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Exeter University celebrates International Women’s Day

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Exeter University is joining today’s International Women’s Day celebrations by welcoming guest speakers and various society events.

International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic and political achievements of women around the world, as well as raising awareness to the progress and action still needed to accelerate gender parity.

Events include a talk from two female professors, discussing their experiences working in academia, a film screening of a female-orientated documentary shedding light on the founders of the modern women’s movement, and a Women of Colour Poetry Night at the Grove Diner.

Honorary graduate of Exeter University and current Client Account Manager for Stonewall Mandy McBain has also been invited to campus to speak tomorrow.

Stonewall is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Equality Charity, which focuses on empowering individuals, by allowing them to be themselves, flourish and reach their full potential.

Mandy is a powerful advocate for equality, diversity and inclusion, and was awarded an MBE in the 2012 New Year Honours list for her contributions to the inclusivity agenda for the Naval Service and developed the first Naval Service Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Forum.

The talk will be held at 11am on March 9th at Streatham Court 0.28, and will include a Q&A session, refreshments, and a chance to hear about her experiences as an advocate for equal rights and opportunity.

Exeter student and gender-equality activist Elizabeth told Exeposé: “I think International Women’s Day is a great opportunity to recognise strong women around the world and inspire other’s to reach their potential.

“It’s wonderful to able to get involved with the celebrations at Exeter, and I’m looking forward to attending some of the talks.”

A list of events taking place and further resources can be found on the Exeter University Guild Website.

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