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This International Women’s Day, help us #BreakTheBias

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Image captionImage 1: For International Women’s Day, cross your arms in solidarity to show your support for this year’s theme #BreakTheBias. Image source:

Hammersmith & Fulham Council is hosting a virtual panel discussion on ‘Breaking the Bias’ to mark and celebrate International Women's Day (IWD) 2022.

The event will take place on Tuesday 8 March at 7pm. Please join us – all are welcome.

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This year's IWD theme is 'Break the Bias', encouraging everyone to challenge and take action against gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping that make it difficult for women to move ahead.

Cllr Sue Fennimore, H&F Deputy Leader and host of the event, said:

“We are fully committed to gender equality and take a firm stand against gender-based stereotypes, bias and discrimination.

I welcome you to join us and our amazing panellists to explore how we can all play our part in creating a more diverse, inclusive and gender equal future.”

Meet our IWD panellists

Cllr Fennimore will be joined by our panellists Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu and Angela Saini.

Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu

… has dedicated her life to public service, working as a nurse, health visitor, and tutor with Black and minority ethnic communities in London.

She helped establish the first nurse-led sickle cell and thalassaemia screening and counselling centre in the UK and was instrumental in the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal – the first statue of a named black woman in the UK, which symbolises her contribution, particularly as a nurse, and that of people from ethnic communities to British society.

She was given a Damehood in 2017 for her services to nursing and the key role she played in highlighting Mary Seacole.

She is the patron of the Sickle Cell Society, the Nigerian Nurses Charitable Association and STANMAP – the Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia Association of Nurses, Midwives and Allied Professionals.

Angela Saini

… is an award-winning science journalist and author, radio and television presenter. Currently, she is working on her fourth book, exploring the origins of patriarchy.

Her writing has been featured world-wide. Her latest book, Superior: The Return of Race Science, became a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize and Foyles Books of the Year.

In 2020, she was named one of the world's top 50 thinkers by Prospect magazine and voted one of the most respected journalists in the UK in 2018.

She has received a best feature award from the Association of British Science Writers, and won an American Association for the Advancement of Science's Kavli Science Journalism gold award in 2015.

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