University of New England marks female successes on International Women's Day

LADIES WHO LUNCH: (L to R) Catherine Millis, President of the UNE Women's Society, with Kyunghee Cho, Serom Lee, and Hyuna Eum, all from South Korea, and Jwala Poudel and Leela Thapaliya, both from Nepal.
LADIES WHO LUNCH: (L to R) Catherine Millis, President of the UNE Women's Society, with Kyunghee Cho, Serom Lee, and Hyuna Eum, all from South Korea, and Jwala Poudel and Leela Thapaliya, both from Nepal.

Female staff and students at the University of England came together yesterday to mark International Women’s Day with a luncheon.

More than 100 people attended the event run by the UNE Women’s Society, including students from Bangladesh, Korea, and Nepal.

“We had people from the community, students and staff here at the university, and a large range of ages,” said Catherine Millis, the society’s President; “everything from an 18-year-old just starting university to people who are lecturers here at the university.”

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Mahbuba Ferdous, Moment Khandaker, Jasmine Ara and her daughter Samaria Rahman, all from Bangladesh, with Catherine Millis.

Mahbuba Ferdous, Moment Khandaker, Jasmine Ara and her daughter Samaria Rahman, all from Bangladesh, with Catherine Millis.

The day is held all around the world to celebrate women’s achievements.

"The purpose is to get together and to empower women, support each other, acknowledge their successes, and talk about issues they've had being a woman," Ms Millis said.

Ms Millis was optimistic about the university’s attitude to women, given recent revelations of sexual abuse on campus. "I think the way people view women is changing very rapidly,” she said.  ”The report was a wake-up call."

The Society aims to support female-identifying students, and offers a safe space where women can relax, socialise and study.

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