International Women's Day

Montage of Women Day

International Women's Day, celebrated annually across the globe on 8 March, is dedicated to promoting action for gender equality and honouring women's achievements.

How can I join in?

For 2022, you are invited to join in the global social media campaign and participate in a range of events organised by staff and students from across the Heriot-Watt community.

Social media campaign

This year’s theme #BreakTheBias invites us to take a personal role in helping forge a gender equal world.

You can share your commitment to gender equality on social media using the hashtags #BreakTheBias and #HWUEquality


Information on events taking place in 2022 is being posted as it is received.

All events are free to attend and open to people of all genders unless otherwise stated.

A BSL interpretation service is available for British Sign Language users attending HWU events - please contact

Piscopia: Maths PhD information event, 18 March 2022, 2-3.30pm (UK)

Piscopia is an initiative designed to help women and non-binary people discover and consider maths as a PhD option.  Heriot-Watt Piscopia branch are running an event jointly with Edinburgh University to give undergraduate and taught masters students the opportunity to speak to Maths PhD students about what a PhD is and what it's like working in mathematical research. There will be CAKE! Further details here. And if you can't make that event, you can find out about the next one @HW_Piscopia

'An evening with Datuk Yasmin Mahmood', 8 March 2022, 6-7pm (Malaysia) | 10-11am (UK) | 3-4pm (Dubai)

Datuk Yasmin has a highly distinguished career, spanning three decades, during which time she has worked with various technology giants including Hewlett Packard and Dell. In 2006, she became Microsoft Malaysia’s Managing Director and in 2014, was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Digital Economy Corp Sdn Bhd (MDEC) and was instrumental in the region’s digital economic transformation, and much more.

The conversation will be led by two of our undergraduate students from Accounting and Business Finance, Megan Lai (year 2) and Ashvinaa Ramarau (year 3).

Register for 'An evening with Datuk Yasmin Mahmoodon Eventbrite

Organised by Heriot-Watt University Malaysia as part of their 10th Anniversary celebrations.

InfraSisters presents 'Our Streets Our Nights' cycle ride, 11 March 2022, 7.15-8.45pm

Dr Caroline Brown researches urban sustainability and health at Heriot-Watt University. She is a founding member of InfraSisters, a campaign to highlight the need of improved night-time cycling infrastructure that is safe and comfortable for women and girls.

#OurStreetsOurNights is a mass cycle ride around Edinburgh's historic city centre.


Light up your bike and and say it with flowers! There'll be music! Dress up, light up, and bring your friends and family. This ride is organised, led and marshalled by women. However, everyone is very welcome. The route will be suitable for most abilities and all types of cycle. 

Register here for Our Streets Our Nights cycle ride on Eventbrite

Organised by InfraSisters.

Site Visit to Property Services, Edinburgh NatWest Campus, 8 March 2022, 9am-4.30pm (UK)

Watt Women in STEM Student Society is hosting a site visit to the Property Services department at the Edinburgh NatWest campus.  This event will be of most interest to civil engineering, architectural engineering students but, not to say that others can’t join in if they have an interest in property/banking/sustainability/engineering/finance.

The event is open to all Heriot-Watt students, free for Society members, £3 to non-members.  Complete the registration form to participate.

Organised by Heriot-Watt's Watt Women in STEM Student Society.

ISSS International Women Celebration, 3 March 2022, 9-10.30am (UK time)

The Research Institute of Signals, Sensors and Systems (ISSS) is one of five Research Institutes forming the research infrastructure of the School of Engineering & Physical Sciences (EPS). To mark International Women's Day they are hosting an international event uniting ISSS members from across 3 campuses Edinburgh - Dubai - Malaysia. The event includes 4 talks, each followed by Q&A:

Talk 1. Engineers for Life (E4L) Students' Club: A Success Story, Eman Rashid Ali, Dubai campus

Talk 2. Watt Women: Deep roots of success, HWU Dubai

Talk 3. History of the past 100 years of wireless communications and the women inventors behind the scenes!, Prof. Mathini Sellathurai, Edinburgh campus

Talk 4. Nature Inspired Engineering: Old lessons, new beginnings, Prof. Marc Desmulliez, Edinburgh campus

If you wish to attend please contact Dr Heba Shoukry 

Organised by Heriot-Watt University's Research Institute of Signals, Sensors and Systems.

Watt Club Celebrations

The Watt Club is always delighted to celebrate the achievements of our alumnae which is why we’re choosing International Women’s Day to launch a new alumni video series, "5 Questions With…". We’ll be sharing alumna stories throughout next week so stay tuned for career insights, Heriot-Watt memories, and the advice these inspiring women have for their fellow female graduates. You can watch on all our social platforms – find us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram. 

Organised by Heriot-Watt Development & Alumni Office.