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IWD 2016

Women in the Creative Arts

Queen's Gender Initiative celebrate International Women's Day 2016

In association with the School of Creative Arts, Queen’s University Belfast


Female Creativity and Discovery in the Creative Arts

Tuesday 8th March @ 1:10pm - Old McMordie Hall, Music

1:10 - “Marie Sallé (1709-56): A Pioneer in Female Creativity” - Dr. Sarah McCleave
1:20 - “The Works of Kaija Saariaho (b. 1952)” - Daniel Barkley
1:30 - “Auditory Perception and Female Scientists” - Dr. Trevor Agus
1:40 - “(Feminine) Intuition” - Paula Guzzanti

Free admission


Gender Equality in Policing: Are We There Yet?

Tuesday 8th March @ 4pm - Canada Room, Lanyon Building QUB

This years speaker is Judith K. Gillespie CBE, a former deputy chief of the PSNI. A graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute, she was awarded an OBE in the Birthday Honours list in June 2009, an Honorary Doctorate from Queen's University in July 2012, and a CBE in the Birthday Honours in June 2014.

On leaving PSNI in March 2014 she became an advisor on leadership and transformational change both nationally and internationally and has been appointed to the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.

RSVP Amber Mulholland by 12.00 noon on Friday 4 March via tel (028) 9097 2085, or email:


Take the Boat

Tuesday 8th March @ 6:30pm - Queen’s Film Theatre

This documentary explores the stories of women who ‘take the boat’ to England for the abortion treatment they need – a journey made by thousands every year. Whereas France recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of abortion legislation, the woman’s right to choose is still not guaranteed everywhere in Europe. 

Followed by a panel discussion exploring the issues raised in the film and an introduction from directors of the film Serena Robin and Camille Hamet.

Free admission, booking recommended


Changing Lives of Communities in Uganda - QUB Volunteers Make a Difference

Wednesday 9th March @ 1pm - Inner Atrium of the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute of Experimental Medicine

Mr Mervyn Murdock, Technician in the Centre for Biomedical Sciences Education and Mrs Ethel Murdock will speak of their work with families in Uganda over the last 20 years. Student representatives from the SMDBS who have previously been to Uganda will be available to chat about their experiences.

Mr. Murdock's work includes building two schools, new homes for some of the poorest families, a Health Centre and his team have raised money for a bore hole giving children clean water to drink. Ethel’s work with the women in the communities includes providing sewing machines and teaching essential skills that enable the women to support their families.

Free admission


A Brief Herstory of Cinema

Wednesday 9th March @ 6:20-6:50pm - Queen’s Film Theatre

A student-produced zine discussing contemporary questions of feminism, women in the film industry, and wider questions of the representation of women both on screen and across media platforms. The presentation discusses the process of creating the zine and the conclusions drawn. Free copies of the zine will be available.

Tickets available as part of the following event


All About My Mother

Wednesday 9th March @ 6:55 pm - Queen’s Film Theatre

Almodóvar’s classic melodrama weaves together a magnificent tapestry of femininity, with an affectionate wink to classic theatre and cinema in this poignant story of love, loss and compassion. 35mm screening.

Tickets £4


Tea in a China Cup

Tuesday 8th March – Thursday 10 March @ 7:30pm - Brien Friel Theatre

Drama by Belfast playwright Christina Reid. A bittersweet history of three generations of women told through memories of family pride and tradition, and a granddaughter’s fear of being alone for the first time.

Tickets (£7/£5 concessions) available at the venue


Women's History Association of Ireland Conference - Women in Rural Areas

Friday 11th March @ 1.30pm - Peter Froggatt Centre AND Saturday 12th March @ 9.30am - Old Staff Common Room

The annual conference of the Women's History Association of Ireland will be on the theme 'Women in Rural Society - from Medieval to Modern'. This years keynote speaker is Professor Jane Whittle (University of Exeter), who presents ‘So what is Work exactly? Examining Women’s and Men’s Work Activities in a Rural, Preindustrial Economy’.

Featuring panels on

  • 'Folklore and Folklife'
  • 'Marriage, Reproduction and Domestic Life'
  • '18th Century Women'
  • 'Consumerism'
  • 'Outsiders or Outcasts'
  • 'Comparative Contexts'
  • 'Early Modern Women'
  • 'Women Leaders'

Full programme here. Directions to venues here.

Free admission


Women Techmakers Belfast Summit

Wednesday 6th April @ 6pm - Canada Room, Lanyon Building

Women Techmakers is Google’s brand and global program for women in technology. It is an initiative that aims to raise awareness of innovative female leaders in technology and inspire others to join the field. There will be a wide range of speakers and panels, including inspirational talks from local entrepeneurs, discussion panels about the big issues in the industry at present, and technical talks from industry leaders.

Featuring talks such as

Tickets £6.50