International Women's Day, which falls on the 8th of March each year, has been celebrated across the world since the early 1900's. Originally, its aim was to provide a forum for women to campaign for equality and women’s rights. Over time, it has evolved and now in March each year, thousands of events are held throughout the world to recognise the progress that has been made, to inspire women and to celebrate their achievements. Join us for our International Women's Day celebrations from 7 to 22 March. If you want to feature your IWD event or activities here, please let us know.

ED&I team invites you to:

  • An International Women's Day #BreaktheBias online conference in collaboration with organisations across the South West. This event will include a talk from psychologist Dr. Linda Papadopolos on the impact of the pandemic on women, and author and wellbeing coach Gifty Enright on 'How to fix the broken rung'. Tuesday 8 March, 12-2:30pm, Online. Book here.

  • Join us at this year's IWD online talk, which aims to lift the lid on intersectional inequalities and discuss a number of topics such as mental health, bringing your authentic self to work/study, what does it mean to be an inclusive University, and much more. You will hear from mental health and inclusivity expert Ama Afrifa-Tchie, who will be joined by the Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Design Prof Tim Ibell, University's Athena Swan Leader Dr Marion Harney and ED&I Officer Aiste Zubiniene. The event will be opened by Prof Rajani Naidoo, Vice-President for Community and Inclusion. Thursday 10 March, 12-1pm, Online. Book here.

  • Childcare, Gender and a Global Pandemic: the impact of Covid-19 on mothers with Kris “Fire” Kovarovic (Durham University). The results of a large survey of mothers in the HE sector will be tied to observations made in other studies on the experiences of women and working parents during the pandemic. Known gender inequities have been exacerbated and some recommendations are made for accounting for the long-term impact of the pandemic on mothers. Find out more and register here.

The SU invites you to:

  • 'Working women – a conversation on breaking the bias' informal panel event at 5:30pm-7pm on 8th March at the Edge. Sign up for this free event through this link. Hear discussions from inspiring female leaders from inside and outside the university - check out the sign up link for the confirmed list of speakers, including Senior Research Associate Dr. Lucy Hovil from University of London, Lynne Fernquest who is CEO of Bath Rugby Foundation and Professors Rajani Naidoo (Vice-President, Community & Inclusion) and Cassie Wilson (Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Student Experience) from University of Bath.

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies (PoLIS) invites you to:

  • Thinking Outside the Frame: #MeToo in the (History of) Arts: An interactive arts and crafts workshop looking at how sexual violence and rape have been represented in the visual arts, from the 15th century to today. Organised by Dr Galadriel Ravelli, Dr Milena Romano, and Dr Sandra Daroczi (PoLIS). Open to staff and students (limited places; booking essential). Sign up on Eventbrite. Mon, 7 March 2022; 13:15 – 14:15; 1W 3.107.

  • International Women’s Day apéro. Translations and adaptations of Medusa. Organised by: Dr Sandra Daroczi (University of Bath) and Prof. Nina Parish (University of Stirling) Online; open to staff and students. Join the event on Zoom. Tuesday 8 March 2022, 17:00 - 18:00.

  • PoLIS Staff Reading Club - The works of Bernardine Evaristo. Join the event on MS Teams. Wednesday 9 March, 13:15 - 14:05.

Department of Social and Policy Sciences invites you to:

  • DSPS Special Seminar (in person and online): 'Do gender equality policies impact on gender differences in academic promotion? Some lessons learned from Germany' by Professor Heike Solga, University of Bath Global Chair 2020-2022, on Tuesday 22 March 2022 12:15 CB 4.5 and virtually on Teams - register here.

Alumni team invites you to:

  • Join them on Tuesday 8 March at 1pm (GMT) on Microsoft Teams to hear from their expert panel about being a successful woman in business and how to get ahead in your career. Three brilliant panellists and a fantastic host will share top insider tips - find host and speaker profiles as well as a sign up link on the Get Connected event page.

WESBath and Faculty of Engineering and Design resources:

  • WESBath have written a blog post spotlighting some of the work of female staff in the Faculty of Engineering & Design. WESBath have also made a short video about how the faculty are #breakingthebias.

School of Management invites you to:

  • A Breaking the Bias poster display all week in the main management reception foyer (ground floor of 8 West) to celebrate International Women's Day, and women’s history month. This poster display features research from across the School which is contributing to a world free from bias, discrimination and stereotypes. The posters will be on display until Friday 11th March and everyone is welcome to attend a coffee afternoon to celebrate this research on the 8th March from 2pm to 4pm. Online versions of the posters can be viewed here. The School is also featuring more research in their Business and Society blog and via the School Twitter account.

Library's reading lists:

Honouring refugees this IWD:

  • As we celebrate International Women's Day on March 8 and press for gender parity across the globe, let's remember to honour refugee women and girls who face unparalleled dangers and show remarkable strength every day. If you'd like to donate to support HIAS' Ukraine response, check out their dedicated webpages for more info and details.

A list of external events in Bath and the region (collated by HR's Wellbeing team):

Bath Spa Uni runs an Equality Week w/c 7th March:

  • Disability, Solidarity, and Difficult Conversations with Cathy Reay Thursday 10 March, 1-2pm, Online. Book here. Cathy Reay is a writer, editor, and disability consultant, who will be joining us to talk about her own experiences, the importance of talking openly about disability, and how effective solidarity with liberation movements comes from being able to make mistakes.