International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women - while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender equality.

EUR believes fundamentally in enabling our community to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and above all, celebrate women’s achievements. Each of these steps helps to create a gender-equal community, society and world that all of us can benefit from.

On Thursday 5th March, EUR will host a range of events to mark this significant occasion, the topics ranging from women’s health to gender bias in the digital space. It is an excellent opportunity to broaden the discussion about the key issues that face women and to hear from thought leaders interested in driving change.

We hope you’ll be there to show that at EUR we are #EachforEqual.

IWD 2020 Events

  • Despite the huge advances that have been made in medicine, it is still afflicted by gender bias. This is reflected in the gaps in understanding of women's health, discrepancies in research expenditure, and even a gender gap in certain health outcomes.

     

    To shine a light on these issues and to mark International Women’s Day 2020, Erasmus MC will host a lunch lecture at the Nieuwe Instituut on women’s health.

     

    The keynote speaker will be Prof. dr. Jolien Roos-Hesselink. Prof. Roos-Hesselink is one of the founders of the VENA-association in the Erasmus MC, and her work involves adult congenital heart disease, pregnancy in cardiac patients and aortic disease.

     

    This event is organised by VENA.

  • On the 5th of March 2020, Minister of International Development will provide a keynote lecture for EUR staff as part of EUR’s International Women’s Day celebration during a High Tea event, to be attended by the Executive Board. 

     

    Minister Kaag will highlight the importance of energising change towards gender equality in large organisations and the challenges faced by women facing other equality issues. This is alongside the increasing importance of digital inclusion to our lives.

     

    This event will also showcase the progress made by women at EUR and more importantly EUR’s efforts in promoting gender equality and social equity such as its innovative 25/25 policy measure.

     

    This event is organised by the Diversity & Inclusion Office

  • Woke is a theatre performance by Apphia Campbell about the Civil Rights Movement. Performance and after talk in the context of International Women’s Day.

     

    Don’t miss this award-winning theatre performance by Apphia Campbell that follows two women’s fight for civil rights. One is notorious Black Panther, Assata Shakur wrongly convicted of murder in the late seventies; the other, a present-day university student, Ambrosia, enrolling as the Ferguson riots begin (2014). This is when the Black Lives Matter movement became nationally recognised following the death of youngster Michael Brown in Ferguson.

     

    Set against a powerful soundtrack of original music and traditional gospel and blues sung live, the two women challenge the American justice system, become criminalised through political activism, and ultimately are faced with the same choice: stay and fight, or flee?

     

    Woke won the coveted Scotsman Fringe First Award for its premiere season, and was highly commended by the judges of the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award (2017). After the play, we’ll have an interactive discussion about the issues of the play. Feel free to speak your mind!

     

    This event is organised by Studium Generale and AIESEC

Sigrid Kaag talks about Women in Peacekeeping

Woke: Two women's fight for civil rights