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International Women's Week 2014


International Women's Week 2014 Schedule

iww launch


About International Women's WeekInternational Women's Day logo

International Women's Week takes place annually in College celebrating women's contributions in artistic and scientific fields and marking College's participation in a global campaign for rights and equality. International Women's Week is possible thanks to the enthusiasm of TCD students and staff from a range of societies and departments.

If you would like to get involved in International Women's Week 2014 please contact the Equality Officer

Information on previous College International Women's Weeks

International Women's Day has been celebrated internationally since 1911, to find out more visit


International Women's Week 2014 Schedule Monday 3rd- Saturday 8th March


Monday 3rd

Tuesday 4th

Wednesday 5th

Thursday 6th Friday 7th Saturday 8th
Morning       Women and Leadership Breakfast, 8am TCD Global Room   Shadows and Lights, All day Emmet Theatre, Arts Building
        Traveller Culture Event, 1030am GSU Common Room    
        Painted Ladies (Tour), 11am National Art Gallery    
Lunchtime International Women's Week launch , 1pm Front Square Exploring Western Conceptions on Women's Rights 1pm Phil Conversation room, GMB The Morning After Phil: Women and the Philosophical Society,1pm Phil Conversation Room, GMB Balancing Academia and Parenting, 1pm TCD Global room PG Research Forum, 1pm  
        Hollaback Workshop, 1pm    
Afternoon IWW Coffee afternoon, 2pm-4pm Phil Conversation Room, GMB         Shadows and Lights, All day Emmet Theatre, Arts Building
Evening 1 Mulan film screening and discussion, 7pm Emmet Theatre, Arts Building Women in Politics, 7pm Theatre 4050A, Arts Building Resistance and authority: nuns in 17th Century France, Phoenix House, 6pm Facing Mirrors film screening, 6pm TCD Global Room IWW Closing Party, 7pm GSU Common room  
Evening 2   The International Women's Week Panel, 7pm MacNeil Theatre, Hamilton building The new abortion legislation: a doctor’s or a woman’s right to choose? 7pm Emmet Theatre, Arts Building      
Evening 3     Table Quiz in support of Women's Aid and Amnesty, 730pm MacTurcaill's      




Thursday Friday Saturday
All week

Humans of Trinity International Women's Week campaign (TCD SU facebook)

International Women's Week information stand in the Arts Building (DU Amnesty and DUGES).


Programme of Events International Women's Week 2013

Monday 3 March

International Women's Week LaunchIWW 2013 launch
Senator Ivana Bacik and Sheelan Yousefizadeh will launch International Women's Week 2014 at lunchtime on Front Square; this year's theme is 'Inspiring Change'.
Get your International Women's Week t-shirt and join-in creating a giant International Women's Day symbol in Front Square.

Senator Ivana Bacik is Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology in Trinity College Dublin. She is Senator for the University of Dublin constituency and leader of the Labour group in Seanad Éireann. She is a Barrister and Senior Lecturer and Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. She is a well-known human rights campaigner and was also SU President in Trinity as a student.
Sheelan Yousefizadeh
is a Genetics Undergraduate at Trinity College Dublin, human rights activist, cultural curator, coordinator of the Nowruz festival of Spring, media broadcaster and social entrepreneur.
Sheelan was born in Tehran, Iran and has been living in Ireland for over ten years. Throughout the past few years Sheelan has become a spokesperson for her culture and young migrants, been involved in Ambassadors for Change with the Immigrant Council of Ireland and an active member of Amnesty International. She is currently co-hosting an intercultural show on Dublin South Radio ‘One World’.
Organizer: Equality Office, SU, DUGES and IWW team
Venue: Front Square
All welcome
Time: 1pm
Contact: Equality Officer

IWW Coffee afternoon
Following the launch of International Women's Week join us for a cup of coffee in the Phil Conversation room. All welcome.
Organizer: Equality Office and IWW team
Venue: Phil conversation room, GMB
Time: 2pm-4pm

Mulan film screening and discussion
Venue: Emmet Theatre, Arts Building
Organizer: DU Amnesty
Time: 7pm

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Tuesday 4 March

Exploring Western Conceptions on Women's Rights, with paper readings by Sarah Agha and Huda Awan.
This event will feature two papers by Trinity Undergraduates. Huda Awan, JF PPES, will deliver her paper: "The Islamic Veil – examining the role of a changing symbol", dealing with Islamic Dress Codes. The second paper will be delivered by SS World Religions and Theology student Sarah Agha, and shall be entitled "Is Freedom a Western Concept?: Women's Rights in Afghanistan." After both papers there shall be a short Q&A session, and tea and coffee shall be served.
Time: 1pm
Venue: Phil Conversation Room, GMB.
Organizer: The Bram Stoker Club (The Phil)
Web Link:

Women in Politicswomen in politics image
In the General Election of 2011 just 86 of 566 candidates were women, while 25 of 166 of those elected were women (15%). This is the best representation women have ever had in Dáil Éireann, an increase of just 5% in 35 years. In light of this years International Women's Week theme of 'Inspiring Change', on Tuesday 4th March, we will be discussing how we can encourage greater female participation in politics. Guest speakers: Regina Doherty TD and Helen McEntee TD. All welcome to attend!
Time: 7 pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 4050A, Arts Building
Organizer: Trinity Young Fine Gael
Contact (e-mail):
Web/Facebook link:

The International Women's Week Panel
As part of International Women's Week in Trinity, DU Amnesty and DU Gender Equality Soc in collaboration with the Equality Office are hosting a panel event. All our panellists are involved in women's rights. All welcome.

    • Nicola Depuis: Nicola has a MA in women's studies and is a freelance journalist who has written for The Irish Examiner, The Evening Echo and Irish Theatre Magazine. Nicola holds a strong interest in women and Irish history and has written a book titled Mná na hÈireann. 
    • Laura Harmon: Current USI President for Equality and Citizenship and running for the position of USI President. She has extensive experience in public speaking on a broad range of issues and is widely published in college and local media. 
    • Mary Hanlon: Mary is involved in Plan Ireland and has worked on the 'Because I am a girl' campaign. This campaign addresses the barriers to girls completing a quality education, as well as equipping them with the assets they need to safe guard their future, promoting gender equality and improving their lives. She has also had experience in the field as she has worked in Kenya and Ethiopia.
    • Aisling Crean: One of our very own Trinity College lecturers will also be joining us. Aisling teaches Philosophy in the college and has an interest in feminist philosophy. This led her to set up a philosophy reading group, which explored among many other subjects, women in philosophy.
      Time: 7 pm
      MacNeil Theatre, Hamilton Building
      : DUGES and DU Amnesty

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Wednesday 5th March

The Morning After Phil: Women and the University Philosophical Society, 1968-Present
Details: The Philosophical Society, the Oldest Student Society in the world, has a rich history of student discourse. This paper by the Phil's Hon. Debates Convener, Sarah Deegan, will examine the role of Women in the society since the ban on female membership was removed in 1968. With the society maintaining good records, and the input of several Phil Alumnae, the paper shall examine the politics and service of Women in the Phil, which has shaped the modern society.
Time: 1pm
Venue: Phil Conversation Room, GMB.
Organiser: The Bram Stoker Club (The Phil)
Web Link:

Resistance and Authority: Nuns in 17th Century France.
Dr Carol Baxter will be presenting a paper on Resistance and Authority: Nuns in 17th Century France. All welcome.
Time: 6pm
Venue: School of Histories and Humanities Seminar room, Phoenix House (7-9 Leinster St), PX.2.
Organizer: Centre for Women and Gender Studies

The new abortion legislation: a doctor’s or a woman’s right to choose? with Professor Veronica O'Keane
Professor Veronica O'Keane, senior lecturer and consultant psychiatrist at AMNCH Hospital will present her research. All students and staff welcome.
Venue: Emmet Theatre, Arts Building
Time: 7pm-830pm
Organizer: Medical Students for Choice and Doctors for Choice

Table Quiz in support of Women’s Aid and Amnesty International
Join us for a night of general knowledge questions with an emphasis on ‘Women Inspiring Change.’ A donation of €3 is requested per person to benefit Women's Aid and Amnesty International. Prizes will be given for 1st place, 2nd place, last place and best team name.
Time: 730pm
Venue: MacTurcaills
Organizer: GSU, TCDSU and DU Amnesty
Contact: and

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Thursday 6th March

Women and Leadership Breakfast, with VP Jane Ohlmeyer
Time: 8am-9am
Venue: TCD Global Room

Traveller Culture Event
Join Trinity VDP as they host an event on Traveller Culture with particular insight into the lives of traveller women who are pursuing their educational opportunities. Come along to hear from the women of St.Margaret's Centre for Traveller Women in Finglas as they share some of their stories while also getting to visit Trinity College and learn about their options for further education. It promises to be an interesting and informative event with light refreshments to follow. All are welcome!
Time: 1030am
Venue: GSU Common Room, House 7.
Organizer: Trinity VDP

Painted Ladies (Tour)painted ladies poster
To mark International Women’s Week at TCD, the Church of Ireland Chaplaincy has organised a special tour of some of the collection in the National Gallery of Ireland. The event entitled “Painted Ladies” will explore the depiction of Biblical women in art. Paintings by Lucas Cranach the Elder, Diego Velázquez, Silvestro dei Gherarducci and others will form part of the tour.
The visit will begin at 11.00am on Thursday 6 March. Places are strictly limited and so booking is essential. Contact the Church of Ireland chaplain, the Revd Darren McCallig, at to reserve a place.
Time: 11 am
Venue: National Art Gallery of Ireland
Organizer: TCD Chaplaincy
Contact (booking required):

Street harassment workshop with Hollaback
Venue: TBC
Time: 1pm
Organizer: DUGES

Balancing academia and parenting work life balance image
Our Panel of lecturers, staff, and former students in Trinity will share their experience of balancing parenthood and academia and will answer questions from the audience. We plan to have an interesting discussion about the challenges of balancing family commitments and academic life (at any level: undergrad, postgrad and in the job) in Trinity and beyond.
Time: 1pm
Venue: Global room
Organizer: Student Parent Society, GSU and SU
Contact (e-mail);;

Facing Mirrors film screening and discussion
A New Look at Women in Iran and Afghanistan film series

The Equality Office and the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies are organizing a series of film screenings by women directors and producers in Iran and Afghanistan exploring and challenging gender identities and boundaries. The first film screening on Thursday 6th March Facing Mirrors will be followed by a discussion with visiting scholar Masserat Amir-Ebrahimi. The film series will run on Thursday 6th March, Thursday 13th March and Thursday 20th March.
More Information about the film series
Time: 6pm
Venue: TCD Global Room
Organizer: Equality Office and Department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies

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Friday 7th March

PG Research Forum
As a part of IWW 2014, the GSU wants to highlight the innovative research being conducted by Trinity students across multiple disciplines in regards to women’s studies and gender equality. This is a great opportunity, particularly for early-stage researchers to showcase their work to the broader college community and gain valuable presentation experience. Each presenter will be given 5-7 minutes to highlight the work they have done in whatever way they deem suitable.
: 1pm -2 pm
Venue: TBC
Organizer: Graduate Students’ Union
Contact (e-mail):

International Women's Week Closing party
There will be a closing wine reception for volunteers and anyone involved in the week/anyone who wants to come on Friday in the Graduate Students Union Common Room. There will be refreshments, snacks, and.... an A Capella choir will provide some entertainment too! See you all there!
Venue: GSU Common Room, house 7
Time: 7pm-9pm
Organizer: DUGES

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Shadows and Lights, Study day in honour of Catherine Marshall
As part of the ‘Shadow and lights; Women in Irish visual culture’ discussion series, now in its third year, the History of Art and Architecture Department, Trinity College Dublin, will hold a study day in honour of Catherine Marshall, joint editor of 20th Century Ireland, Dictionary of Irish Art & Architecture (Royal Irish Academy, 2014), former Head of Collections Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) and former lecturer in the History of Art (TCD).
The daylong event, consisting of a series of round table discussions will take place on International women's day, Saturday 8th March 2014, in the Robert Emmet theatre, TCD. Papers will be delivered by invited specialists in visual cultural studies and will feature topics that reflect Catherine’s important contribution to art historical scholarship, education, curatorship and gender studies in Ireland.
Date and time: Saturday 8th March, all day
Venue: Robert Emmet Theatre
History of Art and Architecture
Contact (booking required by 6 March):

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Last updated: Mar 07 2014.