Week of events scheduled for International Women's Day 2019


International Women's Day 2019 (IWD) takes place on Friday 8 March and DMU is hosting a week of exciting events to celebrate women's achievements.

Having been run for more than a decade, IWD is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

The main event will be held in the Campus Centre Atrium on Friday 8 March, kicking off with a student employability breakfast panel discussion, followed by the official launch of IWD 2019, where a collection of models of inspirational women created by #DMUlocal, schools and DMU faculties will be released. The CEM Big Fab Feminist Quiz will close proceedings for the day.

The programme of events runs from 7 to 15 March, and is​​ open to all staff members unless stated, the full schedule is listed below.

 IWD main

Thursday 7 March 1-2pm – Hawthorn Building 0.45

Sharing experiences of a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT) 'Churchill Fellowship' as a woman by Leisa Nichols-Drew

This session is for all those who would be interested in finding out more about the WCMT and the Fellowships they offer, and to find out more about how to apply.

Friday 8 March 10am-3pm – Campus Centre Atrium

International Women's Day 2019 celebrations

10am-12pm: Female student employability breakfast panel featuring a number of successful women in industry including Adele Brown, Head of Careers and Employability at DMU, and Michelle De Leon, live producer and filmmaker.

1-2pm: The official launch of IWD 2019 will be introduced by Associate Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of Marketing and Communications at DMU, Melanie Fowler, and models of inspirational women created by #DMUlocal, schools and DMU faculties will be revealed.

2-3.30pm: The Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Media (CEM) presents the Big Fab Feminist Quiz, celebrating the wonder of women. £1 entry per team and entrants are encouraged to bring along sanitary products to donate to the Period Dignity campaign.

Friday 8 March 10am-2pm - Hawthorn Undercroft

Celebrating Inspirational Students

HLS will be celebrating some of the outstanding women student role models they have within the Faculty. A poster event featuring nominees from across each of the Schools will showcase those extraordinary women who are going above and beyond in their chosen field of study. 

Staff and students are encouraged to drop in anytime between 10am and 2pm.​

Monday 11 March 12-1pm – Trinity Chapel

Mapping careers in higher education with Dr Kate Carruthers-Thomas

This informal session will help staff to consider their experience of higher education. It's suitable for staff in all types of roles at all stages in their working life.

Registration is required for this event. Please email equality@dmu.ac.uk​​​

Monday 11 March 5.45-7.15pm – Trinity Chapel

Doctoral College Lecture Series: Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 – Gender Equality

Three PhD researchers from across the university will each deliver a speed lecture on their research and how it relates to SDG 5.

Tuesday 12 March 12.30-1.30pm – Breathing Space, Portland Building

Book club 1792 launch

Join the new intersectional, inclusive book group focusing on feminism and gender equality. Book of the month: Work Like a Woman by Mary Portas (books can be borrowed from POD reception in the John Whitehead Building).

Registration is required for this event. Please email equality@dmu.ac.uk.

Wednesday 13 March 12-2pm – Art Factory 1.06

Everyday sexism with #DMUWomen

Women are encouraged to come together to share their experiences of #everydaysexism and discuss the support that is on offer for female colleagues.

The session will be led by Business Development and Change Project Manager, Sarah-Jayne Gardner, and Professor of Gender, Media and Politics, Heather Savigny.

We encourage you to bring along your lunch for a networking session between 12-12.30pm before the session officially begins.

This event is only open to women and registration is required. Please email equality@dmu.ac.uk

Thursday 14 March 12-8pm – The Venue@DMU

Feminist Unlimited: Celebrating women across Leicestershire

Come and join us in celebrating the strengths, creativity and wit of women of women across Leicestershire.

Guests include Sandra Pollock, Rosa Fernandez and Abena Bediako, and there will be lots of activities to take part in on the day.

To register for this event click here.

Friday 15 March 10.45am-12.30pm (booking required)

Women's Health: Menopause symptom management

This seminar, led by Debby Holloway, Nurse Consultant in Gynaecology, aims to enhance knowledge and understanding of the menopause and how symptoms can be managed.

Registration is required for this event. Please email oh@dmu.ac.uk or for further information click here.


Posted on Tuesday 5th March 2019

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