International Women's Day

8 March

International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Oxford Brookes University organises an annual International Women's Day and Athena SWAN lecture to celebrate women's achievements. The Athena SWAN Charter was launched in 2005, and now recognises commitment to advancing and promoting gender equality in higher education in all disciplines and for all staff groups.

International Women's Day 2020

Lecture: How do we fit family life and paid work together?

4 March 2020

For this year's lecture, How do we fit family life and paid work together?, Professor Tina Miller will be discussing how work and caring can be combined in contemporary UK society, and exploring the gender challenges and opportunities. She will give examples from the UK and beyond in answering some key questions:

  • What policy interventions are needed?
  • What can employers and organisations do?
  • How will family life and work change to be fit for the future?

Tina will draw on her research findings and policy engagement with the Women and Equalities Committee and the EU ‘Gender Equality’ group to bring insights into overcoming barriers and finding ways forward.

Tina is a Professor of Sociology in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University. She has been engaged as an expert advisor by the World Health Organisation (Geneva), think tanks and political parties in the UK. She also regularly appears on TV and radio programmes to discuss motherhood, fatherhood and managing paid work and care in contemporary family lives.

Working mum with her child


She Performs: The Body

She Performs: The Body

20 February to 8 March 2020

The Glass Tank presents She Performs: The Body, the latest exhibition in She Performs' ongoing investigation into the issues of inclusive feminist curating and the under representation of women artists in galleries and museums. The exhibition will present paintings, installations, videos and performances focusing on the corporeal in particular, examining how the body can be a locus; often a tool, an object, a vehicle; sometimes a disappointment, but always a triumph.

Oxford International Women’s Festival: Threads of Liberation

Oxford International Women’s Festival: Threads of Liberation

29 February to 14 March 2020

The Oxford International Women’s Festival (OIWF) exists to celebrate women’s achievements and solidarity and to highlight local, national and international issues. It is organised by local women to reflect a wide range of backgrounds and experiences – and has played a significant part in the community for over a quarter of a century.

Oxford Human Rights Festival: RESILIENCE

Oxford Human Rights Festival: RESILIENCE

13 March to 3 April 2020

Through film, art and talks, the 18th Oxford Human Rights Festival shares the voices and stories of resilient individuals. We will celebrate cultures, encourage debates and discussions and have opportunities to develop pathways to strengthen our resilience and thrive.

External resources

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

The Athena SWAN Charter is a framework which is used across the globe to support and transform gender equality within HE and research.