Nazir Afzal: Fighting for Gender Equity at MECD

Nazir Afzal: Fighting for Gender Equity
8th March 2023

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Join the Faculty of Biology Medicine and Health (FBMH) for The University of Manchester’s flagship International Women’s Day event with Nazir Afzal OBE, University Chancellor, who will share insights and reflections around gender equity.

This is one of many events at the University of Manchester, see the full line-up here.

The IWD 2023 #EmbraceEquity campaign theme seeks to get the world talking about why “equal opportunities are no longer enough” – and can in fact be exclusionary, rather than inclusive. Instead, gender equity is more desirable. Equity involves giving everyone what they need to be successful, it is not giving everyone the exact same thing.

Gender struggles have historically been considered as a ‘women’s issue’, as women are the primary driver behind gender equality strategies and campaigns. However, forging gender equity isn’t limited to women solely fighting the good fight. Allies are incredibly important for the social, economic, cultural, and political advancement of women.

It is important that we collectively embrace equity to allow us to achieve true gender equality in all aspects of education, work, and health.

Nazir Afzal OBE rose to national prominence with some of the UK’s highest-profile prosecutions as Chief Crown Prosecutor for NW England and formerly Director in London. His prosecutions of the Rochdale ‘grooming gang’ and the former TV presenter Stuart Hall, amongst hundreds of others were ground-breaking and changed the landscape of child protection.

Nazir said it is vital we address misogyny, “the root cause” of violence against women.“We want to make sure that we understand this is not an issue about women’s safety. There’s an issue about male violence and that’s what we need to address.” Source: ITV News

Join Dr Elizabeth (Beth) Micakovic, Director of Faculty Operations; Dr Natalie Gardiner, FBMH Associate Dean for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; and Dr Rachel Cowen, University Academic Lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (Gender and Sexual Orientation Equality) as they welcome Nazir to speak at our annual International Women’s Day event.

This event will be both in person and livestreamed: 2-3pm, Wednesday 8th March, followed by refreshments and networking.

How can I attend the event?

The event will take place in person, Engineering A, Lecture Theatre, University of Manchester, Oxford Road

This event will be recorded –  please go to FBMH YouTube channel to view.

Closed captions will be available for attendees watching remotely.

How can I get involved?

Share a pledge, video, resources, presentation, and articles across social media using #IWD2023 #EmbraceEquity to encourage others to help forge an inclusive world.

Why not tag @FBMH_SR in your photos on Twitter?

Who is the event for?

This flagship event is open to all.

Trigger warning: Please be aware that potentially upsetting content may be discussed during this event

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