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March 8, 2022 @ 5:30 pm

International Women’s Day with COCO

International Women's Day is a global holiday celebrated annually on 8th March to commemorate the cultural,...

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International Women’s Day is a global holiday celebrated annually on 8th March to commemorate the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women.

Join COCO, and a diverse and exciting panel of speakers to hear about current issues facing women in the UK, East Africa and beyond, and share positive messages and ideas to empower each other and future generations.

Event Details

Arrive from 5:30pm for a drinks reception and networking ahead of a panel discussion and Q&A with the speakers below, centred around the 2022 International Women’s Day theme of ‘Break the Bias’.

The evening will end with more networking and drinks in our café bar, 5|Quarter.


  • Imogen Horrocks – Co-founder of The Last Taboo, an organisation aiming to tackle the issue of sexual violence within UK Universities through awareness raising and policy change.

  • Chantal Herbert – Audio Producer, DJ and events organiser. Founder/Director of Sister Shack, feminist led Community Interest Company (CIC) that focuses on working with and promoting women and non-binary entrepreneurs, creatives, artists, musicians and DJs.

  • Margherita Pasquariello – Head Of Strategy at NA College. Margherita is responsible for the strategic management of the college and is shaping the future education pathway under the Institute of Technology footprint.

  • Jess Whitaker – COCO Programmes Manager. Jess works with partner organisations in East Africa to plan, develop and implement sustainable development programmes within the remote communities that they work.


Tuesday 8th March 2022


5:30pm – 8:00pm

Booking information

This event is free to attend, but advance booking is required. Click the ‘get tickets’ button or above, or visit COCO’s website to book your tickets.

Additional information

Location: The Common Room, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE

Our building is fully accessible – if you have any queries about accessibility, please contact lucy.stockdale@thecommonroom.org.uk

About COCO

COCO provides sustainable sources of quality education to children living in poor and marginalised communities.  We believe that education gives children the best possible opportunity to break the cycle of poverty.  We do this through our Schools for Life programme.

COCO’s vision is a world where every child, everywhere has access to quality education. COCO believes that education provides children with the best possible chance of breaking the cycle of poverty.

COCO was founded by Steve Cram CBE and British Army Major Jim Panton in 2000. Since then, the charity has raised over £5 million to fund small, sustainable, community-led initiatives. COCO and its partners have now undertaken 66 transformational programmes in 16 countries, positively impacting the lives of over 200,000 people.  

COCO is currently operating in Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda, in East Africa to support remote communities in developing sustainable, quality schools. Our Schools for Life programme incorporates six core elements: Shelter, Power, Food, Water and Sanitation, Sport and Recreation, and Entrepreneurship. This model provides marginalised children with the skills and knowledge to experience a brighter future and lift themselves and their families out of poverty.



March 8, 2022
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


The Common Room
Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE United Kingdom
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