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Schedule of Events 2017

Please note that details of any event may be subject to change. All events are free of charge but some require advance registration - these are noted below. Venues can be searched on the interactive Trinity map, which also shows availability of enabled toilets and parking, and hearing aid loops. Details on the physical accessibility of venues can be found at, or please contact Aoife at or 01-896-3282 with any accessibility questions.

All Week

Sanitation Drive

You can help homeless women in Dublin by donating feminine hygiene products (tampons, sanitary towels etc.) - just drop your donation off in the boxes provided at the International Women's Week stands, which will be open 10am - 4pm every day in the Arts and Hamilton Buildings.

Hashtag Competition - #BeBoldForChange

The International Women's Day theme for 2017 is "Be Bold for Change". We want you to post a selfie on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook (visible to the public) with the #BeBoldForChange hashtag, from a Trinity location, between Friday 3rd March and Friday 10th March (inclusive), in which you let the world know what your Bold action for gender equality will be.

There will be whiteboards, post-its and other props at the International Women's Week stands in the Arts Block and Hamilton, and the volunteers there can help you think of action ideas. Two winners will be chosen by the International Women's Week Steering Group, and each will be rewarded with our jam-packed "feminist hamper" prize!

A few action examples, just to get you thinking...

    • Attend an IWW event
    • Join DUGES / Amnesty
    • Volunteer for a female-focussed charity
    • March for women’s rights
    • Go for a leadership role / Support a female peer to go for a leadership role
    • Submit a piece to the Trinity Women’s Review or Nemesis magazine
    • Subscribe to a feminist e-zine
    • Talk to peers / family members about gender equality
    • Dialogue with organisers of all-male panel events, all-male reading lists etc.
    • Take full paternity / parental leave
    • Donate to the Sanitation Drive

World Congress on Women's Mental Health

Trinity is proud to co-host the 7th World Congress on Women's Mental Health from Monday 6th to Thursday 9th March in conjunction with the National Women's Council of Ireland, which will feature Prof Veronica O'Keane (Professor in Psychiatry, School of Medicine) as a keynote speaker. Attendees are required to register for this four-day conference in the RDS at

Monday 6th March

1 - 1.30pm International Women's Week LAUNCH

Prof Roja Fazaeli, lecturer in Islamic Civilisation, will launch the week in the centre of College. Be there to get your free t-shirt and get the week off to a rousing start!

Venue: Front Square (Exam Hall / Public Theatre steps)

Organiser: Equality Office,

6.30 - 9pm Launch of Nemesis, Trinity's feminist journal

We are delighted to inform you that the launch for the first issue of  nemesis, Trinity's feminist journal, will take place at the beginning of Week 8. We invite you to join us for some provided refreshments, free copies of the journal, and chats about the best manner in which to dismantle white-supremacist heteropatriarchy in The Global Room on Monday March 6th. 

We invite you to RSVP via our Facebook event:

This is an open event, so all friends and supporters are welcome. There will also be an opportunity to read out some writing if you wish, whether it has been published in the journal or something new. We look forward to meeting you all.

Venue: Global Room

Organiser: Nemesis,

7pm Burlesque Workshop

Modern burlesque performance combines humour, intensity, music and dance in an empowering display of female talent. DUGES & DU Dance are delighted to host Ms Sade O’Sapphic, an Australian burlesque artist based in Dublin, in the FringeLab, taking students and staff through the basics of burlesque and inviting them to explore alternative personas and discover the empowerment of such an expressive performance.

Venue: Fringe Lab, Sycamore Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Organiser: Gender Equality Society (DUGES) and DU Dance,

Tuesday 7th March

1 - 2.15pm Eight Stories Workshop

Eight Stories is a project that humanises the issue of abortion by inviting people to tell the story of their first encounter with the word abortion. Their aim was to take the stories, both big and small, out of the shadows and on to the streets. It began with a sticker campaign. We are hosting the founders of the project to discuss their work and give a crash course in creative campaigning.

Venue: Eliz Rooms, House 6

Organiser: DU Amnesty,

5 - 7pm Reading Group: Gendered Reproduction


The Trinity Gender Research Forum (TGRF) is delighted to announce the first event in its Gender Reading Group series. The theme of the first session will be Gendered Reproduction and participants will explore texts relating to reproductive rights in Ireland, reproduction and migration and pregnant masculinities. TGRF is delighted that the first session will be moderated by:·

  • Ailbhe Smyth, Convenor, Coalition to the Repeal the Eight Amendment
  • Grace Wilentz, Reproductive Justice Advocate

As space is limited, individuals who are interested in participating are asked to register for the reading group by sending an email to Confirmed participants will be sent an email with the list of the selected texts, as well as directions to the TRISS Seminar Room.

Venue: TRISS Seminar Room, Arts Building

Organiser: Trinity Gender Research Forum,

5 - 7pm This Woman's Work: a Conversation about Irish Women and the Music Industry

Like Kim Gordon's iconic t-shirt said; "Girls Invented Punk Rock, Not England". From Sonic Youth, to Hole, to the many women who dominate the pop-music sphere, women have been making music and making it well for a long time now, especially in Ireland - after all we can claim Enya. DU Alternative Music want to celebrate this fact and the contribution from women to music, and invite you to our discussion on being a woman in the music industry, including guests such as Faye O'Rourke (Little Green Cars), MayKay (Fight Like Apes), and others.

Venue: Phil Debating Chamber, GMB

Organiser: Alternative Music Society (DUAMS),

6pm Women in Research

This event is a Women in Research panel discussion, with audience contributions and questions welcome and encouraged, followed by a reception which will offer an opportunity to mingle and get to know other women in research in Trinity. The discussion will focus on the experiences of women in academia and research (impostor syndrome, visibility of female experts in the public, parenting while working on research contracts - maternity leave, child care, etc.). 

Panellists include:

Please register in advance at

Venue: Knowledge Exchange, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI)

Organiser: Sadhbh Byrne and the Centre for Women in Science and Engineering Research (WiSER),

6 - 8pm Staying Afloat on the Female Boat

A "chew and chat" event, with several extraordinary guest speakers including Olympic medallist Annalise Murphy sharing their stories and tips for "staying afloat". Audience participation - sharing your own stories - will be very welcome at this open mic style event.

Please click here for speaker biographies.

Tickets are free, but limited in number. To register your attendance please log on to

Venue: Regent House (over Front Arch)

Organiser: Dr Helen Sheridan,

7pm #WakingTheFeminists

#WakingTheFeminists comprised women and men who spoke out for equality for women in the theatre in Ireland. They were writers, directors, managers, actors, designers, choreographers, technicians, programmers, producers, artists and audience members.

A small group of volunteers worked with leading arts organisations at the level of policy and governance to make sure gender equality becomes part of the sector’s DNA, something solid and irrefutable, knitted into the fabric of how we make theatre in Ireland.

#WakingTheFeminists encouraged and supported individuals to speak up; to interrogate what stories are told, who gets to tell those stories, who makes those decisions, who is represented, and who has the money.

With Sarah Durcan (The Global Operations Manager of Science Gallery International, a core #WakingTheFeminists team member, and is now on the board of the Abbey Theatre)

Venue: Room 3071, Arts Building

Organiser: Graduate Students' Union,

7.30pm Reproductive Rights around the World

Venue: East End Lecture Theatre 2 (provisional)

Organiser: Gender Equality Society (DUGES) and Society for International Affairs (SoFIA),

7.30pm Feminism in Ireland

Venue: Burke Theatre, Arts Building

Organiser: Law Society,

Wednesday 8th March

11.30am - 2.30pm Seminar: Female Participation in Politics

The Trinity International Development Initiative is hosting International Women’s Day at Trinity College on Wednesday, 8th March 2017. This year’s event will focus on Female Participation in Politics. The campaign theme for International Women’s Day 2017 is ‘Be Bold for Change’. Building on the 2016 theme of ‘Pledge for Parity’, a campaign which committed to help women and girls achieve their ambitions; challenge conscious and unconscious bias; call for gender-balanced leadership; value women and men's contributions equally; and create inclusive flexible cultures, the 2017 theme seeks to move from this awareness raising to asking how we can take concrete action. It asks can we ‘Be Bold For Change’ on International Women's Day 2017 and beyond by taking action that truly drives the greatest change for women. The Trinity International Development Initiative invites to you engage with this question in a morning seminar on female participation in politics.


  • Fionnuala Gilsenan, Head of Unit, Bilateral Cooperation Unit West and East Africa and Former Ambassador of Ireland to Tanzania
  • Dr. Natalja Pestova, Human Rights Academic, NUIG, and Coordinator at Mayo Intercultural Action
  • Hannah Deasy, Programme Coordinator and  National Relationship Manager for Women for Election

Venue: Neill Lecture Theatre, Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin

Organiser: Trinity International Development Initiative,

10.30am - 12pm Coffee Morning

The Trinity Access Progammes (TAP) and the Mature Student Office are hosting a coffee morning on the 8th of March to celebrate International Women’s Day. All are welcome!

Venue: Atrium

Organiser: Clodagh Byrne,

12.30pm Strike 4 Repeal

A Trinity group will meet in Front Square to join other colleges and national groups at O'Connell Bridge for the Strike 4 Repeal - see the Facebook event for details. All welcome!

Venue: Front Square (moving on to O'Connell Bridge)

Organiser: TCD Strike 4 Repeal with the Students' Union,

1 - 1.30pm TedTalk Screening: 'We Should All be Feminists'

“Gender is not an easy conversation to have. It makes people uncomfortable, sometimes even irritable. Both men and women are resistant to talk about gender, or are quick to dismiss the problems of gender. Because thinking of changing the status quo is always uncomfortable”

“I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femininity. And I want to be respected in all my femaleness. Because I deserve to be.”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a renowned author born in Nigeria, and whose work has been widely translated. In celebration of International Women’s Week, the Global Room will be screening her TEDx Talk “We Should All Be Feminists.” We hope to see you there!

We have also organised a panel discussion with some of Trinity's most prolific female academics and figures to follow the screening. Wednesday's speakers will be Senator Ivana Bacik, School of Law; Melissa Sihra, Dept of Drama; and Prof Eileen Drew, Director of WiSER.

Venue: Global Room

Organiser: Luiza Maddalozzo,

5 - 6pm Ask a Trans Person

Caitlyn Jenner, Laverne Cox, Chaz Bono, Lana Wachowski, ... Trans people have made headlines and received a lot of positive (and negative) media attention in the past few years. Beyond talk about 'sex changes' and 'being born into the wrong body', the experience of most trans people is much more complex than Caitlyn's glamorous unveiling in Vanity Fair might have you believe. Even the most open-minded and accepting people often have a hard time understanding what life and gender are like for trans people, let alone for individuals like Miley Cyrus, Ruby Rose or Eddie Izzard who identify somewhere outside the boxes of male and female.

The Irish state only granted trans people legal recognition of their gender identities in 2015, and there is a long way to go until gender identity and expression do not affect how people are perceived and treated anymore. In the fight for gender equality it is important to emphasize trans peoples' voices, and for trans allies to stand up and fight for the trans community.

Join us for a panel discussion inspired by the concept of 'human libraries', where a group of trans people will be open to answering any and all questions which you might have about transgender identities and experiences.

"I would like them to understand that we are people. We're human beings, and this is a human life." - Andreja Pejic

Venue: Global Room

Organiser: Lee Jollans,

5 - 6.30pm Women, Education and the World - are there Winds of Change?

The School of Education within the theme for this year #IWD2017 #BeBoldForChange, offers a view of actions being taken by women in different scenarios that are summing efforts towards a more inclusive and gender-equal world.

What is the evidence of changes in the reality of women around the world regarding their freedom, equal access to education and equal rights to be active members of the society?

Various speakers’ presentations and experiences will open a conversation around topics that should not only be a women’s concern. Attendees will hear about bold women of different backgrounds and areas of expertise that embarked in projects that changed the reality of more than one women and their community:

  • Learning experiences & roles of women in Malaysia
  • Perception of changes in women reality in India
  • Is Latin America a sexist region?: school books, figures and phrases
  • Women and STEM: Why women can make good scientists?
  • Experiences of a PhD student, wife and Mum: Learning to Juggle
  • Be bold if you want your project running! Women’s contribution to changes in a closer society.
  • Winds of change and hope for girls in Thailand through education.
  • The world needs Science and Science needs women.

Please RSVP:

Venue: Seminar Room AP0.09, Áras an Phiarsaigh

Organiser: School of Education,

6 - 7pm Hidden Barriers: the Battle for Equality is Only Beginning

The glass ceiling is often referenced, when talking about the still-common hindrances women face in their careers. Quotas are often discussed as a way of preventing unequal representation of women. However there are many undiscussed, hidden obstacles, women are mostly not aware of themselves, rooted in how women are commonly being portrayed in society and in the (social) media.

This talk / open discussion attempts to raise awareness and points out issues women face due to their perceived role in society. The aim is to create a new perspective towards women's equality, to recognise that there are many common perceptions which create biases and directly affect the choices women make in their careers. It finally briefly discusses what is necessary to change this perception.

Venue: Joly Theatre, Hamilton Building

Organiser: Dr Sonja Hermann,

7 - 9pm Movie Screening and Forum: Suffragette (2015) directed by Sarah Gavron

The School of Education within the theme for this year #IWD2017 #BeBoldForChange, offers a view of actions being taken by women in different scenarios that are summing efforts towards a more inclusive and gender-equal world.

Suffragette is a movie directed and written by women, telling the story of earlier efforts towards women’s rights in Britain.  The movie is set in the 1912 when many of the women that were actively involved in the Suffragette movement of the late nineteenth and early twenty century, could not see the fruit of their work as it only became a reality in Britain in 1928 and later on in other countries. After the film an open forum will welcome comments from the attendees.

Please RSVP:

Venue: Emmet Theatre (2037) Arts Building

Organiser: School of Education,

Thursday 9th March

12 - 1pm Gender and Climate Change

The theory of ecofeminism links ecological concerns with feminist ones, in a similar spirit to many other intersectional feminist movements. DUGES and EnviroSoc are inviting students and staff to engage in a conversation on this theory amongst others concerning gender and climate change. Our guest speakers include Jane Maher, TCD professor in Geography and Susan Murphy, Assistant Professor in International Development with the School of Natural Sciences.

Venue: Eliz Rooms, House 6

Organiser: Gender Equality Society (DUGES) and EnviroSoc,

1.30 - 3.30pm Challenges to Gender Equality, Public Health and Human Rights in the Trump Era

In recognition of International Women's Day (March 8th), the Gender Study Group of the Development Studies Association of Ireland, in collaboration with MUSSI (Maynooth University Social Science Institute) and the Centre for Global Women's Studies (NUI Galway), and with the support of the Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI), is hosting the following free event which is open to all to attend:

Challenges to Gender Equality, Public Health and Human Rights in the Trump Era: Critical issues for development.


  • Dr. Su-ming Khoo, School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway
  • Dr. Greg Martin, Department of Public Health, Dublin


  • Dr. Stacey Scriver, Global Women's Studies, NUI Galway


Dr Greg Martin is a medical doctor with a Masters in Public Health and an MBA and is currently working for the Department of Public Health in Dublin. Dr Martin is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Globalization and Health and hosts a Global Health YouTube channel. He also sits on the Board of Trustees of a number of health related NGOs. Dr Martin has worked in leadership roles in the global health space including working as the Head of Science and Research at the World Cancer Research Fund and as the Director of Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission at the Clinton Health Access Initiative. 

Dr. Su-ming Khoo is a Lecturer in the School of Political Science and Sociology at NUI Galway and a member of the Gender Advanced Research Consortium. Her research, teaching and publications are focused on human rights, public goods, development alternatives; human development and capability approaches, alternative economics, consumer activism, higher education, internationalization and public scholarship.

Venue:  TRISS seminar room, Room C6.002, 6th Floor, Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin

This event will also be accessible via live web-stream. Details will be provided via the Gender Study Group webpage at

Organiser: For further information and to confirm your attendance please contact Stacey Scriver at

6 - 7pm Women in the Workplace

This International Women’s Week, you are warmly invited to join a panel discussion on Women in the Workforce. The aim of this panel is to begin a dialogue about the issues that women of all ages face in the workforce today in Ireland. Areas included would be; sexism within part-time/student employment, the role of women in a majority-male environment and sexism within Irish theatre. By coming together and discussing these issues we aim to explore solutions that could be implemented to fix these issues. Guests TBA.

Venue: Room 2039 (Synge Theatre), Arts Building

Organiser: Aislinn Brennan,

6.30pm Irish Feminist Network with Emma Regan and Panel

The Irish Feminist Network was founded in May 2010 by a group of Master's students from the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies at Trinity College Dublin. It developed out of a desire to have a feminist organisation which was inclusive and approachable to those of all political persuasions, with the aim of making feminism as accessible as possible.

The Irish Feminist Network is an organisation committed to promoting gender equality in Ireland. We seek to make feminism relevant to a new generation of people, while continuing to engage all members of Irish society in working for change.

Venue: Room AP2.03, Áras an Phiarsaigh

Organiser: Graduate Students' Union,

Friday 10th March

11am - 12pm: Trinity Leaders Brunch

Get inspired for your next steps at the IWW 2017 closing brunch, an informal event at which female leaders in Trinity will share their stories and tips for success, and answer your questions. Plenty of coffee, pastries and other goodies provided!


  • Elisa Crespo, Vice-President of the Graduate Students' Union
  • Hilary Hogan, Auditor of the Law Society
  • Prof Jane Ohlmeyer, Chair of Modern History and Director of the Long Room Hub
  • Geraldine Ruane, Chief Operating Officer

Venue: Regent House

Organiser: Equality Office,

1 - 1.30pm TedTalk Screening: 'We Should All be Feminists'

“Gender is not an easy conversation to have. It makes people uncomfortable, sometimes even irritable. Both men and women are resistant to talk about gender, or are quick to dismiss the problems of gender. Because thinking of changing the status quo is always uncomfortable”

“I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femininity. And I want to be respected in all my femaleness. Because I deserve to be.”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a renowned author born in Nigeria, and whose work has been widely translated. In celebration of International Women’s Week, the Global Room will be screening her TEDx Talk “We Should All Be Feminists.” We hope to see you there!

We have also organised a panel discussion with some of Trinity's most prolific female academics and figures to follow the screening. Friday's speakers will be Senator Lynn Ruane, former SU President; Prof Gillian Wylie, Irish School of Ecumenics; Prof Roja Fazaeli, Dept of Near and Middle Eastern Studies; and Prof Susan Murphy, Dept of Geography.

Venue: Global Room

Organiser: Luiza Maddalozzo,

1 - 2pm Ceiliúradh na mBan

A bilingual celebration to mark International Women's Week and Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Ceiliúradh dátheangach ar Sheachtain Idirnáisiúnta na mBan agus Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Informal lunch (sandwiches, cakes and hot drinks provided!) with live traditional music from some of Trinity's female musical talent.

Venue: Seomra na Gaeilge

Organiser: Oifig na Gaeilge, / Equality Office,

6 - 8pm Sustenance and Direct Provision, with Ellie Kisyombe

A conversation with Ms Ellie Kisyombe about her experiences as an asylum seeker in Ireland.

Venue: Global Room

Organiser: Centre for Gender and Women's Studies,

7.30pm The Vagina Monologues

The Vagina Monologues is an episodic play, displaying a diverse range of voices talking about, in short, vaginas. "The Vagina Monologues" touches on sex, love, rape, menstruation, female genital mutilation, masturbation, birth, and orgasm, and portrays the vagina as a tool of female empowerment. In conjunction with the GSU, DUGES are staging a production of The Vagina Monologues featuring a diverse cast of self-identifying women from our university, in the atmospheric setting of the Grand Lodge, home to the Dublin branch of the Freemasons’ global fraternity.

Venue: The Freemason's Hall, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2

Organiser: Gender Equality Society (DUGES) and the Graduate Students' Union (GSU),