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The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is #BreakTheBias and encourages people to actively call out gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping and to commit to helping forge an inclusive world.

  • 01 March 2022
  • 3 min read
On International Women's Day and during Global Week 2022, UoP Global have invited four researchers from the Women and Gender Studies Research Group to share their global perspectives on why gender equality matters.

On Tuesday 8 March at 6pm GMT, this virtual lecture will explore topics such as women’s suffrage, the impact of izzat and honour, misogyny and female migrant activists. You can book onto this event, or see the full programme of events during Global Week at port.ac.uk/globalweek
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June Purvis

Professor (Emerita) of Women’s and Gender History and Co-Chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Research Cluster in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Struggle for Women’s Suffrage in Edwardian Britain

This illustrated talk will look at the long and hard struggle for the parliamentary vote for women in Britain. Although there were two main groupings campaigning for the vote, the suffragists of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS), led by Millicent Garrett Fawcett, and the suffragettes of the Women’s Social and Political Union, led by Emmeline Pankhurst and her eldest daughter Christabel, the focus will be on the suffragette movement. Enfranchisement was granted in 1918 to certain categories of women aged 30 and over but it was not until 1928 that women were granted enfranchisement on equal terms with men.

Sukh Hamilton

Senior Lecturer in the School of Education & Sociology

Izzat and honour-based parameters placed on British Bangladeshi, Indian, and Pakistani (BIP) heritage women’s lives

This talk draws on qualitative research undertaken as part of Sukh’s PhD, examining the impact of Izzat on 31 British women of Bangladeshi, Indian, and Pakistani (BIP) heritage. Izzat is a little known nebulous construct that has been roughly translated as honour (as referenced in ‘honour killing’) but is actually a system that is both policed through the vigilant gaze of the ‘baradari’ or community and defines what is deemed to be ‘good’ conduct, particularly for women. 
 
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Tamsin Bradley

Professor in International Development Studies in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Globalisation of misogyny

 

Isabelle Cheng

Senior Lecturer in East Asian and International Development Studies, School of Area Studies, Politics, History and Literature

Women Migrant Activists

Regional development disparity has given rise to labour migration, facilitated by a guest-worker system within East Asia. From low-and middle-income economies in South and Southeast Asia, men and women seek overseas employment in high-income economies, a practice encouraged by their governments as a way to reduce unemployment. Recruited via a thriving brokering industry, they fill labour shortages in the construction, manufacturing, care, fishing, agriculture, and hospitality industries in Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore. Isabelle’s research has focused on the temporariness, exclusion, deprivation of mobility, debt bondage and slavery that characterise the guest worker system commonly employed in these high-income economies. Nevertheless, migrant workers, particularly those female domestic and care workers, rose to the challenge. Equipped with their knowledge, experiences, and compassion, they have refused to become brokers making money out of people's poverty. Instead, they established self-help organisations defending their rights and campaigning for change. Inspired by them, this talk will use their migratory biographies to underline their motivations and strategies with reference to their activism during the pandemic. 
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#BreakTheBias

This year’s campaign encourages people to strike the IWD 2022 pose, as demonstrated by the speakers above and to share your #BreakTheBias image, video, resources, presentation or articles on social media using #IWD2022. 
 
Register for the event, or visit port.ac.uk/globalweek for the full schedule of events taking place over Global Week.