Why Gender Equality Matters to Me

Posted by cws7 at Mar 14, 2016 01:45 PM |
The University of Leicester celebrated International Women's Day by recognising contributions of staff and students to gender equality.

International Women's Day

International Women's Day is a global celebration of women's achievements and advancement, being an official holiday in several countries. The day was first observed at the start of the 1900's, commencing with the march of 15,000 women through New York City in 1908, campaigning for better pay, the right to vote, and shorter working hours.

This grew to be celebrated annually from 1909, moving to 8 March of each year in 1913. The UN hosted an annual International Women's Day conference for many years, to try to coordinate international activities around women's rights.

Whilst the day celebrates the advancement of women's equality, it is a reminder of the action required to ensure that equalities are maintained, and where necessary, advanced.

"Why Gender Matters to Me" event

The "Why Gender Matters to Me" event was held to recognise contributions of staff and students to gender equality. The event was held in the Charles Wilson Belvoir City Lounge.

Danielle Brown MBE a double Paralympic gold medallist and an alumni of the University of Leicester delivered the keynote speech. Danielle explored why gender equality is important to sport, and what it means to her.

The event recognised staff and students, in the University of Leicester who contributed to gender equality. Two members of the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities were recognised as a result of the event including:

Other members recognised include:

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