International Women's Day 2018

Thanks you to everyone who took part in the events around International Women's Week 2018. Information on the 2019 events will be posted at this same address when confirmed.

Dear Students and Colleagues,

We are once again pleased to be hosting a range of events for International Women’s Day 2018 at the University of Leicester. International Women’s Day is a day when we shine a spotlight on women and recognise their contributions and achievements. International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900s and is celebrated each year on 8 March. The day brings together women’s organisations, corporations, charities and the education sector to celebrate progress but also acknowledge that more needs to be done. It is a day about women but isn’t just for women. It is a day that unites everyone in challenging gender inequality.

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is #PressforProgress. Whilst we recognise that gender parity will not happen overnight, women across the globe are making positive gains day by day. Colleagues and students from the University of Leicester have drawn together a fantastic programme of free events for all staff and students so please join us as we continue to #PressForProgress.

Kate Williams
Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Programme of events

Monday 5 March

  • Portrait unveilings by the Vice-Chancellor
  • Standing Together Creative Writing Workshops

Tuesday 6 March

  • Senior Women's Network Panel Discussion: 'I Did it My Way'
  • Inspiring Women to STEM Success

Wednesday 7 March

  • Dorothy Jones Lecture
  • Food and climate change: A cosmologist's perspective

Thursday 8 March

  • Poetry Exhibition
  • Interactive Poetry Drop-In
  • IWD #PressforProgress Stand
  • International Women's Day Celebration
  • Bhangra Dance Class (women only)
  • Careers Development Service Panel
  • Women's Showcase
  • Film Screening - 'The Divine Order'

Friday 9 March

  • Institute for Advanced Studies Workshop: 'Alternative Rites of Passage'
  • Women in our History
  • Menopause Cafe
  • DNA Secret of Photo 51

All week

  • Denise Weston exhibition: Women of a Nervous Disposition

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