International Women’s DayLink opens in a new window (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 equality.
Each year, IWD has a theme, for 2021 the theme is #ChooseToChallenge, which could be anything from challenging our own thoughts and biases to calling out gender bias and inequity from others.
We recognise that this year has been one heck of a challenge. Many of us have faced trials like nothing we’ve experienced before. The terrible loss of loved ones taken too soon, juggling work and caring, anxiety, fear, and loneliness*. Women have been among the worst hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, being more likely to have lost work 1Link opens in a new window, predominantly bearing the brunt of childcare and home schooling (and the resulting impact on careers) 2Link opens in a new window, and experiencing a greater toll on their mental health 3Link opens in a new window.
But, we’ve been overwhelmed by how our community has pulled together, and awed by the resilience, tenacity, and ingenuity of our colleagues in responding to this crisis.
To celebrate the women in the Warwick community we have collated a Warwick Women’s Montage, so that we can recognise inspirational women at Warwick in the context of this year's wider challenges.
We asked women at Warwick to submit an image of themselves for inclusion in the montage and a short description of the challenges they've faced/continue to face and how they're dealing with them. See the images and read people's stories below.