International Women’s Day 2019

5-8th March 2019


Held across our portfolio of spaces in London and Reading, Fora’s Residents were invited to attend and take part in the entire series. Speakers and partners included BALANCE Magazine, Soho Radio, Tortoise Media, Black Females in Architecture, We Love Print and Her Story Matters.

Fora’s Co-Founder and Head of Experience, Katrina Larkin, said of the event series:

“At Fora we are committed to supporting women and addressing gender balance in the workplace. Celebrating International Women’s Day gives us an opportunity to capture a moment in the annual calendar that celebrates female achievements, but we would do this for any group that we felt was underrepresented in the workplace. Thankfully Fora is in a position to provide a platform for our network of Residents and external communities. Giving a voice to the many organisations that are committed to supporting gender balance”.



We kicked-off the week with a thought-provoking Tortoise Thinkin, all about women in film and TV. The audience heard form Amanda Nevill, CEO of the British Film Institute, as well as actor and campaigner, Emily Francis. The conversation covered the impact of film on women’s self-esteem, as well as what can be done to address gender imbalance in the industry. You can hear the full discussion on the ForaHer podcast, available via all major platforms.

Amanda Nevill, CEO of The British Film Institute


Tuesday’s feature panel covered feminism in the 21st Century and touched upon how female advocacy has evolved over the years, hosted by Harriet Khataba of Her Story Matters. We heard from Angela Muruli of FORWARD, Feranak Amidi of BBC World Service, Louise Burfitt-Dons of Act Against Bullying, Markella Papadouli of the AIRE Centre, and Andy Edwards of UK Music Futures Group.

Other highlights included the #FORAFOUNDERS talk with women’s business network F=, presented by Danielle Newnham and featuring Poorna Bell, Jo Wimble-Groves and Ruth Cooper Dickson. The panel covered the modern-day myth of ‘having it all’ and how we should balance the highs with the lows.


On the final day of the festival, BALANCE Magazine asked: Will feminism change the face of wellness? Or is the modern version of ‘wellness’ eroding self-esteem rather than building it? Featuring our very own Katrina Larkin, as well as three-time Olympian Sarah Lindsay, the panel discussed the impact of social media and the booming online wellness industry.


We recorded five of the stand-out talks from this series for the ForaHer podcast which you can find on all major streaming platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Deezer.