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International Women's Day
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City of Bristol College shows support for gender equality for International Women’s Day

City of Bristol College is joining the #ChoosetoChallenge campaign and is championing the success of women from all walks of life in celebration of International Women’s Day today (Monday 8 March) and throughout the coming weeks.

International Women's Day

Students and staff from the College will be participating in a range of different activities to mark the occasion including:

  • The College’s Students Union (SU) has partnered up with UWE Bristol to run a number of events.  Including: Picture a Scientist film screening. 7-10 March. Contact: Clare.wilkinson@uwe.ac.uk
  • Women’s Rights in Sudan. Guest talk by Bassmala Elbushary. 17 March, noon to 1.30pm.
  • Celebrate Phenomenal Women. 24 March, 1-2pm.
  • Violent, Refractory and Noisy Girls. Women and Youth Justice in Bristol and Beyond. 24 March 5-6.30pm.
  • Sign up to the above event here.
  • The SU’s Student Women’s Officer, Daisy-Belle Hayward, will  be taking over the SU’s social media channels for the day sharing details about the different talks and events.
  • Students will be able to attend a range of talks from industry professionals inspired by International Women’s Day, including: artificial intelligence specialist, Sue Turner, Bristol Zoo veterinarian, Michelle Barrows, lawyer turned CEO, Keri Adriana, and the founder of Kitchen Cosmetics and former City of Bristol College student, Latoya Adlam.
  • The College’s Additional Learning Support team and the Special Educational Needs (SEN) tutors will focus on raising aspirations for women with SEN and students who have faced significant barriers to progress in their education.

The College is also celebrating the successes of its own female staff and students. Sheyanne Stephens is one student who has reached new heights since joining City of Bristol College at 14 years old on the ‘Early College’ programme.

Sheyanne, who aspires to be a firefighter, said:I did not think I stood a chance, but as I look to the future, I can truly say I am so grateful for the opportunity. After I found out I was dyslexic, things started to make more sense and I now know I must work twice as hard academically to be able to express myself and to achieve my goals.”

Sheyanne Stephens

Sheyanne said Early College was her ‘second chance’ where she could feel ‘understood and valued’ while studying Public Services and now Outdoor Pursuits.

To also mark the event, the College has also applied to sign up to the Women in Business Charter.   

Finally, students will be able to access a range of different career materials and including articles about the successes of women in Catering, Engineering and mathematics.

For a complete list of events happening on International Women’s Day and onwards, click here.

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