Sabbiyah Pervez

Sabbiyah Pervez wearing a mustard top and green trousers, holding a microphone. Looking at the camera and smilling.

Sabbiyah Pervez is a reporter at BBC Look North, she’s passionate about empowering people to use their own voices and tell their own stories. Sabbiyah is also a mum of 3 children Over the past nine years, I have reported from Rotherham frequently, often on topics that are quite sensitive. I have seen the resilience […]

Team members from Angry Girls Collective – Local Conversations

Two sesperate images of Lauren and Kerry. Lauren wearing a black top tooking into the distance and laughing, Kerry wearing a pink jacket looking at the camera, wearing thin framed glasses.

Lauren Townsend and Kerry Lindeque are part of the team behind Angry Girls Collective, they will be taking part in the Local Conversations panel. In times when patriarchy and injustice aims to stifle our anger and power, there was a need to create a local safe and inclusive space for women and gender-diverse people to […]

Rotherham Creative Network – Panel

pink and green background, containing WOW Rotherham logo and Rotherham creative network logo. Title reads 'Rotherham Creative Network Panel' and subtitle reads 'Festival Hub, 16:30-17:15'

Rotherham Creative Network will bring together a panel of speakers representing women, girls, trans and non-binary people who are working in the creative industries across Rotherham and South Yorkshire to discuss their work, their contributions to the sector and their own personal journeys. We hope to inspire, and excite whilst also creating a safe space […]

Lindsy James

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Lindsy James, Founder and Director of the Doncaster-based children’s and young peoples’ charity Active Fusion has dedicated 24 years of her professional career inspiring young people to ‘be the best they can be’ through sport and physical activity.  Her career spans several sectors including education, charitable and sport.   Lindsy is passionate about improving the physical […]

Dana Abdulkarim – I struggle to smile panel

Photo of Dana Abdulkarim, on a flight of stairs taken outside the Park Hill Flats, Sheffield. Wearing a navy hijab, stripy white top and black trousers.

At WOW Rotherham 2023 Dana will be joining us as part of the I struggle to smile panel. In 2000 Dana became the first Muslim and Arab woman to compete for England Internationally with 67 caps in Rounders. She was the first to then Coach an England side of her own from 2005 until 2012 […]

Aleeka Din Mohammed – I struggle to smile panel

Akeela wearing a blue and white shirt, with long brown hair looking at the camera.

Featuring as part of the I struggle to smile panel, The Deputy Lieutenant of South Yorkshire and founder of ‘Healthy Her’, Akeela will explore the barriers that BME women face when accessing non-traditional experiences and her own personal story and lived experiences around mental health. Find out more about the panel here: I struggle to […]

Maggi Clarke – Local Conversations

Maggi Clarke, A white woman with silver shoulder length hair and blue eyes looking directly at the camera.

“I was originally elected to the Council in 1990, serving until 2002, standing down for personal reasons. I stood as a candidate for Keppel Ward and was re-elected in 2012 and again in 2016 and 2021. I am married with two grown-up children and three granddaughters.” Maggi will be talking about Rotherham’s Reclaim the Night! […]

Gabby Jahanshahi-Edlin

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Gabby Jahanshahi-Edlin is a social entrepreneur, speaker, writer, and creative consultant specialising in social and cultural change. In 2016 she founded the groundbreaking, award-winning menstrual equity charity, Bloody Good Period, and held the role of CEO before stepping down in 2022. In 2019 she co-founded Bloody Good Employers, helping companies improve their communications, culture and […]

Dr Sharron Hinchliff

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Sharron is a Professor of Psychology and Health at the University of Sheffield where she leads a programme of work (research, teaching, innovation) on ageing, gender, and sexual health and well-being. She is passionate about addressing inequalities and uses insights from psychology to tackle the negative social stereotypes about sexuality at midlife and beyond, including […]