International Women's Week -March 2023

International Women's Week took place throughout the week of March 6th to 10th March 2023.  There were excellent discussions throughout the week, see the detailed International Women's Week - March 2023 Programme of events that took place during the week.

"Fixing the Women”? Supports for Female Staff in Higher Education

Fixing the Women

Left to right:  Prof Margaret Hodgins, University of Galway; Niamh O’Donoghue, Chair of 2nd HEA National Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions, Dr Monica O’Mullane, UCC and Dr. Helen Maher VP for EDI University of Galway.

 Helen Maher and Fariba Foolad

L-R: D‌r. Helen Maher and Fariba Foolad



L-R: Rebecca Connolly, Dr. Laura Loftus, Aoife Cooke, Nimah Gallagher, Margaret Forde and Dr. Helen Maher

International Women's Week Programme - March 2023

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Friday, 3rd March

Large Lecture Theatre, Clinical Science Institute (CSI) University of Galway  

School of Medicine - Grand Rounds

Women breaking barriers every day

Chair: Dr. Andrea Holmes, Academic Consultant Physician UHG

Speakers: Dr. Sadhbh O'Connor, Academic Intern; Dr. Catriona Reddin, ICAT SpR; Prof. Emer McGrath, Academic Consultant Neurologist

Monday, 6th March

Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights

(or online, via Zoom)

Women, Life, Freedom: a Historical and Contextual Analysis of the Recent Protests in Iran

Irish Centre for Human Rights

Speakers: Professor Roja Fazaeli, Trinity College Dublin. Dr. Roja Fazaeli is Professor in Islamic Civilisations and a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. Roja has published widely on the subjects of Islamic feminisms, human rights, women religious authorities, women’s rights in Iran, and the relationship between human rights and religion. She is a graduate of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, University of Galway.

Monday, 6th March   
2:00 – 3:30 

 Aula Maxima, Quadrangle

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"Fixing the Women”? Supports for Female Staff in Higher Education 

Chair: Dr Helen Maher, Vice-President for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Panel: Dr Monica O’Mullane, UCC; Prof Margaret Hodgins, University of Galway; Niamh O’Donoghue, Chair of 2nd HEA National Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions. 

Tuesday, 7th March 
11:30 – 1:00 

Aula Maxima, Quadrangle 

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Gender in Research Panel

Chair: Sinéad Beacom, Head of Researcher Development Centre 

Panel: Dr Maria Quinlan, HSE; Dr Oonagh Meade, University of Galway Research Staff Working Group; Prof Jim Livesey, Vice-President for Research & Innovation.

Wednesday, 8th March  

 Aula Maxima, Quadrangle  

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Panel discussion with founding members of the University Women’s Network

Chair: Dr Helen Maher, Vice-President for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Panel: Aoife Cooke, Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion; Nicola McNicholas, Senior Management Accountant; Dr Pat Morgan, Emerita Lecturer; Dr Rachel Hilliard, Senior Lecturer

Wednesday, 8th March  
3:00 – 4:30 pm  

G010, Hardiman Research Building & online via Zoom (link will be issued  in advance to registered participants)  


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The Rise in the Cost of Living: a crisis of social reproduction 

Centre for Global Women’s Studies, Discipline of Gender and Women’s Studies, School of Political Science and Sociology 

 Moderator: Dr Nata Duvvury, University of Galway 

 Speaker: Professor Diane Elson, University of Essex.

Discussants: Ms Sandra McCullagh, National Women's Council of Ireland; Mr Owen Reidy, Irish Congress of Trade Unions


Wednesday, 8th March   
6:00pm - 8:00pm 

 The Druid Theatre, Galway 

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CreateHER: IdeasLab Event in partnership with WestBIC  

Lisa Regan, Director LRPR Ltd, in conversation with Dr. Vanessa Creaven, Co-founder and CEO Spotlight Oral Care; Dr. Natalie Walsh, Director of Entrepreneurial Development, University of Galway and Mary Ryan, Deputy CEO Westbic 

Keynote Speaker: Noeline Kavanangh, Former Artistic Director of Macnas  


Thursday, 9th March 

Online, via Zoom 

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Empowering Women through Coaching 

Chair: Anna Cunningham, Head of Coaching

Speaker: Fiona McKeever, Executive and Leadership Coach

Discussion Panel: Prof Alma McCarthy, Head of J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics; John Hannon, Director of Student Services; Sheena Fennell, Senior Technical Officer, Earth and Life Sciences; Jane Ennis, Student Success Manager, Student Services

Thursday 9th March  

 G006, Institute for Lifescourse and Society,
University of Galway 

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Sustainable Agriculture: Addressing Gender Gap in Agricultural Productivity in Africa

Centre for Global Women’s Studies, Discipline of Gender and Women’s Studies, School of Political Science and Sociology

Moderator: Dr Nata Duvvury, Director Centre for Global Women's Studies

Speaker: Professor Haroon Akram Lodhi, Trent University. Haroon Akram-Lodhi is Professor of Economics and International Development Studies at Trent University, Peterborough, Canada. An Associate Editor of Feminist Economics, his most recent (co-edited) book is Handbook of Critical Agrarian Studies (Edward Elgar, 2022).