International Women's Day and Women's History Month

We were thrilled to host a range of thought-provoking and celebratory events throughout the month of March in celebration of Women's History Month and International Women's Day (IWD)  at Canterbury Christ Church University.

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International Women's Day is celebrated on 8 March each year in numerous countries around the world.  It is a global day which recognises the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action to advancing gender equality in every aspect of life.


The theme for 2019 is #BalanceforBetter. This theme recognises that gender diversity and equality will drive a better world and we must continue to strive for this, not only on IWD but every day. 

Women’s History Month takes place every year during March in the UK. This celebration marks the contributions of women throughout history and in contemporary society.  


Find out about the events that are took place at Canterbury Christ Church University as well as the independent events that took place in the wider community. 

International Women's Day Flag Raising

We will be raising the International Women's Day Flag at Augustine House on International Women's day 2019 at 10:00. 
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Aurora Reflections 

Join Aly Harrold, Champion of empowering women through public speaking and CCCU women's network for an Aurora and International Women's Day event. 

Aly was Kent Business Woman of The Year (Under 5 Years -KWIB Awards 2018) and will be speaking to us about Confident Communications in Meetings.

Aly runs workshops and provides coaching specifically for women, designed to increase their confidence, skills and impact in communicating in groups. Aly will share some of the secrets of success with us and provide tips and advice for becoming confidence communicators. 

Thursday 07 March 2019 from 12:30 till 14:00 in Of42 Old Sessions House (TOSH), Canterbury Campus. 

For CCCU Staff Only with booking essential via StaffSpace

Our event poster can be found here

 Women's Self Defence Event for International Womens Day

CCCU Jui Jitsu club is holding a self defence event for International Women's Day and welcomes all abilities to come along and join in the free event.  

Thursday 07 March 2019 from 19:30 till 21:45 in the Studio at CCCU Sports Centre, Canterbury, CT1 1XS. Free Entry. 

CCCU Jui Jitsu Club Presents Women's Self Defence Event


Book Launch Celebrating Women's History Month and International Academic Book Day

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Join us for the book launch of Gender : Medieval places spaces and thresholds  (London: Institute of Historical Research, 2019).

Following the successful Gender and Medieval Studies international conference held at CCCU in 2017 by the Centre for Kent History and Heritage, we are delighted to present this book on the highly relevant  topic of gender, place and space.


  • Brief introduction to the book by Professor Louise Wilkinson
  • A #nuntastic taster of medieval Canterbury by Dr Sheila Sweetinburgh
  • 'From womb to tomb': medieval gender studies in #MeToo times by Dr Diane Heath
  • Refreshments 

Thursday 07 march 2019 from 17:00 at the CCCU University Bookshop, Canterbury. 

Event poster can be found here


Miss Representation exposes how mainstream media and culture contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film draws back a curtain to reveal a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see – how the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls makes it difficult for women to feel powerful and achieve leadership positions. In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message we receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader.

Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists, and academics… build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken, but armed with a new perspective.

Event led by Us in the World

Thursday 07 March 2019 from 12:00 in Ng01

  • Event poster can be found here
  • Trailer can be found here

How Am I as a Women in Higher Education

This session is open to staff and students who want to explore their position within the institution. We are not raising questions about gender identity but about the subjective nature of being a woman in the university, and how this affects us as individuals.

The session will consist of an activity in which participants can explore the subjective nature of their position and then a discussion about our roles and responsibilities as women in HE. 

Event led by Us in the World.

Friday 08 March 2019 from 13:00 till 14:30 in Mg18.

Our event poster can be found here

Not Your Average Josephine: Visualising the Victorian Woman Writer

A presentation by Alyson Hunt, Research Associate for the International Centre for Victorian Women Writers on their project, ‘Not Your Average Josephine’. Alyson will provide an outline of the project, which explores preconceptions behind notions of the Victorian woman writer, asking ‘If there was an average Victorian woman writer, what would she be like?’ This lunchtime session is open to both staff and students.

Event led by Alyson Hunt. 

Monday 11 March 2019 from 12:00 till 13:00 in Mg02. Free event for Staff and Students. 

Canterbury Christ Church Creatives and Secret Projects

Join the Canterbury Christ Church Creatives and CCCU Women's Network for an opportunity to connect women across the globe through the shared experience of stitching and making. 

Esther Coren (Faculty of HWB) will be delivering a short talk about her involvement with Secret Projects and will be bringing along some of their products.

Tuesday 12 March 2019 from 12:00 till 14:00 in The Chapel, Canterbury Campus. Free event for Staff and Students. 

How can I get Involved? 

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  • During the session a banner with the Secret Projects, Power Mantra will be decorated and embellished and we will also be welcoming donations of fabric and wool to gift to secret projects. 
  • To find out more about the event click   here
  • Or to join the Canterbury Christ Church Creatives event page click here
  • If you are unable to attend on the day, you are still welcome to participate and can send your contributions to Jae Fowler or Chantelle Cohen in the the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion office (Ag14, Wed & Thurs).

Please note: For those who feel comfortable to participate, we will be recording a video greeting to accompany the banner and taking some photos throughout the session.

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Women in the Workplace in Medieval Times

Participants in this workshop will use primary sources to explore the experiences of women, in and around the workplace during medieval times, particularly in the Canterbury area. The session will be hosted by Sheila Sweetinburgh and Diane Heath of the Centre for Kent History and is open to both staff and students.

Event led by DIane Heath and Sheila Sweetinburgh.

Wednesday 20 March 2019 from 13:00 till 14:00 in Lg47. Free event for Staff and Students. 

 IWD Pop-up Breakfast 

Following the success of our Pop-Up Breakfast in 2018 at Lily's Bistro, Clare Millett, Chief Executive at Westgate Community Trust, is delighted to invite you to this years event.

Join us for a delicious 'Lily's Breakfast' and take part in the conversation led by Clare. 

Taking part will be Natalie Bell, Head of Youth & Community Programmes, Coin Street Community Builders (London), Zoe Rodda, Founder of Lily's Bistro on Palace Street, Founding Trustees of Westgate Hall Adelina Comas-Herrera and Imogen Morizet.

Friday 08 March 2019 from 08:30 till 10:30 at Westgate Hall, Westgate Hall Rd., CT1 2BT, Canterbury. 

Find out more click here


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POW! is a festival of Arts and Culture celebrating and exploring issues around Feminism, Women and Girls.

The festival is on from Friday 08 March 2019 till Sunday 17 March 2019 with events throughout Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate. 

Find out more  here






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