For International Women’s Day 2021, the #ChooseToChallenge theme was supported by many exciting and impactful events worldwide, many of which were virtual.

NDC PhD student, Jessica Gomez-Banderas and Post-Doc Researcher, Dr Alethea Madgett joined a host of high profile women in speed mentoring to 15-18 year olds.

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. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality.

Marked annually on March 8th, International Women’s Day (IWD) is one of the most important days of the year to:

  • celebrate women’s achievements
  • raise awareness about women’s equality
  • lobby for accelerated gender parity
  • fundraise for female-focused charities

A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world. From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge.

Author: IWD 2021 campaign theme: #ChooseToChallenge

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The event programme included the Young Person Speed Mentoring Day which was available to young people aged 15-18 and covered the topics of Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Wellbeing, Science, Equality and Diversity.

International Women’s Day Programme 2021

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PublishedTuesday March 23rd, 2021