Joining our fabulous line up of guest speakers, we were delighted to welcome Afua Hirsch, Guardian columnist, best-selling author of Brit(ish) and Equal to Everything, broadcaster, Wallis Annenberg Chair at The University of Southern California  – and former barrister. 

Afua was interviewed by WiJ honorary committee member and award winning columnist, broadcaster and author Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.

Afua Hirsch has been a journalist for more than twenty years, having begun reporting for The Voice – Britain’s oldest black national newspaper – from the age of just 14. She went on to work in international development in 15 countries in West and Central Africa and then qualified as a barrister, where she worked in media law, international justice and human rights.

Afua has been writing and reporting for the UK’s Guardian Newspaper for more than a decade, first as the legal correspondent, then as a foreign correspondent establishing the first West Africa bureau in its 200-year history. She is still a regular columnist for the paper, and regularly writes for publications including the New York Times, Time Magazine, Vogue, and others.