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International Women's Day

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8th March 2024


TBC Central Newcastle


Approx. 6-8pm



International Women's Day is a global holiday celebrated annually on March 8 to commemorate the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women.

The theme for IWD in 2023 was ‘Embracing Equity’.


COCO was delighted to welcome a diverse range of speakers who shared their personal experience of inequity (and inequality) be it personal, educational or professional.


Not only did we explore the challenges women face, but we heard how they were overcome and celebrated success! So much positivity comes from COCO's annual International Women’s Day events.

Change is still needed, and this is not a women-only event, we welcome all genders so that we can come together to embrace equity!

Speakers in 2023
Loujane Alasi

Loujane is a freelance journalist and media communication officer for Success4All.

She was born in Libya but grew up, studied and worked in the North East of England. She hopes to use her experience to make a positive change so younger generations feel a sense of true belonging and a belief that they can achieve.

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Sharon MacArthur
(Miss Menopause)

Menopause Educator, Leadership Coach. Shortlisted as One to Watch in Northern Power Women Awards. She breaks down barriers for women in the workplace because “ignorance can no longer be an excuse."

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Abigael Ayoo

Abby is currently a STEM student at Newcastle University studying chemical engineering. She is currently on a placement year, working for Proctor & Gamble.



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Drew Dalton

Drew is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Sunderland. Drew has worked in the Third Sector for 20 years in a range of roles, from international development, working with vulnerable young people, human rights, and campaigns. He is the Founder and CEO/Chair of ReportOUT, a global human rights organisation which investigates human rights abuses of sexual and gender minorities in different nation states.

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