ROtary attracts students at Bristol's International Conference

Harrison, the Rotary End Polio now Bear met Gabriella Gillespie, author of the best selling book:  “A father’s betrayal” a harrowing personal account of being sold as a child bride by her Yemeni father.  Gabriella who escaped the brutal regime of her older husband after many years is now a passionate campaigner for the organisation “Girls Not Brides”.   

Bristol Rotary Club attracted great interest to its stand by those attending the seventh annual International Development Conference held at the Bristol University Hub in the School of Chemistry. 

Tim Mitchell and the Team spent the day providing information to visitors, discussing the "purple for polio campaign" eradicating the polio virus around the globe,, meeting representatives from the Somali community, collecting contact details, exploring a possible Rotaract Club, and enjoying the vibrant and diverse event.  

The conference keynote speakers included Myles Wickstead CBE, Aid and Development, Formerly British Ambassador to Ethiopia, Djibouti and the African Union, and Sara Pantuliano, Overseas Development Institute.  

Amongst the many excellent speakers were Richard Lancaster, Greenpeace, Molly Scott Cato MEP, Mike Birkin Friends of the Earth, Sarah Carson: Action Aid, women’s empowerment and gender equality, Nicola Chanamuto, Gender and Development female labour also Alyson Brody, Governance, unpaid care work, gender-based violence and many others.