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Women leaders launch worldwide conversation on gender equality

The University of London's 'worldwide conversation on women's higher education and equality in the workplace' was launched in London on Wednesday 19 September 2018, with more than 20 further 'conversations' planned around the world over the next two months.

Panel discussion on gender equality
This year’s Charter Lecture was dedicated to the University’s Leading Women campaign.

The Keynote Lecture was delivered in London at Senate House by Shauna Olney, Chief; Gender, Equality and Diversity Branch, International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations.

The Lecture in London celebrated the University of London’s 1858 Royal Charter, which enabled the University to open up its academic awards to students all over the world. This year’s Charter Lecture was dedicated to the University’s Leading Women campaign, celebrating 150 years since the University of London opened up ‘Special Examinations’ for women, followed by the opening up of full degrees for women 10 years later.  In both instances the University of London was the first to do so in the UK.

The Charter Lecture in London was  followed by a panel discussion, chaired by The Hon. Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb. The panellists included:

  • Francesca Lagerberg, Global Leader – Network Capabilities, Grant Thornton International
  • Isabel Fernandez-Mateo, Adecco Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School
  • Kuljit Bhogal, Barrister, Cornerstone Barristers
  • Sam Smethers, Chief Executive, Fawcett Society
  • Stella Dadzie, Writer and Historian
  • Dr Mary Stiasny OBE, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), University of London.
Worldwide conversation video
The Keynote Lecture was delivered by Shauna Olney, Chief; Gender, Equality and Diversity Branch, International Labour Organization (ILO), UN.