International Women's Day takes place on the 8th March annually to celebrate the achievements of women, to raise awareness against bias and to inspire and empower us all to take action for equality. The theme for 2022 is #BreakTheBias.
As well as joining events and activities around campus, you can read our one-off IWD special newsletter which we sent out on the day, featuring a collection of books and podcasts, by women or celebrating women, as well as women-led research and other recommendations including activities for children.
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The Social Media team are also putting together a video montage for City's social media channels of our community answering the question: 'Who is your female inspiration and why?' If you would like to feature in the video, please submit a 15 second (max.) clip to email@example.com answering the question on camera. Please record yourself answering the question on your smartphone, vertically/portrait.
Menopause Café @ City, 30th March 12:30 - 2pm, Online
Menopause cafes, which are held all over the UK, increase awareness of the impact of the menopause on those experiencing it, their family, friends and colleagues. This is an informal, social gathering, open to both male and female participants of all ages to share their views and have a confidential, open and respectful conversation. Anyone wishing to join can sign up via the registration button above.
Training sessions (staff only):
As part of City's International Women's Day celebrations, two special staff development sessions will take place across the week on empowering yourself, and helping you to find the courage and confidence to speak up:
Empowering yourself 9th March, 9.30am - 11am, Centre4Learning
The session will cover the following objectives:
- Develop your own sense of empowerment
- Develop a mindset that says “you are the master or your own destiny” and that focuses on taking control of your life and work
- Set goals and empower yourself to achieve these.
Finding the courage and confidence to speak up: Hosted by the CityUniWomen Network 11th March, 10am - 12pm, Kate Atkin
This 2-hour online masterclass will provide you with an overview of how your beliefs and behaviours can detract from your self-confidence and making a few changes could give your confidence a boost. It will also provide an insight into the imposter syndrome, why it is really a phenomenon, and leave you with strategies to give your confidence a boost and to diminish your imposter chatter. We will also discuss what research says about the benefits of presenting your best-self and the concepts of authenticity and psychological courage.
To register for either/both sessions, please use this booking form . For any enquires please contact OD@city.ac.uk.
City Extraordinary Women
Each year, on International Women’s Day, a new addition to City’s online and physical gallery of extraordinary women is selected. Ahead of the announcement for City's 2022 addition, you can view our City's Extraordinary Women gallery.
Visit the library team’s book and information display to celebrate Women’s History Month in the Law Library. There is also Women's History Month collection on OverDrive, featuring e-books and some audiobooks and a blogpost where they've mentioned some other Library resources of interest, like the History of Feminism database.
Break the bias: Commit to action
To break the bias women continue to experience, we need to understand what it is and how it shows up in our decisions and actions. Explore these 10 short videos to learn about the pervasiveness of bias and how we can all come together and collectively reduce discrimination in all aspects of our lives.
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- We all have gender bias (3m 40s) – Learn how bias is tied to the way our brain functions and can be useful. Explore strategies to become aware of your own bias and prevent it from controlling your thinking.
- Addressing common biases (3m 57s) – Explore the four common biases found in the workplace and what you can do to prevent them.
- How to counter unconscious bias (6m 48s) – Learn how to weaken your biases.
- Clearing out unconscious bias (4m 29s) – Learn how to evaluate your unconscious bias of others so you can mitigate those judgments and foster an inclusive environment for all employees to thrive.
- Maternal bias (1m 29s) – Maternal bias is when we incorrectly assume that mothers are less committed and less competent. Mothers are often given fewer opportunities and held to higher standards than fathers.
- Amplifying women’s contribution at work (2m 54s) – The unfortunate reality is that women are more likely to be interrupted and talked over than men. Learn to employ three everyday strategies for amplifying women’s contributions at work.
- Adopt an allyship mindset (4m 7s) – Learn why adopting an allyship mindset is at the heart of authentic communication in a culturally diverse workplace
- How to mentor and sponsor women (3m 44s) – Learn what you need to consider when offering to mentor and sponsor women.
- Office Housework (2m 9s) – Learn how invisible labour is perceived and why it often disproportionately falls on women's shoulders
- How teams can leverage both masculine and feminine leadership (3m 41s) – When teams include both men and women, they have the potential to perform better. Learn how to realise it.
CitySport celebrates International Women’s Day to encourage women to use sport and exercise as a way to break the bias. Watch their video to empower female activity and become the best version of you.