Montage created by the Compostela Group of Universities to commemorate International Women’s Day 2022.

The member universities of the Compostela Group of Universities are preparing an extensive programme of activities to mark International Women’s Day. 

The Compostela Group of Universities (CGU) compiles in this article the initiatives developed by the Higher Education institutions affiliated to the network to commemorate International Women’s Day 2022.

The week of 8 March 2022

The member universities of our network have planned a large number of activities for the week of International Women’s Day. These institutions and their proposals are listed below:

  • The Gender Studies Centre of the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo presented an updated document on the country’s social debts to women at a press conference. The event was broadcast on INTEC’s Youtube channel.
  • The Anáhuac Women Chair of the Anáhuac Xalapa University is organising today and tomorrow, academic sessions on topics related to leadership, literature, political violence and religion. Those who wish can join the sessions online.
  • The University Centre for Arts, Architecture and Design of the University of Guadalajara together with the Fundación Causa Azul is promoting the ‘Dialogues with women artisans’, through which they seek to make the work of women artisans more visible. The event will be broadcast live today on Facebook.
  • For the second year, the University of Monterrey makes visible “women as indispensable agents in the social, cultural, economic and political development of our society” with the initiative UDEM x TODAS. A week of lectures, workshops, mentoring, dialogues and activities that provide a space to “raise awareness in the community on gender equality”.
  • The Autonomous University of Chihuahua is screening the videoconference ‘Gender equity for a sustainable tomorrow’, which requires prior registration in order to participate today via Zoom.
  • ESAN University together with the National Society of Industries of Peru invites you to join the discussion ‘The role of Peruvian women in the development of industry and employment’. To follow the live broadcast today on Zoom it is also necessary to register in advance.
  • The National University Mayor de San Marcos launches the virtual forum ‘Women of today and yesterday: their contribution to society’, a space for dialogue and reflection, whose “purpose is to promote awareness to revalue the role of women as leaders in society”.
  • The Peruvian University of Applied Sciences and the Peruvian Institute of Sport are organising the ‘Women and Sports Summit‘. This event aims to “create spaces for reflection so that women leaders in sports management can share their experience”. The following topics will be addressed today: women and sports management, organisations with purpose and women in public sports management in Latin America.
  • The Hub incubator of the University of Piura commemorates today “the battle of women for their participation in society and their full development as individuals”, through the event ‘Women who inspire’. The event will include panels of women entrepreneurs, conferences and presentations of success stories.
  • The programme of activities of the Cadiz University will be distributed throughout its four campuses and last for the whole week. This year, the various initiatives included in the programme focus on the analysis of the role and situation of women in science and the university.
  • The entrance hall of the Rectorate of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria University will be decorated “with 11 mauve ribbons with adjectives that want to make all women visible, as well as a central ribbon with the word ALL”. Moreover, its various university centres have programmed exhibitions, poetry readings, talks and film screenings.
  • The Rey Juan Carlos University is planning a series of activities with which it aims to address the situation of women in Spain and worldwide from different points of view. Through these activities, it reaffirms its “commitment to real equality between men and women”.
  • The Technical University of Madrid is holding the round table ‘Women, occupational prevention and physical activity. A different reality‘. It will address aspects related to the prevention of occupational risks and the importance of physical activity for a healthy working and personal life balance.
  • The Technical University of Cartagena (UPCT), together with the eight universities that make up the European University of Technology alliance, is launching the institutional campaign ‘EUt+ International Women’s Day’. In this campaign, women and men of the UPCT spread a message to “denounce prejudice, discrimination and gender stereotypes”, with the hashtag #breakthebias.
  • The universities of Extremadura, Seville and Oviedo shared the video and the manifesto of the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities on International Women’s Day. Besides, the Library of the University of Seville produced a list of comics on women and feminism.
  • Today, the University of La Laguna will present its II Gender Equality Plan during the events to commemorate the 8th March. This will be followed by the plenary conference entitled ‘Equality in education: A fiction’ and the presentation of the annual awards of the University Institute of Women’s Studies.
  • The University of Leon commemorates 8M with a symbolic human hug of its Faculty of Education. With this symbol, it vindicates “education as the main tool to achieve an egalitarian society, without discrimination”. It also organised the ‘II Slogan Competition on equality between women and men’ aimed at the student community.
  • The Technical School (EPS) of the University of Lleida proposes to carry out an action that helps to give visibility to girls and women who study and work in this centre. In the text in which they encourage faculty members and students to participate, they explain that “one of the aspects that makes it difficult for girls to consider their future in this field is precisely the lack of female references”.
  • Coinciding with 8-M, a monograph has just been published on the debate on inclusive language in the Spanish press, in which the coordinator of the ‘DISMUPREN‘ project at the University of Malaga (UMA), Susana Guerrero, professor of Spanish Language at the UMA, participates.
  • This year, the University of Vigo wants to highlight the first women who entered its institution to undertake their studies. You have more information about these pioneers in this article.
  • The University of Zaragoza commemorated the event by reading the manifesto of the Network of Gender Equality Units of Spanish Universities for University Excellence in its auditorium.
  • The University of Malta recorded a video to wish the women of its university community a happy day.
  • The University of Minho celebrates International Women’s Day by making available this the first edition of the podcast ‘Um Paço de Conversa’, in which the first guest speaker will be the President of UMinho General Council, Joana Marques Vidal, President of the UMinho General Council.
  • The University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD) proposes a round table with the participation of UTAD academics and a documentary on the centenary of Seara Nova.

Longer programmes of activities

Several of CGU’s member universities are extending their programme of activities for International Women’s Day to the whole month of March. Below is a list of these higher education institutions and their proposals:

  • The Technological of Monterrey is developing an extensive programme of activities throughout the month of March, with which it aims to encourage “individual and collective reflection on the advances in the field of gender equality, as well as the inequalities and barriers that impede the full development of girls and women”.
  • During the months of March and April, La Salle University Mexico is planning more than 40 initiatives through which it wants to contribute to the promotion of “substantive equality”. Various initiatives, such as conferences on violence against sexual intimacy in social networks, round tables on the generation of scientific vocations with a gender perspective, film screenings and writing workshops.
  • The Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) invites the university community to reflect on “the importance of gender equality for the development of society”. To this end, the PUCP has devised a programme of activities from 8 to 31 March, including webinars, exhibitions and talks.
  • The Library of the University of Lima invites you to visit the third edition of the Virtual Exhibition for International Women’s Day, which has a special section devoted to women and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
  • From 7 to 16 March, the University of Regensburg is planning a series of one-hour online lectures in which three experts will present current issues, problems and possible courses of action for equal rights for women and men in the fields of sport, politics and finance.
  • The Jaume I University proposes several actions that will take place from 7 to 30 March, such as a conference on the new challenges of feminism, the performance of the play ‘Grandma, do you have sex?’, workshops in educational centres or a campaign on social networks.
  • The main events at the University of A Coruña (UDC) will be the reading today of the manifesto drawn up by the Network of Gender Equality Units for University Excellence and the round table discussion ‘Women and work today’. However, in the centres of the UDC, the activities will take place from 7 to 25 March.
  • The University of Almeria joins the inter-institutional project ‘Almería Unida por la Igualdad‘, in the framework of which “different training and socio-cultural initiatives will be carried out from 26 February to 15 March with the aim of advancing equality”.
  • The Equal Opportunities Unit of the University of Burgos has produced a video in which, in just three minutes, it provides various documented explanations to the following question: why is it important to make International Women’s Day visible? Besides, this same unit designed a complete programme from 8 to 31 March comprising conferences, collaborative activities, theatre and a new edition of the ‘Cine en Violeta’ cycle.
  • The Equality Unit of the University of Salamanca is organising various activities from 7 to 16 March, including the exhibition ‘Honoris Causa: women doctors at the University of Salamanca in itinere’ and the IV Conference ‘Women, University, Science and Society’.
  • The University of Santiago de Compostela has a wide range of activities scheduled from 7 to 14 March, including lectures, manifesto readings, exhibitions and competitions.
  • The programme of activities at the University of the Basque Country runs from 1 February to 5 April. It includes a series of conferences on literature, art and feminism in the Basque Country; and the exhibitions ‘Zutik, Zutik, Zutik, Zutik’, the recent history of feminism’ and ‘Women in resistance’.
  • The University of Valencia brings together its initiatives under the slogan ‘March for Equality‘, which includes everything from institutional initiatives to a diverse programme of cultural initiatives that are structured around the gender perspective.