IWD 2022: Activism is the rent we pay to live on this planet - "In Conversation" with Pragna Patel

Wednesday 16 March 2022

Garden Court Chambers is proud to be hosting Pragna Patel, Former Director & Founder of Southall Black Sisters (SBS), for a reflective event discussing Pragna's momentous career fiercely defending women's rights.

#BreakTheBias  #IWD2022

Date: Wednesday 16 March 2022
Time: 5pm-6.30pm
Venue: Online  
Cost: Free
Areas of Law: Domestic Abuse , Immigration Law , Family Law , Immigration and Family Law Crossover

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Pragna Patel is a co-founding member of the Southall Black Sisters (SBS) and Women Against Fundamentalism. Pragna has worked tirelessly to support Black (Asian and African-Caribbean) women, challenging all forms of gender-related violence against women, empowering them to gain more control over their lives and to live without fear of violence. She has, throughout her life, broken down barriers, challenged bias and worked hard to confront inequality in all its forms

Pragna worked as a co-ordinator and senior caseworker for SBS from 1982 to 1993, when she left to train and practice as a solicitor. In 2009 she returned to SBS as its Director. She has been centrally involved in some of SBS’ most important cases and campaigns around domestic violence, immigration and religious fundamentalism. 

She has written extensively on race, gender and religion and she has an honorary Doctorate from Keele University for her outstanding contribution to women’s rights. She was also awarded a Bob Hepple Equality award alongside Mauro Cabral of GATE. The award is named after Bob Hepple, the former lawyer of Nelson Mandela. In 2011 she was named as one of the Top 100 Women Activists and Campaigners. On 5th January 2022, Pragna stepped down from her role as Director of SBS after several decades at the helm, read more about her incredible career here

Kathryn Cronin and Navita Atreya, of Garden Court Chambers, will discuss with Pragna, her career at the helm of Southall Black Sisters, SBS legal challenges on behalf of migrant women and social justice challenges going forwards.

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