International Women’s Day Events

Courtesy of the International Women’s Day website

International Women’s Day 2021

International Women’s Day takes place each year on 8th March. People around the world come together to recognize and celebrate the social, cultural, economic, political, educational, and other achievements of women.

It is also a day that is used to discuss and raise awareness about gender justice and gender inequalities.

Each year International Women’s Day has a theme. The theme for 2021 is “Choose to Challenge.” A world in which we challenge is an alert world. From challenge comes change.

Here at Bradford College our Student Services department and Student Union are running an exciting range of exclusive virtual events which you can take part in from wherever you are.

To sign up to one of these sessions, please send an email with your full name and Student ID to

Monday 1st March, 10:15am-11:15am

International Women’s Day Talk: Mumtaz Khan – Sensei, Sports Coach and Entrepreneur

We are really excited to welcome Mumtaz Khan to join in our International Women’s Day celebrations this year. During her talk, Mumtaz will be sharing her careers journey with students as well as talking about her achievements and sharing useful tips.

Sensei Mumtaz Khan is the founder of Onna Ju-Jitsu Club and Onna Bike, holds a 6th degree black belt in Ju-Jitsu, and is qualified in a number of sports including Boxing, Archery and Fencing.  She is a multi-award winning coach with over 25 years’ coaching experience running one of the largest UK martial arts clubs.

Khan is also a graduate of the Sporting Equals Leader Board Academy, member of UK Coaching’s Diversity Expert Group, and previously was Diversity Engagement Officer of a national governing body. She is currently studying a Masters degree in Sports Development and Management.

To sign up, please email your full name and student ID to

Monday 8th March 2021, 11am, 12pm

International Women’s Day Talk: Stephanie Hirst, Broadcaster

We are thrilled to be having TV and radio broadcaster and presenter, Stephanie Hirst, with us as part of our International Women’s Day celebrations. With over 30 years in the industry and 15 years hosting the biggest breakfast show outside of London on Capital Yorkshire, she now hosts ‘The Stephanie Hirst Show’ weekdays 2pm-6pm on BBC Radio Leeds. 

Expanding into TV, Stepahnie has presented for ITV’s Lorraine, The Jeremy Vine Show, BBC Breakfast and BBC Inside Out, and she had written for The Guardian and for The Independent.

Starting her career aged 12 at Radio Aire in Leeds, securing a slot on the overnight show at 16, this took her on an unbelievable journey hosting some of the biggest commercial radio shows in the UK, including the national Sunday Top 40 show ‘Hit40Uk’ for 3 years, along with interviewing some of the world’s biggest stars.

With over 15 awards (including Sony & ARIAs), she is a Fellow of the Radio Academy, former Chair of the Student Radio Awards and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Leeds Beckett University.

To sign up, please email your full name and student ID to

Tuesday 9th March 2021, 1:30pm-2:30pm

International Women’s Day Talk: Noreen Khan – Local Mum, Community Social Engineer, and Activist

We are excited to welcome local mum, community social engineer, and activist Noreen Khan, Director of NEESIE, to be part of our celebrations of International Women’s Day at Bradford College.

Linking with National Careers Week, Noreen will talk of her professional journey, working in all areas of cross cultural and transformational development for multi-national corporations, businesses and communities throughout the world, including presenting on television and radio, to setting up NEESIE.

NEESIE is a grassroots organisation providing a platform for single mothers and their children to grow independently and better their lives.

To sign up, please email your full name and student ID to

Wednesday 10th March 2021, 1:30pm-2:30pm

International Women’s Day Talk: Barbara Wensworth – Pharmacist, Educator, Examiner, and Writer 

As part of our International Women’s Day celebrations at Bradford College, linking with the National Careers Week and British Science Week, we are delighted to welcome back pharmacist, writer, educator, and an ex-Bradford College tutor, Barbara Wensworth.

Barbara will share her professional wide-ranging careers journey, including working in hospital pharmacy, and teaching at Bradford College.

To sign up, please email your full name and student ID to

Thursday 11th March 2021, 11am-12pm

International Women’s Day Talk: Dr Sahdia Parveen – Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Dementia Studies at University of Bradford

Dr Sahdia Parveen, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Dementia Studies at University of Bradford, has kindly accepted our invitation to speak to us as part of our International Women’s Day celebrations.

The talk will focus on Sahdia`s professional careers journey, looking at her early decisions on study paths, to receiving prestigious awards. It will also celebrate National Careers Week and British Science Week which coincide with our IWD celebrations.

Dr Sahdia Parveen completed her BSc (Hons) in Psychology with neuropsychology in 2006, followed by a MSc in Clinical Psychology and a PhD in Health Psychology. Sahdia’s MSc thesis and PhD focused on the influence of ethnicity, culture and willingness to care on family carer outcomes (gains, distress, and quality of life).

Following her PhD research, Sahdia joined the Ascertaining Barriers to Compliance project in 2011. In 2012, Sahdia joined the Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research group at the Bradford Institute for Health Research as a research fellow. She was delighted to join the Centre for Applied Dementia Studies at the University of Bradford in August 2013.

Sahdia was awarded a prestigious early career fellowship from the Alzheimer’s Society in 2015 worth £225k. She also won the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Research Leaders award for patient and public involvement and engagement. Sahdia continues to be actively involved within the community, and currently delivers Dementia Detectives workshops at schools.

To sign up, please email your full name and student ID to

Coming Soon: International Women’s Day Talk: Lady Phyll – Race, Gender and LGBT+ rights activist, Co-Founder & Executive Director of UK Black Pride, and Executive Director of Kaleidoscope

We are delighted to welcome Lady Phyll to Bradford College as part of our International Women’s Day Celebrations. Phyllis Akua Opoku-Gyimah, also known as Lady Phyll, is a British political activist, co-founder of UK Black Pride, and Executive Director of Kaleidoscope Trust.

UK Black Pride promotes unity and co-operation among all Black people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, and Latin American descent, as well as their friends and families, who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender.

Lady Phyll is well known for her activism on race, gender, and LGBT+ rights in the United Kingdom. She is considered one of Britain’s most prominent lesbian activists. She has raised the issue of racism in the LGBT community and spoken about the importance of intersectionality. Lady Phyll will be sharing her professional journey with our students and will be talking about her activism throughout the years.

To sign up, please email your full name and student ID to

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