International Women's Day 2022

International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on 8 March each year in many countries around the world. It is a global day which recognises the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action to advancing gender equality in every dimension of human life.

The day has been observed since the early 1900s with the first gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Today, celebrations continue to be a powerful platform globally that unifies tenacity and drives action for advancing gender equality, while celebrating the social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women. The day means different things to different people, but the global focus on equality and celebration is clear.

More recently, there has been an annual campaign theme to provide a unified direction to guide and galvanise continuous collective action. In 2022, this is #BreakTheBias. Together let’s use this day to celebrate women's achievement, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality.

We are once again delighted to be hosting a range of thought-provoking and celebratory events throughout the week of International Women’s Day (IWD) at the University of Leicester.

Henrietta O ConnorA statement from the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Henrietta O’Connor - Celebrating International Women’s Day 2022: #BreakTheBias

Every year on 8 March, we come together as a collective, with both the University’s community, internationally and locally to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Having now entered our second century as a University, we take this time to celebrate the global, economic, political, and cultural achievements of women worldwide, whilst highlighting the need for gender equality. This year, under the global theme of #BreakTheBias, we aim to shine a light on the possibilities that a gender equal world would bring to our community and beyond. A world that removes bias, barriers and promotes inclusivity, difference, and equity.

Looking back on last year’s global theme, #ChooseToChallenge, we continue to embark on the journey to break the bias for women, regardless of their race, age, or stage in life.

We bring back our digital Wall of Women to celebrate the women who you feel have positively impacted your university experience as either a staff member, student, or friend.

Difference is to be valued and celebrated and this International Women’s Day, with our host of events and activities to get involved in, we want to help collectively #BreakTheBias. From our event with the University’s first Black woman Students’ Union President, ‘Full Circle: An Evening with Esua Jane Goldsmith’ to the Attenborough Arts Centre’s Iron Women of Resurgence, I am excited to be rejoining you for in-person events and activities to celebrate the contribution of women at Leicester and to recognise the journey we must make in achieving gender equality for all.

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