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13:00 - 14:00 22 February 2017

Who am I? A woman of colour?


421 | Roberts Building (link Map)
Malet Place | London | WC1E 7JE | United Kingdom

Open to: Public | Academic | Student
Admission: 0
Ticketing: Ticketed

Speaker information

Pragna Patel, Founding Member and Director, Southall Black Sisters, Pragna Patel is a founding member and Director of the Southall Black Sisters (SBS). She has been centrally involved in some of SBS’ most important cases and campaigns around domestic violence, immigration and religious fundamentalism. Pragna also founded Women Against Fundamentalism, which formed to address the rise of religious fundamentalism in all religions and its specific control of women. She has over 30 years of experience in advocacy, policy and campaigning work with some of the most marginalised women in British society, and has written extensively on race, gender and religion.
Marcia Jacks, Co-Chair and Institute Manager, Race Equality Steering Group; Women's Health, UCL, I am Co-Chair of the Race Equality Steering Group and have been at UCL for over 20 years. My current role is Institute Manager for Women's Health. I have been part of the RESG group since its inception and feel I can offer my own experience into the group. As a senior manager I can influence my colleagues both junior and senior and can help to bring about awareness of issues that affect ethnic minorities and make suggestions on how inequalities can be addressed at work, not just for BME staff but other groups too.

What defines our identities? Initiatives that focus solely on our gender/race/class/sexual orientation/capabilities/culture can be necessary for discussing unique experiences and challenges in safe spaces, but can they also be reductive; excluding communities and voices across various identities?

Our free Astrea Voices event continues a series of exciting talks entitled ‘Who am I?’ which aim to explore diverse identities and perspectives and empower hidden voices. This second talk in the series, will focus on the intersection of race, culture and gender through the perspectives of two fantastic speakers; Pragna Patel, Founding member and Director of Southall Black Sisters and Marcia Jacks, Co-Chair of the UCL Race Equality Steering Group. They will discuss both their personal and professional experiences, and initiatives to empower and support women and people of colour.

Astrea Voices enables women across multiple identities to share their career stories, learn from and be inspired


Kailey Nolan
+44 (0)20 7611 8493 | k.nolan@ucl.ac.uk


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