In Conversation With Dr Helen Pankhurst

Date Wednesday, March 6

Time 10:00 - 16:00

Event type

Location The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B9 4AA

Who is Dr Helen Pankhurst?

Helen is a women’s right activist and senior advisor to CARE International, working in the UK and in Ethiopia. She is a trustee of ActionAid, a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE and Visiting Professor at MMU. Helen is the great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, leaders of the British suffragette movement, and was involved in the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. Her book ‘Deeds not Words – The story of women’s rights, then and now’ has been described as an engaging social history but also an activist’s lens looking forward.

Other conversations…

Worldwide, lenses will be on the West Midlands through the Commonwealth Games and Coventry City of Culture.

See sport, arts and culture through the voice and eyes of women.


10:00 – 10:35

Challenging role for women in uniform services delivering better outcomes.

Security on National and the International stage is vital for UK plc to prosper and for global events to be successful. Members of the Armed forces and civilian emergency services will discuss the enhanced role of women.

Participants: Army, Royal Navy and RAF and West Midlands Police.

10:50 – 11:30

Sport – Shifting the culture.

Three elite sports women will tell of their inspiring journey. Panel of UK leading sports bodies and clubs will discuss what is to be achieved to set West Midlands apart as a record-breaking destination for inclusive sport.

Participants: University of Wolverhampton, Wasps, Wolverhampton Wanderers Foundation, CWG, British Athletics, Sports England.

11:30 – 12:00

Music & Arts-Changing communities.

From performing arts to literacy, the impact can be life changing. The Panel will talk about programs that have lasting impacts globally and the need for legacy to be built in upfront.

Participants: Coventry City of Culture, Little Bird, University of Wolverhampton, Women in Jazz.

12:00 – 12:30

Lunch & live music from Women in Jazz (Town Hall Symphony Hall) and UN Program #HearHerSong (University of Wolverhampton).

12:30 – 14:00

Keynote from Helen Pankhurst / panel debate.

Panel to be chaired by Andy Street, including: Dr Helen Pankhurst, Sam Smethers – CEO Fawcett Society, and a number of local politicians.

14:15 – 16:00


1)Exploring your Political Pathway workshop by The Parliament Project (only open to women).

2)What chance do we have? Improving wellbeing in everyday hectic lives.


If you would like to attend the event, tickets will be available in advance here.


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