International Women's Day 2020

News | Posted on Friday 28 February 2020

Celebrate this year's International Women's Day at events on campus and elsewhere in York.

International Women's Day, which takes place on Sunday 8 March, is an opportunity to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It's a time for unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action - whether at a global or local level. 

The Centre for Women's Studies are supporting and contributing to the programme of events offered by York International Women's Week (YIWW), which runs from 7 to 15 March. There's also a variety of events taking place on campus during the week leading up to IWD (2 to 7 March) - details of these are below.

On social media, use the hashtags #InternationalWomensDay #GenerationEquality #EachForEqual and #IWD2020 to join the conversation and follow the Equality@York Twitter feed for reminders of events on campus.

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Some of the events below require booking and others are drop-in - follow the links for more details. If you're running an event with your department, college or society, please email

Crafty convos

Monday 2 March 10am - 12pm, Yorspace

Join the YUSU Women and Non-Binary Network to chat while crafting badges.

Crafty convos 2: Return of the (tote) bag

Tuesday 3 March 10am - 1pm, P/T/005, Physics

Join the YUSU Women and Non-Binary Network to chat while decorating tote bags.

A voice for diversity in science

Dr Jess Wade is a passionate advocate for diversity in science.

Wednesday 4 March 1pm - 2pm, C/A/101, Chemistry

Dr Jess Wade is a postdoctoral research associate at Imperial College London. She's a passionate advocate for diversity in science, and has received awards for contributions to science, science communication, diversity, and inclusion. Jess is particularly well known for her high profile campaign to create Wikipedia pages for women scientists, writing over 900 since 2017. This event is free, open to all, and there's no need to book.

Connecting via conversation

Wednesday 4 March 7pm - 10pm, The Kitchen at Alcuin

Join the YUSU Women and Non-Binary Network for fabulous food, drinks and conversation! Chat to fellow BAME students about your experiences, the issues you face, and the women you look up to. Celebrate your culture as we form connections during a wonderful evening for International Women’s Week. 


Thursday 5 March 1.30pm - 2.30pm, James Hall

((BOUNCE)) is a mini-trampoline fitness company founded by Kim Perry and built up by her all female management team in the aim of making exercise more accessible for all people. Come and try a class with your friends in a fun, friendly and fierce environment.

Celebration of women who have inspired us

Friday 6 March 2pm - 4pm, Biology Atrium

The Department of Biology invite you to join them in celebrating the achievements of all the women who have contributed to our area of expertise or who have inspired us in our careers. This celebration will raise the profile of female biologists including academics, scientists, campaigners and communicators who do work connected with biology (or support such work). Staff and students have nominated women who have inspired them in their career and nominations will be on display in the atrium. All are welcome to this drop-in event, and coffee and cake will be provided.

Environment and Geography International Women's Day lecture

Friday 6 March 12pm - 2pm, Environment Building Foyer

The Environment Equality and Diversity Committee would like to invite you to attend their annual event for International Women’s Day. There will be lunch, a wall of inspirational women in Environment Research, Dr Samarthia Thankappan talking about gender equity and environment issues and much more! Tickets are limited.

'Still I rise': International women's poetry 

Friday 6 March  5pm - 8pm, Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building 

The Department of English and Related Literature are hosting this evening of readings to honour and showcase the incredible poetry of women around the world. Come discover new voices to delight in and take inspiration from during an enriching experience in celebration of International Women’s Week.

Celebrating disabled women

Saturday 7 March 8.30pm, Vanbrugh Arms

Everyone is welcome at this event to celebrate disabled women and nonbinary people on and off campus, with several speakers followed by an open mic, where anyone can speak. Buffet style snacks will be provided.

Contact us

Equality and Diversity Office
+44 (0)1904 324680

Contact us

Equality and Diversity Office
+44 (0)1904 324680