international women's day 2011

Edinburgh University marks International Women’s Day on 8th March 2011

Posted on: 28 February 2011

A series of events is being held at the University of Edinburgh to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March.

The events, organised by Edinburgh University Students’ Association and the University of Edinburgh mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.

The day’s programme includes a student conference capturing the roles of women in a range of areas including politics, computer science and global leadership; the International Women’s Day Lecture, delivered by Dr Irene Khan; a benefit production of V-Day’s Vagina Monologues; a special Student Council focused on gender equity issues on campus; and the renaming of the University buildings to reflect women’s achievements.

Global Leaders’ conference

EUSA will host the Global Women, Global Leaders student conference to showcase academic, local, and student experts in the fields of science, history, politics, and global leadership.

Speakers will include the Edinburgh University Hoppers, Dr Fiona McKay, and EUSA President Liz Rawlings, among many others. There will also be a networking lunch for attendees.

    Global Leaders’ Conference
    Tuesday 8 March 2011, 10.30am – 5pm
    The Dining Room, Teviot Row House

Irene Khan lecture

Dr Irene Khan, international human rights expert and former Secretary General of Amnesty International, will speak at the Second Annual International Women’s Day Inaugural Lecture.

The topic of Dr Khan’s lecture is “gender equality and women’s empowerment: the unfinished revolution”. The public lecture will be chaired by journalist and broadcaster, Sheena McDonald.

    International Women’s Day Inaugural Lecture
    Tuesday 8 March 2011, 5.30pm – 7pm
    Assembly Hall, New College

Vagina Monologues

To close the day, EUSA will present an evening benefit production of the Vagina Monologues.

The famous play is being produced, directed and performed by Edinburgh students and staff and will highlight issues regarding the global epidemic of gender-based violence.

The production will raise funds for Shakti Women’s Aid, a women’s organisation based in Edinburgh. Shakti provides information and support to Black and Ethnic Minority women, children, and young people experiencing or fleeing domestic abuse.

The Vagina Monologues is part of V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works.

Also a partner in this production, the Edinburgh Students’ Charities Appeal is a student-led fundraising charity who supports students who want to raise money for organisations such as Shakti.

    The Vagina Monologues
    Tuesday 8 March 2011, 8.32pm – 10.30pm
    The Dining Room, Teviot Row House

Renaming buildings

To highlight the academic, political and cultural achievements of women on International Women’s Day, the University and EUSA are renaming University buildings for the day.

Currently, only two university buildings at Edinburgh are named after women: the Crystal Macmillan building in George Square and the Ann Walker building at Kings Buildings.

The honoured women will either share the same academic or cultural area of expertise or will reflect the academic subject of the building, with preference for women with a connection to the University and Scotland.

Women to be honoured include Sophie Jex Blake, Marie Curie, James Miranda Berry, and Elsie Maud Inglis.

Council recognises International Women’s Day

The Student Council of EUSA will hold a themed meeting on 8 March at 7pm in the Debating Hall in Teviot, in honour of International Women’s Day.

The University Secretary Kim Waldron will address the Council, EUSA President Liz Rawlings and Postgraduate Representative Tania Porqueddu will report on their attendance at the Emerging Leaders Global Summit: The Next Generation of Women Leaders Transforming the World in New York, and each of the Student Council Forums will follow agendas set by their female members.

Centeniary year

Established in 1911, International Women’s Day is a globally recognised day of celebration, dedication and campaigning on 8 March each year.

The day was initially intended to recognise suffrage and the economic, social and political achievements of women. Today, International Women’s Day is celebrated throughout the world, used to highlight continuing gender inequality.

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