Join Reed Smith’s WINRS and LilianEducation for a discussion on how we can collectively forge women’s equality. LilianEducation is a German-based charity committed to support women in Africa to gain access to education and thus facilitate modern and sustainable structures in business and society. An objective for which strong and well-trained women are absolutely essential.

Speakers: Daja Apetz-Dreier Michaela Westrup

Event Type: Webinar, Women's Initiative Network of Reed Smith (WINRS), Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Start Date/Time:
8 March 2022, 4:00 PM CET
End Date/Time:
8 March 2022, 5:15 PM CET

In our panel session, we will discuss the role of young women in Africa and how it is evolving. In addition, we’ll take a look at the main challenges for women accessing higher education and how these can be overcome. Following that, we’ll discuss in small break-out groups how we can support the girls/young women from the LilianEducation program and jointly #BreakTheBias to contribute to a diverse, equitable and inclusive society.


  • 4.00 p.m. Introduction
  • 4.15 p.m. Panel Discussion and Break-out Session
  • 4.50 p.m. Wrap-up, next steps


  • Daja Apetz-Dreier - Partner and WINRS Chair Munich
  • Michaela Westrup - Partner and WINRS Vice-Chair Munich
  • Philipp Weltzien - Founder Lilian Education
  • Theresa Weltzien - Founder Lilian Education
  • Bénigne Mugwaneza - Ambassador for Lilian Education in Rwanda and Kenya