Westminster Seminar 2014
Sponsor: Baroness Shephard of Northwold
A Woman's Right to Education
House of Lords Tuesday 18 November 2- 3.30 pm followed by Afternoon Tea in the Attlee Room.
All the information about this year's Westminster Seminar and the Booking Form have already been published in Spring/Summer News.
This is a REMINDER to send in your bookings as soon as possible but by 25 October at the latest.
Places are being taken up fast and the final guest list for the Tea has to be submitted on 28 October.
The 2 confirmed Speakers are:
Juliet Lyon CBE Director of the Prison Reform Trust: Education a Route out of Trouble
Ruth Spelman OBE Chief Executive of WEA The Effect of Funding Cuts on Access to Education for Women
There are also still places for the morning visit to the Charles Dickens House in Bloomsbury.
BFWG Scholarships 2014
Johnstone & Florence Stoney Studentship
Jyoti Nangalia University of Cambridge
The genomic landscape and evolution of myeloproliferative neoplasms
Mary Kearsley Scholarship
Sneha Rhode University of Cambridge
Dislocation core structures of III nitrides
Eila Campbell Scholarship
Sirio Canós-Donnay Institute of Archaeology, University College, London
Historical landscapes of High Casamance: shifting sedentism and socio-political change in southern Senegal
Kathleen Hall Fellowship
Temilola Alanamu Department of History, University of Exeter
‘Before the white men came’: the gendered life-cycle in nineteenth century Yorubaland
Margaret KB Day Scholarship
Xiaojing Chen Dental Physical Sciences Unit, School of Medicine & Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London
Novel halide containing bio-glasses for dental applications
Second Johnstone & Florence Stoney Studentship
Helen Pennington Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London
Investigating the interactors of the Blumeria effector BEC1054
Beryl Mavis Green Scholarship
Penelope Barter School of Divinity, University of St Andrews
Ezekiel 20 and the composition of the Torah
Second Eila Campbell Fellowship
Julie Hope Sediment Ecology Research Group, Scottish Oceans Institute, University of St Andrews
The biological influences on sediment erosion and transport
Mary Bradburn Scholarship
Katherine Hubbard School of Psychology, University of Surrey
The Rorschach Ink Blot Test in Britain in the 20th century
Elen Wynne VanstoneScholarship
Stevie Marsden Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication, University of Stirling
The Saltire Society literary awards 1982 – 2015
LAUNCH OF BFWG LONDON WOMEN GRADUATES
Monday, 21st July 2014
YOUNGER WOMEN URGED TO STEP FORWARD AND CREATE A NEW VISION FOR EDUCATION
Campaigners, academics and business leaders are calling on the next generation of women in London to step forward and create a new vision for women and education.
The call came at the launch of the London Association of the BFWG at Hub Westminster on Monday (21 July 2014), where over one hundred guests gathered to hear speakers talk about how the lives of women and girls are being transformed by education, scholarships and training.
Alex Blakemore, Professor of Human Molecular Genetics at Imperial College London, said: “There are still fights to be fought and battles to be won. There is still atrocious representation of women in public life. I want to hear from young women – what is your vision?”
“We have an unparalleled opportunity to do something really important. I urge young women to come forward and tell us.”
The BFWG London Association is one of many local groups across the UK fighting to improve the lives of girls and women, particularly supporting women undertaking post graduate study or research.
Former physicist and educator and BFWG’s Immediate Past President, Jenny Morley, said: “We must engage younger members if the race to progress is to be continued. We need to keep our voices heard in the corridors of power.”
“BFWG has a unique place among women's organisations, being the only one who gives such scholarships. Let us perfect the art of friendship. But I say this not as a social aim, but as a call to action - let us perfect the art of friendship with purpose."
Newly appointed BFWG President Dr Gloria Banner, who has been a member of BFWG for nearly 40 years, said: “We have a significant challenge still on our hands - to smash the glass ceiling, triple glazed as it is. We have great strength as individuals, but we can literally work miracles as one large organisation.”
“We need to increase our membership – and that means reaching out to engage a more diverse and younger community of women."
“Each year we give away a quarter of a million pounds in scholarships, and these scholarships change the lives of women in the most powerful way."
The event was held on the eve of Girl Summit and featured keynote speaker Jasvinder Sanghera, a survivor of forced marriage and CEO of charity Karma Nirvana.
Jasvinder gave a moving account of her own story of forced marriage. She said: "I watched my sisters being taken out of schools to be married to men they had only seen in photographs. I was promised to a man from the age of eight.”
“I said 'no', I wanted to do my exams. But I was locked in a room until I agreed to marriage. I ran away to Newcastle and my mother said I could either come home and marry, or from this day I would be considered dead. I was disowned by my family.”
“I went on to set up Karma Nirvana because an education opens your mind and no child under the age of 16 should have to be contemplate marriage. My plea to you is this: Work with us, the victims need to know there is support and helplines, and they can reach out without the fear of repercussions.”
The launch showcased the work of BFWG, including how it is supporting women’s education in Afghanistan.
Cynthia Burek, Professor of GeoConservation at Chester University, and BFWG’s Co-ordinator of International Relations, said: "We were determined to help women in Afghanistan. We gave a bursary to a female student for a PhD. Why a PhD? Because a title opens doors."
Speeches were also made by; Gwenda Nicholas, President Elect of the National Council of Women, who talked about a vision for collaboration; Dr Elizabeth Poskitt, Chair of the BFWG Scholarship Fund, who talked about a vision for education; Investment professional and Asset Management CEO of the year (Global Investor) Shachi Shah who spoke on engaging the young.
Anyone interested in becoming a member of the BFWG can sign up on the Join Us page.
For more information contact:
4 Mandeville Courtyard
142 Battersea Park Road
London SW11 4 NB
BFWG SUPPORTS #FREEDOM2CHOOSE CAMPAIGN ON CRIMINALISATION OF FORCED MARRIAGE
BFWG supports the Government and Freedom Charity's #Freedom2Choose campaign as the criminalisation of forced marriage comes into force on the 16th June. As many of you will already know, Aneeta Prem is our keynote speaker at our London Association launch on the 21st July which is on the eve of DFID's Girl Summit, which Aneeta is part of. The following is Freedom Charity's social media release which we urge members to follow.
Every day three British people seek help in relation to forced marriage. Many more suffer in silence.
But on June 16th this will stop. Forced Marriage will be a crime in England and Wales. This legal change will mean we will all have the #Freedom2Choose.
But do you know what this means?
The Home Secretary, Theresa May; Freedom Charity's Aneeta Prem; the Government's Forced Marriage Unit; Commander Mak Chishty, National Police lead on Forced Marriage and other leading legal and justice experts have joined together to release a short film to explain how important this landmark change is to everyone's lives.
We would like you to join us now in our twitter campaign as we start to build momentum as we head towards the 16th June when the law comes into force and when we will release this film.
So how can you be involved?
- Follow our twitter account @freedomcharity
- Tweet with hashtag #Freedom2Choose
- Take a photo of yourself with a handwritten #Freedom2Choose sign and share it on your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram accounts
- RT our daily quotes and photos in the lead up to the criminalisation of forced marriage on the 16th June
Friendship tour of Rwanda