GMIT celebrating International Women’s Day with programme of virtual events

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GMIT is holding a series of virtual events on Monday to mark International Women’s Day, including public talks, seminars, and an art exhibition by staff and students.

The events for students and staff taking place over the course of Monday, March 8 will be centred around the theme of ‘Choose to Challenge (#ChooseToChallenge).

The Galway International Hotel School is hosting a virtual event on “Women in Irish Food”, led by Jacinta Dalton, Head of Department Culinary Arts, in association with Dr Sally McKenna and the Ludgate Hub.

This will consist of key panel discussions around industry topics and virtual networking parallel sessions for those in food or interested in food. Details will be published via @gmithotel social media on the day.

Mary Nestor, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Manager at GMIT, said “We are excited to hold such a broad range of events to mark this important day where the achievements of women are celebrated and given the recognition they deserve.

“Challenges related to the pandemic have intensified inequalities for many women and it is important to create a forum to discuss and celebrate women’s contribution to society in a positive and affirmative way.”

The day will kick off at 10:30am with a ‘Coffee break with poetry and prose’, where budding and established writers within GMIT will read some of their work.

This is followed by a lunchtime seminar from 1 to 2pm where five 10-minute presentations will be given on contemporary and historical themes or figures relating to gender and equality.

The presentations will be delivered by lecturers and academics in the Mayo campus in a forum chaired by GMIT’s Dr John Mulloy.

An art exhibition titled ‘My Space’ will be formally launched online at 2.30pm.  Third year students of the BA in Contemporary Art Practices programme in GMIT Mayo are showcasing their work in progress.

The work will be introduced by art lecturer Hazel Walker and ranges from drawing, painting, print, 3D work, animation, and digital experiments, reflecting themes incorporating personal histories, physical, digital and metaphysical spaces, including domestic challenges encountered in dealing with day-to-day life during the pandemic.

At 3pm, an online event takes place titled ‘In conversation with’ …. Mayo Deputy Rose Conway-Walsh, Dr Orla Flynn and BA Social Care student Amina Momoh will take part in a discussion about gender equality and challenges women face and overcome in different contexts.

Dr Orla Flynn, President of GMIT, says “I am delighted that two of our outstanding women who are exemplary leaders in their respective areas in our institute,

Mary Rogers, Head of the GMIT Department of Building & Civil Engineering and Maria Staunton, GMIT Mayo iHub Manager and EMPOWER Coordinator, will feature in this year’s THEA International Women’s Day Digital Campaign”.

The Higher Education Authority campaign for International Women’s Day will be unveiled

Full details of the THEA campaign will be available on on Monday, March 8.