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International Women's Day 2017

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International Women’s Day (IWD) is an annual celebration held on 8 March. It is a day dedicated to the development and celebration of women across the world. This year, IWD is celebrating the theme #BeBoldForChange and aims to involve everyone in the creation of a better world by prioritising the successful inclusion of all women. 

See below for our exciting programme of events being held throughout March for staff and students to celebrate IWD.  If you have any questions about the programme, please contact

Please note: We will continue to add information and new events to these webpages as details become available.


London’s Women Historians: A Celebration

March–May 2017

IHR Wolfson Conference Suite, NB01/NB02, Basement, IHR, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Open to: All

In collaboration with King’s, the Institute of Historical Research Britain’s national centre for history, is hosting a pop-up exhibition of twentieth-century London women historians to celebrate the contribution of women to the discipline.

For more information visit here.


International Women's Day: Networking Breakfast

Wednesday 8 March


Great Hall, Strand

Open: Staff and students from the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences

Come and celebrate International Women’s Day with NMS and KCL Women in STEM (WiSTEM) at an informal networking breakfast for all staff and students of the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences (NMS).

For more information and to book a place, visit here.


Celebrating Women in Library Services, Together

Wednesday 8 March

Open to: All Library Services staff

Interactive workshops in which there will be group discussions on thought-provoking questions about this year’s IWD's theme #BeBoldForChange. This will be followed by the screening of a TED Talk, Q&A and social sharing using the ‘hands in’ visual concept.  

There will be 4 interactive workshops across King's campuses. See below for timing and venue details:

  1. 09.30-10.30 Classroom 6, Weston Education Centre, Denmark Hill;
  2. 11.30-12.30 Room 2.10, New Hunt’s House Library, Guy’s campus;
  3. 14.30-15.30 Room 2.108, Franklin Wilkins Library, Waterloo campus;
  4. 16.30-17.30 Room LG39, Maughan Library, Strand campus.

 No need to book a place. 


Women in IT

Throughout March (starting 8 March)

Open to: All

On-line interviews and videos of women working in IT at King’s, talking about their work, their experiences and what they will be doing to support the International Women’s Day theme #Beboldforchange.

Visit Yammer and the IT intranet page for more information.


Arts & Humanities #BeBoldForChange Event

Wednesday 8 March


The Chapel, First Floor, King’s Building, Strand

Open to: King’s staff and students

Join the Faculty of Arts & Humanities to celebrate and be inspired by women who have taken bold action to make changes in their life and career. They will be sharing their experiences and motivations, how they overcame challenges and what difference their bold actions have made.

Participants will be invited to make pledges about ways we can collectively and individually make a difference in the future.

For more information and to book a place visit Eventbrite.



It may only be hand cream but it’s a living for some African Women

Wednesday 8 March


Language Resources Centre Seminar Room, K-1.07.3, King’s Building, Strand Campus.

Open to: All

Hear the voices of women from rural northern Ghana who make a living from the Shea butter industry. Shea is used in many hand creams and moisturisers but where does it come from and how does it affect the lives of some of Ghana’s poorest women?

Stephanie Green, Academic Services Manager for the Modern Languages Centre spent two years working with women in this industry in Ghana through Voluntary Services Overseas and will use stories from the women she met to explore how this business is supporting female empowerment and changing lives.

For more information and to book a place visit Eventbrite


Cultural Showcase

Wednesday 8 March

14.15 - 16.00

Great Hall, Strand Campus

Open to: All King’s staff and students

 The King’s Diversity & Inclusion Student Ambassadors are hosting a cultural showcase of poetry, music, dance, theatre, comedy etc. to celebrate this year’s IWD theme, #BeBoldForChange.

The show will bring together staff and student performances to celebrate the contributions women have made to society globally. 

Nibbles and refreshments will be available from 14.15pm with the chance to view a specially commissioned exhibition Women of Mathematics.  The key note will be given by Funmi Olonisakin, Professor of Security, Leadership & Development at King’s, founding Director of the African Leadership Centre and Interim Vice President/Vice-Principal (International) from 3 April.

The showcase will commence at 14:40pm. 

More details about the programme to follow. No need to book a place. 


Female Film Critics Today

Wednesday 8 March

14.00 - 16.00

Room K2.31, Strand Campus

Open to: All 

The Department of Film Studies is delighted to welcome four field-leading critics to King’s College London to discuss their experience in the industry; how women can forge their own through paths through it; and what the future might hold for female writers on film.


Simran Hans (freelance film writer and researcher, programmer at The Bechdel Test Fest)

Sophie Monks Kaufman (Contributing Editor Little White Lies, writer and director of I DO NOT SLEEP)

Anna Smith (Freelance film critic and President, Critics' Circle)

Isabel Stevens (Film and photography critic and Production Editor, Sight & Sound)

Tickets are free but must be reserved.

For more information and to book a place at the panel discussion visit Eventbrite.


Women of Mathematics throughout Europe: A gallery of portraits and lecture from Professor Ulrike Tillmann, Oxford University

Wednesday 8 March

18:00 – 20:30

Great Hall, Strand Campus, followed by a wine reception

Open to: All

Entering the field of mathematics can be a challenge and women often encounter specific obstacles. This exhibition will offer a glimpse into the world of mathematics through photographs by Noel Tovia Matoff and excerpts of interviews conducted by mathematicians Sylvie Paycha and Sara Azzali with thirteen women mathematicians throughout Europe.

Alongside the exhibition, Professor Ulrike TIllmann, Mathematical Institute, Oxford University will give a talk.  Professor Tillmann uses algebra to study the global properties of geometric objects. Much of her work has been motivated by quantum physics and string theory. She has received national and international prizes for her work.

For information about the exhibition

For information about how to book a place at the talk visit Eventbrite


Celebrating Trans Women 

Friday 10 March

Session 1: 12:30-13:30

Session 2: 13:30-14:30

Moot Court Room, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus

Open to: All

To celebrate the diversity of women’s experience, Arts & Sciences are holding two lunch and learn sessions screening short videos focusing on the experiences of trans women across the world. These women discuss their identities, experiences and the issues important to them. These short videos will be followed by a discussion.

Book a space via doodlepoll, and selecting your preferred session. If you’d rather be anonymous, you can use your initials or codename. Tea & coffee will be provided, but please bring your own lunch.


Women in Mind: an interview with Harriet Harman

Tuesday 21 March


Robin Murray A&B, Main IoPPN Building, Denmark Hill Campus, followed by a reception in the Education Hub

Open to: All 

Interviewed by Ann McNeill - Chair of IoPPN Diversity & Inclusion and Professor of Tobacco Addiction

Harriet Harman joined a 97% male House of Commons as MP for Peckham in 1982, and had three children while in Parliament. She has been politics’ most prominent champion for women’s rights, introducing the National Childcare Strategy and the Equality Act, and changing the law on domestic violence. In 2007 Harriet was elected Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. She is currently Chair of the Joint Committee on Human Rights and is the longest ever serving female MP.

‘Women in Mind’ is a series of events by the Women and Mental Health Special Interest Group, Royal College of Psychiatrists, in collaboration with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. The events are centred around interviews with inspirational women on professional or personal experiences that have shaped their views on women’s mental health, both in terms of difficulties and resilience.

For more information and to book a place at the panel discussion visit Eventbrite.

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