International Women's Day - “Inspiring Futures”

Posted on 01 March 2012

A celebration of International Women’s Day will take place at Keele University on Thursday 8 March, from 10am to 4pm at The Sustainability Hub on the Keele campus, as part of the Keele Unity series.

The global celebration of International Women’s Day marks the economic, political and social achievements of women around the world. The day was commemorated for the first time on 19 March 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. More than one million women and men attended rallies on that first commemoration. In 1975, during International Women's Year, the United Nations began celebrating 8 March as International Women's Day.

The chosen theme for 2012 is “Inspiring Futures” and focuses on recognising and celebrating the potential of all staff and students at the University in realising their personal and professional goals, without the hindrances of gender bias and discrimination.

The day will see a full packed programme of inspirational speakers and workshops focusing on entrepreneurship, empowerment and employability. It will also cover the theme of women in the sciences, in support of the University’s commitments and recognition of the Athena SWAN Charter.

Sara Parkin (OBE) Founder Director of Forum for the Future will deliver a key note address on the day. After starting her working life as a nurse, in various roles she has campaigned for the environment and sustainable development for over 40 years. In 2001 she was awarded an OBE for services to education and sustainability.

There will also be FREE Indian head massage supported by the Occupational Health Service, along with a bake sale by the Human Resources team, to raise awareness and funds for charity Breast Cancer Care, and local women's charity EMBRACE. The Keele Student Women’s Society will also be present to raise awareness of their Keele Street Team campaign to increase awareness of safety on the University campus.

Everyone is welcome!

International Women’s Day is an inclusive event open to all staff, students, and the local community.