International Women’s Day is celebrated globally in recognition of the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

The first ever International Women’s Day events took place in 1911, when more than 1 million men and women attended rallies¬†campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination.¬† This year SUSU has once again teamed up with the University of Southampton to arrange an entire week’s worth of International Women’s Day events.

The week concludes on International Women’s Day 2013 – Friday 8th March, with a final event in The Bridge. ‘Women Shaping Society’ starts from 5.3opm and features a capella music and performances, a fashion show from Afro Caribbean Society, an art exhibition organised by students from Winchester School of Art and three fantastic female speakers.

Councillor Sarah Bogle will be discussing issues of political representation for women. Professor Nyovani Madise is a global health expert and has extensive experience of HIV/AIDS and reproductive rights work in Africa. Professor Jessica Corner is Dean of Health Sciences and will be talking about her career as a nurse and her work on combating cancer.

Spaces for the event are limited, see the event on Facebook for more details on how to confirm your space.

To find out more about International Women’s Day, it’s history and significance – visit the website at www.internationalwomensday.com.

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