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International Women's Day is a global event celebrating all achievements of women. The day also is a call to action for gender parity and is marked every year on 8 March.

The theme for this year's International Women’s Day is: ‘Women in Leadership: achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world’. This theme celebrates the efforts by women around the world in helping to shape a more equal future.

The tagline for this year's event is #ChooseToChallenge.

At Ustinov College we present sixteen interviews with inspirational women as part of our 'Ustinov meets' series. All sixteen interviews are student-led and feature inspirational women from a range of sectors in public life, including public service, the emergency services, health, higher education, music, the arts, research, media, and publishing.

Interview videos will be released throughout the day on Monday 8 March, so if a video is not yet available, please do check back later.

International Women's Day 2021 Ustinov meets inspirational women brochure

From our YouTube channel

Dr Margaret Busby

Publisher. editor, broadcaster and Chair of the Booker prize 2020

Sara Sant'Ambrogio

Grammy Award winning cellist and member of The Eroica Trio

Sue Snowdon, Lord-Lieutenant

Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham

Chief Constable Jo Farrell

Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary

Prof Jacqui Ramagge

Executive Dean (Science)

Prof Charlotte Clarke

Executive Dean (Social Science and Health)

Prof Janet Stewart

Executive Dean (Arts and Humanities)

Dr Ruvandhi Nathavitharana

Infectious diseases Physician & Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard University

Clare McHugh

Novelist & former magazine editor

Prof Wendy Powers

Principal of University College & Associate Vice-Provost (Education)

Dr Pippa Whitehouse

Associate Professor, Department of Geography

Dr Nina Griffiths

Director of Operations

Prof Harriet Bulkeley

Professor of Human Geography, Department of Geography

Alix Collingwood-Swinburn

Curator of Western Art

Diana Martinez-Trejo

GCR President, Ustinov College

Prof Harriet Hawkins

Professor of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London