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If you want something done, ask a busy woman to do it.

The lives of women today are busier than ever. IWD Banbury presents a series of inspirational talks and insightful discussions around four aspects of being a woman today.

Each session will begin with a thought-provoking 15-minute talk by a person immersed in our theme. They'll be sharing their personal stories, knowledge and lessons learnt with you.

With the 2022 International Women's Day global theme - Break The Bias - in mind, we'll then invite two more eloquent panellists to the stage to join our main speaker. Break The Bias asks us to "imagine a gender equal world" so we'll ask them, and our audience, to add their perspectives during a 30-minute panel discussion.

You’ll need a ticket to take part in this session.

Tickets are priced at £33 including booking fee.

Please contact us for information about discounted community group bookings.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Welcome to IWD Banbury 2022

09:30 AM - 09:45 AM

To start the day, IWD Banbury co-curator Ella Barrington will welcome you to The Mill, and the International Women's Day 2022 theme - #BreakTheBias

Meet our speaker


09:45 AM - 10:30 AM

noun. mass noun. The state of being a mother.

Just over four hundred years ago Shakespeare created his famous trio of witches. Whilst we all enjoy "double, double, toil and trouble" during Halloween, his witches were unruly, unattractive and uncontrollable.

Surely things have moved on for women in literature significantly since then?

Harmful stereotypes are instilled in children from birth.

During this session, PhD student and mother Tracey Miller discusses why this matters, explores gender in nursery rhymes and children's stories, examines Harry Potter as a source of modern magic, and discusses where we are and what needs to change for gender parity in children's literature.

Tracey will be joined by panellist Claire Waite Brown, publishing professional, podcaster and founder of Creativity Found.

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10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

noun. mass noun. The state of having an individual identity; the quality that constitutes one's individuality.

What is selfhood and why is it so important? What does it mean to “move into the body”? Are we even in our bodies?  

During the session, through health mentor and yoga instructor Meagan Mansfield’s personal journey of self-exploration, we will break the western cultural bias of what yoga is and how it can support us in our journey to self-discovery and better health.  

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11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

noun. mass noun. The relationship between sisters; the feeling of kinship with and closeness to a group of women or all women.

Embracing collaboration over competition may help us achieve gender parity sooner rather than later. This session will focus on how women have supported each other through the Covid-19 pandemic, and how the lessons we've learnt can equip ourselves, and each other, to progress towards equality.

Our "Sisterhood" speaker is Lisa Rickers, a Specialist Nurse and Founder of The iCrowd.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) dedicated 2020 to all nurses and midwives to celebrate the work that they do. No-one predicted that this would be a year of great sadness, inspiration and an insult on their health and wellbeing, with no end in sight.

Despite this the nursing community has seen innovation at a scale never seen before, changing the landscape of healthcare for good.

Lisa will share her story from the frontline, and how community will continue to drive change post-pandemic.

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01:30 PM - 02:15 PM

noun. mass noun. The state or condition of being fully grown or mature.

Why is it that during what should be one of the happiest times in our life our bodies can “betray” us and allow postpartum depression to happen?

During this session Marisa Ramos will explain her personal experience of living through first-time motherhood with depression, and what impact this had on a once confident, independent woman during the first year of her baby girl’s life.

If you are concerned about your mental health or that of a loved one please reach out to trained professionals such as your GP, Oxfordshire Mind and Samaritans.

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Closing remarks

02:15 PM - 02:30 PM

We'll look back over our day of discussions, congratulate our wonderful speakers and say Happy International Women's Day 2022!

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