Campaigner and survivor of forced marriage Jasvinder Sanghera, will speak out on the eve of the Girl Summit during a keynote speech to launch the London Association of the British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG) on Monday 21 July 2014.
The launch, at Impact Hub Westminster, marks the creation of the BFWG London Association, one of many local Associations across the UK fighting to improve the lives of girls and women, particularly supporting women undertaking post graduate study or research.
The launch takes place on the eve of the Girl Summit, which is being hosted by the Home Secretary, Theresa May, and aims to mobilise domestic and international efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM).
A panel of leading women academics will also speak, including Cynthia Burek, Professor of Geoconservation at the University of Chester and Director of BFWG. Prof. Burek Is also leading on the BFWG’s initiative on helping to promote the education of women in Afghanistan.
BFWG Senior Vice President Rory Haigh said: “The launch of London BFWG is part of a wider effort to improve the lives of women and girls, promote women’s opportunities in education and public life and foster local, national and international friendship.
“We need a young, vibrant force in London to campaign on important issues that affect women, as well as help raise funds for scholarships to support women doctoral students. It has been my dream to get the London group up and running and I am delighted to see it actually happening.”
All women graduates in London with a university degree or equivalent diploma are invited to attend. Women who are interested in becoming a member of the London BFWG can join up at the event or on the BFWG website.
BFWG local associations organise lectures, visits, social events and carry out campaigns as well as attend meetings with international organisations such as the UWE (University Women of Europe) and the International Federation of University Women (IFUW).