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International Women’s Day - what’s on

March 8 is International Women's Day and the member institutions of the University of London are marking the occasion with a wide variety of events around London on and around the day.

International Women's Day 2018
International Women's Day 2018

King's College will host 'A celebration of women's achievement in music'. In the context of International Women’s Day, the Music Department at Kings College will feature women’s contributions to contemporary ‘art’ music with a concert featuring works by the established and emerging composers Silvina Milstein and her student Effy Efthymiou. 

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine will be presenting 'Women in Health 2018 Lecture- How a virus works: a journey'. The lecture will be delivered by Professor Polly Roy and will focus on the progress of her career. 

The London Business School will be hosting the LBS Women in Business Conference 2018, on March 9th. This year's theme, Working Together: From Awareness to Results, will explore concrete, practical solutions that men and women can undertake together to realise the changes so clearly needed in our workplace and beyond.

City, University of London will be celebrating the achievements of women past, present and future with a range of talks and events, on and around International Women's Day, including 'If the future is female, are we there yet?' Gender and Diversity in the Music Industry and Academia: A Debate.

UCL’s Centre for Gender and Global Health will be launching the inaugural report of Global Health 50/50, a new initiative led by Professor Sarah Hawkes and Dr Kent Buse, created with the aim of advancing accountability and action for gender equality in global health. To mark the occasion they will host a panel discussion featuring Vice Provost Dr Dame Nicola Brewer, Professor Sarah Hawkes, Co-Director of Global Health 50-50, Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust and others.

LSE will host ‘From Transitional to Transformative: justice for conflict-related violence against women’. The panel discussion will feature Christine Bell, Principal Director of the Political Settlements Research Programme, Aisling Swaine, Assistant Professor of Gender and Security at LSE and Christine Chinkin, Director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security.

Queen Mary University of London will present "Men for the Job? What it really takes to be a representative" where Professor Rainbow Murray will discuss why certain men dominate politics and why we need to recognise the need for, and benefits of, diversity.

Royal Holloway, University of London will be putting on a concert on March 9th to celebrate the life of Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944). As well as being a recognised, pioneering female composer, as a result of her friendship with the Pankhursts, she devoted her energies to the Suffragette movement for two years, when she composed the battle song The March of the Women. 

Goldsmiths will be putting on a number of events on March 8th to celebrate International Women’s Day, including Everyday Women, an exhibition exploring hormonal cycles and reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, workshops that celebrate women in sound, and ‘Women resisting religious extremism’, a lecture.

As part of their 'Broken Windows' campaign, The Chartered Management Institute (strategic partner of the University of London) will be streaming a Live Facebook Q&A with a panel including the star of the ‘Gender Inequality: a how-to guide’ video, Stevie Martin, who will be discussing issues of gender inequality and how to tackle it alongside Petra Wilton, Anna Whitehouse (aka well-known blogger, Mother Pukka), Randall Peterson, Reetu Kansal and representatives of the Government Equalities Office and Nestle. It is in an interactive Facebook Live with a disruptive twist on the Chartered Management Institute Facebook page.