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Celebrating an inspirational International Women's Day

Beds SU was delighted to celebrate International Women’s Day with events throughout the week.

Beds SU

By Beds SU

Tuesday, 12 March 2024

Last week Beds SU celebrated International Women’s Day with a series of events. We held Q&A’s with inspiring women, a female-led DJ event and film night and also looked to raise awareness of domestic abuse through supporting the 'No More Week' campaign.

In Conversation with TV presenter and alumna Megan Murphy

The centre piece of our activities was an International Women’s Day 'In Conversation' event featuring former University of Bedfordshire student Megan Murphy. Megan is now ITV Channel's Early Presenter for Good Morning Britain, leads ITV Channel's outreach programme in local schools and is co-chair of their Diversity and Inclusion panel that works towards making ITV's television and online coverage as diverse and inclusive as possible.

Your Co-Vice President Amina Awal hosted the session which saw Megan share her journey and advice with the Beds SU community on breaking into the media, how to support women in the work place and beyond and what inclusion means to her. The engaging session was watched by students in The Metro and via a live stream. If you missed it, don’t worry, you can watch the whole Q&A on our YouTube channel.

Later in the afternoon, students were treated to music by female DJ Slim-Azz. It was a great afternoon and we were happy to see so many of you supporting such an important event.

Alongside hosting this event Amina also produced an International Women's Day episode of 'Sojourner Tales' a podcast she collaborates on.   Amina was joined in conversation by Yejide Adewakun. Yejide is a Lawyer, Data Governance Analyst and Digital Entrepeneur who took part in our 'Her Story' panel event for Black History Month in October. If you haven't listened as yet you can find the episode here on our YouTube channel.

...and there was more

On Thursday evening students munched on popcorn and refreshments while watching the female-led Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2023) to much fanfare.

No More Week

It felt so important that as part of our plans to raise awareness of how to support and empower women that we acknowledged 'No More Week', a week focused on raising awareness of domestic abuse. We were pleased to invite Sarah from Luton’s All Women’s Centre to The Metro to offer support and advice to our students in a relaxed and informal setting.

Do you have any ideas for events you want to see happen at our campuses?  Email us and let us know!