02nd March 2019

Arundel House

Arundel House, 6 Temple Place, London, WC2R 2PG

A century since law reforms extended the vote to (some) women and paved the way for women to become lawyers for the first time, the law can still do more to protect, support and empower women.


We issued a call for lawyers, policy-makers and campaigners to join us for our fourth annual celebration of International Women’s Day, to discuss “What More Can the Law Do for Women?” which took place at Arundel House in central London on Saturday 2 March 2019, where our barristers and guests spoke on image-based sexual abuse and "revenge porn", on how government austerity policies have impacted disproportionately on women, and on measures which can be taken to protect refugee and trafficked women.  We also had a panel discussing sex and power, considering how women have spoken out against and within gendered power dynamics. And Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, who for over 45 years has been at the forefront of advancing and developing the law for the protection of women, shared insights from her new book Eve Was Shamed on how far we have come, and how much there is still to do.


The programme for the day appears below, and we were delighted to welcome our delegates and wonderful expert speakers who engaged in an inspiring discussion of how to build a better future for women and girls.


Photos of the day can be found in the video below the agenda; 12 hours in under 20 minutes! May we suggest getting a cup of tea, putting on our IWD 2019 playlist (accessible by clicking here) and enjoying memories of the day?


For any queries about our work on women's and children's rights, or to have your photo removed from our slideshow, or for all other queries please email 


9.30am Registration
10.00am Welcome - Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC

Image-Based Sexual Abuse and "Revenge Porn"

Sarah Elliott QC, Doughty Street Chambers

Professor Erika Rackley, Kent Law School

Dr Jef McAllister, McAllister Olivarius

Georgina Calvert-Lee, McAllister Olivarius

Folami Prehaye, Founder, VOIC (Victims of Internet Crime)

11.15am Tea and Coffee

Women and Austerity

Aoife Nolan, Doughty Street Chambers and University of Nottingham Law School

Dr Kindy Sandhu 

Nicola Sharp-Jeffs, Surviving Economic Abuse

Rebekah Carrier, Hopkin Murray Beskine

12.30pm An address by Elizabeth Prochaska, Legal Director, Equality & Human Rights Commission
12.45pm A Musical Surprise!
1.00pm Lunch
2.00pm Eve Was Shamed – Baroness Helena Kennedy QC in conversation with Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Women's Movement: Refugee and Trafficking Protection

Laura Dubinsky, Doughty Street Chambers

Judge Ann Power-Forde SC, Doughty Street Chambers

Marchu Girma, Women for Refugee Women

Professor Nimisha Patel, School of Psychology, University of East London

Catherine Meredith, Doughty Street Chambers

3.45pm Tea and Coffee

Sex and Power

Jennifer Robinson, Doughty Street Chambers

Pragna Patel, Southall Black Sisters

Louise Reay, Comedian

Lisette Whittaker

Ulele Burnham, Doughty Street Chambers


Closing Remarks – Kirsty Brimelow QC

Followed by drinks reception


Doughty Street International Women's Day


Doughty Street Chambers IWD 2019