The worldwide conversation is part of the University of London’s 2018 Leading Women Campaign, celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the University introducing ‘Special Examinations for Women’, which ten years later led to the opening up of full degrees for women. In both instances, the University of London was the first to do so in the UK.
The aim of the Leading Women campaign is to generate debate around the issues of gender equality in higher education and the workplace. The University of London’s 2018 Graduation Ceremony on the 6 March 2018, as part of the Leading Women campaign, celebrated the achievement of all its students, with a particular focus on women. Two leading women were awarded honorary degrees: Professor Emeritus Susan Dev OBE and Dr Rabia Bhuiyan.
The global conversation will also act as the second annual University of London 1858 Charter Lecture and will launch from London on 19 September, where a keynote lecture will be delivered by Shauna Olney, Chief of the Gender, Equality and Diversity Branch of the International Labour Organization (ILO), a specialised agency of the United Nations.
Following the keynote lecture, a distinguished panel of speakers, chaired by Dr Mary Stiasny OBE, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), University of London, will take up the issues proposed by Shauna Olney, before opening up the conversation to the assembled audience. Members of the panel include Isabel Fernandez-Mateo, Adecco Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School; Francesca Lagerberg, Global Leader, Network Capabilities, Grant Thornton; and Sam Smethers, Chief Executive, Fawcett Society, with further speakers to be confirmed.
This launch event in London will begin a series of events, hosted by the University’s teaching institutions around the world, including Albania, Bangladesh, Czech Republic, India and Pakistan. These global ‘conversations’, taking place between 20 September and 26 November, will each focus on in-country issues surrounding gender equality in higher education and the workplace.