THE EQUITY ERA
Nope, we haven’t missed out a couple of letters. This year for International Women’s Day we’re shifting our focus to treating everyone fairly, rather than equally. But what does equity mean for feminism? What does the #EquityEra look like from different perspectives?
Saturday 11 March 2023 | 10AM – 6PM | HoveBUY NOW
This year for Kickass Women we want to extend an open invite to all of the wonderful men in our community. Together we’ll explore the many complexities of gender in the modern world, and position feminism as a force for the good of everyone.
Our full day of keynotes, workshops, coffee and good food will be about uplifting women’s voices but the subject matter relates strongly to men as well. We’ll be talking about the concept of Equity as it relates to all genders as well and how living under a patriarchal society affects men as well.
Tomorrow’s leaders, Gen Z, demand equality and diversity like no generation has before. They understand the importance of treating people as they want to be treated, which often means breaking away from the conventions that the majority have come to accept.
With Gen Z’s influence on global markets growing, can we make gender work in today’s society? Should we continue to break down stereotypes and redefine gender roles, or should we be removing the concept from the conversation altogether?
Imagine a brick wall. It’s six feet high, and there’s something really, really cool on the other side. Are you tall enough to see over it? If not, would you like a step up?
That’s equity. Rather than turning a blind eye to the differences that exist between us, it’s acknowledging and addressing them so that everyone gets the same chances.
SPEAKER LINE UP
Nicky Bandini is a sports writer and broadcaster who specialises in European football and American football. She has written a weekly column for the Guardian since 2007 and contributes to a number of leading media outlets worldwide including the BBC, ESPN and Stan Sports.
Co-host of @serieAchronpod
Gemma Kentish is Associate Social Affairs Officer in the Dept of Economic and Social Affairs at the United Nations, New York. She works closely with Indigenous women across the globe to ensure their voices are heard and their rights respected. Prior to joining the UN, Gemma worked as Head of Visits at the British High Commission in India, and also has experience working as a refugee and migration research at both the Irish Foreign Ministry and the European Council on Refugees and Exiles.
Prior to starting 2nd Line of Defence, Lisa had a 20-year career in B2B media, specialising in publishing, tv, online and mobile advertising. She left advertising in 2014 to pursue her passion for property development. In October 2021, Lisa was appointed by Lady Justice Simler, Chair of the Judicial Diversity Committee, to be one of 7 newly appointed regional Inclusion and Diversity Magistrates (IDM). Most recently, Lisa has been named as one of 100 most influential businesswomen in the UK. The f:Entrepreneur #ialso100 campaign highlights, champions and celebrates 100 inspirational female entrepreneurs across the UK who are wearing many hats and doing many inter-connecting roles, with a specific focus on community and sustainability.
Research Fellow University of Sussex and Crew Club team member. Carlie was awarded her PhD in 2011 and was a senior lecturer in criminology before becoming an independent researcher and scholar. Carlie now works at The Crew Club and University of Sussex. All of her work is focused on how to challenge social inequalities and injustices. She also coaches the Crew Club running programme - helping people move is the thing that brings her joy.
GEN Z PANEL
Sophie Butler, the 26 year old Disabled & Queer Queen is a force to be reckoned with. Sophie uses her platform @sophjbutler to not only empower her audience of 126k followers, but also to educate, through her weekly ’Sunday School with Soph’ and regular communication on subjects such as trolling, disability awareness and self love. Sophie’s embraced passion for creating change and awareness has led to her being the first wheelchair user to cover the Cosmopolitan Magazine in the UK, winning Cosmo’s ‘Influencer of the Year’ award 2021. Alongside this, Sophie won the ‘Influencer’ award at the very first Scope Disability Awards in 2022! Sophie has also just launched The Other Girl’s Club, an in-person club to bring people together who just love to be excited about things.
Racial Justice/Anti-Racism advocate, creative and TedX 2022 Speaker. In 2020 Kaia co-orgainsed the Brigton Black Live Matter peaceful demonstrations. She is currently the co-host of the Yapped Out Podcast. She also create brave spaces to integrate anti-racism practices, embrace humility to question and strive for an equitable future.
Nia is a Student Mentor, Ambassador and Connector at the University of Sussex, working towards making the University’s services more inclusive and accessible, with the goal of fostering a sense of belonging and engaging the student cohort. She is passionate about community development, promoting arts and culture, and using business tools to drive social and cultural impact.
Daisy’s work ranges across production, development, talent and youth work, and her main focus currently connecting the screen industries with underrepresented communities. With a degree in English and Drama and a masters in Gender, Sexuality and Culture she moved into the charity sector to apply her production skills for social purpose. In her first 12 months with Media Trust, she managed 21 short film projects, matching small charities with seasoned directors. Since September 2020, she has been managing Media Trust’s ScreenSkills-funded Mentoring Programmes, working to develop and uplift behind-the-camera talent in the screen industries, particularly those from backgrounds currently underrepresented in film/tv and gaming.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE DAY
Our lineup of speakers is set to take the conversation to a whole new level. Together we’ll explore the many complexities of gender in the modern world, and position feminism as a force for the good of everyone.
Some our favourite local businesses will be showcasing their products available for purchase at our pop-up marketplace.
We've been working together with Stephanie Bickford-Smith to create an interactive workshop that focuses on flipping the stats and imagining an inverse world.
Should we continue to break down gender stereotypes and redefine gender roles, or should we be removing the concept from the conversation all together?
Expect chaos, expect connection.
Tomorrow's leaders, Gen Z, demand Equality and diversity like no generation before. Should we continue to break down stereotypes and redefine gender roles, or should we be removing the concept from the conversation altogether.
This year we've collaborated with local businesses for a mix of delicious trimmings. The food and drink that will keep your bodies and brains nourished throughout the day.
The Flour Pot Bakery
Our Special Features this year are currently top secret, but be prepared for a show-stopping end to the day!
You'll have plenty of time in our designated breaks to start up discussions and make connections with the other attendees. At the end of the day, we'll open up our in-house bar to ease into to some more thought-provoking conversations.