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UCL marks Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day

28 February 2023

March marks the start of Women’s History Month, with International Women’s Day falling on 8 March 2023. Find out more about UCL’s line-up of events and activities – plus past recordings to catch up on.

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The contributions and achievements of women throughout history are celebrated annually through Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, which both take place in March. 

The theme of International Women’s Day this year is #EmbraceEquity, with 8 March 2023 marking a time for reflection, awareness-raising and celebration.   

UCL will be hosting a range of events throughout the month, with film screenings, panel discussions and in person gatherings all planned – see below for our latest lineup of activities, as well as past recordings and key resources. 


7 March – [ONLINE/FOR ALL]: How does social media portray women's health? | BOOK NOW

Social media has the potential to educate women and support them through key life stages. But is this happening? This online panel discussion explores social media’s portrayal of infertility and infertility treatment, the menopause and women’s body satisfaction. 

7 March – [ONLINE/FOR ALL]: Play: 'Next of Kin' – plus a post-show Q&A with Dr Vasanti Jadva | BOOK NOW  

Next of kin is a verbatim show about all the (other) ways to make a family. Created through recorded interviews, this collage of voices explores kinship experiments which could unmake dominant assumptions about family. 

8 March – [IN PERSON/FOR STAFF AND STUDENTS]: Global Business School for Health's International Women’s Day Conference | BOOK NOW

Ever wondered what you could do about making the world a more equitable place? Join us at our International Women’s Day event at UCL East to find out – plus participate in our student competitions, workshops and activities. Refreshments will be provided!

8 March – [ONLINE/FOR ALL]: International Women's Day with the Women in Physical Geography group | BOOK NOW

This International Women's Day, the Women in Physical Geography Group are sharing their experiences and journeys. Learn about how our members got to where they are today, and join our round table discussion.

8 March – [ONLINE/FOR ALL]: In conversation with UCL Women about equity for International Women's Day | BOOK NOW

Join Pro-Vice Provost Professor Parama Chaudhury and Faculty of Life Sciences Director of Operations Suzy Adcock for this International Women's Day Lunch Hour Lecture discussing what equity means for colleagues from UCL. 

8 March – [IN PERSON/FOR STAFF]: Celebrating International Women's Day with UCL Astrea | No need to book! 

Pop over to the North Cloisters International Women's Day for a celebratory event with UCL Astrea – chat to inspirational UCL women about their careers, share your vision of an equitable future and take part in our IWD selfie campaign.   

8 March – [ONLINE/FOR ALL]: The Bartlett’s Gender and Urban Equalities Symposium | BOOK NOW

This International Women’s Day series of sessions explores the intersections of gender with cities, design, construction and communities worldwide through a series of interactive online sessions – with speakers including leading thinkers from the built environment. 

8 March – [IN PERSON/FOR ALL]: A screening of Pad Project's Netflix documentary 'Period. End of Sentence' | BOOK NOW  

50% of the world’s population have periods, and yet conversation and education around menstruation is still sparse. Join us for this engaging event featuring a panel discussion, film screening, charity raffle and other period-themed conversations. Let’s talk periods! 

8 March – [IN PERSON/FOR ALL]: Where external representations meet embodied experiences | BOOK NOW  

Join Carol Rivas for this Professorial Lecture exploreing how people are marginalised because of identities, and how professional staff should respond, when faced with this, to ensure they give the best care. 

14 March – [IN PERSON/FOR ALL]: Exploring the future of innovation in women’s health | BOOK NOW

Book your place at this event with UCL Innovation & Enterprise and Barclays Eagle Labs to hear UCL academics, funders and healthcare sectors discuss the future of innovation in women’s health. After the panel discussion, there’ll be an opportunity to network.

14 March – [ONLNE/FOR STUDENTS]: UCL Careers Spotlight on Inclusion: Gender Equity | BOOK NOW

This on-line panel discussion event is the fourth in a series of ‘Spotlight on Inclusion’ events, designed to shine a light on inclusion in the workplace. This event, hosted by UCL Careers, focuses on gender equity and features alumni from across London Russell Group universities speaking about their experiences and sharing their insights. 

Podcasts and recordings 

A celebration of women in space | WATCH HERE  

This event, which features four women panelists from diverse backgrounds within the space industry, explores how to network within the sector and women’s experiences in academic and professional space industries. 

Why are women at more risk from global heating? | LISTEN HERE  

Part of UCL’s ‘Generation One’ climate campaign, this podcast episode explores women's experiences of climate change with three guest speakers: Dr Virginie Le Masson, Dr Priti Parikh and Dr Jordana Ramalho. 

Excavating the histories of Haiti's women revolutionaries | WATCH HERE  

In this seminar, Nicole Willson chats about the challenges and scholarly imperative of resurrecting Haiti’s women revolutionaries from archival silence, and some of the important discoveries she has made in attempting to excavate these narratives. 

Book launch: Los feminismos en América Latina | WATCH HERE  

Los feminismos en América Latina brings the history of women rights struggles to a broad public. During this virtual event, Dora Barrancos and Gabriela Cano discuss with Patricio Simonetto the history of Latin-American feminist movements and their role in politics. 

This webpage will be updated with additional events as they are announced – please do check back! If you are hosting a UCL event for International Women’s Day that you’d like included in this article, get in touch with us here.