Celebrating International Women’s Day 2024

Join the Health and Care Women Leaders Network International Women's Day 2024 celebrations on Friday 8 March.
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8 March 2024 10:00 - 12:00 GMT
Open to all


Join the Health and Care Women Leaders Network on International Women’s Day 2024 (IWD2024) to celebrate and highlight work underway to progress gender equality and enhance inclusivity for women working in healthcare.

With a focus on the theme for IWD2024 #InspireInclusion, we will start the day with an early morning celebration on X, from 8.00am, celebrating the individuals who have inspired you on your leadership journey. Find out more and how you can take part here. 

The celebrations will continue with a virtual event to be held on Zoom from 10am to 12.00pm where you will hear from NHS Chief Executive, Amanda Pritchard, our network chair, Samantha Allen and many more. You will also see presentations from organisations and fellow networks that are doing great work to progress gender equality and enhance inclusivity for women working in health and care.

We do hope you will join us at the event – all are welcome. You will be in great company with others who are passionate about gender equality.

Book your free place and encourage your colleagues and others to join too.


  • Samantha Allen, Chair, Health and Care Women Leaders Network

  • Amanda Pritchard, Chief Executive, NHS

    A welcome address from Amanda Pritchard, Chief Executive of NHS England. 

  • Shera Chok, GP and chair and founder of the Shuri Network
    Victoria Komolafe, Midwife and Graduate of the Shuri Network

    Shera Chok, founder and chair of the Shuri Network, will discuss the network's efforts to advance diversity and inclusion in the digital workforce and leadership. Explore how these initiatives aim to create a more representative digital workforce, reflecting the broader health and care workforce and the diverse communities they serve.

    The Shuri Network has hosted three Digital Fellowships, supporting nurses and midwives in becoming digital leaders and innovators. This programme promotes digital inclusion by extending training beyond software engineers and analysts. In this session, we'll also hear from a graduate of the Shuri Network Digital Fellowship, Victoria Komolafe.

  • Simon Fleming, Trauma and Orthopaedic Registrar, London-based
    Hamid Motraghi, Director for Health Equity and Inclusion, NHS North East and North Cumbria ICB

    This session will feature a panel discussion among male allies on the definition of allyship, how to effectively support others in the workplace, and the distinction between allyship and advocacy. We will also learn about the contributions of Simon and Hamid as allies.

  • Dr Nighat Arif, GP, NHS/Private

    In this this inspiring and informative session, keynote speaker, Dr. Nighat Arif will deliver a session focusing on her 15+ year professional career journey as a General Practitioner specialising in Women's Health. Dr. Nighat will share insights from her expertise in family planning, contraception, menopause, and women's healthcare within Black and Asian communities.

  • Dawn Adams, Chair of Yorkshire Ambulance Service Women (YAS) Women and Allies Network

    Vicky Connelly, Deputy Chair, YAS Women and Allies Network

    Dawn Adams and Vicky Connelly lead a showcase for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service Women and Allies Network initiative, ensuring the availability of free sanitary products in all female and accessible toilets. They will share the background of this project and how their network has collaborated with the Health and Well-being Team to make a positive difference, ensuring staff feel safe, supported, and cared for in the workplace.

  • Tracie Jolliff, Deputy Chair, Health and Care Women Leaders Network

    Traice will share her final thoughts and reflections from the day.

Health and Care Women Leaders Network

Delivered by the NHS Confederation, the Health and Care Women Leaders Network is a free network for all women working across health and care.

Join the Health and Care Women Leaders network and follow us on X at @hcwomenleaders and LinkedIn.