International Women's Day 2022

International Women’s Day – March 8th 2022:

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day 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

Below is a list of events being organised across the university to celebrate International Women’s Day 2022.

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: 


College of Science:

The College of Science will be running a Menopause Webinar with Loretta Dignam from The Menopause Hub. The webinar will consist of a 45-minute presentation, followed by a Q&A. 

"The only definites in life are death, taxes ... and menopause! This educational webinar breaks down the taboo surrounding menopause and demonstrates how menopause is a societal, healthcare, workplace and economic issue. Join us for a presentation and Q&A with Loretta Dignam, Founder of The Menopause Hub."

You can join the event on the 8th March here:

IWD 2022: Menopause Webinar

Alumni Relations:

In honour of International Women's Day 2022, UCD Alumni Relations is celebrating women throughout the month of March. Join us both online and on campus to build your career, discover alumni trailblazers, and #BreaktheBias in everything from the latest technology to redefining UCD's history.

8th March, All Day:
“Follow in her Footsteps” online tour
Take a virtual tour of UCD's campus and meet the exceptional women who have broken biases in their studies, careers and institutions.

#BreaktheBias virtual panel
Hear how these inspiring UCD alumni challenge bias throughout their lives and careers, happening live on Zoom.

22nd March 2022: 7.30am – 16:00 IST
UCD Women in Leadership Conference
Gather in O'Reilly Hall and online to hear from inspirational speakers, receive actionable tips, and grow your network with like-minded people. This year's speakers include Noeline Blackwell, CEO of Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, and David McRedmond, CEO of An Post, among many other industry leaders.

College of Health & Agricultural Science

The UCD School of Medicine will host a virtual event on Tuesday 8th March at 1pm. The School of Medicine EDI Committee is delighted to announce that the two speakers at this years virtual event will be:

  • Prof Karina Butler, Specialist Consultant in Paediatrics and Infectious Disease, CHI, Chair, NIAC (National Immunisation Advisory Committee) & NPHET Member
  • Dr Trish Scanlan, Paediatric Oncologist, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Prof Butler and Dr Scanlan will join us to reflect on

  • Their decision to focus their careers in paediatrics
  • Their path to the key appointments in their careers
  • Their views on gender bias in the workplace (in healthcare settings) in Ireland and Tanzania respectively
  • The challenges they (as women) have encountered in their career especially during the pandemic
  • How they overcame those challenges and ‘called out’ any inequality that they experienced
  • How they coach and advise their female co-workers when they encounter bias in the workplace

Invitation and link to join the virtual event:

Athena Swan:

The Annual Athena Swan event will take place in November. For those who are currently working on applications for Athena Swan awards, the following webinars are taking place this February and March:

  • Working with data: 9thFebruary, 12pm-1pm. Register here
  • Developing a targeted action plan: 2nd Register here
  • Evaluating progress and impact: 30th Register here.

Platform 55 - Webinar:

Platform 55 will be hosting a webinar on the 8th March, between 1-2pm. Panelists include:

  • BT Young Scientist winners 2020 - Cormac Harris and Alan O'Sullivan
  • Finian Murphy - Marketing Director, Core
  • Jen Rolfe - Founder Festival of the Girl
  • Paul Hickey 

UCD Employees are able to register for the event here:

Platform 55 - International Women's Day

List of Events across National University of Ireland Institutions:

Dr. Patrick O'Leary, Registrar for the National University of Ireland, has collated a list of events taking place across the National University of Ireland Institutions. You can view this list here:

NUI List of International Women's Day Events

Podcast: At the Margins - #41: Women in Economics - The Irish Society for Women in Economics

UCD School of Economics launched The Irish Society for Women in Economics (ISWE) in collaboration with higher education institutions and public bodies including the central bank in 2021. An outcome of engagement with Athena SWAN, ISWE is a platform seeking to inspire, empower and increase women's visibility in #Economics in Ireland to ensure that the role of economists in public debates, policy, decisions, and education is more representative of Irish society. 
Tune in:

#41: Women in Economics - ISWE Panel

The Irish Society for Women in Economics (ISWE) executive committee to discuss the topic of women in economics chaired by Dr. Orla Doyle School of Economics, UCD and Bróna ní Chobhthaigh. Bróna ní Chobhthaigh, Oana Peia, Karen Arulsamy and Darragh Flannery join to form the panel. Among the topics covered, we discuss some of the barriers faced by women at various stages of the career and lifecycle and how these interact.

Please check out the ISWE website where they will list many resources as the society develops. They also have accounts on the usual social media outlets:

IWD 2022: At The Margin Podcast Logo

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning is an online elearning portfolio of thousands of courses and tutorials taught by industry experts in software, creative, and business skills. More information on how employees can access this portfolio can be found on the People and Organisational Development website:

For International Women's Day, LinkedIn Learning has created a compilation of content about the realities of racism, microagression, and discirimination. You can find further information on the range of modules available in the following guide:

LinkedIn Learning - International Women's Day Guide

LinkedIn Learning - International Women's Day