International Women's Day 2021

International Women's Day 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 parity. 

The below events are being put on this year at the University to mark International Women’s Day 2021.

Aberystwyth University in collaboration with Aberystwyth Arts Centre present International Women’s Day Takeover 2021.

We have invited three exciting Welsh artists to take over the Arts Centre social media platforms and our University Microsoft Teams backgrounds to give voice to International Women’s Day.  Take part and show support by changing your Teams background on the day and follow @aberartscentegallery Instagram account to see what the artists get up to as a part of their take over.

More on the artists:

  • Anya Paintsil is a Welsh-Ghanaian artist who centres her work around craft based practices that have been historically devalued due to their associations with femininity and marginalised groups. Combining an array of traditional rug hooking methods with afro hairstyling techniques Anya creates wall based portraits, with a focus on the personal; her work is largely autobiographical but seeks to begin conversations around race and identity and feminism. See more of Anya’s work – Instagram @Anyapaintsil
  • Ashrah Suudy is a freelance photographer, creative and student living in Cardiff. Her work is driven by creating art where her community can see themselves reflected. She is currently directing her first short film titled ‘In a Room Full of Sisters’, an adaption of her photographic series ‘East In Colour’. The ‘East In Colour’ that was dedicated to her Somali Heritage and a true authentic representation of her identity. ‘In a Room full of Sisters’ has been commissioned by BBC Arts, BBC Wales, Ffilm Cymru and the Art Council of Wales. See more of Ashrah’s work - Instagram @ashsuudy @byashrah. Twitter @ashsuudy
  • Seren Morgan Jones was born in 1985 in Aberystwyth, Wales. She graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art, University of the Arts London, in 2009.Women are a central theme in Seren’s work and she strives to create images using elements of classical painterly language, with a subtle contemporary, feminist twist. Seren has exhibited extensively throughout the UK and had her first London solo show in 2010.For a full list of works go to:


The Lifelong Learning Department are happy to contribute to the International Women’s Day programme with a set of informative talks looking at women’s history and helping in the present day with wellbeing:

Join Alison, Claire and Candy for virtual coffee for questions and any enquiries about the new programme of self-paced Lifelong learning courses. Monday 8th March 2-2.30pm on Teams Click here to join the meeting


Celebrating 20 years of eye-opening world cinema to Wales, WOW Wales One World Film Festival  in partnership with Aberystwyth Arts Centre returns this March in a somewhat different guise. Instead of buying tickets to enter a darkened cinema, festival goers will be settling back into their sofas to view the films streaming online, for free. We would like to highlight in particular the WOMEN IN WORLD CINEMA strand for International Women's Day which can be found on the booking site here:


Take a look at the Computer Science Department's virtual inspirational women in STEM poster display


If you have any questions please email in the first instance.