INSPIRING STORIES OF POLITICAL AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Women are on the frontline of the pandemic in several ways. Women politicians are praised for their collective leadership and management of the crisis.
To celebrate these achievements and inspire policymakers and activists alike, the members of the
European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) welcome you to this event that showcases women in the public arena, from political parties to grassroots organisers.
We mark International Women’s Day by shining the spotlight on inspiring women whose leadership and political vocation make a daily difference. We will hear about their experience of overcoming barriers, and how their journey enables the next generation of women to follow in their steps.
The organisers of this event are EPD, ALDA - European Association for Local Democracy, Club de Madrid, Demo Finland, DIPD - Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy, Elbarlament, Netherlands Helsinki Committee, Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy, People in Need and Westminster Foundation for Democracy.
The event is moderated by journalist Nabila Ramdani
15:00 – 15:05 Welcome
15:05 – 15:35 Lightning Panel
1. Imarn Ayton - activist perspective
2. Sophie Heesen - youth politics perspective
3. Tamara Adrián - high-level politician perspective
4. Sidita Zaja - civil society perspective
5. Krishala Tamang - community leader perspective
15:35 – 16:10 Q&A
16:10 – 16:15 Concluding remarks
Imarn Ayton - Leading voice in #BlackLivesMatter UK, founder of the Black Reformist Movement.
Tamara Adrián - Venezuelan lawyer and academic, first trans woman to win a seat in Congress.
Sidita Zaja - Executive Director of the NGO ProLGBT in Albania.
Sophie Heesen - Politician and Councillor for the Labour Party, campaigning for LGBT rights, anti-discrimination policies and gender equality.
Krishala Tamang - One of the youngest elected local politicians in Nepal and national-level martial artist.