International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity at home, in the workplace and within wider society.

Marked annually on the 8th of March, International Women's Day (IWD) prompts significant activity worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women's achievements or rally for women's equality.  International Women’s Day aims to:

  • Celebrate women's achievements
  • Raise awareness about women's equality
  • Lobby for accelerated gender parity

Colleagues across the university are marking International Women’s Day with events, activities and articles highlighting women’s challenges and achievements.

The IWD 2021 theme is #ChooseToChallenge

A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.

From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge.

Celebrating women at Greenwich

The Women’s Network asked its members to nominate a woman member of staff they would like to celebrate. Nominations were received for professional service and academic staff, at all levels and from areas of the university. Each nominee shared their biggest challenge from the last year, their hopes for the future and someone who inspires them. We are sharing all their stories below, and as you will see the responses varied widely.

In February, NRI also marked International Day of Women and Girls in Science by asking women scientists how they became involved in science and for any advice and lessons for women thinking of a career in science.

International Womens Day Events

Celebrating Women at Greenwich

Marking International Womens Day