UCL Population Health Sciences


Keynote from Jasvinder Sanghera CBE: Each Time a Woman Stands Up For Herself, She Stands Up For All

07 March 2024, 6:15 pm–8:00 pm

Jasvinder Sanghera

Join us on Thursday 7 March from 6:15 pm to hear highly acclaimed international speaker Jasvinder Sanghera share her journey and reflections.

This event is free.

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Daisy Harvey


Denys Holland Lecture Theatre
Bentham House
4-8 Endsleigh Gardens
United Kingdom

Keynote from Jasvinder Sanghera CBE: Each Time a Woman Stands Up For Herself, She Stands Up For All Women

We’re delighted to welcome Jasvinder Sanghera CBE to speak at a UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences event celebrating International Women’s Day 2024. 

The theme of International Women’s Day this year is #InspireInclusion, with 8 March 2024 marking a time for reflection, awareness-raising and celebration. Join us on Thursday 7 to hear highly acclaimed international speaker Jasvinder Sanghera share her journey and reflections. 

Surviving forced marriage and fighting for systemic changes in the UK 
A survivor of forced marriage, Jasvinder Sanghera is the founder of Karma Nirvana, a national award winning charity that supports both men and women affected by honour based abuse and forced marriages.  

Jasvinder is an expert advisor to the courts in matters of child, civil and criminal proceedings, a chair of domestic homicide reviews and was instrumental in ensuring that all UK police forces are required to improve their understanding of honour based abuse and forced marriage by inspections conducted by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.  

Times Top 10 Bestseller 
Her memoir ‘Shame’ was a Times Top 10 Bestseller and described in the House of Lords as a ‘political weapon’. Jasvinder is recognised as bringing the issue of forced marriage into the public domain and Prime Minister David Cameron stated that her work ‘turned my head on the issue of forced marriage’. Her work is recognised as being pivotal to the creation of a specific UK forced marriage criminal offence in 2014.  

Making history 
In addition, her claim of sexual harassment against a peer in the House of Lords was the first in its history and successfully led to an increase in reporting and significant changes in the House of Lords policy and practice including greater debates and reforms, resulting in a House of Lords independent inquiry into sexual harassment and bullying. 

Thievent will include a Q&A session Chaired by Dr. Jennie Gamlin (Director, Centre for Gender, Health and Social Justice).

Book Signing: Shame and Shame Travels  
A book signing with Jasvinder will take place following the main event. 
Shame and Shame Travels are £10 each, but both purchased together are £15 and will be signed and dedicated by Jasvinder on the night. Only cash will be accepted.