Funding call for International Women’s Day 2023 and central event registration

January 13th, 2023

As part of the university’s ongoing commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, we are inviting applications to celebrate International Women’s Day and to register for the central event on 22 March 2023 from 1.15pm-2.45pm.

Applying for local funding

International Women’s Day (IWD) takes place each year on 8 March and at the University of Nottingham we will be celebrating IWD throughout the month of March.

This year’s theme is Embrace Equity and you can find out more about this international campaign on the IWD website.

We are inviting the entire university to be part of this conversation and show how you are breaking gender stereotypes.

Why not share a photo and caption on the 8 March using #EmbraceEquity, #WeAreUoN, #IWD_UoN.

Funding will be awarded to host local events or activities to a maximum of £200.

Applications will be assessed according to how closely the proposed activity or event align with one or more of: the Embrace Equity theme; the EDI Strategic Plan; and our EDI Priorities for 2022/23. We will also prioritise applications likely to have the widest impact.

For applications, please complete this form by Wednesday 8 February 2023.

Everyone who applies will be notified of whether they have been awarded funding by Monday 13 February 2023.

For guidance on running EDI events, please see the EDI events toolkit.

You can find inspiration from the highlights of 2022 IWD events  including a recording of the central event A Focus on Women’s Health and Wellbeing.

Not all events and projects celebrating International Women’s Day will require funding. However, we are asking anyone who wants to host an event or deliver a project to complete the application form so we can promote the event wider to the university community.

This is so that the team know about all the great activities that are taking place and can offer any other support and advice and to promote the event wider.

Register for the International Women’s Day 2023 Central event

Wednesday 22 March, 1:15-2.45pm Let’s Talk Periods and Menopause
Online via Microsoft Teams.

Register your attendance
(PLEASE NOTE: If you registered your attendance prior to Thursday 16 March, you will need to re-register due to a technical fault with the event page.)

Join us for an exciting interactive session open to all staff and students. This workshop, led by two guest facilitators and experts in this field, will help increase your understanding and awareness of the impact of menstruation and menopause and period poverty, and encourage you to speak up and tackle stigma. We are particularly keen for those who don’t menstruate to attend and find out more about these, often stigmatised, subjects.

Our speakers include:

Laura Coryton, Director of SexEdMatters

Laura led the petition against tampon tax, gaining 300,000 signatures which ended the “luxury” tax once applied to all period products. She also successfully lobbied the Government to establish the Tampon Tax Fund, which gave almost £100m to female-focused charities across the UK. Finally, her activism is set to change EU tampon tax legislation early next year. Laura is a published author, and wrote ‘Speak Up!’, a campaign guide for rebel girls.

Dr Claire Mann, owner of ChangeXtra

Claire created ChangeXtra in 2021 in response to her peri-menopause experience. It led to the development of a PauseTrack app which monitors menopause symptoms to help users make informed choices for their health. Claire and ChangeXtra has won Ingenuity – Female Entrepreneur of the year, Health Champion of the Year, National Health Impact Entrepreneur, NTU Enterprise, and Engineers in Business Champion of Champions. Claire has been featured on BBC News, Central News, Nottingham TV and in the printed press talking about menopause and health tracking.

Professor Chris Denning, Professor Stem Cell Biology

Chris Denning is a Professor for Stem Cell Biology at the University. He has led Project Period, an initiative that aims to end period poverty by enabling the distribution of free period products across the institution. Chris is a great advocate for allyship and creating safe spaces demystify and educate those who have not menstruated or experienced menopause.

For any queries, please contact the EDI Coordinators.


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