London Metropolitan University Research Institutes


FEMCIT - Gendered Citizenship in a Multicultural Europe
EU Framework Programme 6, Integrated Project

Workpackage 1 on Political Citizenship is based at ISET. FEMCIT's brief is to identify issues at the intersections of gender and ethnicity that are problematic, both for positing a normative notion of full citizenship and for designing policies to facilitate the equal enjoyment of citizenship by women and men.  (MONICA THRELFALL and 16 international partners) 


Do women in Europe enjoy full citizenship?

Monday 13 December 2010

Major UK feminist organisations debate
Organised by the National Alliance of Women's Organisations - NAWO
Hosted by the European Commission and London Metropolitan University

For free registration please contact:  Madeleine Kingston:

Full details below - debate to be held at:
Representation of the European Commission in the UK,
32 Smith Square, SW1P 3EU

Programme of Speakers
10.30: Registration and coffee
The National Alliance of Women's Organisations
Annette Lawson, OBE, Chair 
The Women's Resource Centre - Vivienne Hayes, Chief Executive

Chair: Jonathan Scheele, Head of Representation,
European Commission in UK
Coffee break
The Fawcett Society - Ceri Goddard, Chief Executive
'Gendered Citizenship in a Multicultural Europe'
Monica Threlfall, London Metropolitan University
13.00: Reception with buffet lunch


Monday 10 January 2011

Stepping Stones to Political Representation for Ethnic Minority Women

The FEMCIT project Work Package on Political Citizenship (Dr.Threlfall) hosted a Discussion and Networking Roundtable on the theme of Stepping Stones to Political Representation for Ethnic Minority Women.

The event brought together leaders of ethnic minority women’s organisations such as Shakti-Scotland (Mridul Wadhwa), Latin American Women’s Rights Service (Marcela Benedetti), Black Association of Women Step Out (BAWSO), (Liz Musa, Mwenya Chimba), and African Women’s Welfare Group (AWWG), (Martina Agho, Aziza Ali) as well as guest speakers Shirley Brown (Liberal Democrat Councilor, Bristol), Denise Headley (Conservative Councillor, Edmonton), Shaun Bailey (Managing-director, MyGeneration youth project), and Seema Malhotra (Director, Fabian Women's Network) who mapped out their personal political trajectories around the questions: ‘Is there a pathway for women with ethnic minority backgrounds? If so, what are the key stepping stones?’

Dr Threlfall’s colleagues on FEMCIT, Drude Dahlerup (International expert on gender parity representation) and Lenita Freidenvall (gender equality expert at the Swedish Parliament), flew in for the occasion and contributed comparative perspectives.


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