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Fri, 08 Mar


AK Bell Library (Sandeman Room)

Inspire Inclusion: International Women's Day Event

Talks and a panel discussion around this year's International Women's Day theme of #inspireinclusion.

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Inspire Inclusion: International Women's Day Event
Inspire Inclusion: International Women's Day Event

Time & Location

08 Mar 2024, 19:00 – 21:00

AK Bell Library (Sandeman Room), 2 - 8 York Pl, Perth PH2 8EP, UK

About the Event

Gender Equality Perth is thrilled to host three local speakers as well as the Makaton choir Jollity Express at this International Women's Day event, on the theme of #inspireinclusion. After a performance from the choir, each speaker will present for about 15 minutes followed by a Q&A and panel discussion.

“When we inspire others to understand and value women's inclusion, we forge a better world. And when women themselves are inspired to be included, there's a sense of belonging, relevance and empowerment…Organizations, groups, and individuals worldwide can all play a part - in the community, at work, at home, and beyond. To truly include women means to openly embrace their diversity of race, age, ability, faith, body image, and how they identify. Worldwide, women must be included in all fields of endeavour.” (

Speakers include:

Andrea-Leigh Melrose, a resilient 25-year-old mother, wears many hats – juggling five different jobs while also finishing a degree at university. She runs a platform called EmpoweredMinds, dedicated to unleashing female potential and promoting ADHD awarenewss. Andrea will speak about her personal journey and what she has learned - the importance of empathy, inclusion in action, inclusive leadership and the role of community in promoting inclusion.

Finneen Mulleney is a full time Sexual Violence Prevention Worker with RASAC Perth & Kinross. She delivers workshops in schools to raise awareness of sexual violence, its impact, and the services available through RASAC. She will speak on the need for people to take small steps towards eradicating sexism and encouraging inclusion and how this relates to reducing gender based violent in the modern digital world.

Naomi Smith works at Capability Scotland, Upper Springland and uses Makaton and other communication methods in her role as Co-production Leader. She is passionate about sharing signs to provide alternative or additional ways to communicate. Naomi also leads Jollity Express: sing and sign along with Makaton. They have formed an inclusive community who support and encourage each other and enjoy performing as a Makaton Choir at local events. The Makaton choir will open the evening’s event with a performance to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Rachel Weiss enjoys helping people lead more satisfying lives and exploring, for herself, what it means to become an older, wiser woman.  In her day job at Rowan Consultancy, she is a counsellor, trainer and coach. Rachel volunteers with the Menopause Café charity to increase awareness of the impact that menopause has on those experiencing it, their colleagues and families.

This is a Gender Equality Perth event. All gender identities are welcome. We strive to make our events as accessible as possible; if you have any accessibility concerns please do get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Please reserve your free ticket if you plan to attend this event.


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