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West College Scotland proudly marked International Women's Week by hosting a series of enriching events aimed at empowering students and staff, breaking stereotypes, and fostering gender equality. The celebration featured insightful speakers, interactive sessions, and engaging discussions, reinforcing the College's commitment to creating an inclusive and supportive environment for all.

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The highlight of the event was a lineup of inspirational speakers who shared their expertise and experiences with the College community. Career Coach Hazel Kennedy led a session on navigating career paths with her talk titled 'Career River', while Elisa Giammarini, MSC, delved into the importance of women in STEM fields. Pauline Bonnar, Student Wellbeing Advisor, offered valuable insights on managing hormones with her session 'How to be a Hormone Houdini', and Jennifer Woods, Workshop Steward for Construction, challenged stereotypes with her presentation titled 'This Barbie Wears a Hardhat'.

In addition to the inspiring speaker series, the College Principal and Chief Executive, Liz Connolly, and Chair of the Board, Dr. Waiyin Hatton, hosted an online fireside chat for staff. The discussion, titled 'Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress', emphasised the significance of gender equality, diversity, and women's empowerment in the workplace and beyond. The women shared their insights and experiences on topics ranging from the role of women in leadership to strategies for promoting gender equality, highlighting the importance of investing in women's progress.


"We are thrilled to have celebrated International Women's Week with such enthusiasm and engagement," said Liz Connolly, Principal and Chief Executive at West College Scotland. "These events provided a platform for meaningful discussions, insightful reflections, and opportunities for personal and professional growth. At West College Scotland, we are committed to creating an inclusive environment where everyone has the opportunity to thrive."

The activities culminated in a HIIT exercise class, offering participants a fun and invigorating way to prioritise their physical and mental well-being.

Huge thank you to all our speakers, participants, and supporters who contributed to the success of International Women's Week and special mention to Silvia Bolcato, Library Assistant who orchestrated the events. The college looks forward to continuing its efforts to promote diversity, gender equality, and women's empowerment throughout the year.