Spark Talks: Choose to Challenge

Spark Talks is a series of intimate panel discussions and community conversations. 

A challenged world is an alert world. And from challenge comes change. 

Register here to join us this International Women’s Day to hear from an incredible panel of changemakers who are challenging inequality in their fields. 

From tackling ‘honour’ based violence practices, to supporting refugees through ethical fashion, to bringing arts to homeless people, our speakers are disrupting the world as we know it. 

Join us to hear how they are reshaping our world into a more equal one. 

Our Panel

Afrah Qassim - CEO and Director, Savera UK 

Savera UK is a leading UK charity tackling culturally-specific abuse in the UK, including ‘honour’-based abuse (HBA), forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM). It works with professionals, individuals and communities to raise awareness and ensure that tackling harmful practices remains on the Government and services agenda. It campaigns to eliminate all harmful practices and provides life-saving services to those at risk, regardless of age, culture, sexuality or gender. 

Established in Liverpool in 2010, the charity also works with survivors and shines a light on their stories, as a way of delivering a message of hope. Savera means “new beginning” in Hindi and it is this that the charity intends to deliver for its clients.

Geetha Rabindrakumar - Director of Social Change, Carboard Citizens 

Geetha is currently Director of Social Change at Cardboard Citizens, a theatre company working with and for people with experience of homelessness to tell untold stories, change perceptions and provoke debate.

She is a trustee at Crisis, works with the Reader (a national charity using Shared Reading of literature to connect people to each other and themselves), and has been previously Head of Engagement at Big Society Capital, and Finance Director at disability charity Scope. She was named in the Natwest 100 Women in Social Enterprise (WISE) index in 2017 and 2018, and Green Park’s #BAME100 Business Leaders Index in 2019.

Bukky Baldwin, Visual Artist, Social Practitioner and Founder of Bukky Baldwin Ltd

Bukky Baldwin is flipping the script on the ethics of the fashion and textile industry. The label focuses on the importance of community and providing employment opportunities for marginalised groups. The brand values individuals in need at its core and  is committed to using creativity as a tool to bring about positive socio-economic change in the UK.


  • 6.30pm - 7.30pm
  • Monday March 8th
  • Virtual panel event on Zoom 

Register to join here.

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