Always one of the most popular events at IWD, this year’s panel discussion and audience Q&A addresses the question ‘Do We Need Women Only Spaces?’.

We are thrilled to introduce our 2017 panellists (l-r) Katharine Sacks-Jones, Lisa Dando, Natasha Scott, Caroline Lucas MP and Larissa Kennedy.

WHERE? Brighton Dome Concert Hall

WHEN? 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Caroline Lucas

Caroline is co-leader of the Green Party with Jonathan Bartley as well as its first MP, representing Brighton Pavilion. She served as an MEP from 1999 until 2010 and as an Oxfordshire councillor previously

She is Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fuel Poverty, as well as Vice Chair of the Animal Welfare, Public and Commercial Services, Sustainable Housing and CND All Party Parliamentary Groups. She is also a member of the Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee.

Caroline continues to be an active campaigner on a range of issues and has been voted the UK’s most ethical politician in 2007, 2009 and 2010 by readers of the Observer. She is also in the Environment Agency’s Top 100 Eco-Heroes of all time.

Lisa Dando

Lisa is the director of Brighton Women’s Centre and has worked with women’s organisations in the community and voluntary sector in Brighton and Hove for over 20 years. She has a background in mental health service provision.

Larissa Kennedy 

Larissa is an 18-year-old activist who is passionate about intersectional feminism. She was a member of Girlguiding’s national Advocate panel, where she helped to direct the organisation’s advocacy, research and campaigns, including their current push to end sexual harassment in schools. She is currently a Girlguiding LaSER Champion, representing the London and South East Region of Girlguiding and campaigning on a number of issues. Larissa is also the Global Secretariat representative at Youth For Change, a Plan International supported project that works on ending gender-based violence.

Natasha Scott

Natasha says that her past means that she is often identified as a Transgender woman. Her experiences in life have led her to becoming actively engaged in the fight for equality and in raising awareness about inequality in society. Natasha is a student at Brighton University and regularly writes about LGBT+ issues and politics for the Hastings Independent. She is the director of arts & entertainment for Hastings Pride and in 2015 was named as the first ever Miss Transgender Brighton.

Katharine Sacks-Jones

Katharine became the inaugural Director of Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk, in May 2015. Agenda brings together more than 70 organisations who want to see change for the most marginalised women and girls. Prior to joining Agenda, Katharine led the Policy and Campaigns team at Crisis. She has nearly 15 years’ experience working in policy, public affairs and parliament. Katharine regularly speaks at conferences and in the media and has written extensively on issues around social exclusion including for the Guardian, Telegraph, Independent and New Statesman. Katharine is a trustee of Bail for Immigration Detainees and the Tenancy Deposit Scheme Charitable Foundation.