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Celebrating International Women’s Day 2023

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Events and activities will take place across our University next month to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March.

This month, we celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD), where staff and students will have the opportunity to recognise and appreciate the day at a number of events taking place across the University. 

This year’s theme is #EmbraceEquity which recognises the role we can all play in fostering a gender equal world. 

Equality focuses on providing all genders with equal opportunities, such as a woman’s right to vote. Yet, women often require more than a level playing field. They need to belong in a global culture that actively promotes and supports them in all aspects of their life, from education to the workplace to health. Find out below how you can get involved:


Wednesday, 1 March

Putting Equity into Practice – An Equality in FBMH event (open to all)

2pm – 3pm, Zoom

Take part in the online discussion to understand the difference between equality and equity with Councillor Joanna Midgley (Manchester City Council), Professor Sheena Cruickshank, Professor Stephanie Snow, Dr Ruth Bromley.

Monday, 6 March – 10 March

Wall of Women

Digital screens across the University will display our ‘Wall of Women’, celebrating women from all ethicity backgrounds, and nationalities, women with disabilities, women of all ages, religions and beliefs, sexual orientations and people across the gender-spectrum who don’t identify as cis-men from our University.

Wednesday, 8 March

PoWEr Up Networking: International Women’s Day

12pm – 1pm, online

Join us for a very special PoWEr Up networking session that puts a focus on supporting women facing disadvantage across ethnicity and/or socio-economic background as well as supporting women starting out in tech.

Nazir Afzal: Fighting for Gender Equity – An Equality in FBMH event (open to all)

2pm – 3pm, MECD  

Join the Faculty of Biology Medicine and Health for our flagship International Women’s Day event with Nazir Afzal OBE, University Chancellor, who will share insights and reflections around gender equity.

Women in Engineering Network – social event

1pm – 3pm, Kilburn_Atlas, Kilburn_Mercury, Kilburn building

An informal event for students and staff across the School to mingle, get to know one another, and share lived experiences. During the event, we will be giving away some popular science books written by women. Refreshments will be provided.

Open to all female and gender minority students and staff from the School of Engineering.

Girls Night Out – celebrating women in science, past, present and future

7pm – 9:15pm, Jodrell Bank – tickets £8, £10 and £12

Learn about 18th Century Astronomer, Caroline Herschel, and how artist, Lynda Laird has turned her work into a dazzling audio-visual exhibition in collaboration with Sian Prosser, Librarian at the Royal Astronomical Society.

You’ll also get to meet and chat with Dr Rhian Jones, Reader in Isotope Geo-and Cosmochemistry and graduate and undergraduate students from the Physics Outreach team.

Suitable for secondary school students, young people & adults.

Find out more and how to book tickets

Entrepreneurs @ Manchester: One World Together w/ Chibwe Masabo Henry

12 – 1pm, MEC Enterprise Zone, Room 2.039 AMBS

As part of International Women’s Day we’re excited to welcome Chibwe Masabo Henry (She/Her), CEO & Co-founder of One World Together! Chibwe has been nominated as one of the TOP 100 most influential, impactful and successful #African #business #leaders#entrepreneurs and #professionals in the UK by the African Business Chamber (AfBC) Top 100 Initiative, which aims to showcase, acknowledge and celebrate the achievements, successes and contributions of African businesses, entrepreneurs and professionals in the UK, accelerate AfBC effort to enhance their voice and to harness inclusive economic growth.

Chibwe will be discussing her journey as a Social Entrepreneur and how she turned Passion into ACTION!

MEC x UoM Careers: Personal Branding: Accelerate Yourself through Social Media

1-2pm, location TBC

The final workshop in our self-employment as a career choice is with Rubbi Bhogal-Wood. Rubbi will explore the value of building a personal brand when running your own business. She will give insights into using social media to market your goods/services and to build a community. You will learn about platforms that have helped Rubbi and other entrepreneurs to raise awareness of their business which in turn helped them build a brand. Although this will have an entrepreneurship focus, the tips will also be applicable for students going into traditional employment.

Free refreshments will be provided at the end of the talk 🙂

Thursday, 9 March

Equity at Manchester – Gender, Ethnicity, Disability, Sexual Orientation – update on the charter marks and awards

10am – 11am, online

This interactive session led by Paul Marks-Jones (Lead EDI Partner) and Rachel Cowen (Academic Lead for Gender and Sexual Orientation Equality) aims to bring fresh thinking and bold actions to ensure equity at Manchester. You will have an opportunity to share experiences, raise awareness of barriers to equity and inclusion and discuss ideas and actions that you think will make a positive difference. 

Girl Boss Equity Festival

5pm – 9pm, St Peter’s House 

Join us for headline performances, feminist story telling and live music – along with food from Milk and Honey and drinks by Isca Wines.

Friday, 10 March

Women in Business: Empowerment Summit

4pm – 6pm, The Hive, University of Manchester Students’ Union

Come along and join our Women in Business society – the agenda includes activities such as a keynote speaker session, interactive workshop (centred around themes such as growth mindset, imposter syndrome, confidence, and soft skills). Great opportunities for networking, and our event is open to all, regardless of gender, profession, or identity.

Places are limited, so please register your interest

Thursday, 16 March  


4pm – 7pm, Manchester Central Library

A look at the experiences of Latin American women in the UK, based around an exhibition of dolls from various Latin American countries. 

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