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Women's History Month is celebrated throughout the month of March. The purpose of it is to increase consciousness and knowledge of women's history: to take one month of the year to remember the contributions of notable and ordinary women, in hopes that the day will soon come when it's impossible to teach or learn history without remembering these contributions.

 

International Women’s Day takes place on March 8, 2020. On this day we want to recognise that ‘an equal world is an enabled world. How will you help forge a gender-equal world? We want you to celebrate women's achievement, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality.

 

Here are some tips from the NUS Women's Campaign on organising Women's History Month and International Women's Day events at your SU.

 

  1. International Women’s Day (8th March) is an important date, but it is not the only day in Women’s History Month worth observing, see our calendar of events below.

  2. Support your student volunteers (e.g. iFemSocs and Women's Officers) running events throughout Women's History Month. Help them with publicity, room bookings, speaker travel/invoices, etc. Don’t take their labour for granted!

  3. To maximise engagement, organise a variety of different types of events throughout the month e.g. guest speakers, panels, workshops, arts/craft sessions, book clubs, coffee socials, welfare advice, sexual/reproductive health sessions, film/TV nights, and discussion events.

  4. Research the external groups you want to platform and ensure that their values are in line with the message you want to promote. Compare their positions on intersectionality, transphobia and sex work to the NUS Women's Campaign policy file: https://www.nusconnect.org.uk/resources/nus-women-students-conference-live-policy-201720

  5. Platform and remunerate underrepresented groups: Women’s History Month/International Women’s Day can often become white, middle class and cis. Avoid tokenising LGBT+/WOC/QTPOC groups and take advantage of running a smaller number of speaker events to pay speakers.

  6. Engage critically with past and contemporary feminist movements: e.g. whose interests did campaigns serve, and who did they exclude? Go beyond celebrating the mere representation of women: engage with academics, local grassroots feminist organisations, and local women’s groups.

Calendar of WHM Events

  • Mon 9 March - Book Launch - 'Feminism Interrupted' by Lola Olufemi

If you wish to share some ideas and event dates you can get in touch with the campaign at women@nus.org.uk and follow us on Twitter.

Women's Welfare

What we did in October 2019...

16 Days of Activism

NUS Women's Officer, Rachel Watters shares why we should all support 16 Days of Activism.

 

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day..

Join the campaign...

Share your photos, messages and videos showing how you are participating in the campaign on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter using #OrangeTheWorld,  #GenerationEquality and #16Days. You can also join the conversation on social media by sharing these campaign materials that have been created to support this year's theme: “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape!”

Take a look at our toolkit, full of information and ideas on what you can do as a students' union to support the 16 Days of Activism campapign. 

Read Hatty's story.

Jill McManus, NUS-USI Women's Officer talks about the kNOwMORE consent survey... 


Upcoming events...

16 Days of Activism - 25 November to 10 December

Reclaim the Night - dates to be announced