@jacquelinewilson I agree, women don’t want to be the “token” diverse presenter… I would hate that too. But both you and Mr. Basu has made an assumption that may not be true: asking for talk submissions from under-repped groups equals “accepting talks from under-repped groups regardless of merit.”
It makes no sense for the conference admins to accept bad quality speakers/talks especially this is a new conf.
IMO: Diversity is about encouraging participation, not lowering the bar. And the 2 are completely separate things.