international women's day 2011

The British Council marks the Centenary of International Women’s Day Tuesday March 8 2011

Posted on: 3 March 2011

British Council lunch-time discussion with Lesley Abdela and Rosemary Bechler. The event will take place on Tuesday 8 March, marking the centenary of International Women’s Day.

On behalf of the British Council, Rosemary has recently interviewed eight women in positions of leadership – in diversity, human rights and international relations. In conversation with Lesley, she will share findings, reflect on their significance for international cultural relations and welcome reflections and questions.

The event will be introduced by Fiona Bartels-Ellis, Head of Equal Opportunities and Diversity, British Council.

Tuesday 8 March 2011
1200 Registration
1215 Introduction: Fiona Bartels-Ellis
1220 Gender and international relations: conversation between Lesley Abdela and Rosemary Bechler
1250 Q&A
1315 Buffet lunch
1400 Event ends

British Council
10 Spring Gardens
London SW1A 2BN

Please RSVP or call Louise Phillips, British Council on 020 7389 4229

Lesley Abdela is a Senior Partner in Shevolution, a gender equality consultancy. Lesley’s career has taken her to over 40 countries, including Nepal where she served as Senior Gender Adviser to UN Agencies. In her role as a journalist and broadcaster, she won the title of Woman Political Journalist of the Year in 2009. Lesley was also a member of the British Council Board of Trustees from 1995 – 2000. Most recently Lesley has been leading a programme of workshops for the British Council in Sierra Leone.

Rosemary Bechler is a freelance writer and commissioning editor. She is Editor of She has edited many British Council publications and wrote Unbounded Freedom: a guide to Creative Commons for cultural organisations in 2006. In 2010, she published The Convention on Modern Liberty: the British debate on fundamental rights and freedoms. She is a trustee of International Alert, and co-founded and chaired Peaceworkers UK in the 1990s.

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