Two successful BME women to talk at a public discussion as part of One World Week

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Mehmooda Duke and Rohini Corfield to participate in a public discussion 'Diversity Gains: BME Women and Career Opportunities' as part of the One World Week.
Two successful BME women to talk at a public discussion as part of One World Week

One World Week organised by the University of Leicester Students' Union

As part of the One World Week, a public discussion organised by the University of Leicester Students’ Union and the Unit for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement (DICE) will be held on Thursday 11 February 2016, at 6.00pm in the Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 1. The event is free and open to all.

The free discussion will review success for BME women and barriers still faced by women when entering the labour market. Two highly successful local BME women, Mehmooda Duke and Rohini Corfield, will participate in the discussion. They will answer questions about their journey in their chosen career field, about challenges they have faced along the way, and they will also provide some advice to students and young people on how to achieve their goals.

The participants will answer questions in a Q&A session about their experiences. Women from BME communities are one of the diverse groups who are still directly affected by racial and gender discrimination. Recent research suggests that BME women often feel that their experience and qualifications are undervalued due to racial bias and subtle prejudice that organisations blindly practice.

Mehmooda Duke

Mehmooda Duke

Mehmooda Duke recently became the first female Asian president in Leicestershire Law Society's 155-year history. After working as a school teacher, Mehmooda decided to retrain as a lawyer and started her legal career in London in 1992. For 22 years, she has worked as a solicitor specialising in medical negligence claims. She spent 10 years defending the NHS having worked at three national firms including, Capsticks Solicitors, Hempsons and Browne Jacobson LLP. In 2003 she set up Moosa - Duke Solicitors, which now boasts a team of 12, acting for victims of medical negligence.

Rohini Corfield

Rohini Corfield

Rohini Corfield’s career has revolved around supporting diversity, inclusion, and promoting race equality in education and in local communities. She started as a Junior School teacher, but has since focused on supporting schools and colleges in tackling racial discrimination, racial harassment, and developing best practice. This is reflected in her previous positions with the Derby Racial Equality Council, Warwickshire LEA and as a Widening Participation Co-ordinator at the University of Northampton. She was also instrumental in setting up the BBC’s Corporate Social Responsibility Policy and Equal Opportunities Policy as part of her role as an Equality Officer. For the past five years she has worked with Skillshare International, the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) and Spurgeons.

The unit of DICE see this event as a platform to encourage debate about overcoming barriers, particularly for younger generations. Young people and parents will find this event both illuminating and helpful in a practical way.

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You can find out more about One World Week here
University of Leicester Students’ Union website

Runs between 8 and 12 February 2016. Participants learn about different cultures through participating workshops.

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