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Visualising Votes for Women: The Struggle for Female Enfranchisement in Press Cartoons, 1906-1918

This illustrated talk investigates how newspaper and magazine cartoonists represented and responded to the struggle to enfranchise women in the period leading up to the Representation of the People Act 1918.

Equality edit-a-thon

Extensive research has shown that women and people of colour are significantly underrepresented both in the ranks of the volunteers who curate Wikipedia and in the articles they produce. This edit-a-thon offered students and staff the opportunity to contribute to efforts to redress this imbalance by editing, creating and/or translating articles about women, people of colour and minorities groups for publication on Wikipedia. It began with a short masterclass on writing/translating for and publishing with Wikipedia. Then participants were helped to submit their own article to the encyclopedia. Let’s get editing for equality!

Launch of UCC's Gender Identity and Expression Policy

UCC formally launched its Gender Identity and Expression Policy and Guidelines as part of Equality Week, from 12.30-2pm on March 5th. The Policy and Guidelines are part of UCC's ongoing efforts to make the university a place of welcome for all.  Sara Phillips, Chair of Transgender Equality Network Ireland, and Jack Fitzgerald, founder of Gender Rebels, and UCC Youth and Community Work Student launched the policy alongside UCC staff and students. The event was introduced by Deputy President and Registrar Prof. John O'Halloran.

A Conversation with Nqobizitha Vella

The Centre for Advanced Study in Languages and Cultures (CASiLaC) in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures hosted 'A Conversation with Nqobizitha Vella', a feminist Zimbabwean author, writing in Cork. In conversation with Clare Geraghty, student of the MA in Languages and Cultures in UCC, Vella discussed the ways in which her fiction challenges the traditional expectations of marriage in African countries.

No Fixed Abode - a play by Charleville Traveller Women's Group

Developed and performed by Charleville Traveller Women's Group, this play involves child and adult actors, and portrays Travellers' experience of the housing and homelessness crisis and explores issues such as racism, discrimination and poverty.

Raising of the Flags

Raising of the Rainbow Flag and the Transgender Pride Flag on the Quad by the President and the Deputy President & Registrar. (Photos by Tomás Tyner, UCC)

UCC LGBT+ Staff Allies Scheme

Launch of UCC Raunbow Alliance

During Equality Week 2019, the LGBT+ Staff Network launched the new UCC Rainbow Alliance.  All UCC staff were invited to this event.  Mary O'Rourke, Chair of the LGBT+ Staff network launched the scheme with the President and the Deputy President & Registrar, and the guest speaker was Dónal Óg Cusack, Irish hurling coach, selector and former player.  (Photos by Tomás Tyner, UCC)

Women in Law Forum

The Forum was focussed on the topic of gender equality and women's progression in the workplace. 

There were two main panel discussions, entitled; 
1. How Women have Contributed to Shaping The Law in Ireland Today. 
2. The 'Glass Ceiling' Structural Mechanism with regards Women attaining Senior Positions in the Legal Sphere. 

Athena SWAN Symposium Opening & Award Ceremony

The Athena SWAN President's Alumni Symposium 2019 took intersectionality as a key focus and is keen to explore the ways in which gender crosscuts a myriad other factors including ethnicity, religious identity, class, age among other considerations.  The keynote on March 8th was professor Pat O'Connor, University of Limerick, who spoke on "Excellence: A rationalising (gendered?) myth?"

The UCC Athena SWAN Equality Award 2019 was presented to Mary Crilly, founder of Cork Sexual Violence Centre.

The Equality Fund winners were also presented with their awards.

(Photos by Ger McCarthy.)

Athena SWAN Symposium - Panel Discussions

Day Two of the symposium opened with a roundtable discussion with MAWS founders and alumni about the programme and its applicability, academic contribution to gender equality and the changing landscape of gender equality since the inception of the course, with Dr Sandra McAvoy and Dr Liz Steiner-Scott, and former students Michael Rowan and Dr Liz Kyte, chaired by Dr Chiara Bonfiglioli, followed by a workshop on Ethnicity/Gender Intersectionality with Clare O’Hagan/Advance HE

After lunch, Prof Maggie O’Neill, Sociology, UCC gave a keynote address entitled "Borders, Risk and Belonging: challenges for arts-based research in understanding intersectionality in the lives of women asylum seekers and migrants" and she then joined a panel discussion "Perspectives on intersectionality and gender equality" with panellists Senator Ivana Bacik, Rola Abu Zeid O’Neill UCC & Dr Judy Walsh UCD.  Moderator: Dr Amanullah De Sondy, UCC.

(Photos by Célem Deegan)

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Unit

Comhionannas, Éagsúlacht agus Ionchuimsitheacht

South Lodge, College Road, University College, Cork, T12 RXA9