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Women in the World Summit London
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October 8 – 9, 2015

Women in the World Summit

London

The 2015 Women in the World London Summit brought powerful voices from around the globe to Cadogan Hall for two days of heart wrenching and empowering live journalism.


Agenda

Agenda and participants are subject to change.

Day 1

7:30PM THEATRE DOORS OPEN

OPENING PERFORMANCE: MICHAELA DEPRINCE

A performance by the former Sierra Leone war orphan who is now a globally renowned ballerina.

Michaela DePrince Corypheé

Dutch National Ballet

WELCOME

Tina Brown

Founder and CEO, Tina Brown Live Media / Women in the World

CO-HOSTS: “THE WOMAN I’M HERE FOR”

A ROYAL ROLE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Jordan’s Queen Rania discusses the impact on Jordan of the millions of war refugees surging into her country.

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Interviewed by Zainab Salbi

Host, The Nida'a Show; Founder, Nida'a Alnissa Productions; Editor-at-Large, Women in the World

THE LONG FIGHT OF THE YAZIDI

The dangerous and desperate race to save Yazidi women from the sexual violence of the Islamic State.

Delan Dakheel Saeed

Resident Doctor, Rezgary Teaching Hospital, Erbil

Vian Dakheel Saeed

Yazidi Representative, Iraqi Parliament, and Head of Service Committee

Jiyar Gol

BBC World Correspondent

Moderated by Lyse Doucet

Chief International Correspondent and Senior Presenter, BBC World News Television and BBC World Service Radio

MY MARTYRED FATHER

The daughter of murdered Russian dissident Boris Nemtsov remembers her father’s love and courage and talks about her own metamorphosis from journalist to activist, working to keep his name alive.

Zhanna Nemtsova

Journalist and Founder, The Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom

Interviewed by Clarissa Ward

Senior International Correspondent, CNN

URSULA VON DER LEYEN: THE WOMAN DEFENDING GERMANY

Germany’s charismatic first woman Federal Minister of Defence and mother of seven discusses her country’s increasingly powerful yet complicated role in global security.

Ursula von der Leyen

Minister of Defence, Member of the German Parliament

Interviewed by Tina Brown

Founder and CEO, Tina Brown Live Media / Women in the World

DANGEROUS WOMEN

They sacrificed everything, risked their lives and refused to back down. The suffragette movement has never seemed so modern.

Sarah Gavron

Film Director

Meryl Streep

Actress

Moderated by Simon Schama

Historian

10:30 PM PROGRAMMING ENDS

Day 2

9 AM THEATRE DOORS OPEN

“THAT GIRL”

A poem performed by its author, an 18-year-old who grew up poor, homeless and hopeless until she found her voice.

Marquesha Babers

Poet and Mentor, Get Lit - Words Ignite

WELCOME

Tina Brown

Founder and CEO, Tina Brown Live Media / Women in the World

WOMEN FIGHTING TERROR

A conversation with the women leading the fight against the radicalization of youth in Britain and all over the world.

Saliha Ben Ali

Social Worker and Founder, SAVE Belgium

Sasha Havlicek

CEO and Director, The Institute for Strategic Dialogue

Sara Khan

Co-Director and Founder, Inspire

Dr. Edit Schlaffer

Founder and Executive Director, Women without Borders/SAVE

Baroness Joanna Shields OBE

Minister, Internet Safety and Security

Moderated by Lindsey Hilsum

International Editor, Channel 4 News

THE FIREBRAND: LEYMAH GBOWEE

The Nobel peace laureate shares how she forged an interfaith coalition of women to end Liberia’s bloody civil war.

Leymah Gbowee

Founder and President, Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa

Interviewed by Hala Gorani

CNN Correspondent and Host of The World Right Now with Hala Gorani

I TRUSTED HIM: ONE SCHOOLGIRL'S STORY OF ABUSE

Helena was abused by her teacher, an experience that drove her to madness. Twenty years later, on behalf of all victims of institutionalized abuse, she’s going public with her nightmare

Helena Fraser

Children's Rights Campaigner, NSPCC

Moderated by Lucy Hockings

Anchor, BBC World News

THERESA MAY: FEARLESS WOMAN AT THE TOP

Theresa May is the longest serving British Home Secretary in England’s history. How has she shaped the office, and how has it shaped her?

Rt Hon Theresa May MP

Home Secretary

Interviewed by Tina Brown

Founder and CEO, Tina Brown Live Media / Women in the World

11:25 AM BREAK

11:45 AM PROGRAMMING RESUMES

VOICES FROM THE EDGE

A Syrian refugee, newly arrived in the UK, shares the nightmare of her recent escape, and a heroic female journalist from Aleppo describes her mission to document the war.

Mervat Alsman

Syrian Refugee

Zaina Erhaim

Journalist and Syria Project Coordinator, Institute for War and Peace Reporting

Moderated by Kirsty Wark

Journalist, Broadcaster and Writer

RISK TAKER: NICOLE KIDMAN

The Oscar winner is garnering rave reviews on the West End for her portrayal of scientist Rosalind Franklin, the missing hero in a Nobel award. Kidman discusses how she’s defining this creative phase of her life and career.

Nicole Kidman

Actress

Tina Brown

Founder and CEO, Tina Brown Live Media / Women in the World

SELFIE: THE HIGH COST OF LOW CONFIDENCE

A conversation about the impact body confidence has on individuals and society as a whole. The panel will highlight how social media magnifies the desire to look perfect and the lengths to which girls will go to become their best digital selves.

Nina Nesbitt

Singer/Songwriter

Dr. Susie Orbach

Co-Founder, The Women’s Therapy Centre and The Women’s Therapy Institute

Terri Senft

Master Teacher, New York University

Chantelle Winnie

International Supermodel

1:05 PM LUNCH BREAK

2:35 PM PROGRAMMING RESUMES

WHY WOMEN NEED A NEW PARTY

The Women’s Equality Party is catching fire across the UK. A conversation with one of its founders on why the time is now.

Catherine Mayer

Co-Founder and President, Women's Equality Party

Interviewed by Kathy Lette

Author

THE NEW LIVES OF JOSEPH KONY’S GIRL SOLDIERS

Three women who are reclaiming dignity for girls enslaved by Uganda’s LRA, including one who was herself a child soldier, and a passionate Ugandan nun whose convent offers a refuge and a new life.

Polline Akello

Survivor and Advocate, War Child UK

Agnes Igoye

Deputy National Coordinator, Prevention of Trafficking in Persons

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe

Director, St. Monica's Girls Tailoring Centre

Moderated by Lucy Hockings

Anchor, BBC World News

DOES IT TAKE WOMEN LEADERS TO MAKE WOMEN LEADERS?

When will the lip service to “women’s empowerment” result in a pipeline of women leaders? Four who have made it to the top of their professions compare notes.

Dr Margaret Aderin-Pocock MBE

MD and Founder, Science Innovation Ltd

Sharon Doherty

Group Organisation and People Development Director, Vodafone

Halla Tomasdottir

Founder and CEO, Sisters Capital

Tessa Ross

Former Controller of Film and Drama, Channel 4

Moderated by Meredith Kopit Levien

EVP and Chief Revenue Officer, The New York Times Company

THE EBOLA ANGELS

A conversation with a teenage girl and her brother from Sierra Leone, who survived Ebola but lost their father and two brothers to the disease. The two have now taken on the cause of thousands of homeless children orphaned by Ebola.

Abibatu

Ebola Survivor and Youth Advocate, Plan International

Lanphia

Ebola Survivor and Former Nurse, Moyamba Ebola Treatment Centre

SCOTLAND’S POLITICAL STAR: NICOLA STURGEON

She’s the first woman to hold the title of First Minister of Scotland, the first woman to serve as leader of the Scottish National Party, and she’s just begun.

Nicola Sturgeon MSP

First Minister of Scotland

Interviewed by Sir Harold Evans

Author and Editor-at-Large, Thomson Reuters

THE NEW FACE OF INDIA

Once a small-town girl, now a leading Bollywood star, Kangana is a rebel in Hindi cinema known for dismantling industry and societal norms.

Kangana Ranaut

Actress

Shabnam Mahmood

Reporter, BBC News

4:50 PM BREAK

5:10 PM PROGRAMMING RESUMES

THE END OF MISOGYNY?

What does feminism really look like in 2015—and how can modern feminism slay misogyny? Or can it?

Bonnie Greer

OBE Playwright, Novelist and Critic; Chancellor, Kingston University

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Academy Award-winning Filmmaker

Zing Tsjeng

Broadly UK Editor

Charlotte Rachael Proudman

Barrister, Mansfield Chambers QC; Sociology PhD candidate, University of Cambridge

Interviewed by Dr Amanda Foreman FRSA;

Senior Visiting Scholar, Queen Mary, University of London; Co-Founder, House of SpeakEasy

DAUGHTERS FOR SALE

A teenage Afghan rapper shares how music helped her escape from child marriage.

Sonita Alizadeh

Rapper and Activist

Interviewed by Zarghuna Kargar

Author and Journalist, BBC

MHAIRI BLACK: FROM CHIP SHOP TO WESTMINSTER

Interview with the outspoken 21-year-old member of Parliament on her impassioned maiden speech in the House of Commons, which has been viewed over 10 million times.

Mhairi Black MP

Member, The Scottish Parliament

Interviewed by Emma Barnett

Women's Editor, The Daily Telegraph

THAT'S THE GOAL

Girls' football is the fastest growing sport in Britain today. A conversation with one of England's top strikers about kicking up a storm and inspiring an entire generation of young women.

Eniola Aluko

Footballer, Chelsea and England; Sports and Entertainment Lawyer; Founder, Crescenda Sport

Moderated by Tina Daheley

Broadcaster and Journalist

MY ESCAPE FROM NORTH KOREA

A young defector’s harrowing journey to freedom.

Yeonmi Park

North Korean Human Rights Activist

Interviewed by Lyse Doucet

Chief International Correspondent and Senior Presenter, BBC World News Television and BBC World Service Radio

CARA DELEVINGNE INTERVIEWED BY RUPERT EVERETT

Rupert Everett talks to Cara Delevingne about what she has learned in her young life, her lightning-fast rise to fame, and her new mission to redirect the spotlight for social good.

Cara Delevingne

Actress and Fashion icon

Interviewed by Rupert Everett

Actor and Author

THE TWIN PILLARS BEHIND MALALA

The mother of Malala Yousafzai, speaking publicly for the first time, in conversation with her husband about the values with which they raised their daughter and the highs and lows of forging an entirely new life for their family.

Toor Pekai Yousafzai

Mother of Malala Yousafzai

Ziauddin Yousafzai

Father of Malala Yousafzai

Moderated by Samar Minallah Khan

Anthropologist and Filmmaker

FAREWELL

Tina Brown

Founder and CEO, Tina Brown Live Media / Women in the World

7:30 PM PROGRAMMING ENDS


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