Paralympic archery champion to speak on gender equality in sport

Posted by ap507 at Mar 02, 2016 10:15 AM |
University of Leicester graduate Danielle Brown returns to launch International Women’s Day events on 8 March

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 2 March 2016

Photo/media opportunity, Tuesday 8 March in the Charles Wilson Belvoir City Lounge from 12.15pm – 12.35pm – media can photograph and interview Danielle Brown, contact to confirm your attendance.

Double Paralympic gold medalist and alumna of the University of Leicester Danielle Brown MBE will be returning to her alma mater to speak to staff and students about gender equality in sport to mark International Women’s Day.

The champion archer, who is also an honorary graduate and lends her name to one of the University’s two sports centres, will deliver the keynote speech of the University’s International Women’s Day celebrations on 8 March in which she will explore why gender equality is important to sport and what it means to her.

As part of the event, entitled ‘Why Gender Equality Matters to Me’, the University will also be rewarding the contributions to gender equality of three members of staff and two students of different genders who will give short speeches on their experiences.

Ms Brown studied Law at the University and won her second successive Paralympic games archery gold medal in 2012. In 2010 she won a team gold at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, where she was the first disabled competitor to represent England in an able bodied discipline.

She is a recipient of the University’s Alumni of the Year award and was bestowed an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Leicester in 2013. She received a MBE for services to sport in the New Years Honours for 2013 and in September that year she was present for the official opening of the University’s Danielle Brown Sports Centre on its main campus.

Danielle said: “It is fantastic that the University of Leicester is actively promoting gender equality and tackling a controversial area that is deeply embedded in our culture. I am thrilled to be speaking to students and staff about my experiences and observations on this topic.”

Antonia Jackson, Equalities Project Officer said: “We are extremely pleased that Danielle is coming to speak at the University.  Women are significantly underrepresented in sport; campaigns such as the HeForShe campaign and Sport England’s This Girl Can help to challenge perceptions, and change what women feel is possible.  Danielle has achieved the very highest in her sporting career, and also achieved highly academically whilst at the University of Leicester; she is an incredible role model.”

The University’s International Women’s Day events form part of its work for the HeForShe initiative, a solidarity campaign launched by the United Nations, which promotes gender equality. University President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle is an IMPACT 10x10x10 champion for the UN Women’s HeForShe solidarity movement, making University of Leicester one of 10 universities around the world committing to take bold, game-changing action to achieve gender equality within and beyond their institutions. This work will be done in partnership with UN Women, the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Last September, the University officially announced its partnership with the scheme which aims to tackle a number of gender issues including promoting the growth of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Events taking place at the University in the week following International Women’s Day, some of which are open to the public, include:

  • ‘Space Girls Space Women: a photographic exhibition’: Touring exhibition commissioned by the European Space Agency hosted by the University of Leicester Department of Physics and Astronomy, 8-18 March. Free and open to the public, with an opening event at 3pm on Tuesday 8 March.
  • ‘Student mothers in HE: two (and more) for the price of one - widening participation and tackling child poverty’ on Wednesday 9 March, venue to be confirmed. Open to the public. Click here for more information.
  • ‘"Pledge for Parity" - A Showcase Event’ on Wednesday 9 March.
  • ‘"Women in Science": A qualitative study of the perceptions of successful women scientists working in Oxford’ on Thursday 17 March.
  • ‘Childbirth and Gender Inequality’: Thursday 17 March, 5.30pm - 6.30pm, Centre for Medical Humanities, 7 Salisbury Road, LE1 7QR. Open to the public.


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