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Updated: 28 February 2023IWD

International Women's Day 2023 #EmbraceEquity

Marked annually on 8 March, International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity and the theme for 2023 is #EmbraceEquity

International Women’s Day Training and Support Bundle

For International Women's Day 2023 EDI are delighted to present a bundle of sessions aimed at women on topics like leadership, imposter syndrome, resilience, self-advocacy and more, delivered with a series of workshops and a 4-part webinar in collaboration with DCM Learning.

On 1st March, new parents and those returning from maternity/adoptive/surrogacy leave can join the “Maternity Matters – Return To Work” session, which will give practical tools and tactics to make a confident return to work. You can register on the EDI Training & Events Calendar

The DCM Learning “Women in Leadership Mini Programme” includes virtual sessions on 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th March. The 4-part programme aims to actively narrow the gap critical to career advancement, giving attendees vital leadership skills.

DCM Learning | Women in Leadership Mini-Programme Registration Link

Workshop Women and Leadership - Don’t Let Imposter Syndrome Hold you Back (7 or 8 March)

Find out more about what’s on offer on the Training section of the EDI website

Events and initiatives across the University

UCD Research has prepared a showcase of inspiring female experts across a broad range of disciplines and career levels at UCD. Women who are not only making waves in their own field but who have also dedicated themselves to mentoring and championing other women in education and academia. Learn about some examples of feminist research by female and male academics at UCD, creating impact in the areas of ‘Tackling Inequality’ and ‘Improving the Lives of Women and Girls.’

Visit the UCD Research Website

Equality and Equity in Irish Built Environment Professions

Join us for an International Women’s Day Event, Wednesday 8th March 2023, 17.30 -19.00, Studio 3 Planning and Environmental Policy Building, Richview, UCD

The Presidents/Chairs of all the Irish Built Environment Professional bodies associated with the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy are currently Women! For this event we are delighted to be joined by:

  • Valerie Brennan Chair of the Royal Town Planning Institute, Ireland
  • Bernadette O’Connell, President of the Irish Landscape Institute
  • Charlotte Sheridan, President of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland
  • Juliet Ryan, Secretary of the Irish Planning Institute

We will present some research on Equality in the Irish Architecture and Planning Professions and will host a roundtable to discuss and reflect on women's careers and achievements, the barriers that still exist for women in the built environment professions and how we ensure more women progress to the highest levels in the Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture professions. 

The presentation and roundtable discussion will be followed by a wine reception. 

Please Register for the event at Eventbrite

Time: Wednesday, 8 March 12-1.10 pm

Location: UCD University Club (in person event)


  • Dr Fionnuala Murphy, UCD
  • Saoirse Fahy, STRIPE
  • Dr Marion Boland, SFI
  • and Dr Niamh Quinn, ESB

Key Topics:

  • Engineering & Navigating personal career pathway
  • SFI’s Gender Strategy and the Sex and Gender in Research
  • Women in Engineering

Organisers: This event is jointly supported by UCD College of Engineering & Architecture and UCD Research

Detailed agenda and the registration form can be found here

Time: Wednesday 8 March 2023 | 14.00 - 15:00

Location: UCD Quinn School of Business, Room Q118 & Zoom

Join us this International Women’s Day for a discussion on progress on the European Research Council Gender Equality objectives – how are we doing? What more needs to be done? What can we learn from colleagues from across UCD?


  • Prof Claire Gormley, Director Foundations in Data Science SFI CRT
  • Dr Georgiana Ifrim, Director ML-Labs SFI CRT
  • Dr Brian MacNamee, Director ML-Labs SFI CRT
  • Dr Vikram Pakrashi, Energy Institute; Director UCD Centre for Mechanics

Moderator: Dr Paula Carroll, College of Business, UCD Earth and Energy Institutes

The event will be followed by tea and coffee at 15.00.

Further information and registration: IWD23UCD.eventbrite.com

Supported by the UCD Earth and Energy Institutes and NexSys

The School of Chemistry have prepared a few videos of inspiring women in chemistry to mark International Women's Day. Visit https://www.ucd.ie/chem/edi/

Panel discussion about STEM careers from a female perspective. As part of this celebration  a portrait of Dervilla Donnelly will be unveiled.

In person event: 31 March, 11 am – 1 pm

Details to follow

Women at Stem (W@Stem)

UCD Charity Panel and Brunch (In support of Women's Aid)


International Women's Day 2022

The theme for International Women’s Day 2022 is "Break the Bias".

Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that's diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women's equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.

Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality. More information can be found here.

The Gender Pay Gap in Higher Education Institutions: Opportunities and Challenges from the Gender Pay Gap Information Act 2021:

The UCD Equality, Diversity and Inclusion unit, in conjunction with the UCD Sutherland School of Law and Equality Studies Centre, is delighted to invite you to "The Gender Pay Gap in Higher Education Institutions: Opportunities and Challenges from the Gender Pay Gap Information Act 2021", an online event taking place on Monday 7th March 2022, 11.30am - 1.30pm.

With this online webinar, UCD will mark the 2022 International Women’s Day by discussing a recent legislative initiative that could have a crucial role in advancing gender equality for women living in Ireland in the next years, the Gender Pay Gap Information Act 2021. The webinar will offer a forum to analyse the opportunities and challenges that arise from this piece of legislation to effectively tackle the Gender Pay Gap, with a particular focus on its potential impact and implementation in the Higher Education sector.

The webinar will help understand the context in which the Gender Pay Gap Information Act 2021 was adopted, with reference to comparative experiences in other European countries and to the EU Directive Proposal that is currently under consideration. IHREC’s Chief Commissioner, Ms Sinead Gibney, will also provide guidance on the Act and will explain the role IHREC can play in promoting effective implementation and enforcement of the Act. Additionally, the webinar will offer practical views on what Higher Education institutions are already doing to tackle the GPG and how the Act can be effectively implemented in this sector.

UCD EDI will also take this opportunity to launch its Annual Report 2020/2021 and to share findings from its EDI Survey 2021. Speakers on the day will include:

  • Chair: Dr. Marie Moran (Assistant Professor in Equality Studies and Social Justice, Director of the UCD Equality Studies Centre)
  • Tristan Aitken (Chief People Officer and Director of SIRC & Legal Services, UCD)
  • Sinéad Gibney (IHREC Chief Commissioner)
  • Marcellina Fogarty (UCD Strategic Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager)
  • Dr. Sara Benedí Lahuerta (Lecturer/Assistant Professor, UCD School of Law)
  • Aoife Cooke, Head of Equal Opportunities, NUI Galway
  • Maura McGinn (Director of Institutional Research, UCD)

More information on the UCD Equality Studies Centre can be found here.

More information on the UCD EDI Unit can be found here

If you missed the event, you can watch the webinar in full here:

Contact UCD Equality Diversity and Inclusion

University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
E: edi@ucd.ie