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Is Islington the worst place in Britain to be a woman?

Is Islington the worst place in Britain to be a woman?

An open conversation between academic researchers and pole dance artists about being a woman in Islington

In September 2017, the BBC Woman’s Hour published a report that identified the best places in Britain to be a woman by analysing data across eight dimensions including housing affordability, education and safety. Out of the 380 British Local Authorities, Islington came out at the very bottom of the list.  

To understand both the data and the lived experiences behind it, Impact Hub Islington has invited two very different perspectives into a conversation:

  • Authors of the BBC Woman’s Hour Report from Islington-based NatCen Social Research
  • Artists from Persepolis Pole, a female-led arts and cultural impact project in Islington that aims to challenge public perceptions of pole dance

The academics and artists will reflect on how women’s identities are represented in public, the power of the arts in addressing mental health challenges, what it’s like to be a female performer in Islington’s pole dance entertainment industry and what kind of change is needed to make Islington a better place for all women.

Join us for an evening of powerful conversation and a graceful performance by Islington-based Miss Pole Dance UK, Rachel TolzmanYou will also have the opportunity to learn a few simple moves on the pole if you’re curious.

For us, this event is the start of a much wider conversation about the social dynamics and inequalities in Islington and a great opportunity to bring together perspectives that rarely meet.

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The event will be facilitated by Yasmeen Akhtarjoint CEO of TrustLab, a consultancy focused on building courageous and inclusive leadership. Yasmeen has over 15 years of facilitation experience across various sectors and has previously worked with The Greater London Lieutenancy, the Metropoligan Police Force, over 30 leading UK universities and 70+ British Parliamentarians.


Is Islington the worst place in Britain to be a woman? Join @hubislington @NatCen @PersepolisPole artists on #internationalwomensday2018 to discuss recent @BBCWomansHour report, social policy, inclusion and being a woman in Islington RSVP & RT http://bit.ly/women-islington

Who is this event for?

Anyone interested in the arts, research, mental health, inclusion and social policy. This is not simply a ‘women’s issue’ – we encourage people of all gender identities to join.


  • The event will take place on the ground floor, which is fully accessible.
  • The venue has accessible toilets, which are gender neutral.
  • If you need any assistance to access the venue, please email [email protected] in advance so we can make sure someone is there to help.
  • Tickets are £5 and include organic nibbles ‘rescued’ from Borough Market by Elysia Catering. No one will be turned away for lack of funds – just drop us an email on [email protected] and we’ll work something out.
Mar 8th
18:30 - 20:00
Entry fee Free

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