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UON International Women’s Week

Updated 19.02.2021

Mon 8
Thu 11 March 2021



International Women’s Day is marked annually on Monday 8 March with a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

Here at UON, we will be taking these celebrations further with a week of activity, bringing together staff from across the institution to explore development, equality and achievement.

Monday 8 March, 10am – 11am

‘This time it’s personal’. A session with Professor Shân Wareing 

We are starting our week of celebration with a session hosted by Professor Shân Wareing, UON’s Deputy Vice Chancellor. Shân will be sharing personal perspectives on this year’s International Women’s Day theme #choosetochallenge and will highlight key experiences that have shaped her career to date.


Wednesday 10 March, 10am – 1pm

Confronting Gender Bias staff training

Gender bias, whether deliberate or unconscious, is holding women back. 

It makes it harder for women to get hired and promoted and impacts their day to day work experiences.  In this course, we will learn concrete steps to address gender bias head on.

To book onto the session visit U4BW Self Service and search ‘Confronting Gender Bias’ in the Course Catalogue.
If you have any queries please contact

Thursday 11 March, 2.30pm – 5.30pm

Holding our Own – Communicating effectively in a male world.
A workshop with Barbara Houseman

How do we hold our own, gain respect, be seen and heard in a male world without compromising our values and way of being?

This workshop, delivered by voice coach and director Barbara Houseman, will explore how women can use the essential human behaviours of body language, gesture, eye contact and voice to hold their own in a way that feels comfortable and authentic, assertive rather than aggressive.


Friday 12 March, midday – 1pm

Yoga self-care session with Hayley Henderson

No prior yoga experience necessary to join this lunchtime yoga session lead by Hayley Henderson, lecturer in Human Resources and qualified yoga coach. Take some time for self-care, the perfect way to end our week of celebrating IWD 2021.



Cant make any of these sessions?

Why not take part in our social media campaign supporting the central International Women’s Day 2021 theme #ChoosetoChallenge

Find out more on the IWD webpages but in essence, it’s a selfie with your hand raised, accompanied by your challenge pledge. Submissions can be sent to Alex Parramore or tag #UON /@uninortants

We will also be sharing a curated list of on demand resources for further information, learning and support. Keep an eye out for page updates.