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  • Date and time: Wednesday 15 June 2022, 1pm to 2pm
  • Location: Online only
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Join Pakistani-American artist and illustrator Maliha Abidi, author of Rise, to celebrate the inspirational stories of 100 remarkable women of colour. 

Hear about:

  • The entrepreneur with a homemade marmalade business who went on to found Women’s World Banking;
  • The educator who built the first university in the world; 
  • The athlete who fled civil war on a sinking boat and then swam in the Olympics;
  • And the first Black female astronaut.

These trailblazing scientists, entertainers, sportswomen, artists and activists hailing from more than forty countries have risen above challenges to reach dizzying heights. Past and present, famous and forgotten, they have worked both behind the scenes and under public scrutiny to make our world a better place.

Join to hear their stories!

This event will take place live on Zoom Webinar. You’ll receive a link to join a couple of days before the event takes place and a reminder an hour before. During the event, you can ask questions via a Q&A function, but audience cameras and microphones will remain muted throughout.

Book sales

You can buy copies of many of our speakers’ books from Fox Lane Books, a local independent bookseller and Festival partner. In some cases, author signed bookplates are available too.


About the speaker

Maliha Abidi is a Pakistani-American artist and illustrator whose work is dedicated to women’s rights and mental health. Her self-published debut, Pakistan for Women, won Abidi international acclaim with appearances on BBC, Good Morning America and TRT World, among others. She has worked with renowned organisations such as the United Nations, Women’s Aid and the Malala Fund to help create positive change through art.


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