Interview with Levana, the Conference Coordinator.

With just over a week to go, I interviewed Levana, the volunteer conference coordinator, to see how plans for the Future Women Want conference on Saturday 7 March are progressing…

Hi Levana – how are plans for the conference going?

Levana, Volunteer Conference Coordinator

Levana, Volunteer Conference Coordinator

The conference is coming together really well, although busy! Workshop places have been filling up fast over the last week, and in some cases we’re close to capacity. We’re still trying to spread the news as much as we can though.

There are some brilliant workshops lined up this year with a huge range of topics. Can you tell us a bit more about them?

The great thing about our conference this year is the massive diversity amongst the workshops, I think there’s something to interest everyone, as well as plenty of opportunities to learn something new. Laurie Adams, the Oxfam regional director for Southern Africa, is going to be tackling the challenges and advantages of working with men on women’s rights. There’s a workshop on how women with disabilities are often faced with double discrimination, and how as a community we can change this. Integrate Bristol are coming, and loads of other great workshops about faith, sexuality, body image, social enterprise and micro-enterprise.

Which one are you most looking forward to listening in on (if you get time!)?

That’s a really difficult question! All of them? I think what I would listen to the most is Karen Andrae and Sylvie Cordier’s workshop on women and disability, as I really want to know more about the Gender Development Network and ADD International.

What other things will there be on the day?

There will be various charity and ethical produce stalls, a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony, a delicious cake sale during the break (Bring any small change) and a prize draw toward the end of the day. Stallwise, Neal’s Yard Remedies are coming, Oxfam, Divine Chocolate, Bristol Fairtrade, Watermade and plenty more. I’m particularly excited about the prospect of getting a hand massage from Neal’s Yard Remedies, and also some jewellery from Watermade! Adugna Dance will also be doing a short performance during the lunch break.

What sort of prizes are being offered in the prize draw?

We have vouchers from Pieminister, Aqua, The Folk House and Niang’s Thai street food stall. We have some great books, ground fresh coffee, jewellery,  organic chocolates and more. It’s a great selection!

Of the whole day, what are you most excited about personally?

Probably the community of people coming together to learn, share experiences and hopes for the future. It will be really inspiring to be part of the momentum for change.

What do you hope that people attending will come away with?

I hope that people come away feeling inspired about the future, and empowered to enact change for women in their community. It would also be fantastic if the people that attended the conference made connections and formed networks that could trigger collective action in the South West and in the UK.

Thanks Levana! I’ll let you get back to work now.

Tickets are still available for the conference next week. As well as standard full-day tickets, we now have half-day and one-workshop tickets available, making it as flexible as possible.

Furthermore, if you recommend a friend then we’ll enter you into the Prize Draw FOR FREE! Once they’ve booked, just drop Levana an email with both of your names (specifying who is the person to be entered) to conference@african-initiatives.org.uk.

 

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