International Women's Day - 2021

Updated: Mar 2

It's that time of year again when we come together to celebrate women past and present and discuss how we might, together, build a future of greater equality. This year's IWD theme is #chooseToChallenge. There are so many great events exploring the theme, this year and we all have access to these virtually (thank goodness for Zoom!). So we thought we'd shortlist some of our favourites below to inspire you to get involved.

(Note, this shortlist is curated from events being hosted all across the world, so double check the time zone when you sign up!)

Are you attending an event this year? Something not on our list that you'd recommend? Share with us in the comments, we'd love to know!

We've broken our list into the following sections, click away to head straight to your interest subject. In no particular order:

Comedy & Communication

Comedy and Communication (Pictured)

We all love a bit of a laugh, but how can you use comedy and comedic techniques in your day-today science communication, outreach and teaching? Our panel will talk about how comedy works and how you can use comedy techniques to elevate your communications work.

The Guilty Feminist

The Guilty Feminist International Women's Day Week Livestream Extravaganza starring your own Deborah Frances-White and her very special guests (some big exciting international ones and some of your fave regulars!) are coming to a screen you already own Thursday 11 March 8 pm UK time!


Squaring up to Imposter Syndrome

Imposter Syndrome is a term that gets bandied about a lot in women's circles - what is it, how does it come about and play out in our lives, plus why are some people affected by it and others not?

Join our panel of women from experts who have researched it, to women who are and aren't affected by it, to help us grapple with the topic and help people find ways to overcome their inner critic.

Motherhood & Home

The Role of Motherhood in Society (Pictured)

Special guests include Dr. Shirley N. Weber, California’s first African American Secretary of State, and Anna Malaika Tubbs, author of The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation. Both guests’ achievements are highlighted in the Museum’s exhibit “Women Inspire: California Women Changing Our World.”

There's No Place Like Home - A woman's place in the pandemic?

Few things stop progress like a global pandemic, but what many did not anticipate is just how far it would turn back the clock. To mark International Women’s Day, our panel of experts will be exploring the impact of the pandemic on gender inequality by taking a closer look at those who are most at risk when there is nowhere to go but your own home.

After more than a year of living with Covid-19, our panellists will discuss the ways in which gender and racial inequalities in healthcare, at home, and at work are being exacerbated. They will also reflect on what it might mean to ‘build back better’.

Health & Wellbeing

Pillow Yoga for Periods (Pictured)

Maja will be offering 50% off her pillow yoga for periods classes in a 24 hours flash sale, so give the website link above a visit on the 8th March!

Yoga for periods: Are you suffering from headaches, fatigue and severe cramps each month that slow you down and keep you stuck in bed?

You will be guided through easy therapeutic flows, designed to nurture your body so that you can be more comfortable during your period. With lifetime access to yoga classes designed to relieve your monthly period pains, you can find comfort every month with restorative yoga positions.

Your Fertile Years - what you need to know to make informed choices

The age women have their first child is increasing globally. The total fertility rate (the average number of children a woman has) is decreasing globally, being on average 1.6 children per woman in the European Union and as low as 1.3 in several countries. Professor Joyce Harper, author of Your Fertile Years, will be joined by a panel of fertility experts to discuss why we need fertility education with a Q and A from the audience. Chairing the event will be Dr Larisa Corda, and on the panel will be Dr Raj Mathur, Chair of the British Fertility Society, Dr Mara Simopoulou, Chair of the Greek MyFertility campaign, and Emma Haslett, Journalist and co-host of @bigfatnegative podcast.

Gender and biomedical scientific research - are we looking in the right direction?

Many scientists are hoping that personalised medicine is the future. This approach will ensure that the patient is at the centre of the healthcare system. However, when researchers develop treatment options in the laboratory, there is a focus on studies in male species.

Our gender has a huge impact on whether we will get certain diseases, what type of symptoms we will have when we are ill, and how effective certain treatments will be in improving our health.

This session will discuss these matters in closer detail and consider the way research is moving to ensure that our gender does not define our medicine.

Menopause Musing - A live zoom writing workshop with Louise Wallwein MBE (Pictured)

The Whitworth's Age Friendly Programme is celebrating International Women's Week with an invitation for you to join in our live (Zoom) creative writing workshop exploring the menopause journey in all its glory.

The online Zoom workshop will be led by Louise Wallwein MBE, award-winning poet, playwright and performer.


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