Celebrated around the world, International Women's Day recognises women’s achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic, or political.
We work with people affected by leprosy and lymphatic filariasis in India and Bangladesh, supporting the physical, psychological, social and economic impact of the diseases. We hope that by sharing stories from women affected by leprosy, and from those involved in research, treatment and in communities, that you will be inspired to understand more about this neglected disease.
World-leading leprologist Emeritus Professor Diana Lockwood, who has devoted her career to research and treating people with leprosy, will open the event and talk about her work and achievements. Manikyamma from India and Maksuda from Bangladesh will speak about how leprosy adversely affects women and how, through their resilience and hard work, they have turned their lives around. Maria del Mar Marais and Mowmita Basak, Lepra’s programme managers, will share how they work directly with teams in India and Bangladesh to bring about lasting change in communities affected by leprosy.
The short presentations will be followed by a panel discussion featuring colleagues from the University of Essex and will offer an opportunity for the audience to ask questions. One of our panellists will be Dr Kamrun Koly, a researcher from Bangladesh, who was awarded a Human Rights Centre Scholarship. In partnership with Lepra, Kamrun is conducting doctoral research on human rights issues around neglected tropical diseases, which includes gender. Her findings will be embedded in Lepra’s Bangladesh programmes.
Admission to the event is free and open to all but please reserve a seat either via Eventbrite, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 01206 873270 in advance. For those who are unable to attend the event in person, it will be live-streamed on YouTube and a recording will be avaialable afterwards, please reserve a 'virtual viewing' ticket via Eventbrite.
Date: Monday 4th March 2004
Location: STEM Centre, University of Essex, Colchester Campus (the event will also be streamed online and recorded)
Registration fee: Free