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25 June, 2015 - 10:05 By Jamie Quested

Essex chancellor launches Women of the Future Appeal

Chancellor of the University of Essex, Shami Chakrabarti

Chancellor of the University of Essex, Shami Chakrabarti, has launched an appeal to support the next generation of inspirational women with the potential to change the world.

The Women of the Future Appeal raised more than £100,000 before its official launch on June 12, to fund 25 scholarships for women from around the world to study for a Masters degree at Essex.

The appeal aims to raise £500,000 and is the first of its kind in the University’s 50-year history. The University will match each donation pound for pound to build up the scholarship fund. Shami (above) explained: “I am proud to launch the first ever Chancellor’s Appeal at Essex. This initiative will support the most talented women, those that are willing to challenge conventions and push boundaries across the world.

“Gender injustice is so embedded in our society and our world that sometimes we stop seeing it. It’s time to wake up, give ourselves a shake and confront those content with the status quo.”

Vice-Chancellor Professor Anthony Forster added: “These inspirational women from across the world will come to the University to work with our staff and benefit from an Essex education, with our graduates going out into the world and making it a better place.”

Among the University’s graduates are Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, the first woman speaker of Bangladesh’s Parliament, former MP and Secretary of State Baroness Virginia Bottomley and fair trade pioneer Carry Somers and barrister Aisling Reidy, former Direct. Friends and supporters of the University can find out more or make a donation through the Appeal web site.

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