The first chair of WWAFE was Elizabeth Sidney, a lifelong equalities campaigner who was awarded an OBE for services to women. Remarkably intelligent, she was awarded a scholarship to Oxford aged 16. She finished her English degree in two years and then studied for a masters degree in Psychology from Birkbeck. She founded the Mantra Consultancy group in 1979, which counted the Bar Council and Marks and Spencer amongst their clients. Before becoming chair of WWAFE, she was president of the WLF, of the International Network of Liberal Women, a member of the UK Gender Export Group on Trade, and was a long standing board member of UNIFEM. Elizabeth sadly passed away in April 2011, aged 87.
The patron of WWAFE is now Baroness Gould. Aside from her work with WWAFE, Baroness Gould is the chair of the Women’s National Commission, president of the Family Planning Association, and vice-president of the Electoral Reform Society.
This year WWAFE’s events are centred around a seminar series taking place in the House of Lords. The first seminar, titled ‘The Parliament, The City & Civil Society: Women as Change Leaders’ was fully subsribed and a huge success. The next seminar is titled . ‘Justice vs Injustice: Women in the Justice system’ and will taken place on June 27th 2012.
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