How resilience is helping women win the battle with leprosy

Lepra and the University of Essex are co-hosting a special event on Monday 4 March to celebrate International Women’s Day.

  • Mon 4 Mar 24

    19:00 - 20:30

  • Colchester Campus

    STEM Centre

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Corporate events

  • Contact details

    Holly Ward
    01206 873270

Lepra and the University of Essex are co-hosting a special event to celebrate International Women’s Day on Monday 4 March at 7pm in the STEM Centre at the University’s Colchester Campus, followed by a drinks reception. Please join us for a drinks reception in the STEM Centre following the event.



We would be delighted if you could join us for this fascinating event which is part of Lepra’s centenary year and the University of Essex’s 60th anniversary celebrations. In 2022 we launched our partnership which enables us to collaborate on projects and academic research where we share common interests, to advance the fields of public and global health.

Celebrated around the world, International Women's Day recognises women’s achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.

Lepra is a UK based charity working with people affected by leprosy and lymphatic filariasis to overcome these diseases in India and Bangladesh. We hope that by sharing stories from women affected by leprosy, and from those involved in research, treatment and in communities, that you will be inspired to understand more about this neglected disease.

World-leading leprologist Emeritus Professor Diana Lockwood, who has devoted her career to research and treating people with leprosy, will open the event and talk about her work and achievements. Manikyamma from India and Maksuda from Bangladesh will speak about how leprosy adversely affects women and how, through their resilience and hard work, they have turned their lives around. Maria del Mar Marais and Mowmita Basak, Lepra’s programme managers, will share how they work directly with teams in India and Bangladesh to bring about lasting change in communities affected by leprosy.

The short presentations will be followed by a panel discussion featuring colleagues from the University of Essex and will offer an opportunity for the audience to ask questions. One of our panellists will be Kamrun Koly, a researcher from Bangladesh, who was awarded a Human Rights Centre Scholarship and is in partnership with Lepra to carry out some of her doctoral resarch on the human rights issues around neglected tropical diseases, which includes gender. Her findings will be embedded in Lepra’s Bangladesh programmes.

Supported by the Institute for Public Health and Wellbeing and the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex.


Admission to the event is free and open to all but please reserve a seat either via Eventbrite, by emailing events@essex.ac.uk or by telephoning 01206 873270 in advance. This event will also be live-streamed on YouTube and you can reserve a 'virtual viewing' ticket via Eventbrite.

Reserving a ticket for this event does not guarantee your seat. Due to the high frequency of uncollected tickets, we will be releasing more tickets than we have seats. Doors will open at 6.40pm and seats will be allocated to people on the booking list on a first-come, first-served basis. Thank-you for your understanding.