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UCL Women's Liberation



International Women’s Day 2023 – In Conversation with Jo Phoenix

Watch the film of the event.

Monday 4 March 2023 5.55-6.50pm

In the week that we look forward to celebrating International Women’s Day, please join the UCL Women’s Liberation Special Interest Group to hear about what universities can learn from the Phoenix Employment Tribunal Judgement.Everyone who works in Higher Education needs to understand the Phoenix judgement. The Employment Tribunal has found that Professor Phoenix was discriminated against, harassed, and wrongfully constructively dismissed by the Open University because of her gender-critical beliefs. Phoenix believes that sex is a meaningful human category, and that sex matters. As a criminologist, she has discussed the importance of sex for crime and prisons policy. She set up the Open University Gender Critical Research Network to provide a forum for academic discussion and research on issues of sex and gender.Sonia Sodha has frequently written about women’s rights and issues of sex and gender in her Observer column, including the Phoenix judgement, and will host the conversation. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2024/jan/28/jo-phoenix-open-university-court-victory-gender-sex-based-womens-rightsDoors will open at 5.00 to enable socialising and networking opportunities with the SIG before the formal event starts at 5.55, and we hope will continue after the formal event ends at 6.50pm

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Speakers:Professor Jo Phoenix, University of Reading, researches sex, gender, sexualities and justice, youth justice and punishment, the production of criminological knowledge and research ethics. https://www.reading.ac.uk/law/our-stories/professor-jo-phoenixSonia Sodha is chief leader writer and a columnist at the Observer. She makes documentaries for Radio 4 on political and social issues and appears regularly as a political commentator on ITV’s This Morning, Sky News and the BBC. She was highly commended in the Society of Editors’ Commentator of the Year category in 2023.https://www.theguardian.com/profile/sonia-sodha