UCL marks International Women’s Day 2022
8 March 2022
Today is International Women’s Day (IWD) which has been celebrated every year since 1911. The aims of IWD are to celebrate women's achievements; raise awareness about women's equality; lobby for accelerated gender parity and fundraise for female-focused charities.
UCL is committed to realising gender equality and progresses this through the Athena SWAN Charter. There are currently 43 departmental awards, including three at Gold level and the University holds a Silver Institutional award.
Each year, IWD has a different theme and this year’s theme is #BreakTheBias.
Bias comes in many forms. It can be overt, subtle, or often unconscious. Within the workplace, bias against women creates inequality and discrimination. It can affect the recruitment of women, result in fewer women being promoted and create a hostile culture which doesn’t value women’s contributions. Take the UCL Unconscious Bias training to understand more about the impact of bias.
What will you do to break you own, others and systemic gender bias?
Make and share your pledge to #BreakTheBias
Strike the IWD pose and share the photo to your social media.
Check out some of the events happening across UCL.
Are you responsible for organising equality-based events?
If so, UCL EDI’s Diversity Calendar can help you plan these. You can view and add to equality, diversity and inclusion related events taking place at UCL, as well as awareness days via the Outlook EDI events calendar.
Twitter: @womensday #IWD2022 #BreakTheBias #internationalwomensday