International Women’s Day: Choose to Challenge Lunch Series

International Women’s Day: Choose to Challenge Lunch Series

Week of 8 March, 2021

12:30 – 13:30 GMT

This International Women’s Day we can all #ChooseToChallenge and call out gender bias and inequality.

Join us for a series of lunchtime sessions where special guests will inspire you to take initiative on the most pressing challenges facing all people, not just women, in our society.

Issues such as food poverty, youth empowerment, and domestic violence will be addressed through storytelling and inspiration, where everyone can feel confident and empowered to #buildbackbetter.

8 March – #ChooseToChallenge: A conversation with with young activists 

  • Jasmine Godden Melendez (UK)

Jasmine is a 20 year old student who grew up in Oxford and now studies Biomedical Sciences at St George’s University. She has taken part in various types of activism from a young age, as both of her parents have been involved in the climate justice campaign for many years. She and a team of young activists organised a Youth Strike for Climate protest in March of 2019, and she has since joined as one of the editors of Oxford’s Collective Conversationz magazine, where she writes about a broad range of social justice topics.

  • Lina Toufiq (Algeria)

Lina is a 15-year-old community activist determined to bring racism to an end and to fight for human rights. She is in secondary education, but actively engaged in her community tackling issues like hate crimes and discrimination due to being surrounded by injustice while growing up. She has taken part in TV shows to speak about the importance of interfaith relationship and enjoys sharing her experiences with others to make a positive change, as she ‘believes that together we are stronger’.


9 March – Building Ourselves Back Better

  • Sandra Crathern (UK)

Sandra Crathern is the director of Innavision, which provides one to one coaching, corporate coaching, workshops, and international wellbeing retreats. She is an ACC ICF Accredited coach and author of the book ‘Know The Truth’. 25 years ago, Sandra was in a controlling marriage and felt she had no voice. She has overcome those challenges and is in an amazing marriage with the same man! Sandra realised when she put self-care first it dramatically improved her mental as well as physical and emotional health, and now her passion is to support others on a similar journey.

  • Roberta Pagliarulo (UK)

More than ten years ago, Roberta discovered coaching and realized that she was living a life that wasn’t hers. After her coaching degree she decided to quit her job as a HR professional and run her own business. Roberta now has extensive experience with top management and executives in multicultural contexts, delivering executive and business coaching as a facilitator and trainer. Her mission is to help others to live the life they want to belong to, to find their inner motivation and balance among body, mind and emotions.


10 March – Choosing To Challenge Food Poverty

  • Muireann Meehan Speed (UK)

Muireann is a Director at Oxford Mutual Aid. Originally from Ireland, she has been living (mostly) in the UK for the past 8 years. She has a background in campaigning and organising, particularly at the grass roots level, including in trade union activism and reproductive justice.


11 March – Building Back Better for Whom?

  • Amina Khalid (UK)

Amina is internationally trained in dialogue facilitation, mediation, communication and conflict resolution and has worked in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. She has been with Initiatives of Change for over 10 years and is currently the Head of Programme for Sustainable Communities and a Trustee for Somali Initiatives for Dialogue and Democracy (SIDD), as well as founder of Peace Begins at Home – an international intergenerational dialogue training created to build bridges between generations and policymakers.

  • Amanda Figueras (Spain)

Amanda is a journalist and writer who spent more than a decade in the newspaper El Mundo where she achieved many successes. She was a fellow of the UN Alliance of Civilizations program (UNAOC) and was selected as a local project manager in 2018. In that same year, she launched her book ‘Por quĂŠ el islam: mi vida como mujer, europea y musulmana’ (‘Why Islam: my life as a woman, European and Muslim’). Amanda has been selected as Kaiciid’s European Fellow 2020 and is passionate about interfaith dialogue. She is currently working with Foro Abraham (Spain).


Will you #ChoosetoChallenge? Take One Step is our own challenge for you to take personal action on what matters most to YOU:

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