This event took place on 8 March 2022. You can watch the recording of the event via the video link above.

About the webinar

Education Exchange: International Women's Day.

Breaking the gender bias - What can we do as educators to call out gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping and to help forge an inclusive world? 

Linked to this year’s global theme of International Women’s Day we will hear examples and reflections from teachers and educators about how they and their school strive to remove bias, stereotypes and discrimination in their work.

About the panel

This is a panel event, with speakers from around the world, followed by questions from the audience.

Theo Clarke MP
Theo is a Member of Parliament for Stafford and a member of the Women and Equalities Select Committee within the UK Government. 

Catherine Anwar 
Cathy is the CEO of Summit Learning Trust, a Multi-Academy Trust of four primaries, three secondaries, and Solihull sixth-form college. Cathy has a highly successful track record of working within education, senior leadership, management, and headteacher roles over many years, including her time as senior Inspector for Ofsted.  Cathy has delivered reviews for Multi-Academy Trusts through the Ambition Institute and also for schools independently. Cathy has a particular interest in supporting women in leadership. She is driven by the imperative of improving social justice for all young people and is dedicated to challenging discrimination and promoting equality and diversity.

Haasini Sai Sri Gurram 
Haasini began teaching five years ago as a Teach for India fellow, where she taught 160 students from underserved communities in Hyderabad, India. After Haasini's fellowship, she continued as a teacher at Avasara Academy, a leading non-profit school that is committed to uplifting girls from underprivileged backgrounds. On the international day of the girl child 2020, Haasini was a panellist at Meru International school and spoke about gender gaps in the Indian education system. Haasini has been part of the Teach For All’s Global Girls’ Education (GGE) initiative, as a fellow in 2020 and is now part of their leadership team. Currently, Haasini works as a Head Teacher at YUWA School that serves girls from impoverished families in rural Jharkhand, a state where almost half of the girls drop out of school and become child brides. As the Headteacher, Haasini works to end child marriage by empowering girls from under-resourced communities through education and sports. Last year, Haasini started the volunteer-based initiative Pathways for girls’ Education (PaGE) which helps adolescent girls from underprivileged communities through role model interactions, mentorship, career and college guidance. Currently, PaGE serves 63 girls from rural villages of Jharkhand and Muslim majority communities in Hyderabad.

Najahatu Abdullahi
Najahatu has a passion for community participation in the social sector, especially education at a grassroots level and has professional experience in teacher training, support, mentoring and monitoring for over two decades. Najahatu has also been a field officer with the COMPASS programme for Kano Municipal, serving as a liaison officer, community support team leader, teacher, consultant and materials development specialist. Najahatu has been the English component lead with Kano literacy and mathematics accelerator (KaLMA) and before that, a lecturer with the department of English Sa'adatu Rimi College of Education, Kumbotso Kano.

Habeeb Saleh
Habeeb is a development practitioner with a passion for education. With 20 years of professional experience in education, programme leadership, strategic and risk management, mentoring, monitoring, and learning. Habeeb has worked as a lecturer, public relations practitioner, independent consultant, teacher trainer and educational planning specialist. Habeeb is currently the programme manager for British Council Nigeria. Habeeb has also led and coordinated previous British Council programmes such as the Teacher Development Programme and has overseen the implementation, institutionalisation and sustainability of teacher professional training and development (INSET and RESET) in Jigawa and Kano states.

Fariha Tahanin
Fariha is a global Gender and Inclusion Consultant at the British Council. She manages engagement with the organisation’s Gender Community of Practice. She also delivers professional development trainings to support colleagues to integrate gender equality perspectives and outcomes for women and girls’ empowerment across programmes. Fariha will be hosting this webinar.