There's No Place Like Home: A woman's place in a pandemic?

When: March 10 2021

Where: Virtual, United Kingdom


Few things stop progress like a global pandemic, but what many did not anticipate is just how far it would turn back the clock.

To mark International Women’s Day, our panel of experts will be exploring the impact of the pandemic on gender inequality by taking a closer look at those who are most at risk when there is nowhere to go but your own home.

After more than a year of living with Covid-19, our panellists will discuss the ways in which gender and racial inequalities in healthcare, at home, and at work are being exacerbated. They will also reflect on what it might mean to ‘build back better’.


Felicia Willow is the Interim Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society, the UK’s leading membership charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights. Felicia has previously led five other charities, including Shannon Trust and the Bobath Centre. As a former human rights lawyer, Felicia is committed to equality and justice and has worked on issues including the rule of law and human trafficking. She is a dedicated intersectional feminist who has worked throughout her career to promote equality, diversity, and women’s rights.

Sarah Hill is the CEO of Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS), Yorkshire’s largest specialist charity supporting people experiencing, or affected by, domestic abuse or sexual violence. Sarah is passionate about working to end abuse and violence and participates in regional and national groups dedicated to improving the legislation that exists to protect victims and survivors. She is the current Chair of the Women’s Aid Federation of England.

Dr Ernestine Gheyoh Ndzi is a Senior Lecturer in Law at York St John University. She gained her LL.B. in Law at the University of Buea (Cameroon) and her LLM, MSc and Ph.D. in Corporate Governance at the University of Portsmouth.  Her research focusses on company law, corporate governance, zero hours contracts and shared parental leave.  

Dr Esther McIntosh holds a BD (Hons) and PhD from the University of Aberdeen. She held a lectureship in Religion, Gender and Ethics at the University of Leeds until 2008, before joining York St John University. Her work is interdisciplinary, predominantly in the fields of feminist theology and ethics, and underpinned by a concern for gender justice. Her publications include ‘“I Met God, She’s Black”: Racial, Gender and Sexual Equalities in Public Theology’ and ‘The Trauma of Mothers: Motherhood, Violent Crime and the Christian Motif of Forgiveness’. She is also author of the blog post ‘Women Suffer as Sexism and Populism Drive the Brexit Debate in Politics and Religion’ at the Centre for Religion in Society, York St John University.

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