She is a trustee of ActionAid, a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE and Visiting Professor at MMU. Helen is the great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, leaders of the British suffragette movement, and was involved in the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. Her book 'Deeds not Words - The story of women’s rights, then and now' has been described as an engaging social history but also an activist’s lens looking forward.



Challenging role for women in uniform services delivering better outcomes

Security on National and the International stage is vital for UK plc to prosper and for global events to be successful. Members of the Armed forces and civilian emergency services will discuss the enhanced role of women.


Sport - Shifting the culture

Three elite sports women will tell of their inspiring journey. Panel of UK leading sports bodies and clubs will discuss what is to be achieved to set West Midlands apart as a record-breaking destination for inclusive sport.

Participants: University of Wolverhampton, Wasps,  Wolverhampton Wanderers Foundation, CWG, British Athletics, Sports England.


Music & Arts-Changing communities

From performing arts to literacy, the impact can be life changing. The Panel will talk about programs that have lasting impacts globally and the need for legacy to be built in upfront.

Participants: Coventry City of Culture, Little Bird, University of Wolverhampton, Women in Jazz


Lunch & live music from Women in Jazz (Town Hall Symphony Hall) and UN Program #HearHerSong (University of Wolverhampton)


Keynote from Helen Pankhurst / panel debate

Panel to be chaired by Andy Street, including: Dr Helen Pankhurst, Sam Smethers - CEO Fawcett Society, and a number of local politicians.



1)Exploring your Political Pathway workshop by The Parliament Project (only open to women).

2)What chance do we have? Improving wellbeing in everyday hectic lives.

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