04th March 2023

Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection,

183 Euston Rd,

London NW1 2BE

International Women's Day Celebration 2023

Saturday 4th March 2023 | 9:30am - 4:30pm

On 4 March 2023 Doughty Street Chambers will be celebrating International Women’s Day. 

Every year, we bring together a diverse group of lawyers, judges, politicians, campaigners and academics to explore what more the law can do for women and girls.

Our panel discussions will include the protests in Iran, pregnancy and births behind bars, women as legal changemakers.

We hope you can join us for what promises to be an inspiring and action-packed day. The in-person tickets have now sold out, however Zoom tickets are still available.

This year Doughty Street Chambers is supporting Tender as our selected charity for IWD 2023. Tender is an arts charity working with children and young people to protect against domestic abuse and sexual violence. Doughty Street Chambers is making a donation directly to Tender but as IWD is a not-for-profit event and donation capacity is limited, we invite those attending to consider making even a small donation to support Tender and the continuation of their hugely Important work. Any donations can be made to Tender directly here.

The programme for the day is below. We are delighted to be welcoming delegates and our wonderful expert speakers to panel discussions focusing on what more the law can do for women and how to build a better future for women and girls. It promises to be an excellent day.


9.30am | Registration

10am | Welcome and Opening Remarks – Fiona Murphy

10.10am | Woman, Life, Freedom: Human Rights and Arbitrary Detention in Iran


Caoilfhionn Gallagher KC, Doughty Street Chambers


Tatyana Eatwell, Head of Doughty Street International

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe  

Richard Ratcliffe  

Anoosheh Ashoori  

Elika Ashoori  

11.35am | Keynote address 

Dr Olesya Khromeychuk, Director, Ukrainian Institute

Olga Malchevska, BBC News Ukraine Producer / Presenter

12:05pm | Births Behind Bars


Maya Sikand KC, Doughty Street Chambers


Dr Laura Abbott, Associate Prof in Midwifery, University of Hertfordshire

Jane Ryan, Bhatt Murphy  

Suzy (experience of pregnancy in prison) 

Janey Starling, Level Up

Sonya Ruparel, Chief Executive, Women in Prison 

2.05pm | Entertainment

Ayomide Sotubo (Barrister and Spoken Word poet) 

2.15pm | ‘In Conversation’

Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, playwright, with Sarah Palin, Doughty Street Chambers, interviewing  

3.05pm | Legal Changemakers


Baroness Helena Kennedy KC, Doughty Street Chambers


Stella Creasy MP  

Katrina Ffrench, Unjust  

Shauneen Lambe, Impact, Law for Social Justice

Nani Jansen Reventlow, Systemic Justice, Doughty Street Chambers

4.15pm | Closing Remarks - Maya Sikand KC

4.30pm | Drinks

Crèche services

We will have a crèche service available on the day, at no additional charge, but advance booking is required.

In order for us to arrange the appropriate level of support from the provider, Jumping Stars, please help us by letting us know how many of your children will attend the crèche, and their ages and any special needs, by completing the survey form once you place your order.

The full agenda, speaker list and further details will be published shortly.

We hope to see you on 4 March 2023.

Book your tickets below or click here.