Our University wins best practice award for International Women's Day campaign
Our University has been named the winner of a best practice award for the 2018 International Women’s Day (IWD) campaign, which celebrated the achievements of women staff and students and called on us to #PressforProgress on gender equality.
Where Women Work, the organisation behind International Women’s Day itself, chose examples of best practice from 14 different categories. Our University campaign was highlighted as the inspiring example of best practice in the category of “Education Sector: Knowledge and Impact”. Sheffield was one of a number of winners chosen out of 100 organisations from around the world who had submitted examples.
The University campaign for IWD 2018 included a video celebrating women’s achievements across campus and an event for all women staff members held jointly with Sheffield Hallam University. The event included a panel of inspirational women speakers from a range of industries, followed by development and networking sessions.
International Women’s Day video
The video created for IWD 2018 celebrated the achievements of our women staff and students. The video shares stories of women in different roles and at different stages of their career - all smashing glass ceilings in male-dominated sectors.
The idea was to highlight the challenges women face, and to inspire and motivate further women to aim high and never be held back because of their gender. The video shows in very concrete and explicit ways our women staff and students, and the University as a whole, are making gains and pushing for progress to further gender equality.
A wide range of women were featured in the video: our Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Director of Finance leading the way for women in leadership, women academics challenging stereotypes in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics), students engaged in rugby and coding, and the Students’ Union Women’s Officer campaigning on issues affecting women. Each woman featured in the video highlighted the passion for their job, sector or activity - and reinforced their commitment to inclusivity and gender parity in the face of challenges.