University of Winchester pledges to #PressforProgress for International Women's Day 2018
The University of Winchester is joining the call to #PressforProgress for a more inclusive, gender equal world on International Women's Day on Thursday 8 March.
International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The international theme this year is #PressforProgress with everyone invited to pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly.
The University is marking the event with a programme of activities, ranging from an art exhibition, an open mic night and an evening of theatre, dance and film presented by Stormcloud Arts and Theatre. The programme also includes an event hosted by the British Federation of Women Graduates. Choices and Challenges in Media and Education features three speakers discussing the challenges and choices they have faced as international women, including Rowan Kerek Robertson, former head of social media at the BBC and iPlayer.
Professor Joy Carter CBE, Vice-Chancellor of the University said: "International Women's Day is an important opportunity for us to celebrate the achievements of women, who make huge social, economic, cultural, and political contributions all around the world.
"At Winchester, we strive to respect and value difference and seek greater justice and opportunity where inequality too often still exists. We want to help contribute to a world where everyone experiences how they matter as individuals and is able flourish and thrive, whoever they are. Women here at the University, from academics to students, staff to volunteers, are hugely valued for the work they do to make our University and the world around us better."
Headline events at the University open to the public to celebrate International Women's Day 2018 are:
International Women's Day exhibition
An exhibition showcasing work of Winchester-based artists who are women
Until 18 March
The Link Gallery, West Downs Campus, Romsey Road, Winchester SO22 5HT
The Gaia Effect: Doing Thealogy in an Age of Ecological Crisis
Lecture by Dr Paul Reid-Bowen, Bath Spa University
Wednesday 7 March at 6.30pm
Room 5, Main Building, King Alfred Campus, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR
Choices and Challenges in Media and Education
Hosted by the British Federation of Women Graduates. Three speakers will discuss the challenges and choices they have had to face as international women
Thursday 8 March at 6pm
The Stripe, King Alfred Campus, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR
Open mic night for those who identify as women
Hosted by the Student Union, Winchester students will showcase their work, from stand up to music to poetry
Thursday 8 March at 7pm
The Terrace Bar, University Centre, King Alfred Campus, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR
Glass Ceiling by StormCloud Arts and Theatre
A collective show made of theatre, dance and film highlighting the creativity of Winchester-based talents performed by those who identify as women
Friday 9 March at 7pm
Paul Chamberlain Building, King Alfred Campus, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR
Centre for Gender Studies Spring Symposium
Staff and students will be sharing their work in the field of gender studies at this fifth annual Symposium
Saturday 10 March 10am-1pm
St Alphege Building, King Alfred Campus, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR
More information about all the events and the University's participation in International Women's Day can be found online at: www.winchester.ac.uk/iwd2018. Events are free to attend and all are welcome.
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