Tatiana Garavito

Tatiana Garavito is a migrant woman who has been campaigning and advocating for Latin American migrants for over 10 years since she first arrived to the UK, first for the Indoamerican Refugee and Migrants Organisation (IRMO), a community led organisation supporting Latin Americans in south London and recently as the Director for the LatinAmerican Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS).

Jemima Olchawski

Jemima Olchawski is Head of Policy and Insight at the Fawcett Society. Before joining Fawcett Jemima was Head of Public Policy at Newham Council and is a former Director of the Fabian Society.  As part of her role Jemima is leading Fawcett’s work on equal pay including the implementation of Section 78 – the requirement for businesses with over 250 employees to publish their gender pay gap statistics.

Anne-Marie Imafidon

Anne-Marie Imafidon is a British computing, mathematics and language child prodigy. She is one of the youngest to pass two GCSEs in two different subjects while in primary school and at 15 was the youngest ever graduate with a masters degree. Anne-Marie now runs STEMettes supporting women into science, technology, engineering and maths and is the Co-founder of Outbox Incubator the world’s first tech incubator for girls.

Doyin Atewologun Awofolaju

Broadly, Doyin’s research interests lie at the intersection of leadership, identity and diversity.  She is particularly interested in the identity work involved in making sense of complex, oppositional identities and leader identity development.  A current research project involves examining the career trajectories of demographically diverse managers and the learning opportunities therein with the Queen Mary University London.  Doyin has published in practitioner and academic journals including Journal of Managerial Psychology, Equality Diversity & Inclusion: An International Journal, and The Psychologist magazine.  She is Professional Insights Editor of Equality Diversity & Inclusion: An International journal.  Doyin is also a Chartered and Registered Occupational Psychologist, founding member and Deputy Chair of the British Psychology Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP) Diversity & Inclusion at Work group, a voluntary professional group of academic and practitioner members committed to implementing evidence-based approaches to maximise positive outcomes in diverse workspaces.  Doyin is a member of the DOP's International Strategy Group, the British Academy of Management and the Academy of Management. Doyin is also part of the Runnymede Trust 360 network of emerging leaders in race equality, and a member of the inaugural cohort for the DOP Leadership Development Programme, for future leaders of the Division.

Doyin holds Visiting Fellow positions at Cranfield School of Management and Lagos Business School.  She has over 10 years' experience in organisational learning and development including designing and managing assessment centres, leadership development, coaching and team building. She is a qualified business coach and is also qualified in psychometric testing in a range of tools.

Anna Zobina

Born in St.Petersburg, Russia, Anna lives in Cyprus and works as Research Analyst with the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies – one of the founding members of ENoMW. Anna’s research and activities are focused on intersectional and structural feminist analysis of gendered discriminations, with specific emphasis on violence against women, care economy, migration, sexual exploitation and knowledge production. In May 2014 she was elected Chair of ENoMW. In this role she works on capacity-building of migrant women NGOs in Europe and strengthening representation and inclusion of migrant women in the EU policy and decision-making,  across such diverse areas as access to justice, citizenship, labour participation, sexual & reproductive rights and non-discrimination. Anna’s biggest passion is feminism and bridging gap between theory and practice.

Jessica Machacova

Jessica Machacova joined Equinet - the European Network of Equality Bodies in February 2015 as Project Officer. She is responsible for supporting membership communication and member capacity building initiative. She also supports Equinet policy work on various issues such as religion and belief, disability and gender equality.

Prior to joining Equinet, Jessica worked at the European Women’s Lobby and at the office of the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator at the European Commission. She holds a Master’s in European politics from the European Studies Institute of the Free University of Brussels.

Anne-Laure Humbert

Anne-Laure Humbert PhD, was a researcher at the European Institute for Gender Equality from 2012, where she worked on the development of the Gender Equality Index and on the research reports monitoring selected critical areas of the Beijing Platform for Action. She joined the Cranfield International Centre for Women Leaders at Cranfield University from July 2015 as a Research Fellow. She initially studied Mathematics and Statistics at the National University of Ireland Maynooth, followed by a Ph.D in Statistics, Gender and Entrepreneurship at Trinity College Dublin.

She has been a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University London and Visiting Scholar in several European universities. She is a member of the advisory board of the OECD’s Social Institutions and Gender Index, the European Women’s Lobby’s WEstart project on mapping social entrepreneurship in Europe and Council of European Municipalities and Regions’ (CEMR) monitoring the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life.

She has done extensive work in the area of women and/or gender within the economy and society, with particular attention to work and organisations, entrepreneurship, and the integration of work and life. She is particularly interested in the applications of advanced quantitative methods applied to comparative social and economic analysis.

Agnès Hubert

Agnes Hubert graduated in Economics (Bsc and DEA) and in Political Science (DEA) at the University of Paris 1 . She started her carreer as a journalist before joining the European Commission where she has held responsibilities in Development & cooperation (international commodity agreements), information & communication (information Europe – 1/3 world) and social & employment policy .

She headed the Equal Opportunities for Women and men in DG employment from 1992 to 1996. In 1996 she joined the Forward Studies Unit which she left in 2000 to join the team in charge of the White paper on European Governance. After the publication of the white paper, she was seconded for 2 years to the European Parliament. In BEPA she has contributed to projects and reports on “Investing in Youth, an empowerment strategy” “Migration and public perceptions in the EU” “Advantages of Europe” and “Social Innovation” She has a specific expertise in the fields of gender, social and employment policy and fundamental rights.   She is the author of two books (“L'Europe et les femmes, identités en mouvement”, ed. Apogée, and “Democracy and Information Society in Europe”, in Forward Studies series – Kogan page) and of numerous articles and academic contributions in the field of gender equality and European integration.

She has developed and taught seminars on “EU and Gender” at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy (Tufts University, Mass. USA) and at the Center for Political and Constitutional Studies in Madrid. She has undertaken research on the mutually reinforcing dynamics of gender equality and European integration. 

Kate Smurthwaite

ThreeWeek's Editor's Choice 2013 Award winner Kate Smurthwaite has been performing stand up for over 10 years and is a writer the BBC3 BAFTA-winning series The Revolution Will Be Televised and the UK’s most popular political comedy show Have I Got News For You. She has over 700 TV and radio appearances including This Morning, Woman’s Hour, The Big Questions, Moral Maze and Question Time. She writes regular humourous columns for New Internationalist, Feminist Times and The Teacher and has also written for The Guardian, The Independent and Cosmopolitan.

Her award-winning show The News At Kate: My Professional Opinion was filmed on the South Bank as part of the Women of The World (WOW) festival. You can see it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uly0gZny2IY

"The verve with which she articulates her view on our land is monumental … when it comes to political comedy Kate Smurthwaite really is the cream of the crop" - BroadwayBaby.com

"Comedy that cuts through the crap" - ThreeWeeks.co.uk

Michelle Tiwo

I am a poet, actor and spoken word educator. Since studying BA Journalism at Kingston University, I’ve dedicated my time to acting and writing poetry for the page and stage- receiving commissions from Royal College of Art and The Floating Showroom. Working as an actor for the last 7 years, I like to incorporate drama exercises and games to my workshops to help ease participants into poetry. I believe the body and voice are integral parts of performing and storytelling and also a great way to open up the imagination of people of all ages
My teaching is centred on encouraging and empowering young people to own their ideas, voices and stories. It has worked wonders with young people who have never experienced spoken word before from minority groups or difficult backgrounds. There is no such thing as a bad idea, but to see an idea flourish I encourage them to trust and respect themselves as well as the process. I am passionate about showing young people they already possess the tools they need to produce work they can be proud of. My work is reflective and thought provoking- it allows participants the opportunity to look inwards and examine themselves, and the world around them. My programme spurs students at all levels to be active participators in coming to their own conclusions, developing their own voices, critical thinking skills and confidence.

Gill Owens

Gill left school aged 16 in the middle of a recession with dreams of owning a Mercedes and a shoe collection to rival Imelda Marcos.  Fast forward 24 years and after the sale of a successful national business support organisation Gill was able to semi-retire and move into higher education to study psychology.  Fast forward another 8 years and Gill is now a chartered psychologist whose specialist area is the application of positive psychology and in particular the support we all receive from others which enables us to achieve our dreams.  With a combined understanding of business start-up in the UK and supportive dyadic relationships means Gill can offer sound advice to anybody wanting to start a business in the UK.  

Camilla Stanger

Hanna and Camilla are feminist teachers and researchers, who are passionate about education for girls and young women.  Hanna is a MPhil/PhD student at the UCL Institute of Education where she is researching feminist subjectivities and feminist teen activism in secondary school spaces.  Hanna teaches English Language and Literature in a London school as well as running a feminist group for teenagers.  Camilla has taught English and dance in inner-London schools and colleges since 2006, and is currently studying for a PhD in Education at Goldsmiths, University of London. As part of her research she is developing a feminist dance programme for girls and young women in North East London, and in 2013 won the BERA/Sage Practitioner of the Year Award for Research in an under-18 setting. 

Hanna Retallack

Hanna and Camilla are feminist teachers and researchers, who are passionate about education for girls and young women.  Hanna is a MPhil/PhD student at the UCL Institute of Education where she is researching feminist subjectivities and feminist teen activism in secondary school spaces.  Hanna teaches English Language and Literature in a London school as well as running a feminist group for teenagers.  Camilla has taught English and dance in inner-London schools and colleges since 2006, and is currently studying for a PhD in Education at Goldsmiths, University of London. As part of her research she is developing a feminist dance programme for girls and young women in North East London, and in 2013 won the BERA/Sage Practitioner of the Year Award for Research in an under-18 setting. 

Marina Prentoulis

Marina Prentoulis is becoming a familiar voice in British media, she is the spokesperson for Syriza, the party that won the last general election in Greece and more recently a referendum on the draconian bail-out terms imposed by European financial institutions. The deal is exposing a crisis of democracy not only for Greece but for all of us affected by the entire European project. She is a political theorist at the University of East Anglia whose approach draws on new forms of feminist and Marxism theory. 

Filiz Kerestecioğlu

Filiz Kerestecioğlu is a current Turkey MP representing HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party). Prior to her election, she worked 28 years as lawyer and editor of a law magazine. She has been involved in socialist and subsequently feminist movement for nearly 40 years. First feminist rally which took place in 1987 in İstanbul was a very historical moment in her life as a member of rally’s organization committee. She is one of the founders of Mor Çatı - the only women’s shelter in Turkey which is run by feminists and also İstanbul Bar Association Women’s Rights Center. She is the song writer and composer of the famous feminist song, Kadınlar Vardır (Women Do Exist) and the producer of the documentary which is named after the song. Her articles are published in several books and magazines. 

She also worked in Human Rights Association and fought especially against state’s oppression and violence towards Kurds in 90s. She has been active in women’s movements for peace in Turkey. She continues her struggle both in streets and the parliament now.

Amalia Schirru

2006-2013 Italian MP (Partito Democratico), signatory to a number of motions and amendments queries to denounce  women discrimination and helping  them to overcome inequalities in economic, employment and family. She was among the promoters of several draft laws ,  three of them became law: exclusion from the survivor’s pension of the spouse murderer; abolition of the height limit to serve in the armed forces; authentic interpretation of the law 68/89 compulsory employment for disabled people.

1987-89 Provincial Councillor for Social Policies (Province of Cagliari) she set up the info desk to encourage allegations of ill-treatment, violence and she also set up refuges for women and children who had been abused.

1980-86 Mayor of the town of San Sperate where she promoted and implemented the services for children such as the nursery, home care for old and disabled people in order to promote the reconciliation of family life and work for women . She  has also set up social enterprise formed by women.

Frances Scott

Frances Scott is a passionate advocate for better gender balance in Parliament wanting Westminster to draw upon the widest possible pool of talent and experience. In November 2013 she started the 50:50 Parliament Petition asking party leaders to "collaborate and do something: debate and take action to make Parliament more gender balanced, like life." sign at change.org/5050Parliament. Since then 50:50 Parliament has grown. It is an inclusive, cross-party, non-partisan campaign supported by women and men across the UK. In addition to the petition, 50:50 Parliament is setting up an Ambassador programme aimed at raising awareness and inspiring political participation as well as supporting people who might stand as MPs, which ever of the political parties appeals to them (email Frances@5050Parliament for information). Her dream is a Parliament where men and women work side by side shaping legislation for the future, together, in roughly equal numbers. 

Frances was at university in the UK and the USA. She went on to have an international career in the hotel and tourism business working for Intercontinental Hotels, BDO Stoy Hayward (an firm of accountants), Hyatt International (based in Hong Kong) and Jones Lang LaSalle (commercial real estate services). She advised on marketing, economics, operations and finance. She was the first woman to be appointed to 4 positions that she held. After marrying and starting a family she changed direction and began supporting parents during pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting. She set up and ran a website called Birth Education Network and booked thousands of parents onto courses, raising nearly £200,000 for the National Childbirth Trust. She continues to run birth and parenting classes for NCT. She has also been involved with the Maternity Services Action Committee at Imperial College for many years.  

She blogs for the Huffington Post and is a regular commentator on gender and representation in politics. Her work with 50:50 Parliament has been profiled in The Telegraph, Huffington Post, Evening Standard and The Guardian. She is married with four children and lives in London with her husband.