London South Bank University (LSBU) has marked International Women’s Day 2016 by celebrating the success of women in the university’s local community and holding a programme of talks and events to launch LSBU’s Gender Network.
From free yoga sessions to key speaker presentations, facilitated workshops and networking opportunities, the programme for the day enabled staff and students from across the university to unite under the theme of ‘stepping up for equality'.
Speakers included LSBU alumna Michele Haniotis (MSc Construction, 1993) who discussed overcoming gender stereotypes in a male dominated profession and Dr Natasha Patel, Clinical Co-Director, Diabetes, South London Academic Health Science Network, who addressed the challenges she has had to overcome to succeed in her career.
The audience also heard from Gemma Tracey, Senior Policy Adviser at the Equality Challenge Unit and Ori Chandler, Membership Director of OUTstanding, a network for senior LGBT+ executives. Workshops on gender equality in the workplace were also facilitated by specialist consultancy Creative Connection.
The launch of the LSBU Gender Network follows the announcement of the university’s Athena SWAN membership and its commitment to an application for an institutional level Bronze Award in November.