IT’S A FACT: COVID has worsened inequalities faced by women. From access to finance to bearing the brunt of childcare, to the vast drop in screenings for breast and cervical cancer, women have been negatively impacted across the board. In this session, we’ll delve into the impact of COVID on UK women, the consequences for economic growth and the changes we need to see as the world starts to recover.
Elizabeth Ogabi Elizabeth is an entrepreneur, communications consultant, speaker and educator. In 2016 she founded For Working Ladies, a digital media platform focused on equipping women with the information and tools they need to start a successful business. Most recently, she co-founded Leicour.com a community network focused on accelerating women within organisations into leadership roles. Whether it’s starting a side hustle, breaking through the corporate glass ceiling or pursuing full-time entrepreneurship, her ultimate goal is focused on the advancement and economic empowerment of women. She is also the host of How I Made It Happen, a podcast focused on sharing advice from women who are entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders. In June 2021 she will publish her debut book Side Hustle in Progress: A Practical Guide to Kickstarting Your Business. Nika Diamond-Krendel, is the founder and creative director of London based leather goods company Paradise Row, which launched in 2017. In 2020, Nika found herself navigating the new modern dilemma of juggling motherhood and carving out an entrepreneurial career for herself all amongst a pandemic. She has first-hand experience raising a newborn without any traditional nuclear family support and made use of the recent shared parental leave policy for husband to take a full year’s paternity leave to support her business and career. Something she is passionate about discussing.
Claire Barnett is the Executive Director at UN Women UK. During the pandemic, UN Women UK created the Safe Spaces Now project which collecting data and stories of real women’s lived experiences of safety from across the UK that helped to produce solutions to create safer public spaces. Prior to joining UN Women UK, Claire helped to drive McKinsey's UK office work on diversity and inclusion, examining the macroeconomic effect of accelerating gender equality on UK GDP and beyond.
Ria-Jaine is a licensed accountant and tax specialist for the beauty industry. In 2020, Ria was listed as one of the top 50 Women in Accounting and recently crowned COVID Hero Award winner by Accounting Excellence.
What to bring
Read the following articles:https://www.thestack.world/news/business/wealth/what-rishi-sunak-s-budget-means-for-women-1615197604665 https://www.thestack.world/news/society/politics/how-women-s-economic-empowerment-benefits-us-all-1617099338128 https://www.thestack.world/news/society/politics/why-the-un-s-commission-on-the-status-of-women-2021-matters-1616079712569