In light of the recent #metoo and #timesup campaigns and the past year’s revelation of sexual harassment claims, International Women’s Day is perhaps more important than ever. This year’s theme is #progressforprogress and the University of Leicester are fully embracing the day by turning it into a week of events.
Leicester’s events kick off today, the 5th, with portrait unveilings by the Vice-Chancellor and creative writings workshops. Tuesday hosts a senior women’s network panel and inspiring women to STEAM success event. Wednesday boasts a Dorothy Jones lecture, lessons from litigation, food and climate change: a cosmologists perspective and night time economy and sexual harassment. The week’s events come to a head on Thursday 8th, the actual International Women’s Day, with events including poetry drop-ins, International Women’s Day celebration and a screening of ‘The Divine Order’ among a host of other events. Friday sees the end of the week with a menopause cafe and women in our history event. There is a Denise Weston exhibition titled ‘Women of a Nervous Disposition’ on all week as well. For more information search international women’s day University of Leicester.
With the current strikes causing a sense of upheaval and disruption to everyone’s lives, students and lecturers alike, what better way to show continued support of our peers, lecturers and selves than by taking part, celebrating women and championing gender equality this week?