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International Women's Day

Event details

  • 03 March 2018
  • 9.30AM - 3.00PM
  • Public event: Yes  |  Booking required: Yes
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About | International Women's Day

International Women’s Day is a worldwide UN event that celebrates women’s achievements – from the political to the social – while calling for gender equality. It has been observed since the early 1900s and is now recognised each year on 8th March.

The University event will focus on the 2018 theme for International Women’s Day which is ‘Press for Progress’. Keynote speakers will share how they are ‘Pressing for Progress’ and the event will acknowledge and celebrate 100 years since the Representation of the People Act 1918 – the act which allowed some women in the UK the right to vote.

Come to our free one-day event to help us celebrate International Women’s Day, taking place in the Curve, Teesside University on Saturday 3 March.

Enjoy a series of inspirational talks, interactive displays and activities. Watch dance performances based on the theme ‘from a former life’, celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage. Hear first-hand from a group of women from the North East who have set up This Northern Girl Can campaign to raise the profiles, aspiration and influence of women across the region. Try 3D clay modelling, lifesaving skills, and learn about your personality and natural style. We also have stalls selling sweet treats, drinks, fashion, crafts, and flowers. Family and friends are most welcome – a free crèche is available if you have young children.*

The exhibition and interactive displays open at 9.30am followed by an array of activities celebrating the success and ambition of women in our region.

9.30am: Exhibitors and activities open
Interactive displays and exhibition stands open including; flower stalls, scarves designed and produced by our fashion students, and many more.

10.00am - 10.15am: Welcome – Professor Jane Turner OBE

10.00am: Stop by the dry bar for a complimentary soft drink

10.15am - 11.00am: Sharon Jandu, Director TechATP (Microsoft Education Partner)

11.00am: Dance performance by Teesside University students.

12.30pm - 1.15pm: Panel discussion – How do we raise the profile and influence of women in the Tees Valley?

Panel members
• Kirsten Donkin - PD Ports
• Lucy Kendall - COCO
• Sharon Sinclair-Williams - This Northern Girl Can Ambassador, Tees Valley & North East
• Megan Jane Lillie - This Northern Girl Can Ambassador, Tees Valley & North East
• Andrew Stogdale - Inspire2learn

1.15pm: Dance performance by Teesside University students.

2.15pm: A performance by Vox Choir

2.30pm: Raffle Prize Draw
The raffle prizes have been kindly donated by local companies, and the top prize which is an iPad has been donated by XMA.
Tickets are now on sale from the Ground Floor of the Curve at £1.00 per strip, all money raised goes to 'Target Ovarian Cancer'

The draw will take place at 2.30pm, ground floor of the Curve.

Events taking place in The Curve throughout the day:

• The next big thing – an introduction to virtual reality.

• Sharon Gayter – hear all about Sharon Gayter’s sporting career, including her most recent world record of 10 marathons in 10 days, under 45 hours.

• Lifesaving skills – choking in children is every parent’s fear and basic life support skills are important for everyone. This interactive simulated session demonstrates how to manage choking in children and adults, and offers opportunities to practice the skills needed in the emergency situation.

• Brain games

• Flight simulator

• The colourful you – an interactive one-hour workshop that identifies your instinctive personality and natural style. Aimed at helping people to become more confident effective communicators whilst engaging with others.

• The Science of felting
Join us for an engaging session to learn the process of felting and to closely examine a range of felting wool fibres, to explain why they feel differently. This is a practical session, where you will be able to produce your own felted sample.

• Crime Scene Investigation
Visit our mock crime scene house in King Edward’s Square and learn how to examine a crime scene. In the Curve, you learn how to collect fingerprints from crime scenes and suspects.

*Free parking is available in the Centuria car park located next to The Curve – Sat Nav TS1 3AP.

*The crèche is available 10.00am - 11.00am and 12.30pm - 1.30pm. This is provided by the Tees Valley Women’s Centre. Bookings must be made in advance, please email to reserve a space.

More about our speakers and panel members:
Sharon Jandu - Director TechATP (Microsoft Education Partner)
Sharon is an entrepreneurial leader with a proven track record in delivering successful business projects and programmes. She is a Northern Fellowship Councillor for the Royal Society Arts, a Diversity Officer on the West Yorkshire Institute of Directors Committee and an elected Yorkshire and Humberside board member of the Confederation of British Industry.

Kirsten Donkin - PD Ports
Kirsten Donkin joined PD Ports in February 2006 as Marketing Executive.
A marketing graduate from Teesside University, she started her career as a marketing and events coordinator within the IT industry.
With more than 16 years’ experience in marketing and public relations Kirsten is responsible for the development of PD Ports’ marketing and communications strategy across the Group.
The Northern Powerhouse agenda is a key focus for PD Ports where Kirsten is responsible for driving forward engagement and building partnerships that will support the Government’s industrial strategy as well as deliver economic growth and development in the North.
Kirsten plays a key role in the development of the Company’s CSR activities with a particular emphasis on providing ongoing support to the High Tide Foundation, a charity cofounded by PD Ports in 2012 aimed at raising aspirations and increasing job opportunities for young people across Teesside.

Lucy Kendall - COCO
Lucy is CEO of COCO (Comrades of Children Overseas) an International Charity based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Lucy has worked at COCO for 14 years, working her way up from volunteer to a position of leadership, shaping the development and direction of COCO’s fundraising, governance and project management. Her major interests are led by a passion for international relations, equality, development, poverty alleviation and commitment to accountability.
Lucy advises smaller NGO’s based in the North East, advocating skill sharing, encouraging leadership and increasing aid effectiveness. Lucy regularly takes part in activities for COCO including trekking Mount Kilimanjaro running the Great North Run and Cycling in Maasai Land in Kenya. Lucy is also a board member for International Newcastle and Children North East in addition to being a governor at Fellside Primary School in Wickham.
Lucy studied Urban and Regional Geography at Sheffield Hallam University, after which she completed a Masters in Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu Natal in Durban, South Africa. In 2015 Lucy graduated from Newcastle University Business School with an MBA with distinction and was the chosen orator at the graduation ceremony.

Sharon Sinclair-Williams - This Northern Girl Can Ambassador, Tees Valley & North East
Sharon is the digital manager of one of our region’s largest law firms, Tilly Bailey & Irvine. Her role focuses on growing the firm’s online presence and generating profitable leads.
Outside of this, Sharon is also a consultant and mentor in her eldest son’s new digital startup company, The Social Gene. Sharon brings a wealth of experience to the young company which launched in July 2017. They co-write a business and lifestyle blog called The blog provides a platform for Sharon to raise awareness about This Northern Girl Can movement and her role as an ambassador. Specifically, she interviews women who are role models from across the North. This Northern Girl Can mission is to harness all talent, accelerate gender pay equality and provide women with the knowledge and skills needed to drive their careers forward. She created the #ThisNorthernGirlCan hashtag to start a localised, grass roots conversation for women to highlight and share their achievements. There is also a Twitter account called @girlsupnorth. Sharon also sits on the Tees Valley Digital Industry Board.

Megan Jane Lillie - Digital Marketing Executive at WhiteWash Laboratories & This Northern Girl Can Ambassador,
Tees Valley & North East

Megan is a Teesside University graduate currently the Digital Marketing Executive at WhiteWash Laboratories, who are a premium international retailer of dental cosmetics and oral care products, but that’s just her day job.
The rest of her time for the past five years has been consumed by her multi-award winning blog What started as a hobby to keep her busy during a gap year in-between Sixth Form and University, turned into one-stop shop for regular updates on beauty, fashion, local food finds and much more. Megan was shortlisted for a Cosmopolitan Blog Award after only 6 months of blogging and won Highly Commended Established Beauty Blog a year later, being shortlisted from 55,000 blogs. She has worked with the likes of ASOS, Topshop, Benefit Cosmetics to name a few.
Megan is a huge supporter of Teesside and the surrounding area and assisted Sharon in the initial take off of #ThisNorthernGirlCan. She wishes to encourage growing girls and ladies to shout loud about their achievements and become noticed.

Andrew Stogdale - Inspire2learn
Andrew is the ringmaster at Inspire2Learn. From beginning his career as a primary school teacher in some of the area’s most deprived areas, through developing national education strategies and training people all over the world in effective learning using technology, he always looks to engage young people in the process. Through experience and research, the activities and initiatives now offered at Inspire2Learn are designed to saturate young people with a sense of empowered self-belief in a world that often seems irrelevant to them. Inspiring girls, scrapheap challenges, STEM days, aspiration events, animation, enterprise, creativity – the list of events grows year on year. Last year, Inspire2Learn worked with over 10,000 pupils in the Tees Valley through an increasing number of relationships with local businesses, organisations and employers.