Inspiring Women’s conference returns to NUSU

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Newcastle University Student Union will be hosting its annual Inspiring Women’s conference on the 11 March, hoping to inspire and motivate all self-defining women to reach their full potential.

The event will host a range of keynote speakers, discussing important issues women face in today’s society and open discussions under titles such as, Can Men Be Feminists?

However the event also aims to be fun and open space for women to get together and share experiences and make friends. Free lunch will be available to those attending and activities such as henna and an art session are included in the free ticket.

There will also be a free conference dedicated to empowering women in reaching their full potential and initiating change and a variety of workshops on areas such as campaigning and public speaking.

The event has been a great success in previous years, and this year’s event is looking up to mirror this achievement.

Last year Jacqui Henderson spoke about the event in her foreword,

“More than 60% of the world’s university graduates are women. Women undertake over 50% of organisational management roles and are responsible for 70% of household budget management.

“Yet across the world they are still underrepresented in the most senior roles even though in many cases young women out perform their male peers. However the good news is that more and more organisations now realise that a gender balanced leadership team delivers better and more sustainable performance.”

Some of the highlights of last years event were speeches by big names such as TV presenter Charlie Webster a passionate and outspoken women’s rights campaigner, specifically on sexual and domestic abuse. And workshops entitled ‘What makes an ‘Inspiring Woman?’ and ‘Bodyimage’

The conference is run and organised by Newcastle University Student Union and Welfare officer Rachael Kitching.

Kitching commented:

Last years theme focused on ‘Global Women’ and while this years focus is yet to be revealed, more information about the event will be released in the weeks leading up to the event.

A host of events and keynote speakers will take place throughout the day, open to all who wish to learn more about gendered issues or wish to feel inspired.

The conference is free and will take place from 9.30am to 4.00pm in the Students Union on the 11 March. Prior registration can be made on the NUSU website.

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