Monday, 5 March 2018

International Women's Week 2018

International Womens Week 2018 banner

The Office of the Vice President for Equality and Diversity, in collaboration with the University Women's Network and the LGBT+ Staff Network, invite you to join us in a week long schedule of events to celebrate International Women's Day on March 8th.

The outline of events is below, along with the relevant registration information. If you have any further questions please contact us at

Dignity at Work: Equality & Diversity Training

Monday March 5th

This ½ day workshop aims to provide all employees with an understanding of the key concepts of Dignity at Work, of how to address conflict informally at work, what is meant by inappropriate behaviours at work, and what they should do if they either experience or witness these types of behaviour at work, and their responsibilities as individuals to promote a workplace where respect for the dignity of every employee is maintained.

Please register here. This training is also available again on March 12th.

Facilitator: Michelle Halloran, Human Resource Management Services

13:30 – 16:30, Venue THB-G011 Hardiman Building


Daughter of the Dagda Art Exhibit

Launch Tuesday March 6th

In association with the NUI Galway School of Medicine, and in anticipation of International Women’s Day, an art exhibition entitled 'Daughter of the Dagda'*  will take place in the foyer of the Arts Millennium Building on the NUI Galway campus, launching on Tuesday March 6th, 2018 at 3pm.

In this multimedia exhibition nine women artists will explore the manner in which the female and the feminine have been portrayed in Irish mythology and iconography, from pre-Christian Ireland to the present day, and will examine how the exclusion of the female from positions of power and influence in religious circles has been mirrored by society in general, contributing to the lowly status of the female point of view and of the feminine side of human nature and to the persistence of a patriarchal framework in modern society.

The participating artists are Fiona Cawley, Patsy Connolly, Eleanor Duggan, Kaye Maahs, Hilary Morley, Regina O’Dea, Noreen O’Sullivan, Patricia Timmons and Rachel Varden.

The exhibition will run from Tuesday, March 6th to Friday, March 30th.  The official launch will take place on Tuesday, March 6th at 3pm in the foyer of the Arts Millennium Building. All are welcome.

The ‘Daughter of the Dagda’ exhibition was originally hosted by KAVA (Kinvara Area Visual Arts) at The Courthouse, Kinvara in February, 2017. This year’s exhibition will expand on the theme and, while including much of the original work, will also feature some new artwork.

For further information please contact Patricia Timmons at 0876972226  or Hilary Morley 0868467872

*The title ‘Daughter of the Dagda’ refers to Brigit, the Triple Goddess of Healing, Poetry and Smithwork, a powerful icon in early Ireland and well known all over Europe in the early part of the first millennium. The Goddess Brigit was transformed into a saint with the arrival of Christianity in Ireland around the fifth century. Saint Brigit was also very much associated with healing and was said to have exercised some power in the early Christian church, setting up her own monastery and reputedly being ordained as a bishop.

15:00, Venue Arts Millennium Foyer


“Work & Love: Supporting your mental health in college and at home”

Mental Health Workshop

Wednesday March 7th

“One can live magnificently in this world if one knows how to work and how to love.”

(Tolstoy, letter to Valerya Aresenyev, November 9, 1856) 

Many psychologists, including Erik Erikson, felt that happiness comes down to the ability to work well and love well. However, many of us feel that it is the demands of work and home, and the conflicts between these demands, that leave us feeling stressed and anxious.

This short lunchtime workshop will focus on the experience of anxiety in the context of balancing home and work life. This seminar will draw on Prof Gary Donohoe’s experience as a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist working with adults at various stages of life. The focus of the workshop will be on building an understanding of the typical thoughts, feelings, and behaviours associated with various forms of anxiety. The workshop will be experiential, with attendees invited to join in on a small number of activities, and learning some practical steps for coping with the anxiety and stress we all encounter.

Lunch will be provided. Please register here.

Facilitator: Prof Gary Donohoe, School of Psychology

12:30 – 14:00, Venue THB-G010 Hardiman Building


University Women's Network Presents

"Excellence in higher education through gender equality: a personal and professional reflection”

Keynote Address: Dr Máire Geoghegan-Quinn

Thursday March 8th

Dr. Máire Geoghegan-Quinn will join NUI Galway and the University Women’s Network in celebrating International Women’s Day with a talk on excellence founded in gender equality.

Throughout her career Dr. Geoghegan-Quinn has broken new legislative ground, exemplified authenticity, and shown confidence and strong purpose in the exercise of power. She has been a leader among women and men, becoming the first Irish woman to serve as an EU Commissioner when she was assigned the portfolio of Research, Innovation and Science in 2010.

During her parliamentary career which spanned from 1975 to 1997, Dr. Geoghegan-Quinn became Ireland's first female cabinet minister since the foundation of the State when she was appointed Minister for the Gaeltacht in 1979. She also served as Minister for Justice, Minister for Tourism, Transport and Communications, Minister for European Affairs, and Minister of State in the Department of Education.

As EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science she pioneered the development and delivery of Horizon 2020, the world’s largest public research funding programme.

Most recently, she chaired the HEA Expert Group who conducted the extensive National Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions. The Expert Group reported in June 2016 producing a set of ambitious recommendations for HEIs which recognise that productivity cannot be maximized without full development of the workforce. The recommendations of the Review are driving further work by Universities to address gender equality.

Book your place for International Women’s Day 2018 - a University Women’s Network event

12:30 – 14:00, Venue Siobhan McKenna Theatre, Arts Millennium Building


LGBT+ Staff Network Presents

"Same sex relationships among Irish revolutionary women"

Speaker: Dr Mary McAuliffe

Friday March 9th

Dr. Mary McAuliffe will join NUI Galway and the LGBT+ Staff Network in rounding out the International Women’s Week celebrations on campus with a look into Irish women's history.

Dr. McAuliffe is Assistant Professor in Gender Studies at UCD, specialising in Irish women's / gender history.  She lecturers on the UCD Women’s and Gender Studies programmes and is a member of the Centre for Gender, Feminisms and Sexualities at UCD.

She is the co-author on 'We were There: 77 Women of the Easter Rising' (Four Courts, 2016) and co-editor of 'Kerry 1916: Histories and Legacies of the Easter Rising' (IHP, 2016). 'Richmond Barracks 1916: We were There, 77 Women of the Easter Rising' was chosen by Dublin Public Libraries as its book of the 2016 commemoration of the 1916 Rising.

She was President of the Women's History Association of Ireland (2011-2014) and continues on as a committee member of the WHAI ( ). She was a member of the National Archives of Ireland Advisory Council (NAAC) (2012-17).  She is currently a committee member of the newly formed Irish Association of Professional Historians (, and is on the advisory panel of

As well as publications she contributes to history documentaries, radio, tv, news media and has an active online presence at @MaryMcAuliffe4 and @Womenof1916 as well as contributing to @Kerry1916book.

Book your place here or contact and please join us for a reception following the event.

16:00, Venue O'Donoghue Centre with refreshments following in the Corrib Room, Sult 

Location: NUI Galway    
Time:March 5-9 2018