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International Women's Day

International Women's Day - Monday 8 March 2021

The University of Bradford is celebrating International Women's Day. The 2021 campaign theme is #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021

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I celebrate amazing women in my life every day. In addition, I choose International Women Day as an extraordinary day to amplify my celebration of women's achievements, raise awareness about women's equality and call on all to be intentional in challenging stereotypes and biases that hold women back #ChoosetoChallenge Udy Archibong, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion)

How our inspirational researchers are changing the world

Dr Fiona Macaulay

"A longstanding area of my research is the role of the police in Latin America in protecting human rights, and how women’s movement have pressured the criminal justice system to deal with domestic violence.

"Over the last five years I have used this research with the Brazilian police to help them to train their officers better in how to prevent and investigate violence against women, working in partnership with the Brazilian Forum on Public Security, which brings together police officers, policymakers and academic researchers.

"With colleague Juliana Martins, an experienced police trainer, I transferred a teaching approach I developed at the University of Bradford -- Gender Labs -- that helps participants really understand from a personal as well as an applied perspective how gender relations function and relate to violence. With support from the Avon Foundation, Uber and the British Embassy we tested the training in police academies and produced a manual for police trainers which will be distributed across Brazil. I have produced a similar manual for Plan International to use with police in cities around the world to protect girls. I will continue to train the police instructors in our methodology and learn from them.

"Consequently, I am currently writing a book about how the Brazilian police have introduced effective strategies to protect victims of domestic violence and reduce the number of women murdered every year."

Dr Gisela Helfer

"I am investigating how appetite and body weight is controlled in the brain. We are in the middle of an international obesity crisis that is difficult to control. Obesity is an increasingly common problem as modern lifestyle and increasing food prices push many people to regularly eat cheap, high-calorie food.

"Being over-weight or obese is linked to many serious health problems and rates of type-2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure continue to rise. Nearly 2/3 of UK adults are overweight or obese and it is estimated that the NHS spends yearly £6.1 billion on overweight and obesity-related health conditions.

"How hungry we feel is controlled by a specialised region in the brain called the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus helps to regulate appetite and body weight by sensing and reacting to internal signals, such as hormones that circulate in the blood, and external signals, such as the light/dark cycle and diet.

"Through my work, we have discovered support cells in the hypothalamus which are a key part of the brain circuitry that is affected in obesity and how they respond to internal and external signals. Understanding how appetite and body weight is regulated by the interplay of hormones and the brain is therefore crucial to understand and, one day, tackle obesity."

Dr Catherine Quinn

"My research is contributing to more positive and empowering narrative on dementia that seeks to prioritise quality of life for people with dementia and carers.

"I am a Co-Investigator on a large-scale cohort study (the IDEAL programme) that seeks to better understand the factors linked to living well with dementia and through this identify ways in which we can provide more effective support to people. I am currently leading work identifying ways in which to better include the perspective of people with advanced dementia in research as they are often a neglected group within research.

"The findings from my recent publications on the experiences of carers of people with dementia has led to work being conducted by the Alzheimer’s Society on unmet needs in carers. My research on how communities can better support people with dementia to live well has influenced the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friendly Communities program. My research is also integrated into the Masters in Advanced Dementia Studies that I teach on, which develops leaders in their field in dementia care.

"Throughout my career I have strove to help develop and support the next generation of researchers in my field. I feel very privileged to currently co-supervise three PhD students: Suzanne Hill, Oladayo Bifarin, and Alison Ellwood and am excited to see the future impact of their research."

Upcoming events

Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world

Monday 8 March 2021, 10.30-12.30

Presented by the University of Bradford’s Gender Staff Forum, the Centre for Inclusion and Diversity (CfID) and the Students’ Union, this event comprises of a series of mini presentations and discussions.

Your Career Journey, Leadership and Emotional Resilience

Monday 8 March 2021, 17.00-18.30

Organised by the University's School of Law, this event celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of Mel Nebhrajani CB, a woman lawyer and Director of Litigation in the Government Legal Department.

International Women’s Day: Lessons from entrepreneurial journeys

Monday 8 March 2021, 18.00-19.30

This special KTN event which will take place on International Women’s Day puts the spotlight of two successful female entrepreneurs who are part of the School of Management community.