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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.
PLease contact Gabrielle Suff email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any queries

Wales NCW Essay Competition Winner

Lauren Williams

Lauren Williams of Knighton, Powys, the Wales NCW Essay Competition winner.

Her topic was "Equal Pay  - Legislation and Practice".  She has just graduated from Cardiff University and plans to take up our offer of free membership for a year, part of her prize with the book voucher for £60 she is seen holding.


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