Celebrating International Women’s Day 2015

02 March 2015

International Women's Day
International Women's Day

Aberystwyth University will be celebrating International Women’s Day with a series of events across the University in the week leading up to and following Sunday 8th March.

Whether you are interested in attending a lecture / talk, viewing a poster exhibition, taking part in a workshop, a silent vigil or a pub quiz, our varied programme of events provides opportunities for students, staff and members of the local community.

A selection of events has been highlighted below with the full programme available here.

On Tuesday March 3rd, between 14.00 – 15.30 in the Main Hall of the  International Politics Building, the Department of Psychology will be hosting a talk and workshop by Joanne Hopkins, Head of the Home Office Wales Team, and Aberystwyth alumna, on the topic of ‘The Home Office Women’s Network: Changing the Culture.’

On the morning of Friday 6th March (10.30 – 12.00 in the Main Hall of the International Politics Building) Baroness Kay Andrews, Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords and Aberystwyth University alumna and Honorary Fellow will discuss ‘What have women achieved in politics in the UK? Have they made a difference?

This will be followed from 13.00 – 14.30 by a lecture presented by Caroline Morgan, Political Analyst - Representation of the European Commission in the UK entitled ‘Working for the EU: Why Europe needs you and why it’s a good time to be a woman in the EU’.

A public lecture will be held in the Old College on the evening of Friday 6th with keynote speaker, Baroness Kay Andrews, entitled ‘Y Gymru a Fydd? Culture, Social Justice and the Wales that will Be’.  This event is open to all and is free to attend; a complimentary drinks reception will be held from 17.30 followed by the lecture at 18.15. 

On Sunday 8th March, International Women’s Day, women of all ages are invited to ‘Come to Celebrate in Penparcau’ with a whole day of activities including information and guidance for women and taster sessions covering Arts, Creative Writing and an Introduction to Science.  Held at Penparcau Memorial Hall and Boxing Club from 10.30 – 16.15 the event is free to attend and lunch will be provided to those who have registered for the day;  further information on how to book crèche / child play spaces and transport options can be found online.

Commenting on the programme of activities, Professor Kate Bullen, Director of Ethics and Equality at Aberystwyth University said “International Women’s Day events are now part of the annual calendar of events at Aberystwyth.  The events leading up to the day itself on March 8th provide a showcase for the work and achievements of women, and provide an opportunity to discuss and debate wider issues of interest in gender equality.  It is a pleasure to have such distinguished speakers involved in our events this year, their careers are a clear demonstration of the role and value of women in 21st century society. 

“International Women’s Day featured highly in our successful Athena SWAN and Gender Equality Chartermark submissions to the Equality Challenge Unit, engagement with the events this year is further evidence of our commitment to gender equality in Aberystwyth.”


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Sarah Bizby
Communications, Marketing and Public Affairs
Aberystwyth University
01970 628646 / sey@aber.ac.uk

Arthur Dafis
Communications, Marketing and Public Affairs
Aberystwyth University
01970 621763 / 07841 979 452 / aid@aber.ac.uk