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The Power of Women: Creating a Future Without Violence for Women and Girls

History &
Social Policy

One in three women in the world experiences physical or sexual violence in her lifetime, usually enacted by an intimate partner. Women are also subject to attack and assault in war zones, work places and public spaces and, as we are becoming increasingly aware, in schools. A third of 16 to 18 year-old-girls report unwanted sexual touching at school in the UK. 

The stories we hear all too frequently are heart-wrenching but there is a solution if everyone comes on board. And on November 17 Intelligence Squared are bringing together three figures who are pioneering new ways of tackling violence against women. Dr Denis Mukwege is a Nobel laureate, doctor and human rights activist, who has dedicated his life to caring for victims of sexual violence. Over the past 20 years he has lived and worked in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where he has stood up to soldiers and warlords, survived massacres and multiple assassination attempts, never swaying from his mission. He has recently authored an acclaimed book The Power of Women: A Doctor’s Journey of Hope and Healing. Annie Lennox is a singer, songwriter and activist who founded The Circle, an organisation of women working together to support some of the most disempowered women and girls in the world. And Soma Sara is the 22-year-old campaigner whose Instagram posts about sexual violence last year led to her starting the website ‘Everyone’s Invited’, which asks people to call out sexism in schools across the UK and which has had over 16,000 anonymous testimonies shared on the site. 

Join us for an empowering conversation about what we can do to create a new normal for women across the world, so that all can live in a free society without fear of abuse or attack. 

Praise for Denis Mukwege’s The Power of Women: A Doctor’s Journey of Hope and Healing

There are real heroes out there. There’s Denis Mukwege.’ – Michaela Coel, actor, screenwriter and director

The book we all need to be reading right now. The voices of women in Eastern Congo reverberate throughout Dr Mukwege’s moving account of the causes and consequences of sexual violence.’ – Emma Watson, actor and activist

Beyond healer to these women and girls, Dr Mukwege is hope.’ – Dr Jill Biden, writing in Time’s ‘The 100 Most Influential People’

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Speakers
  • Annie Lennox

    Internationally renowned singer-songwriter and founder of The Circle, which campaigns for equality for women and girls in a fairer world

  • Dr Denis Mukwege

    Nobel Prize-winning doctor and campaigner for victims of sexual violence

  • Soma Sara

    ​​Founder of the Instagram account and website ‘Everyone’s Invited’

Chair
  • Dr Saleyha Ahsan

    Broadcaster, filmmaker and an emergency medicine doctor

 

Speakers subject to change.


Location
  • Online event



Speakers

Speakers

Annie Lennox

Internationally renowned singer-songwriter and founder of The Circle, which campaigns for equality for women and girls in a fairer world


Singer-songwriter who has sold over 83 million albums worldwide and was named one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone Magazine. Her musical career began in the early 80s when The Eurythmics was formed in collaboration with Dave Stewart. In the early 90s she went on to establish an acclaimed solo career. She has won eight Brit Awards, four Grammy Awards and three MTV Awards. She has campaigned with organisations including Oxfam, Amnesty International, Greenpeace, The British Red Cross and Comic Relief, and is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNAIDS. She is the founder of The Circle, a nonprofit organisation of women working together to achieve equality for women and girls in a fairer world. 

Dr Denis Mukwege

Nobel Prize-winning doctor and campaigner for victims of sexual violence


The world’s leading expert on treating rape injuries, who has dedicated his life to caring for victims of sexual violence. He has campaigned internationally for many years and in 2014, he was invited to the White House by Barack Obama. In November 2018, he won the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad. His new book is The Power of Women: A Doctor’s Journey of Hope and Healing.

Soma Sara

​​Founder of the Instagram account and website ‘Everyone’s Invited’


​​Founder of the Instagram account and website ‘Everyone’s Invited’, a space created for survivors of sexual assault to share their stories. Her aim is to spark a conversation with millions of people which she hopes will lead to the global exposure and eradication of ‘rape culture’.
Chair

Dr Saleyha Ahsan

Broadcaster, filmmaker and an emergency medicine doctor


Broadcaster, filmmaker and an emergency medicine doctor. Before medicine she was a serving army officer in the British Army and deployed to Bosnia. Her subsequent film work has examined the impact of war on access to healthcare. She is currently studying for her PhD at the University of Cambridge, looking at the impact on patient-related outcomes as a consequence of attacks against healthcare in armed conflict. Saleyha’s film work can be seen on Channel 4. She has worked as a presenter across BBC, ITV and Channel 4.

 

Speakers subject to change.