International Women’s Day

Date: Saturday 03 March 2018

Time: 09:30 - 4:30

Location: Central London


Fee: £13.37 (£10 ticket plus VAT and booking fee)

March 2018 will see the third annual festival hosted by Doughty Street Chambers in celebration of International Women’s Day.  We have been delighted and overwhelmed by the support these events have generated, and this year’s planned programmes promise to be even bigger than 2016 and 2017, and we hope to reach even more people.

Our first event this year will take place in London on Saturday 3rd March 2018 with topics including ‘period poverty,’ judicial diversity and women and terrorism.  Speakers include women’s rights campaigner Stella Creasy MP, Fatima Manji of Channel 4 News and Maggie Oliver, who resigned from Greater Manchester Police over its handling of the Rochdale child sexual exploitation case.

*We are now oversubscribed for this event. Thank you everyone for the wonderful support. A waiting list has been started and we will email you should a ticket become available. Click here for waiting list. *


An outline agenda of the day includes:

9.15 – 9.45 Registration, tea and coffee 

9.45 – 10.10 Welcome – and an International Women’s Day Surprise  Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC, Jeannie Mackie and Megan Hirst, Doughty Street Chambers

10.10 - 10.20 Opening Address Harriet Wistrich, Founding Director, Centre for Women's Justice

10.20 – 11.15 Panel 1: Women at the Heart of a Legal Case

Chair: Fiona Hamilton, Crime and Security Editor, The Times


  • Miriam O’Reilly, journalist
  • Maggie Oliver, former Detective Constable, Greater Manchester Police
  • Martina Brincat Baines, campaigner and Act for the Act
  • Chrisann Jarrett, Let Us Learn

11.15 – 11.20 International Women’s Day: 8 Actions for the 8th March Martha Spurrier, Director, Liberty

11.20 – 11.30 Break

11.30 – 12.30 Panel 2: Judicial Diversity

Chair: Henrietta Hill QC, Doughty Street Chambers

  • Mrs Justice Whipple DBE
  • Master McCloud
  • HHJ Khatun Sapnara
  • Dame Linda Dobbs

12.30 – 12.40 Poetry Reading Mona Arshi

12.40 – 13.20 Lunch

13.20 – 14.30 Panel 3: Women and National Security

Chair: Issy Forshall QC, Doughty Street Chambers

  • Victoria Brittain, Journalist
  • Tim Moloney QC, Doughty Street Chambers
  • Gareth Peirce, Birnberg Peirce
  • Nancy Hollander, Doughty Street Chambers and Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward P.A.
  • Maya Foa, Reprieve

14.30 – 14.45 Afternoon Address Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

14.45 - 15:45 Panel 4: Period Poverty

Chair: Katie O’Byrne, Doughty Street Chambers

  • Sarah Graham, Journalist and formerly of Women for Refugee Women
  • Stella Creasy MP, Labour Party
  • Chella Quint, Period Positive
  • Angela Patrick, Doughty Street Chambers

15.45 – 15.55 Break – tea and coffee

15.55 – 16.50 Panel 5: Women in the Spotlight


  • Fatima Manji, Channel 4 News
  • Jocelyn Cockburn, Hodge Jones and Allen
  • Mary-Rachel McCabe, Doughty Street Chambers
  • Helen Pankhurst, Author and Activist

17.00 Drinks


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