International Women’s Week

The SRC is working with the other student bodies and with clubs and societies to organise International Women’s Week between Monday 6th March and Friday 10th March.

Centred around International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8th March, the week celebrates the achievements of women and promotes gender equality within our University and beyond.

Fundraising efforts will focus on Rape Crisis Glasgow. This charity supports women and girls who have been raped, sexually assaulted, or sexually abused at some point in their life. Their umbrella organisation Rape Crisis Scotland is the SRC’s partner in our pioneering ‘Let’s talk about sexual violence’ prevention training.

The Gilchrist Postgraduate Club, named for the first female UofG graduate, will host a fitting exhibition featuring stories of some of the University’s remarkable women which we’ve created with Archive Services.

Look out for the SRC, GUSA, QMU and GUU on social media: we’ll each be sharing stories of women, teams and initiatives in our history which fit this year’s International Women’s Day theme, #BeBoldForChange.

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Monday 6th

Craftivism: Tote Bags & Badges
Isabella Elder Feminist Society & Let’s Talk
5pm – room 711, Adam Smith Building

To kick off, Isabella Elder Feminist Society hosts a relaxing couple of hours’ crafting. We’ll be customizing feminist tote bags to sell for Rape Crisis Glasgow the next day.

QMU Live: IWW Edition
Queen Margaret Union
8:45-11:30pm – Jim’s Bar
For the first evening of the week, Queen Margaret Union brings you a special edition of QMU Live! Come along to Jim’s Bar for live music from some fantastic female-fronted bands. The official Facebook event is live with the full line-up ( All proceeds go to The Eve Appeal, a gynaecological cancer research charity.

Tuesday 7th

Tote Bag Selling (Fundraiser for Rape Crisis Glasgow)
Isabella Elder Feminist Society
11am – 3pm – outside QMU

Isabella Elder Feminist Society will be selling handmade feminist tote bags and badges to raise funds for Rape Crisis Glasgow.

GU Amnesty weekly meeting – FGM
GU Amnesty
5pm – Bridie Library, GUU

This week’s Amnesty meeting will focus on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), with a short film screening and talks. In particular, we’ll discuss UK law and debate on different religious and cultural practices.

Contraception: Uteryou, uterme, uterus
Sexpression Glasgow
6-8pm – room 102, St Andrews Building

Sexpression Glasgow, dedicated to the development of sex education, is bringing us a fascinating workshop for this International Women’s Week. This Contraception 101 event will focus on stigma and misconceptions of contraception for individuals with a uterus, as well as finding ways to empower us to make informed contraceptive choices.

GUU Speaker Training
Glasgow University Dialectic Society
6pm – Birdie Library, GUU

Speaker Training trains students in public speaking and equips them to become some of the best debaters in the country. If you’ve ever been nervous about speaking
in public or wanted to improve your skills, come down to the Birdie Library for workshops suited to all levels.

TEDx Screening
7:30-8:30pm – room 916, Adam Smith Building

An event to highlight successful women who have given excellent TED talks over the past couple of decades. Talks will range from talking about body shape and how this affects your confidence, to advances in modern science and architecture. The event will be a wonderful way to share the amazing success stories of women across the globe. Come along to an evening of interesting talks, stimulating conversations and the opportunity to meet a bunch of friendly people!

Wednesday 8th

Film screening of ‘Hidden Figures’
African Caribbean Society
6pm – 412b, Boyd Orr

‘Hidden Figures’ tells the story of three black women and their involvement with NASA operations. A biographical drama which has been nominated for two Golden Globes and three Academy Awards.

1:30-3pm – James Watt Building (room tbc)
Meet with successful female engineers, ask questions & get advice over a free lunch.

Film Screening of ‘Girlhood’
GU French Society
7pm-10pm – Williams Room, McIntyre Building

‘Girlhood’ is a French coming-of-age film that follows the life and challenges of Marieme, a girl from the Parisian banlieues. The film discusses and challenges conceptions of race, gender and class; it captures the stories of black teenagers, something generally underdeveloped in French cinema.

Women of Scotland Subcrawl
6:30pm – start Champion’s Bar, QMU

GULGBTQ+’s main event for the week. This involves hopping on and off the subway at various stops to head to the nearest pub – each stop of the evening will be dedicated to an inspirational woman from Scotland and a few words will be said about them. The crawl will end in SWG3 Poetry Club, just in time to take part in the FemSoc event later that night. Locations tbc.

Big Wednesday Night Pub Quiz: IWW Edition (name TBC)
Queen Margaret Union
8pm – Jim’s Bar, QMU

Reckon you’re pretty clever? Fancy putting that knowledge to the test? On International Women’s Day, the ladies will be taking over the QMU’s Big Wednesday Night Pub Quiz. Head down to Jim’s Bar and try your luck.

So Over It (Fundraiser)
GU Feminist Society
10pm – SWG3 Poetry Club

Join FemSoc for an International Women’s Day party at the Poetry Club from 10-2. All dancing will be for a good cause as proceeds from the night will be split between Glasgow Rape Crisis and Scottish Transgender Alliance. Entry to the event will be £4.

Herstory: International Women’s Day Free Tour
Students’ Representative Council
12pm – Memorial Gate, Main Building

The tour looks at the history of women at the University of Glasgow, walking people through the historical sites on campus and in the west end, and taking in the
old Queen Margaret College. The tour is done in collaboration with the University of Glasgow Archives. Limited places, so please book in advance.

Debate: Theresa May has been bad for women in politics
6pm – Drawing Room, GUU

This show debate will focus on the value of representation of women in politics, with some of the best female speakers from around Scotland. Come and listen to some
fantastic speakers and engage in an important issue for women’s representation.

Thursday 9th

Book Discussion: Women in the Works of Jane Austen
Students of a Jane Austen Persuasion
4:30pm – Bennu Café

Confidence 101 with Women in STEM
5:30pm – room 916, Adam Smith Building

Women in STEM are organising talks from multi-talented and highly successful women including Dr Liberty Vittert and Naziyah Mahmood, amongst others. The event aims to highlight role models, provide advice and inspiration, and increase your confidence.

Panel Discussion – Women in University Management
Students’ Representative Council
6pm – Room 201, McIntyre Building

Our panel is a rare chance to hear about the experiences of women within our University management. It’s also the perfect opportunity for you to ask them questions about the challenges they have overcome and their experiences and hopes for gender equality. Confirmed speakers are:
Ann Allen, Director of Estates and Buildings
Christine Barr, Director of Human Resources
Michele Burman, Head of School of Social and Political Sciences
Lynn Abrams, Head of School of Humanities
Sally-Ann Cooper, Professor of Learning Disabilities

Pub Quiz – FGM
UNICEF On Campus & Obstetrics & Gynaecology Society
7pm – Jim’s Bar, QMU

FGM (female genital mutilation) is a violation of the human rights of girls and women. Yet each year around 3 million girls are subject to FGM. UNICEF – together with the United Nations Population Fund – lead the biggest global programme to end FGM. In line with International Women’s Week, UNICEF On Campus is holding a ‘Women’s Week’-themed pub quiz featuring all your favourites, from Beyonce to Jane Goodall, Oprah to Malala, Princess Diana to J.K. Rowling. Funds raised go to UNICEF.

HIVE Takeover
Isabella Elder Feminist Society & Glasgow University Union
10:30pm – GUU

Isabella Elder will be taking over HIVE once again, with glitter and face-painting in Base Bar throughout the night. All of the money raised by the society as well as the cloakroom money will be going to Rape Crisis Glasgow. Both the main HIVE and The Well will be playing female artists!

Friday 10th

The Vagina Monologues
Isabella Elder Feminist Society
7:30pm – Qudos, QMU

A highlight of IWW is Isabella Elder Feminist Society’s annual production of Eve Ensler’s ‘Vagina Monologues’, directed and performed by students. Previous productions have had wonderful reviews and this year should be no different. Tickets will be £3 for the show, or £4 for show and after-party. Proceeds and donations go to Rape Crisis Glasgow.

Vagina Monologues After-Party
Isabella Elder Feminist Society
9pm – Jim’s Bar, QMU

For a perfect end to IWW, we move upstairs for IEFS’s after-show party, where the DJ will play music from women and non-binary artists all night. If not bought as part of the show, tickets are £1 on the door. Once again, all proceeds and donations to Rape Crisis Glasgow.

‘Maleficient’ Film Screening
GU Disney Society
6:30-9pm – Gilchrist Seminar Room

Before the start of the screening, Rape Crisis Glasgow will be coming in to talk about the work they carry out and what we, as a student body, can do to assist them in their efforts. This will be followed by a showing of the Disney movie Maleficient, a feminist twist on the classic tale of the Sleeping Beauty.

Saturday 11th

QMU Life Member and Alumni Talk
Queen Margaret Union
6pm – Scran, QMU

As an end-of-week bonus, the theme of this Life Member and Alumni Talk is activism. With a focus on women’s rights and the role student groups play, a number of individuals will speak on their work and experiences. Professor Anne Anderson, Dr Vikki Turbine, Christine Hamilton, and Ellie Munro will all be speaking, and a number of QMU board members will be taking part in the discussion (details to follow). Open to all students and QMU life members as well as their guests.