UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


International Women's Day 2021

5 March 2021

The Centre for Gender and Disaster celebrates its fourth anniversary on the 8th of March, an opportunity to reaffirm every year that the research we conduct and promote aims to tackle pervasive gender bias and inequality. This year, the campaign theme is #ChooseToChallenge

Artwork by Alexandre Farto, in the city of Exeter, UK. @V. Le Masson, 2019


A challenged world is an alert world. From challenge comes change, so we choose to challenge sexism in academia and gender bias in research practice. We challenge the notion of gender equality as a value added aspect of projects rather than as a central goal. Our current work, through our flagship project GRRIPP, is connecting existing networks of scholars, policy makers and practitioners to promote gender and intersectionality in resilience thinking and planning, and to amplify their voices and experiences. 

So this year, the Centre for Gender and Disaster also chooses to support other events and to show solidarity with our sister organisations supporting gender and racial equality, amplifying their messages and our common cause.

Here is a list of events we plan to join :

UNDRR & UN Women virtual event promoting women’s leadership in Disaster Risk Reduction and resilience

UNDRR’s Women’s International Network on Disaster Risk Reduction and UN Women’s Regional Office for Asia-Pacific

8 March. | 1400-1515 (Bangkok) Register here

Gender-based violence in COVID-19: a double challenge for marginalised groups 

European Public Health Alliance 

8th March. 14:00-15:15 (Brussels) Register to Online Discussion

El género en el trabajo: Hablemos de datos y desigualdad económica (Spanish) 

Observatorio de Datos con Perspectiva de Género

9th March. 21:00 (GMT) Register online

Seminars Women in Social Theory (Portuguese)

Mulheres na teoria social
On March 15, 17, 19, 22, 24 and 26,  Thematic Seminars organized in partnership between LabGen (Laboratorio de Estudos de Genero e Intersseccionalidade- Universidad Federal Fluminense)) and ANPOCS debate the work and trajectory of 6 pioneering women in social theory. In this first series, intellectuals from the European and African-American contexts are brought together. (No prior registration is necessary, follow the schedule on the ANPOCS YouTube Channel).

Genre et climat : l’alliance contre les inégalités (French)

en partenariat avec Coordination SUD, Geres, le Groupe initiatives et CARE France

8 March. 14h30- 16h30 (Paris) Register online

Editathon Femmes & Sciences 2021 (French)

A 4 day event intended to feminize and diversify the presence of women, trans or non-binary scientists on the web in general, and on Wikipedia in particular, by contributing to the writing and translation of biographical pages.

11-14 March 2021. Register here

Visuel pour l'editathon Femmes & Sciences 2021