International Women's Day

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Each March, the Office of International Programs encourages members of the UNC Charlotte campus community to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD), which is deliberately set to align with Women’s History Month (WHM). WHM commemorates the vital place of women in American history and has evolved in the U.S. from a week-long to a month-long recognition of women’s contributions to history, culture, social change, the arts, and more. Since 1995, every U.S. President has declared March as WHM, which grew in part out of the suffrage and labor movements of the early 1900s.

The Office of International Programs is pleased to highlight the creative force of women, and The Charlotteans, UNC Charlotte’s Women’s Chorus, under the direction of Ginger Wyrick, has become an integral part of our annual IWD celebration. The Charlotteans perform an array of music from Renaissance through contemporary composers, and each year they thoughtfully curate songs to reinforce the IWD theme and honor us with multiple performances as part of our ceremony.

Our 2021 IWD celebration was virtual, yet The Charlotteans once again offered joyous and compelling virtual performances that were a highlight of the event. One of the songs performed was “Thulele Mama Ya,” composed by Lisa Young. The title derives from a Zulu phrase meaning, “Don’t worry, mama.” We are happy to share this wonderful piece with gratitude to the women artists who created it for our special occasion.


In honor of International Women's Day

Each year, the Office of International Programs cordially invites members of the UNC Charlotte campus community to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) on a date in late March.

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women while also making a call to action for accelerating gender balance. Gender balance is defined as “participation of an approximately equal number of women and men within an activity or organization, including, for example, representation in committees or in decision-making structures.” Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist, and activist once explained "the story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights." Collective action and shared responsibility for driving a gender-balanced world is key.

The first International Women's Day occurred in 1911, supported by over one million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.

The 2021 UNC Charlotte International Women's Day virtual celebration will take place on Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

The IWD celebration will recognize individuals involved in international and/or gender balance issues nominated by their peers.

You are invited to nominate someone who has made an impact on the lives of women locally or globally to be recognized and celebrated on this special day.

A special thank you to the 2021 UNC Charlotte International Women's Day committee

  • Ann Dils, Ph.D., Chair and Professor, Department of Dance
  • Joseph Hoff, Ph.D., Director, Office of Global Education and Engagement
  • Elizabeth Moore, Coordinator, Office of Global Education and Engagement

2021 International Women's Day PrograM

    • International Women’s Day, recognized by the United Nations on March 8, is celebrated in various countries around the world. International Women's Day, as acknowledged by the United Nations, is a time to reflect on progress made and a call for change. It is a celebration of acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. 
    • Recognize the 2021 honorees and hear from the Keynote Speaker, Dean Fatma Mili from the College of Computing and Informatics at the Annual IWD virtual celebration, at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 11, 2021. The title of her presentation is "Hidden Doors."
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Nomination Eligibility and Criteria


  • Any UNC Charlotte student, staff, faculty member or alumna may be nominated or self-nominate

  • Nominees may be a citizen of any country

  • Nominees must demonstrate an interest in gender equity through their studies, work, activism, etc. while also working in or advocating for international collaboration and understanding.  

  • Nominees should not have been previously recognized at International Women’s Day at UNC Charlotte within the past 3 years (List of previous recipients is on the OIP website.)  After 3 years, a previous recipient may be nominated for a different contribution (view listing of previously nominated women)


  1. Contribution to gender balance. Please explain how the studies, work, or action relates to gender balance.

  2. Contribution to international understanding and collaboration. Please explain how the studies, work, or action relates to advocating for international understanding and collaboration.

  3. Demonstrated impact of contributions to gender balance in the international context (or in ways that may be applicable in international contexts). Please provide evidence of impact. (This may include, but is not limited to: class presentations, number of students/participants, hours volunteered, qualitative feedback on learning, teaching, or activity.)

The purpose of this celebration and these nominations is to acknowledge that the UNC Charlotte community is filled with women who embody the richness of internationalism and we would like to recognize these individuals for their contributions to UNC Charlotte and the world.

No accomplishment is too small, no experience insignificant.

Please take the time to nominate those whose every day actions deserve distinction. 

The 2021 International Women's Day Nomination Form will open on February 15, 2021 and close on March 1, 2021. Please join us on Thursday, March 11 to celebrate and recognize women and their accomplishments.

Learn more about International Women's Day.


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