UJIA women have launched a brand new virtual series with a fascinating lineup not to be missed.
Find out more about our inspiring speakers below.
The series is being accompanied by an incredible raffle courtesy of our friends at Six Senses. The lucky winner will get five nights in the Panorama Suite at the Shaharut Spa Hotel in Israel, with airport transfers and breakfast for two included. The deadline for ticket purchasing is now closed.
Lucy Aharish is an independent woman from Dimona, a southern Jewish City in Israel. She is notable for being the first Muslim Arab news presenter on mainstream Hebrew-language Israeli television. Both Lucy & Samantha hold prestigious roles as newsreaders, television presenters and journalists.
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Kathy Lette is a celebrated and outspoken comic writer who has an inimitable take on serious current issues. She is one of the pioneering voices of contemporary feminism, paving the way for Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer, The Vagenda and Everyday Sexism.
Kathy Lette first achieved success de scandal as a teenager with the novel “Puberty Blues”, which was made into a major film and a TV mini-series. After several years as a newspaper columnist and TV sitcom writer (“The Facts of Life,” Columbia pictures) in America and Australia, she’s written 13 international bestsellers in her characteristic witty voice, including “Mad Cows”, (made into a film staring Anna Friel and Joanna Lumley) “How to Kill Your Husband – and Other Handy Household Hints” (staged by the Victorian opera) “The Boy Who Fell to Earth”, “Best Laid Plans” and her latest “HRT – Husband Replacement Therapy.”
Kathy is an ambassador for Women and Children First, Plan International, Their World, the National Autistic Society and Ambitious About Autism.
She divides her time between Sydney and London, where she can often be found at The Savoy, where she is writer in residence, drinking a cocktail named after her. Kathy is an autodidact (a word she taught herself) but has honorary doctorates from Southampton Solent University and Wollongong Universities and a Senior Fellowship from London’s Regents University.
Kathy is also a TV presenter – presenting travel documentaries and regularly appearing on BBC and Sky in Britain, and all Australian media.
Kathy has two children, one of whom is an autistic actor in a BBC prime time drama, “Holby City”. She cites her career highlights as teaching Stephen Fry a word, Salman Rushdie the limbo and scripting Julian Assange’s cameo in the Simpsons 500th episode.
Ronni Ancona first became known for her work on the BAFTA winning ‘ The Big Impression’ series with Alistair McGowan for which she won the British Comedy Award for Best Actress and the prestigious Variety Club Award. She also received a BAFTA for her performance in The Sketch Show which she also co-wrote.
She has worked extensively in both comedy and drama. Her numerous television credits include: Last Tango in Halifax (4 series & Xmas special); The Imitation Game, Still game; The Trip ,; Little Crackers,; Skins; Hope Springs; Ronni Ancona & Co (own series); Miss Marple; Poliakoff’s Gideon’s Daughter, Parkinson. Her numerous credits in Film include: Surviving Christmas; Penelope; A Cock and Bull Story; Stella Street: The Movie; The Calcium Kid , The Trip to Italy Theatre includes The Hypochondriac , Little Revolution ( Almeida)
She has made many regular appearances as a panellist on QI (BBC) over 10 years and has hosted Have I got News for You (BBC). She has also had a book published by Faber & Faber.
Ronni’s show with Lewis McCleod, ‘Just Checking in’ ‘had a complete sell out season at the Edinburgh Festival this year. She has recently been seen in BBC”s Last Tango in Halifax (series 5) where she reprised the role of Judith
Currently she is in pre -production on a film co-written by herself & Sally Phillips .
Sarah Brown is a passionate advocate for global health and education issues around the world. Sarah is Chair of Theirworld, the UK charity with high impact to end the global education crisis and ensure children are healthy and safe as they learn and grow. She also serves as the Executive Chair of the Global Business Coalition for Education bringing corporate business to contribute to how the UN’s global education goals are reached. Her work brings together the worlds of business, philanthropy, social media and charity campaigning.
As CEO of the Office of Gordon and Sarah Brown, Sarah works with government, business and non-profit leaders to ensure children get the best start in life. Her work for better maternal and neonatal health has seen her address the United Nations to support the most vulnerable mothers, speak at the World Health Assembly to an audience of health ministers, and create the Jennifer Brown Research Laboratory that has led to ground-breaking innovations saving new-born lives.
Her contribution has been recognised with Honorary Fellowships from both the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health as well as the Special Recognition Award from the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics. She holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Bristol and honorary degrees from Roehampton, Wolverhampton, Brighton and the Open University.
An avid and prolific user of social media, one million people follow @SarahBrownUK onTwitter. Sarah is married to Gordon Brown and they have two teenage sons, John and Fraser.
Lucy Aharish is an Israeli news presenter, journalist, and television host. She used to be the lead anchor woman of the evening edition on i24news, Israel’s 24-hour cable news network which is receivable on livestream, cable TV, and via satellite around the world.
Born in 1981 in Dimona, Israel, Aharish was the only Arab Muslim student at her school. In the summer of 1987, a few months before she turned six years old, she was slightly injured when a Molotov cocktail was thrown at her family’s car by Palestinian militants while driving in the Gaza Strip. Aharish is a graduate of the Hebrew University, where she studied political science and theatre, and the Koteret School in Tel Aviv, completing her degree in journalism and a six-month internship in Germany.
Upon her return, Aharish became the first Arab to present the news on prime time television in Israel. She is well-known for promoting pluralism and interdenominational openness in Israel’s public agenda. In 2015, she was awarded one of Israel’s highest honors and was selected to light a torch at the national Independence Day ceremony on Mount Herzl, the theme of which was “groundbreaking Israelis.” She also received the OMETZ (courage) award in October 2015 for her fight against racism in Israeli society.
BUZZFEED ranked Lucy Aharish as the third exceptional Israeli woman that everyone must meet, after Golda Meir and Hannah Szenes.
Deborah is an award-winning editor who took over as Editor-in-Chief of Glamour UK in November 2017. She directed the transition from a content perspective, taking Glamour from a print to a digital first, beauty-first brand that works 360 across print, social, video and experiential.
Prior to that, she spent six years working for fashion and celebrity tech start ups and was a social media consultant for Jenny Packham. She was on the launch team of Glamour 18 years ago and has also edited The Daily Mail’s women section and Conde Nast Brides. She is a mother of 3 children and 2 pugs.
Samantha is a journalist and broadcaster with more than 20 years at the forefront of the news. She is currently presenting on the BBC, including the agenda setting “ The Briefing” news and business programme and Sunday Politics on BBC 1.
She also presents on BBC Radio 4 – hosting their ‘One to One’ series and has her own podcast ‘Its a Grown up Life’.
Samantha is married with three kids and is currently enjoying the pleasure of home schooling all three!