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International Women's Day

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 2022 the theme was #BreakTheBias:

“Imagine a gender equal world.

A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.

A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

A world where difference is valued and celebrated.

Together we can forge women's equality.

Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.”

Read more on the International Women’s Day website.


How we've celebrated IWD

Founded in 2016, The Guild comprises 21 of Europe’s most distinguished research-intensive universities in sixteen countries, and is dedicated to enhancing the voice of academic institutions, their researchers, and their students.

From developing inclusive and intersectional Gender Equality Plans to creating tools and trainings to combat gendered biases in recruitment, The Guild's member universities are actively working on improving gender equality, inclusiveness, and diversity in their institutions.

Enabling diversity and inclusivity to develop and flourish at European universities requires open conversations on issues, challenges, and solutions. But such debates require common understandings of key concepts, and what is at stake, across communities as well as institutions and countries. The Guild is issuing a set of definitions related to gender and diversity which can provide a basis for opening a discussion and reaching a common understanding within and between European universities on how we may approach and discuss gender equality and diversity.

There are four videos in the series:

You can see the first video below - featuring Warwick's Director of Social Inclusion, Kulbir Shergill:



To celebrate International Women's Day, the School of Law have put together a gallery of women, and groups who have championed women, who have inspired students and staff in their academic or professional lives. This gallery was started in 2021 and is intended to be added to each year, and you are invited to submit your own nomination(s) to be added to the gallery ahead of IWD2022. Students, staff, and other contributors are invited to browse through the gallery, to learn more about the inspirational women and groups who have been nominated.

See the Law IWD Gallery here.

In 2021, 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.

In 2022, the department is pleased to relaunch the 'Inspiring Women Gallery'. This has been inspired by two global campaigns: the UN Women’s theme "Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow" and the #BreakTheBias. We hope to create a great gallery that shows the amazing work that women are doing on sustainability and show what we mean by breaking the bias! For this, we are looking for staff and students’ contribution:

See the Economics Inspiring Women Gallery here.

We are shining a light on the fantastic achievements of our alumnae. From established leaders to rising stars, these women are shaping the world around us and the Warwick of today.

See the Warwick Women page here.

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.

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.

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 winnersLink opens in a new window and commendees from 2020 - Bo Kelestyn from Chemistry, Claire Bastie from Warwick Medical School, and Shaheen Charlwood from WMG.

External content for IWD 2022