International women's day

International Women’s Day

3 March 2020

This International Women's Day, on the 8th March we will be holding events up and down the UK to support women who are affected by leprosy. 

This year's UN theme focuses on #EachforEqual.  An equal world is an enabled world. As individuals we are all responsible for our own thoughts and actions. We can choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements.

Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.

At Lepra we work hard to help women and girls affected by leprosy get the support they need, as well as encouraging them to pursue their dreams. Take a look at some of the incredible work we do with our community champions,  and our ASHA's who receive vigorous training to help make a real difference to the lives of so many. 

We have brilliant and inspiring women working in science, development, and in fundraising to help provide medical and social support for these women affected.  

You can help support us in a few simple ways:

Social Media

International Womens dayYou can help support Lepra by sharing these graphics for International Women's Day to support the women across the world affected by leprosy. See below our social media handles that you can tag us with in your posts, or retweet, like and share our posts online.

It can make a huge difference in raising the profile for women affected by leprosy.

Host a Life Changing Tea:

We will be hosting a life changing tea at our head quarters in Colchester, UK. We have invited local business people and our supporters to attend for a cup of tea and slice of cake, to help raise much needed funds for women effected by leprosy. 

Why not organise your own Life Changing Tea, invite your friends, family or even host at your work place. 
All funds raised can be donated to Lepra, who work to help directly changing the lives of women and girls affected by leprosy. 



Our inspirational women in Lepra:

Dr Aparna Srikantam, Medical Doctor (Microbiology).

AparnaAparna has over 18 years’ research experience, complemented by extensive administrative and managerial experience.

Several international and national publications to her credit.

Aparna has worked with LEPRA (Blue Peter Health and Research Centre) as Group Leader, Microbiology Division since 2002.

We need to end the long standing biases and gender stereotypes and encourage women to join the world of science!

Just like Dr Aparna Srikantam.


Kasturi Kilaru - Head of Resource Mobilisation 

Kasturi Kilaru "My academics in Cancer Genetics and the related research experience was inspired by the fact that a discovery or an invention made in a lab when translated to the real world can change the course of our lives to make them better.

Best example being Madam Curie and how she used her research findings to develop mobile X-ray units that could be used to diagnose injuries near the battlefront or use radiology for Cancer treatments.

For me, seeing the real world applications of the science and technology advances led by women is what makes STEM research fascinating and a success story."

You can make a huge difference today to the lives of so many women, and girls affected by leprosy. 

This International Women's Day, make a stand for women! 

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