In celebration of International Women’s Day, on 4 March 2013 the Mosaic Associates Women Entrepreneur and Business Network is pleased to host the second of our events at the Houses of Parliament.
The International Women’s Day theme for 2013 is “The gender agenda: gaining momentum”. We will discuss “gaining momentum” in business.
Speakers will include Jo Swinson MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, Yasmin Qureshi, MP for Bolton South East, and leading businesswomen, to be announced.
Monday 4 March
6.00 – 8.30pm
The Grimmond Room
Bridge Street, London
To attend this event, please contact David Hannam at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Monday 25 February 2013.
Please arrive early to ensure you clear security in time. You must be pre-registered to attend.
The event is an opportunity for you to hear what ministers have to say about women in business, ask questions and network and share information with other like-minded people. We are always looking for new mentors so please contact us for more information.
On this occasion, Mosaic is honoured to be supported by Jo Swinson MP from the Department of Business and Innovation and Yasmin Qureshi, MP for Bolton South East, amongst other leading female entrepreneurs and business women. The event will be facilitated by Saba Shaukat, Mosaic Associates.
The questions for which we will be seeking answers to are:
- Why are women important in business and creating startups?
- What are government’s priorities for women and how will they ensure initiatives are successful?
- How will they help women from deprived communities?
- Insight into issues being faced by women in ethnically diverse communities like Bolton South East?
- The business challenges and how they were overcome from a leading female entrepreneur.
If you have a particular question for our speakers please send it via the form at the bottom of this page.
Jo Swinson MP
Jo has represented her home seat of East Dunbartonshire since 2005. She was made Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs in September 2012
Jo chaired the All Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing Economics, and co-founded the Campaign for Body Confidence.
She has previously held Liberal Democrat spokesmanships on foreign affairs, equality, Scotland and the arts. Jo was a member of the Environmental Audit Select Committee from 2007-2010, and a member of the Speaker’s Conference from 2009-2010 which looked at ways to increase the number of women and BME MPs.
Before entering Parliament, Jo worked as a Marketing Manager for a number of companies, latterly the Glasgow-based company SpaceandPeople. Jo helped the company win awards including Best E-Business at the Scottish Winners at the Web Awards 2003.
One of the first MPs in the UK to use Twitter, Jo is also active on Facebook and has her own YouTube channel.
Outside politics, Jo enjoys running; she completed the Loch Ness Marathon in 2007 and London Marathon in April 2011. When she can find the time, Jo also likes reading, hiking, and ceilidh dancing. Jo is married to fellow Liberal Democrat MP Duncan Hames.
Yasmin Qureshi MP
Yasmin was born in Gujrat and moved to Britain in 1972 when she was nine. She was recently appointed the London Mayor’s Human Rights advisor. She was also Labour Party parliamentary candidate for Brent East, facing an incumbent Lib Dem MP in the 2005 General Election.
In August 2007 she was selected by Labour for Bolton South East, inheriting a comfortable majority of over 10,000 votes from retiring MP Brian Iddon.
Yasmin Qureshi qualified as a barrister in 1985. She has worked in the Government Legal Services and the Crown Prosecution Service. She was the Head of the Criminal Legal Section of the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and later the Director of the Department of Judicial Administration in Kosovo. She is a past President of the Pakistan Club (UK). She is the former Chair of the Human Rights and Civil Liberties Working Group of the Association of Muslim Lawyers.
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