27/04/2016: Bridging The Gap | Your chance to quiz the London Mayoral candidates

This is your chance to quiz the leader of the women’s equality party Sophie Walker.

Bridging the gapTake the opportunity a week before the GLA elections to quiz and question the leader of the Women’s Equality Party, Sophie Walker on the issue of the gender pay gap.

Also hear from 3 candidates for the GLA – Anila Dhami, Harini Iyengar and Kate Massey Chase.

Sophie Walker will lead with a keynote speech aimed at persuading attendees that the Women Equality Party can fully represent their views if elected to the GLA, followed by a panel discussion.

This is a paid bar event.

The event is kindly sponsored by the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel.

Speakers –

Sophie Walker

Sophie WalkerI am going to make London the first city in the world where men and women are equal. London’s four million women are living with the UK’s biggest pay gap, most expensive childcare, highest sexual violence rates and highest child poverty. I’ve watched one Mayor after another ignore and undervalue women. Now I want to take action to help them flourish. Because when London’s women flourish, the city will be better for everyone. I worked as a reporter for 20 years, covering politics, business and finance. I have campaigned hard as an ambassador and patron for autism charities so we can better understand and embrace diversity. As leader of the Women’s Equality Party, I have built a vibrant political movement of 45,000 members and supporters in just 9 months. I’ve done this while balancing the needs of my children against the daily demands of work – one of millions of women to do so, wondering why politicians don’t seem to want to help. As Mayor of London, I am going to help. I am going to make equality and diversity the fuel that drives our nation’s capital. A vote for me is a vote for all.

Harini Iyengar

Harini IyengarI grew up in Manchester and have lived in Hackney and Islington for 17 years. In London I find the whole world: racially and socially diverse, spanning extremes of social privilege and disadvantage, delights and challenges. If elected, I will act out a new, positive political culture that welcomes women. WE aspire to create this. Since 1999, I’ve been a barrister, specialising in anti-discrimination, sexual harassment, and equal pay cases. I work full-time and care for my three children as a single parent. I care about the world we offer to young people. I will share my knowledge and lived experiences, campaign with energy, and enact our ideas for change, in the service of London.

Anila Dhami

Anila DhamiI am Anila Dhami and I live in Rainham, Essex. I’m a journalist working to raise awareness of the issues women face, and to initiate change. I will work towards ending violence against women, from rape and domestic abuse to everyday sexism. I will work towards creating a fair representation of women in all aspects of media so that instead of being sexualised and objectified, women are valued for their intellects. I am committed to breaking glass ceilings for women in the workplace, and leaving them shattered for future generations. “We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back,” says Malala. Instead of campaigning #HeCan or #SheCan, I believe that #WeCan make a difference together, so will ensure that men are included in my campaign. As a British Asian, I understand the importance of making the fight for women a fight for all – no matter one’s background, ethnicity or race. I will use my position to create a better world for us and our children.

Kate Massey-Chase

Kate Massey-ChaseI’m Kate and I live in Streatham with my wife and our deaf rescue cat, Bertie. I care passionately about the fight for gender equality and believe I can help lead the change. I’ve lived in London for over five years, delivered work in almost every borough, and lived in three of them – on both sides of the river. London is my home and greater equality would make it better for everyone. I’m a self-employed facilitator and consultant, working in the creative arts and education with a diverse range of groups, including young migrants in Merton, mental health service users in Haringey, and recovering addicts in Fulham. I’m friendly, approachable, a natural leader, and I bring passion and integrity to everything I do. I’ve been told that I’m someone who inspires others; I feel lucky to spend my life surrounded by such a diverse collection of people who inspire me.

The event is moderated by –

Harriet MinterHarriet Minter

Doyenne of the Equality, Diversity and Women’s leadership space, Harriet Minter is also Editor of The Guardian Women’s Leadership Section. She will lead and moderate the session focusing on the Gender Pay Gap, solutions, strategies and some straight forward talking to Bridging The Gap.

Event Details –
  • Date & Time: 27th April 2016 at 18:00pm till 20:00pm
  • Place: Jumeriah Carlton Tower, 1 Cadogan Pl, Belgravia, London SW1X 9PX


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