Guardian Live - Shami Chakrabarti
A century after women in the UK gained the right to vote for the first time, gender inequality still abounds. The gender pay gap is real, as recently demonstrated by the publication of BBC presenters’ salaries. Meanwhile, research shows Britain has made zero progress in tackling inequality between the sexes in the past decade.
In her new book, Of Women, leading human rights campaigner Shami Chakrabarti details how gender injustice continues to impact health, wealth, education, representation, opportunity and security around the world. Calling it “the greatest human rights abuse on the planet”, Chakrabarti outlines the importance of social engagement in the struggle for gender justice.
Of Women navigates the pitfalls of our gendered world and emphasises the need to call out gender stereotyping and public figures who belittle women, fight for gender parity in the media and in workplaces everywhere, and acknowledge and confront violence against women.
Join Chakrabarti for a reading from Of Women and a panel discussion, chaired by the Guardian’s Zoe Williams. Panellists include Lisa Nandy, Labour MP for Wigan; journalist and commentator Ellie Mae O’Hagan; and Ash Sarkar, senior editor at Novara Media.
Running time: 90 minutes, no interval.