As a female student myself who also works full time, I wanted to share my personal thoughts from International Women’s day this year while considering the pandemic we all find ourselves in.
What is International Women's Day?
To offer some background, International Woman’s Day (IWD) is a global Day where we take time to celebrate women for their social, economic, cultural, and political achievements. It is always marked in March with it falling on March 8th this year. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements whatever their importance and ethnicity.
The idea to make the day International came from Clara Zetkin, a woman. This memorable day happened in 1910 during an International conference for a woman at work in Copenhagen. During this conference, there were one hundred women reunited from seventeen countries and they did have suggested unanimously to mark that day. Today like those women we want to mark the day and make the theme for International Woman’s Day important. This theme is changing and expressed differently depending the organisation and country.
Part of this year's theme is about gender equality and celebrating the achievements of a woman from a local to a global perspective. Reflecting on recent times from 2020 and 2021 has given me time to consider women who despite all must work or study through the challenges posed by the COVID-19 situation and imposed restrictions.
Amongst these include some of our academics who have worked tirelessly across the Coventry University Group supporting students through this time. As this year's celebrations also fell on the first day of Green Week (March 8th - 14th), some of these inspirational female academics have been recognised and highlighted online. These are just some of the women who have gone above and beyond when it comes to championing the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular goal 4 - Quality Education.