Strictly Democracy


Strictly Democracy – inspirational women compete for democracy award

      You are invited to the British Federation of Women Graduates’ HoP Parliament week event. Strictly Democracy takes place on November 18th 2014 from 10.20 to 12:30 at at Rotary Club of London, 6 York Gate London NW1 4QG. There is no entry fee and lunch is provided. All welcome.

As part of this year’s Houses of Parliament’s Parliament week, the British Federation of Women Graduates is holding the competition, to celebrate the achievements of five inspirational women who have brought about social change through democracy. The winner will be awarded the title “Woman of Democracy 2014”.

Strictly Democracy will showcase projects that focus on:  gender imbalance in sport and STEM subjects; the use of technology to support young and vulnerable mothers; how to achieve a sharing economy and developing a cure for Norovirus and engaging with public health.

The event will provide women with a platform for their projects and encourage others to follow in their footsteps. Parliament Week seeks to inspire people across the UK to get involved in democratic life. 

Contestants include: Alison Baum, CEO of charity Best Beginnings; Benita Matofska, Head of the Global Sharing Economy initiative; Dr Ellie Cosgrave, Co-founder of Science-Grrl; Dr Lucy Thorne, Centenary award holder for research on the norovirus; Lottie Birdsall-Strong, Graduate student at Cambridge carrying out research into gender equality in Sports.

Judging the projects will be the first woman CEO of the Worker’s Educational Association Ruth Spellman OBE, National Council of Woman President Gwenda Nicholas, the future President of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland Eve Conway, and the current and former Presidents of the BFWG, Dr Gloria Banner and Jennifer Morley.

The chair is Gwen Rhys who is founder and CEO of Women in the City – an organisation which promotes, recognises and rewards female talent.

Event partners include: the HoP Parliament Week, Workers’ Educational Association, Best Beginnings, People Who Share, Women in the City, Rotary Great Britain and Ireland, Science Grrl, and The National Council of Women Great Britain.

       SAVE THE DATE: Strictly Democracy take places on November 18th 2014 from  10.20 to 12:30 at at Rotary Club of   London, 6 York Gate London NW1 4QG. No entry fee and lunch is provided. All welcome.

To request a free guest pass to the BFWG’s HoP Parliament Week’s “Strictly Democracy” event, please email:


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