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International Women’s Day is a worldwide UN event that celebrates women’s achievements – from the political to the social – while calling for gender equality. It has been observed since the early 1900s and is now recognised each year on 8th March.

The University event will focus on the 2018 theme for International Women’s Day which is ‘Press for Progress’. Keynote speakers will share how they are ‘Pressing for Progress’ and the event will acknowledge and celebrate 100 years since the Representation of the People Act 1918 – the act which allowed some women in the UK the right to vote.

Come to our free one-day event to help us celebrate International Women’s Day, taking place in the Curve, Teesside University on Saturday 10 March.

Enjoy a series of inspirational talks, interactive displays and activities. Try 3D clay modelling, the flight simulator, and try some forensic activities. We also have stalls selling sweet treats, drinks, fashion, crafts, and jewellery. Family and friends are most welcome – a free crèche is available if you have young children.*

The exhibition and interactive displays open at 9.30am followed by an array of activities celebrating the success and ambition of women in our region.

9.30am: Exhibitors and activities open

Interactive displays and exhibition stands open including; jewellery, cakes, scarves designed and produced by our fashion students, and many more.

10.00am - 10.15am: Welcome – Professor Jane Turner OBE

10.00am: Stop by the dry bar for a complimentary soft drink

10.15am - 10.50am: Sharon Gayter
From trying to run 1 mile, to a million metres of running – Sharon took up running in her mid-twenties and it took her three weeks to complete one mile without stopping. She has gone on to set three world records for running on the treadmill. Hear her story about how she first began and went on to running the world’s most challenging and extreme races.

11.30am Multi Move
Aged between 11 and 25, this all female dance group perform a fusion of different dance styles inspired by different cultures.

11.30am - 12.00noon: Di Hewitt
Hear about the Free Period campaign and the process of women campaigning for change and to end period poverty in the Tees Valley. Di will share her campaign journey and show the value of women getting together and campaigning.

12.30pm - 1.15pm: Panel discussion – How do we raise the profile and influence of women in the Tees Valley? Facilitated by Caroline Theobald, CBE

Panel members
• Kirsten Donkin - PD Ports
• Lucy Kendall - COCO
• Sue Jeffrey - Leader, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council
• Andrew Stogdale - Inspire2learn

2.30pm: Raffle Prize Draw
The raffle prizes have been kindly donated by local companies, and the top prize which is an iPad has been donated by XMA.
Tickets are now on sale from the Ground Floor of the Curve at £1.00 per strip, all money raised goes to 'Target Ovarian Cancer'

The draw will take place at 2.30pm, ground floor of the Curve.

Events taking place in The Curve throughout the day:

• The next big thing – an introduction to virtual reality.

• Brain games

• Flight simulator

• Crime Scene Investigation
Visit our mock crime scene house in King Edward’s Square and learn how to examine a crime scene. In the Curve, you learn how to collect fingerprints from crime scenes and suspects.

• Forensic Techniques and fingerprint keyrings

*Free parking is available in the Centuria car park located next to The Curve – Sat Nav TS1 3AP.

*The crèche is available 10.00am - 11.00am and 12.30pm - 1.30pm. This is provided by the Tees Valley Women’s Centre. Bookings must be made in advance, please email to reserve a space.

More about our speakers and panel members:

Kirsten Donkin - PD Ports
Kirsten Donkin joined PD Ports in February 2006 as Marketing Executive.
A marketing graduate from Teesside University, she started her career as a marketing and events coordinator within the IT industry.

With more than 16 years’ experience in marketing and public relations Kirsten is responsible for the development of PD Ports’ marketing and communications strategy across the Group.

The Northern Powerhouse agenda is a key focus for PD Ports where Kirsten is responsible for driving forward engagement and building partnerships that will support the Government’s industrial strategy as well as deliver economic growth and development in the North.

Kirsten plays a key role in the development of the Company’s CSR activities with a particular emphasis on providing ongoing support to the High Tide Foundation, a charity cofounded by PD Ports in 2012 aimed at raising aspirations and increasing job opportunities for young people across Teesside.

Lucy Kendall - COCO
Lucy is CEO of COCO (Comrades of Children Overseas) an International Charity based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Lucy has worked at COCO for 14 years, working her way up from volunteer to a position of leadership, shaping the development and direction of COCO’s fundraising, governance and project management. Her major interests are led by a passion for international relations, equality, development, poverty alleviation and commitment to accountability.

Lucy advises smaller NGO’s based in the North East, advocating skill sharing, encouraging leadership and increasing aid effectiveness. Lucy regularly takes part in activities for COCO including trekking Mount Kilimanjaro running the Great North Run and Cycling in Maasai Land in Kenya. Lucy is also a board member for International Newcastle and Children North East in addition to being a governor at Fellside Primary School in Wickham.

Lucy studied Urban and Regional Geography at Sheffield Hallam University, after which she completed a Masters in Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu Natal in Durban, South Africa. In 2015 Lucy graduated from Newcastle University Business School with an MBA with distinction and was the chosen orator at the graduation ceremony.

Andrew Stogdale - Inspire2learn
Andrew is the ringmaster at Inspire2Learn. From beginning his career as a primary school teacher in some of the area’s most deprived areas, through developing national education strategies and training people all over the world in effective learning using technology, he always looks to engage young people in the process. Through experience and research, the activities and initiatives now offered at Inspire2Learn are designed to saturate young people with a sense of empowered self-belief in a world that often seems irrelevant to them. Inspiring girls, scrapheap challenges, STEM days, aspiration events, animation, enterprise, creativity – the list of events grows year on year. Last year, Inspire2Learn worked with over 10,000 pupils in the Tees Valley through an increasing number of relationships with local businesses, organisations and employers.

Cllr Sue Jeffrey, Leader, Redcar and Cleveland Council
Sue has over 25 years’ experience working at senior level in the public, private and third sectors at regional, local and national level lastly as the Executive Director of the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Assembly. Sue is a housing professional and until September 2015 was Chair of Tees Valley Housing Ltd and a Non Executive Board Member of the Thirteen Housing Group.

In 2009 Sue was elected for Labour to Redcar and Cleveland Council in a by-election. She became Leader of the Council following the May 2015 elections as Chair of the Tees Valley Combined Authority took a leading role negotiating the Tees Valley devolution deal. She has played a key part in developing plans after the closure of the SSI Steel works and is Vice Chair of the South Tees Development Corporation. She was the Labour nomination in the Tees Valley metro mayor elections in 2017, one of only two women in the UK to be picked by the Labour Party to contest such an election. She has recently taken over as Chair of Redcar and Cleveland College, where she is leading the board in the merger with Stockton Riverside College planned for 2018.

Sue is a passionate about raising the aspirations of women and girls in the Tees Valley and working to deliver gender equality at all levels in public office.  

Teesside University

Teesside University is dynamic and energetic, celebrating over 80 years of innovative and inspiring education. Over £135-m investment on campus provides top class facilities for students. Teesside offers a wide range of popular subjects from animation to law, business and health to media and forensic science.

Officially opened in 1930 as Constantine Technical College by the then Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VIII, to support Middlesbrough’s booming engineering and shipping industries. 

We have almost 30,000 full- and part-time students.Overseas students make up 5.6% of the students studying on campus at Teesside, with a further 1.6% coming from the EU (excluding transnational activity). 43% of students are male, 57% female.Teesside has a community of over 1,400 students from overseas (full-time, including EU).