OUR TEAM

The Centenary Action Group is a cross-party campaigning coalition of over 100 activists representing a diverse range of issues, campaigns and organisations. We work together to campaign for women's right to take part in the decisions that affect their lives. 

 

Our Steering Group oversees our budget, staff and strategy and our Campaign Coordinator co-ordinates the coalition and working groups, implements our campaigns and manages our communications.

CAMPAIGN COORDINATOR

HANNAH SWIRSKY

Hannah is a passionate feminist with experience in national politics and campaigning. 

Hannah previously worked in Parliament as a Researcher for an MP and then providing the Secretariat to the APPG on Miscarriages of Justice. She then worked at René Cassin, the Jewish voice for human rights, where she campaigned on UK issues including immigration detention, modern slavery and discrimination of Traveller and Roma communities. Hannah has recently graduated with a Masters in Human Rights from LSE where she examined how women who kill their partners are treated by the criminal justice system.

Steering Group

DR HELEN PANKHURsT CBE, CONVENER

Helen is an international development and women's rights activist and writer. She is also the great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, who were both leaders in the British suffragette movement. 

 

Helen is the Convener of the Centenary Action Group. Helen is currently a senior advisor at CARE International UK, a trustee of ActionAid, a Visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University and the first Chancellor of the University of Suffolk. Helen was involved in the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics and the 2015 film Suffragette. Her book, Deeds Not Words, was published in 2018. 
 

HELENE REARDON BOND OBE

Helene is a leading UK expert on Gender Equality and in particular, the Gender Pay Gap and how to support women to progress in the workplace and in public life.

Helene was the policy architect behind the recently introduced UK Gender Pay Gap reporting regulations and worked closely with senior Government ministers and businesses to deliver the new legislation and guidance. Helene worked in several government departments and has been responsible for a large number of high-profile programmes, legislation and campaigns. These include same-sex marriage, violence against women and girls campaigns, maternity rights and action to increase the numbers of women in senior positions. 

MARCHU GIRMA

Marchu is a campaigner advocating for the rights of refugee and asylum-seeking women.

 

She works as the Grassroots Director for Women for Refugee Women and is passionate about empowering refugee and asylum-seeking women to speak up about their experiences, and enabling them to use their voices for change. As part of her role at Women for Refugee Women, Marchu has co-authored research reports, delivered training, and helps to maintain refugee women’s networks around the country. In 2017, Marchu was invited by UN Women to speak at their annual Commission on the Status of Women conference at the UN headquarters in New York.

KATHERINE NIGhtingale

Katherine is  Head of Advocacy and Policy at CARE International UK.

 

She has over 15 years experience working in the development and humanitarian sector and remains passionate about putting disaster and conflict-affected people at the heart of humanitarian response, security and disaster risk governance.

Katherine is inspired by creative arts, and continues to be involved in writing and film projects. She is also on the board of Ice & Fire, exploring human rights through theatre and performance.

DR JESSICA GARLAND 

Jess is Director of Policy and Research at the Electoral Reform Society.

 

A former Senior Political Adviser to a Shadow Cabinet Minister, Jess has several years experience working in Westminster. She has a PhD in Politics from the University of Sussex and holds a Research Masters (MRes) in Government, Policy and Politics from Birkbeck, University of London and a BA (Hons) in Philosophy from UCL.

 

Jess has particular expertise in political participation and political party organisation research.

Sangeetha Navaratnam

Sangeetha is a women’s rights activist and intersectional feminist, with experience in advocacy in the international development sector.

Sangeetha is the Women’s Rights Advocacy Adviser at ActionAid UK, focusing on campaigns with UK parliamentarians aimed at ending violence against women and girls worldwide. She is also a Helpline Shiftleader working on the National Rape Crisis Helpline at the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre and has experience working with other domestic women’s rights organisations on a voluntary basis. She holds a Masters (MSc) in Global Health and is passionate about bringing feminist values into all levels of all sectors and achieving sexual and reproductive health rights for marginalised women and girls.

ALICE ALLAN 

Alice is a freelance advocacy and policy professional with 20 years’ experience. 

 

Alice worked with CARE International UK from 2011 - 2018 leading on their policy and advocacy on women’s economic empowerment.  She spent a big chunk of that time working with Barclays and other banks to responsibly link savers to their services.

 

Before CARE Alice spent nearly 20 years working both ‘inside’ government – as a Human Rights Advisor at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and as a researcher in the UK parliament – and ‘outside’ at supporter-led organisations, Amnesty International UK and Saferworld where she helped push for the Arms Trade Treaty. Before that she was a journalist in Colombia and Mexico.

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