International Women’s Day 2019

In celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March, here are a range events taking place across our campuses to celebrate women and their achievements:

Friday 1 March

  • Songs of Freedom workshop with Sabina Desirt & Jessica Lauren – A singing workshop utilising on a song about political activism – 17-18.00, The Gulbenkian.
  •  The Jazz Sessions: Jessica Lauren’s Naga 5 – Composer and jazz keys player Jessica Lauren with a 5 piece ensemble for a special concert exploring female empowerment – 19.30, The Gulbenkian.
  • UKC Women’s Campaign present Pink Shirts – The Women’s Campaign are raising money for Coppafeel by selling pink t-shirts until 8 March. Get yours in Essentials!
  • Gender Equality Survey – the survey is open to women until 8 March 2019.
  • Get Talking –  If you don’t have anything planned for your area how about following the footsteps of the HR department and promote famous and influential woman and get the conversation flowing? Contact Equality & Diversity for your information pack.

Wednesday 6 March

  •  Wear Pink – All staff and students are invited to wear pink for charity.
  • ‘On Wednesday’s We Wear Pink’ – The Women’s Officer and the UniBoob Team present a IWD Vensday takeover at The Venue.

Thursday 7 March

  • Self Identity and Empowerment Painting Workshop: Female-identifying only painting workshop (from 18.00, location TBC). Register your interest and find out more from Yvonne Ayeni.

Friday 8 March

  • Uchenna Dance – The Head Wrap Diaries
  • Self-Identity and Empowerment Exhibition (time and location TBC)
  • Unravelling the mysteries of the menopause and the taboo! – Book via Staff Connect (search ‘menopause’) – 09.30-11.15, Rochester Board Room.
  • Athena SWAN ‘Balance for Better’  – International Women’s Day at Kent Q&A from 12-14.00 in Grimond Lecture Theatre 3.
  • Inspiring International Women: Shown and Tell – 13-14.00 in UELT Seminar Room – Register your interest.
  • Funny Rabbit Comedy Club – An all-female line up of comedians for our regular comedy night. Featuring, Jayde Adams, Tanyalee Davis and Carrieann Redneck.
  • A Quiz Night Out – Kent RaG have teamed up with K-Bar, Woody’s, Origins, Mungo’s and Cargo to host a campus-wide charity pub quiz on Friday 8 March to commemorate International Women’s Day!

Sunday 10 March

  • This Girl Can Family Day – A day for all the family to celebrate women and girls and champion gender equality. Featuring clay-modelling workshops, films directed by and about girls/women, science workshops/demos, a disco and pop-up performances
  • F-rated films

Thursday 14 March

  • Kent Sport Q&A with Claudia Du Val, #1 ranked female MMA black belt. (More details to follow.)


In honour of International Women’s Day, Student Services, the Library and Kent Union have compiled a suggested reading list of titles that focus on female empowerment. Titles are classic and modern, fiction and non-fiction, sad and funny so there should be something there for everyone! Copies available of selected titles.