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UEL Women #choosetochallenge

Taking the #choosetochallenge pledge for all women

International Women’s Day, celebrated on 8 March, raises awareness, calls out the celebration of women and encourages action for the women of today – and of tomorrow.

UEL prides itself as one of the most diverse and socially inclusive universities: The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2020 ranked UEL as first in the UK and second in the world in reducing inequalities, and second in the UK in gender equality. The Sunday Times and Times Good University Guide 2020 also ranked UEL in the top 5 for social inclusivity, underlining that diversity remains one of UEL’s strongest assets.

Professor Amanda Broderick, Vice-Chancellor and President, said “A significant shift towards a more sustainable society must include gender equality. This is not a women’s issue, this is a human issue that affects us all and we all have a role to play in using our voice and our actions to make a positive difference. Today we celebrate the women at the University of East London and women globally. We are proud of all the achievements of our University community, but today we focus on the successes and barriers overcome by our remarkable UEL women and their importance as role models for future generations. Let us all #choosetochallenge inequalities and work together to realise a future where we all have an opportunity to thrive.”

Placed in the top 25 per cent of institutions worldwide for our international outlook in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021, the International Women’s Day campaign should be a testament to all women at UEL and globally, to stand together to challenge obstacles that they come across daily. Whether one chooses to shape feminist, cultural or political thought, stand up against domestic violence or protest for gender inequality, it is crucial that our voices be heard.

In 2020, the University of East London’s Royal Docks School of Business and Law received the Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of its continued progress towards gender equality in higher education. The award recognises the advancement of gender equality and overcoming barriers to inclusivity for their staff and students.

A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. The UEL Women’s Network, founded in 2016 and chaired by Dr Jummy Okoya, senior lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management, created this networking group to provide support and professional development opportunities for women within the UEL community. The network currently has 300 members and invites you to attend the next UEL Women’s Network event on the 11 March to hear stories about resilience and strength. All UEL female staff and students attending must complete the form for this event ‘Let’s Choose to Challenge’ via Eventbrite - click here.

Below are the links to a list of articles to acknowledge a few of our UEL phenomenal women on their research or achievements.