International Women's Day 2024 Events


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Women's Journey's, Oxford City of Sanctuary

1st - 17th March, Online and various venues around Oxford

Join the 35th Oxford International Women’s Festival for two weeks of events, online and in venues across Oxford. Celebrate women’s personal journeys of discovery and find inspiration from women who have built successful lives, following journeys of trauma and heartbreak.

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Gender equality: How can we make AI a force for inclusion?

6th March, Pembroke College - The Pichette Auditorium / Online 

To celebrate International Women’s Day, The University of Oxford's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Irene Tracey, will host a discussion on artificial intelligence (AI) featuring panellists from across the University working in AI, who will share their views on making AI a force for gender equality and inclusion. There will be a chance to put your questions to the panel during a Q&A. For those attending in person, there will also be an opportunity to network over tea and coffee until 16.00pm. This is an inclusive event and we warmly invite everyone to join and champion change for current and future generations of women. 

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Online Panel Talk - Women in Enterprise: Navigating the Start-up Ecosystem 

6th March, 12.00 - 1.00pm, Online

Brookes Enterprise Support are celebrating this year's International Women's Day by welcoming a selection of inspiring young female entrepreneurs as guest speakers.
Coming from diverse backgrounds, they will share their personal journeys in the start-up ecosystem and give a motivating account of their experiences. Join this event if you would like to hear their uplifting stories and take part in an insightful conversation.

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Women Leading the Way

7th March, 2pm, Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

Join us in the Sheldonian Theatre to hear from some of the women leading the way in music production, hosted by Professor Sarah Hill, Associate Professor of Popular Music at the University of Oxford. With exclusive access to accomplished industry professionals, music makers and academics an inspiring panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities in the industry today. With a welcome from Irene Tracey, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University, come and hear directly from a panel of leading female executives including:

Emily Eavis – Glastonbury Festival
Golnar Khosrowshahi – Founder and CEO, Reservoir, Music Week’s 2023 International Woman of the Year
Elena Segal – Global Senior Director of Music Publishing, Apple
Semera Khan – Creative Director, Polydor Records

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FemTech Book Collection Launch: Celebrating women in technology

7th March, 6.30pm, Green Templeton College, Woodstock Road, Oxford

We are delighted to announce the inauguration of Oxford's first FemTech-focused book collection at Green Templeton College. This collection encompasses a comprehensive array of books dedicated to women's health and technology. It thoughtfully includes literature addressing patient experiences, the gender data gaps as well as the gender health gaps, reflecting our commitment to fostering an inclusive and informed academic environment.

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Dorothy Hodgkin Memorial Lecture

8th March, Flora Anderson Hall, Somerville College

2024 marks 60 years since the renowned crystallographer Dorothy Hodgkin won her Nobel Prize for Science, becoming the only British woman ever to do so. We could not be more proud than to welcome the University of Oxford’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Irene Tracey, as our speaker on this special occasion, who will give her lecture on ‘Seeing Pain: A Window on the Human Brain through Neuroimaging’. 

Please note, this event is now at capacity. However, the event will be recorded and a livestream will be made available shortly afterwards on the Somerville College YouTube page.

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Retune Festival

25th Feb - 8th March, Various locations around Oxford

RETUNE is a collaboration between the Alternative Canon Project, Oxford University Music Society (OUMS), and the Faculty of Music. We present a festival that reflects the diversity of underrepresented groups in music, both past and present, including performers, composers/arrangers, teachers, patrons, curators, writers and activists.

Over the course of two weeks, venues across Oxford will be hive of activity for a series of student and professional concerts, talks, workshops, and pre-concert events, curated by ACP, OUMS, and the Director of Performance & Performance Studies Dr Maria Razumovskaya with the Music Faculty's Events Team.

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Oxford Africa Business Forum

March 8th - 9th, Organised by Oxford Africa Business Alliance at Saïd Business School

This year’s forum is centred on the integral role businesses play in national development. By creating jobs, driving innovation, and fostering economic growth, they are pivotal to the growth of states and must therefore work in partnership with governments and all relevant stakeholders in achieving national goals. This forum will be delivered in-person with an opening gala dinner on 8 March at one of Oxford University’s historic colleges and all sessions will be live-streamed.

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International Women's Day in partnership with Oxford Africa Business Forum

8th March, 14:00 - 16:30, Organised by Oxford Africa Business Alliance at Saïd Business School

As part of the Oxford Africa Business Forum, we will have 3 sessions dedicated to showcasing women in business to celebrate International Women's Day. These sessions are:

Session 1: Africa’s Debt Structure and its impact to Financial Inclusion of African Women

Session 2: Breaking Barriers: Inspire Inclusion for Women in Business

Session 3: Building With Roadblocks: Strategic Insights from Business Leaders

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International Women's Day: Women's Football - The story so far

8th March, 5.30pm, Kellogg College, 60-62 Banbury Road College Hub Oxford OX2 6PN

Kellogg College is excited to announce the theme for this year is ‘Women's Football - The Story So Far’, bringing together an amazing group of women involved in Football in Oxford University, and in the wider Community. Join them to hear them talk about, and discuss all things Women’s football, including football in academic institutions, social impact, general fitness and wellbeing around the sport, public engagement research on understanding how brains are involved in football, and what it is to be a Lioness!

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Indie Oxford Spring Market

9th March, 10-30am - 3pm, Tap Social Taproom, Oxford

Join Indie Oxford at Tap Social's Taproom in Botley for an awesome Spring Market jam packed with brilliant indie stalls, (just in time for Mother's Day!) AND Tap Social will be bringing the pizzas, beers, vibes and freshly baked goodies from Proof. Traders include Little Letterbox Learning, Etta Rain Ceramics, Charlotte Berry Jewellery, Sitaarah Skincare, Sally Anne Stewart Linocut Prints, Charlotte Spencer Candles, Rainbow and Spoon Boutique, Abingdon Distillery, Leafology Skincare, Jampuppy, Design Studio, Custom Made Jewellery and A Heart Shaped Cherry.

Little Letterbox Learning will also be hosting a kids crafting activity corner at the market, with proceeds going to Yellow Submarine to support children with learning difficulties.

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International Women's Day in conversation

13th March, 18:00 - 19:00, Saïd Business School - Park End Street

Diversity dialogue with Ivona Hideg, Associate Professor of Organisation Studies and Manjiri Gokhale Joshi, Head, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). Ivona and Manjiri trace their individual journeys, Ivona, through her research and insights into workplace EDI advising governments and organisations and Manjiri through her work in leadership development among the differently abled and women from underprivileged backgrounds across countries and organisations.

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