International Women's Day events 2017
Feb 23, 2017 01:15 PM
End: Mar 08, 2017 03:00 PM
The event's report
What are the most important issues facing women in today’s world?
The Institute held its third series of events to mark International Women’s Day 2017. As in previous years, an interesting mix of art, theatre, debate, and science were used to connect with the issues that women face in today’s world.
Lunch Hour Lecture: Cooling babies to protect the brain
Professor Nicola Robertson spoke to a large UCL crowd on her work which has been central to the development of ground-breaking cooling therapy, which helps babies who suffer birth asphyxia, improving their chances of growing up without disabilities such as cerebral palsy.
Theatre “I told my mum I was going on an RE Trip”
The theatre company 20 Stories High presented their verbatim play to a sold out crowd at RADA Studios. The play used verbatim voices and music, beats and rhyme to portray the stories of real women who’ve experienced pregnancy and abortion, as well as giving a voice to boyfriends, parents, doctors and campaigners. The panel discussion afterwards, with BPAS’ Ann Furedi, focused on the importance of hearing women’s stories on a subject still consider taboo in society today.
Art: Exploring Gender Equality through Sculpture
Kristina Clackson-Bonnington, lead artist of the House of Doors, ran an outdoor sculpture workshop in the UCL Quad on International Women’s Day, attracting students, staff and visitors of all ages to share their views on how far women have come, and what barriers they still face, while trying to represent this on a pathway to equality, and through modelling-clay sculpture.
Film Screening and Q&A: Fertility and Me
The Institute’s Interim co-Director, Professor Judith Stephenson, lead a lively and interesting discussion on ‘when is the Right Time to Have a Baby?’. Melanie Davies, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, and specialist in reproductive medicine at UCLH, shared her expertise, and Lorna Hobbs and Lisa Walton gave their personal stories on the issues and difficulties they’ve faced on their fertility journeys. While there was no easy answer, there was a great deal of discussion on the lack of fertility awareness amongst women and men.
Exhibit: Everyday Sexism on Campus
Everyday sexism is a major issue at universities. In this video installation, women at UCL tell stories of discrimination.