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International Women's Day

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International Women's Day is celebrated annually on 8 March

International Women’s Day is an annual event when we promote gender equality, recognise the achievements of women, and work to understand the challenges that lie ahead of us as we work to become a more equal society.

Each year has a theme, in 2021 the theme was #ChooseToChallenge:

“A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.

From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge.”

Read more about Choose to Challenge on the International Women’s Day website.


How We Celebrated IWD 2021

Warwick Women's Montage

We created a Warwick Women’s Montage that recognises inspirational women at Warwick in the context of the pandemic. You can hear from women at Warwick as they consider what challenges they currently face, and how they choose to challenge their own thoughts and gender bias in others.


Warwick Women Answer your Questions

On International Women’s Day 2021, we talk to four members of our research community about their experiences growing up, their ambitions, experiences and advice for other women.


Women That Inspire Us Collection

The Department of Economics collected entries on the women that inspire students and staff, and friends of the Department, in their academic or professional lives. It features people such as Jacinda Ardem, Valentina Tereshkova, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. View the Women that Inspire Us gallery.


Hear from our WATE winners

What do our Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence award winners enjoy most about their teaching, and what have they learned from their students? Hear from three of the WATE winners and commendees from 2020 - Bo Kelestyn from Chemistry, Claire Bastie from Warwick Medical School, and Shaheen Charlwood from WMG.


Warwick Women receive OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list

Did you know that two female members of the University of Warwick community were recipients of the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list announced in October 2020? Professor Debra Bick, Deputy Pro Dean for Research at Warwick Medical School, was awarded an OBE for services to midwifery, and Rosie Drinkwater, Group Finance Director, was awarded an OBE for services to Higher Education, Innovation and Enterprise.


Did you know that Warwick is hosting the International Conference of Women in Engineering?

University of Warwick has won the bid to plan, organise and host the 18th International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists (ICWES18), which will take place in September 2021. The conference is the world’s largest symposium for women scientists and engineers and will attract over 500 international delegates from businesses, organisations and universities. Read more about the ICWES18 event on the event’s web page.

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