Girls Conference 2015

Girls Conference 2015

Conference Information

This October Full Circle will host the first International Day of the Girl conference, to mark the UN-led day across Wales and beyond. The conference will bring together educators, youth workers, health professionals and those with an interest in supporting girls, to learn about the barriers young women can face, and lead a call to action to ensure we as a nation are investing in our next generation of women.

The conference will take place at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in central Cardiff on Friday 9th October, and will include keynote presentations from Dame Rosemary Butler, Presiding Officer of the National Assembly, Professor Emma Renold of Cardiff University, and Joy Kent, Chief Executive of Chwarae Teg.

We’re delighted to announce that Plan UK, in association with the Women’s Equality Network will be launching research into the views and experiences of girls in Wales, at the conference.

Performance poet and playwright Vanessa Kisuule will close the conference with an empowering and powerful performance. Learn more about Vanessa here.

The conference will include:

  • Inspirational keynote speeches, exploring the challenges faced by girls today
  • Workshop sessions on a diverse range of themes to inspire and inform, including gender equality, girl bullying, mental health, the sexualisation of girls, aspirations, girls and STEM, and much more
  • A marketplace showcasing a range of organisations that can support your school or setting
  • A call to action, creating a manifesto of the day to ensure our collective voice is heard, to create a girls agenda in Wales and beyond

Spaces are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Download the conference flyer here, and book now a rate of £99 per delegate – we’ve extended the early bird rate, but reserve your spaces quickly using this link.

Workshops and Speakers

We are bringing you a wealth of workshops on research, policy and best practice for working with girls. Workshop facilitators and themes include:

  • Professor Victoria Cann – Lecturer in Humanities, University of East Anglia; author of ‘Girls and Cultural Consumption’; Founder of the community group International Day of the Girl Norwich
  • Professor Emma Renold – Professor in Childhood Studies at the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University; Author of ‘Girls, Boys and Junior Sexualities’ (Routledge 2005) and ‘Children, Sexuality and the Sexualisation of Culture’ (Palgrave 2015)
  • Changing Minds (Newport Mind) – Exploring girls’ mental health and resilience
  • Trans*Form (Youth Cymru) – Exploring gender identity and transgender awareness
  • Young Happy Minds – Positive Psychology and the science of happiness
  • Us Girls (Street Games) – Engaging girls in sports and physical activity
  • Sirius Business – Unspoken messages in the mainstream media
  • BelEve UK – London-based BelEve will share their experiences and approaches to working with girls and developing girls’ leadership skills
  • Chwarae Teg – Gender equality in the classroom
  • Welsh Women’s Aid – Children Matter Project – Healthy relationships and preventing domestic violence
  • Women Create – Promoting entrepreneurship with girls
  • Integrate Bristol – Understanding Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage
  • Career Women Wales – Developing girls’ aspirations
  • Plan UK and WEN Wales – Presenting research on girls’ views and experiences in Wales
  • Meic Cymru – Exploring how the power of children’s rights and advocacy can support girls to access services

Click here to download the workshop titles, a full outline of the content of each workshop session, and timings. Click here to download the conference agenda.

Make a Trip of It!

Cardiff is a wonderfully diverse city, with outstanding shopping and entertainment, historical sites, world class sporting venues and just a short drive to stunning beaches and majestic mountains. Why not make more of your trip, and stay for a few days? The Mercure Holland House offers great rates starting at just £99 and is within walking distance to the new St. David’s 2 shopping mall, the New Theatre, National Museum of Wales, and a short bus ride to Cardiff Bay with its waterfront restaurants and bars, and the Wales Millennium Centre for theatre, opera and music. Book your room directly with the hotel, or see their great offers here. Alternatively, there are many other hotels within walking distance of the conference venue, including good value options such as a Premier Inn and Ibis.

Get 10% Off Your Hotel Room Rate

We’ve teamed up with HotelsCombined to offer delegates a 10% rebate on their room rates by booking any hotel through the HotelsCombined website! Compare Cardiff hotels through HotelsCombined and quote “Girl Conference” to claim your 10% rebate. For more information, visit

Directions to the Conference Venue

Via the M4: exit at J33, take the first exit off the roundabout and follow the A4232 for 9 miles. Go through Queens Gate tunnels & take the first exit at the roundabout, then second exit at the next roundabout onto Central Link. Continue for 1 mile; turn right onto Adam St at the traffic lights next to Cardiff Prison. At the next lights go straight onto Moira Terrace, then first left and an immediate right onto Newport Rd Ln.

There is a guest car park (fee payable) available on a first come, first served basis. An NCP car park is located second left after driving past the hotel on Knox Rd. Park at the Knox Road NCP before 9am and pay just £4.50 all day.

Arriving by rail: The nearest rail station to the hotel is Cardiff Queen Street – exit the station and turn right. Turn right again onto Newport Road; the hotel will be on your right hand side.

Cardiff Central Train Station is the main rail station serving the city. This station is a 10 minute taxi ride to the hotel, or walkable in 20-25 minutes.

For a map of the venue use the address: 24-26 Newport Road, Cardiff CF24 0DD

Exhibitors, Sponsors and Presenters

Sponsorship opportunities are available for organisations supporting our mission to inspire and empower girls and young women. Sponsorship opportunities start at £500 and include a marketing presence on the day, your logo on all conference materials, press coverage and more  – contact us for more information.

The conference will include a marketplace for organisations and companies wishing to promote their products or services to delegates, and will be open to delegates all day. Each space includes a table, chairs, space for banners, and one delegate pass for the conference. Spaces are very limited, and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis at just £100. To reserve a space for your organisation please contact us.

If you are interested in presenting a workshop at the conference, please register your interest here. Workshops can be lecture-style or more interactive, and should explore an issue affecting girls and young women, such as mental health, bullying, or body image, for example. Workshop presenters will attend the conference free of charge.