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International Women's Day 2015 events:

UCL Institute for Women's Health celebrates International Women's Day with the following events:

•  SEVEN: A ground-breaking documentary play, portraying women's rights activists from around the world. Each story will be read by senior male academics including President and Provost, Professor Michael Arthur, and the Vice Provost (Health), Professor Sir John Tooke.

•  Honor Diaries: a film which features nine courageous activists speaking out about gender inequality, forced marriage, the right to education and female genital mutilation. Following the screening there will be a panel discussion with,   Sarah Creighton,Consultant Gynaecologist,   IfWH- UCL , Richard Horton,   Editor in Chief, The Lancet Medical Journal and   Naana Otoo-Oyortey , Executive Director, FORWARD UK

•  Does egg freezing enable women to "have it all"? A public debate on the science and social effects of egg-freezing, including the role of employers in sponsoring women to freeze their eggs

•  Comedy show: Viva La Vulva: UCL medical student group, Viva la Vulva   and comedian and political activist Kate Smurthwaite will be hosting a special one-off comedy show about everything a nice girl wouldn't dream of mentioning.

•  How can we improve growth of small babies before birth? Dr Anna David , UCL Institute for Women's Health

Click here to view the poster for further information.

•  Let's Talk About Sex Ed! - UCLU are hosting a panel discussion and consent workshops as part of their international women's day series  Wednesday 4 th March, 7:00pm

•  POLISH YOUR PRESENCE with BLOOMBERG, 4 March, 10-2.30pm, Bloomberg LP London: Inspiring talks by Bloomberg leaders on their sucess stories + tips to have a successful career and stand out from the crowd! Skills sessions to sharpen your professional skills! Exclusive networking & internship opportunities! Sign up here.

•  An interactive sofa session, 5 March, 4-5.30pm, Leolin Price Lecture Theatre - To mark the International Women's Day Prof. Jenny Morgan will give a talk about 'A personal perspective on academic science as a career for women'. She will also chair the first ' interactive sofa session' with Dr. David Carmichael and Dr. Philippa Mills. 'Interactive sofa sessions' are open sessions where a male and a female academic will discuss their careers, work-life balance and challenges they have faced. The audience is encouraged to ask questions. Register your attendance here.

•  UCL Art Museum: The Girl at The Door: Equality, Gender & Society

Date: 6-7 March | Time: 6 March, 1pm-8pm; 7 March, 1pm-6pm | Location: UCL Quad | Price: Free, drop-in / booking required, voluntary contribution | Age group: All

Join UCL Art Museum and artist Kristina Clackson Bonnington on the eve of International Women's Day 2015 for mischief, music and talks.

UCL's Quad will become a site for discovery during this two-day creative get-together that explores the legacy of suffrage and investigates the relationship between art and social change. Come to find out more about our social history and get creative! Live music, workshops, talks, guided walks, performance... and introducing the House of Doors, a new participatory artwork by Kristina Clackson Bonnington. Click here to view the press release.

Full programme:

• The UCLU Postgraduate Association and Women's Network are hosting a poetry night - 'Spoken Word Night for International Women's Day   Monday 9 th March, 7:00pm

•  UCL Women Lecture, 10 March: Professor Elizabeth Blackburn, Nobel Laureate 2009, will give a talk on her research, followed by a discussion about life in science with Vivienne Parry OBE. This event is sold out, but all are welcome to join the reception in the North Cloisters at 7:00. UCL Women is a network for academic women at UCL - please see their website and Twitter for more details and to join the UCL Women mailing list.

•  Le Geek c'est Chic - Women's Day Event, 12 March, 4-5pm, Wilkins Haldane Room: Award winning stand-up science, songs and silliness from Helen Arney,  former Physics graduate from Imperial College and UK's premiere geek songstress and purveyor of the finest musical comedy.

To celebrate  Women's Day, come and join us as Helen sings about maths, graphs and Archimedes' baths as you've never heard them before. There will be drinks and nibbles after her performance. Register here.

•  Astrea digital campaign: Astrea will be running a campaign during March, asking for stories and examples of inspirational women - please see Astrea's website and LinkedIn group for more details, and to join the Astrea mailing list. Astrea is a network for women in Professional Services at UCL.

LGBT+ History Month 2015 programme of events

9 July 2014 - '' Coping with needs: special or not!''

Diversity Month 2014

27 June - Negotiating Gender & Caste in Higher Education: A Grand Rounds Discussion

17 May - International Day Against Homophobia Event: Combating homophobia - what is the evidence? delivered by Professor Michael King

Listen to the lecture by clicking on the symbol below.

Equalities & Diversity Blog

May 17 2013

Sir Stephen Wall, UCL Chair of Council, reflects on International Day Against Homophobia:

'IDAHO , famous for potatoes'. That, until a year ago, was as much as I knew: a thirty old recollection of an American car number plate.

IDAHO, as in International Day against Homophobia, sprang off the internet into my consciousness a year ago: an international day, marked by as many of us as possible in as many countries as possible. And, of course, our minds turn to people such as Bisi Alimi and John Bosco Nyombi, from Nigeria and Uganda respectively, who have both spoken at U C L in the last year: refugees because of their sexuality, brothers of ours who cannot, except in peril of their lives, return to their own countries.

But what about closer to home? I am not the most representative person to talk about coming out, having taken 40 years to pluck up the courage to do just that. But the discussions we have in the LGBT+ staff group, and the experiences of colleagues, suggest that being out as a gay or lesbian man or woman is still not straightforward. If I was 18 today, roughly the age when I knew that I was physically attracted to my own sex, there would be huge advances in law and attitudes to empower me. But what if I heard, as we have, the Anglican Archbishop of York compare the Government's same sex Marriage Bill to the actions of the worst dictators? Or the Archbishop of Lyon liken homosexuality to incest and, by implication, incite the faithful to violence against it? That would - does - make me feel that, even now, my sexuality can be distorted to confine, as well as define, me.

For me, UCL has been the open space I could come out into. Do we yet have a space wide enough to allow us all to spread our wings?

Stephen Wall








Last updated: 14th May 2015