Sophia’s Assembly

Saturday 27 Oct 2018 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Princess Sophia Duleep Singh selling copies of the 'The Suffragette'

Sophia’s Assembly
Bringing Women Together for Positive Change

Saturday 27 October 11.30am – 3.00pm
Essex Records Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford CM2 6YT

An afternoon of delicious food and inspiring
conversation about women and women’s rights

Essex Cultural Diversity Project invites you to this special event for women, inspired by Princess Sophia Duleep Singh: Suffragette, women’s rights campaigner and daughter of the last Maharajah of the Punjab who lived in East Anglia.

Come along and find out more about this remarkable women and her role in the history of women’s empowerment. Meet and talk to others over delicious curry, hosted by the Essex Multicultural Activities Network. Be inspired and take part in conversations about issues still effecting women today, especially those from South Asian backgrounds: what brings us together, what holds us back and how can we generate change and move forward together?

The day will be hosted by Seema Anand, mythologist and storyteller specialising in women’s narratives, who will be welcoming a number of special guest speakers.


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Image of Seema Anand, poised for Indian Storytelling  Picture of Rahila Gupta  Picture of Vicky Ford MP

The day will be hosted by Seema Anand, mythologist and storyteller specialising in women’s narratives. Seema will be joined by the following people on three group conversations:

Rahila Gupta, writer, activist and longstanding member of Southall Black Sisters and a patron of Peace in Kurdistan. Rahila’s articles are published in the Guardian, New Humanist, New Internationalist and openDemocracy among other magazines, journals and websites.

Vicky Ford, the first female MP for Chelmsford and is a passionate advocate of women’s voices in politics and UK Democracy. She is a member of the Women and Equalities Select Committee, and chairs the all-party parliamentary group for women in Parliament.

Smita Tharoor, thought leader on the Unconscious Bias. Smita is a motivational speaker and trainer, and has spoken at conferences around the world on women and leadership. Smita will be part of the conversation on ‘what holds us back’. Here’s a taster of her talking about Unconscious Bias and the workshops she delivers

Tharoor Associates – Unconscious Bias from Smita Tharoor on Vimeo.

Amy Cotterill and Pippa Smith from Snapping the Stiletto, a project that explores museum collections to discover untold stories of strong women and their lives in the 100 years since some women won the right to vote, with the aim to stamp out negative stereotypes.

We’ll also be discussing the power of community and what brings us together with Rizwana Siddiqui from Essex Multicultural Activities Network in Chelmsford, Nirmal Gupta founder of Essex Asian Women’s Association in Southend, and Vibha Osbon from Colchester Multi-Ethnic Forum and organiser of the Colchester Festival of Rice & Spice.

Food will be prepared and served by Essex Multicultural Actvities Network, a Community Interest Company created to support and empower BAME women in Essex with a special interest in the Muslim South Asian communities. Their activities include skills development, promoting healthy living and celebrating cultural diversity.


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