and is the Deputy CEO and Chief Technology Officer. Fred has over 25 years’ experience in across a variety of sectors primarily focusing on the internet, its technology, security, safety and regulation. Fred is President of the International Hotline Association (INHOPE), Chair of the UK Council for Internet Safety, Technical Working Group (UKCIS TWG), Board Member of the UK Home Office Child Abuse Image Database Strategic Group, Member of the National Crime Agency (NCA) Prevent Strategic Board, a founding Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre, a Certified Information Security Professional (CISSP) and is an expert advisor to UK and other Governments, Parliamentarians, The Commonwealth, Police and NGOs. In 2019 Fred was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Suffolk for outstanding achievement in addition to being a finalist for Digital Leader of the year, and runner-up for New Chartered Director of the Year in 2017.
Join us and help us develop ideas about our education system, how it should be reformed and what steps we need to take to do that. Many people are becoming increasingly disillusioned with how school education operates in this country. The constraints of a narrow curriculum and the pressure for schools and students to perform well in standardised test and exams are now almost universally seen as inflicting real damage on young people. Not only are they not being prepared adequately for life in the 21st century, but school education is also a major contributory factor in the deterioration of mental health and wellbeing among young people. Tonight’s event offers an opportunity for YOU to play a role in defining the steps that can be taken to move towards a far better system of education – one that can enable young people to thrive and flourish in a world in which so many of our traditional assumptions about work, wellbeing and prosperity are evaporating. We will not be asking you to sit back and listen to the ideas of a politician or eminent educator. No, we will be asking you to develop your own ideas through discussion in small groups. The evening will start with four extremely brief presentations, each exploring one of these questions: 1. What does it mean to be a well-educated person in the 21st century? 2. With all information/understanding now available online do we need to redefine the role of the teacher? 3. How could we construct a school inspection service which serves the interests of learners? 4. Should we move to multidisciplinary projects lasting, say, a week (eg the environment, music in life, how our energy is produced) rather than having a timetable based on 40-50 min subject lessons? You will then be invited to join a group of six to eight participants, with each group exploring one of these topics. Towards the end of the evening the main points of the discussion will be summarised and the ideas, YOUR ideas, will be published online on the GlobalNet21 website. So the evening will be a small-scale project in using deliberative democracy, people’s juries, to solve a big problem. Do come along and have your say!