International Women’s Day 2015: events at Leicester

The University of Leicester held a number of events to celebrate IWD 2015. As IWD falls on a Sunday the majority of events were held in the following week, beginning on Monday 9 March.

Wednesday 11 March

Celebrating Women at Leicester

12.30pm-1.30pm, Garendon Room, 4th Floor Charles Wilson

  • Introduction: Professor Paul Boyle, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Leicester
  • Presentation to the 12 women included on the inaugural ‘Inspirational Women Gallery’
  • Guest Speaker: Dr Angela Lennox, Associate Medical Director, NHS England
  • Launch of the ‘Women at Leicester’ webpages and the Women’s Forum

You can download the poster (A4 PDF).

This event is now fully booked

Please note the change of room to Garendon Room, 4th Floor Charles Wilson

All week:

Food in the Name of Equality

RACS will be selling 'Victoria' sponge and prawn 'Marie Rose' sandwiches all week in all of their participating outlets.  On Thursday 12 March, 1st Floor City Side restaurant will serve steak with 'Diane' sauce, pommes 'Anna' and vegetables, with apple 'Charlotte' and custard for dessert!

Female Authors and Portraits from the 'Inspirational Women Gallery'

The David Wilson Library is promoting the works of female authors, with portraits of the women awarded at the inaugural 'Inspirational Women of Leicester' awards in the Bookshop window throughout the week, commencing 11 March.

Sunday 8 March

"Does Pornography Empower Women?" Radio 4 Woman's Hour Special

5.00pm - Part of the Women of the World Festival at South Bank

Dr Heather Brunskell-Evans (BA, MA, PhD), Research Associate, Centre for Medical Humanities of the University of Leicester will be speaking as a panellist on a special International Women's Day edition of Radio 4's Woman's Hour on 8 March.  This will be followed up by a dedicated phone-in on Monday 9 March, responding to the previous day's broadcast.

Oadby Student Village Big Quiz

To mark International Women’s Day there will be special bonus round centred around famous women as part of the quiz (no further clues to the content so would be contestants should start swotting now).

Monday 9 March

Screening of The Invisible War

12.15pm - 2.00pm, Attenborough Film Theatre

  • An important film that is not readily available in the UK.
  • 2012 documentary film, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, written and directed by Kirby Dick about sexual assault in the United States military.  The film has been lauded by advocates, lawmakers and journalists for its influence on government policies to reduce the prevalence of rape in the armed forces.

Screening of Gale Dines’ film Pornland

6.00pm-8.00pm, Ken Edwards, Lecture Theatre 2

  • Introduced by Dr Heather Brunskell-Evans (BA, MA, PhD), Research Associate, Centre for Medical Humanities, Feminist Society
  • Followed by a critical discussion about women and men’s use of pornography, and questioning this form of sexual ‘liberation’ as an issue for feminist analysis. (You can read more about Pornland on Gail Dines' website.)

The Vagina Monologues

7.30pm The Firebug

A University of Leicester student production in conjunction with V Day.

Tickets available from The Point in the Students' Union Building at £5/£6

Tuesday 10 March

HaPPEN: Domestic and sexual violence research. College of Social Science Research Lunch

12.00pm-2.00pm, Fielding Johnson Council Suite Room 1

This research lunch will showcase research undertaken at the university on domestic and sexual violence. It will include short presentations on ongoing research in Law, Psychology and Economics followed by an opportunity for discussion and networking with colleagues.

Presenters include: Anna Carline (Law) on sexual violence and primary prevention interventions; Heather Flowe (Psychology) on women’s memories of sexual assault under the influence of alcohol; Jesse Matheson and Martin Koppensteiner (Economics) on an ongoing randomised control trial on a domestic violence intervention with Leicestershire Police and Olukorede Abiona (Economics) on the effect of income shocks on domestic violence in Tanzania.

Please book online to attend

A Celebration of Women in Medical Science

12.30pm-2.00pm. MSB, Room G22-25

An opportunity to hear from a range of inspiring female researchers from the Medical School and to engage with colleagues to discuss challenges and celebrate success.

For more information please contact

Leicester Women of Influence

In conjunction with the University of Leicester Development and Alumni Relations Office, Professor Clare Anderson of History will be taking part in an International Women’s Day event hosted by Bentley/Lamborghini Leicester on Tuesday 10 March.

Professor Anderson, along with Helen Connolly (Head of Buying, Womenswear, George) Rani Mahal (Chairman – Leicester Asian Business Association's Women's Network), Liz Odom (Management Accountant, Bentley) will speak with girls from three local schools that Bentley Leicester supports.

Please email Lisa Davies for more information

Self Defence for Women

7.00pm-9.00pm, Danielle Brown Sports Centre

Join the University of Leicester's Jiu Jitsu Club for a free women only self-defence class!  Three experienced female Jitsukas alongside two male Instructors will teach you physical skills and give you a taste of martial art techniques.

If you have any questions, please e-mail  Please wear comfortable clothing.

This event is now fully booked

Wednesday 11 March

Panel Discussion: Communication across the Department

2.00pm-3.00pm, Physics Lecture Theatre D

  • Department of Physics and Astronomy main event

Feminising Political Parties

3.00pm-4.30pm, Ken Edwards Building, room KE322

  • Speaker: Professor Sarah Childs (Professor of Politics and Gender, University of Bristol)
  • Hosted by the Department of Politics

Whatever Happened to Feminist Fiction?

4.30pm-6.00pm, George Porter 2.05

  • Speaker: Dr Emma Parker
  • Hosted by the School of English

For more information please contact Emma Parker

Thursday 12 March

Women and leadership in higher education – A lunchtime round table


This lunchtime event explores leadership in higher education from a women’s perspective: What forms does leadership take in higher education? Why do it and when? How to become a leader? What support can women leaders at UoL draw on? What additional support might be needed? A panel of (aspiring) women leaders at UoL will start the conversation and we are keen for anyone with an interest in women leaders in higher education to join in. There will be plenty time for networking and informal discussion as well.

Buffet lunch included. Please email Meera Warrier ( to book your place.

A Celebration of Women in Medical Science - Companion event to that held on Tuesday 10 March

2.30pm- 4.00pm Seminar Room 2 and 3, Clinical Education Building at Glenfield Hospital

A companion event to the Celebration of Women in Medical Science event taking place on Tuesday 10 March.

For more information please contact

Friday 13 March

Jiu Jitsu Mixed Class

6.00pm-8.00pm, Danielle Brown Sports Centre

A free self defence session session open to both males and females.  Join the University of Leicester Jiu Jitsu club for a taste of martial arts self defence techniques!

To sign up, please complete the Doodle Poll.  If you have any questions, please e-mail  Please wear comfortable clothing.


For more information on any of these events or, if you would like an event included in the schedule for the week please contact either: Antonia Jackson ( or Henrietta O’Connor (

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