International Women's Day

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 organisation, 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 organisation 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 2019 UNC Charlotte International Women's Day Celebration will take place on Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 3:30pm - 5:00pm in the Student Union Multipurpose Room. This year we will welcome H.E. Audrey Marks, the Jamaican Ambassador to the United States.  The title of the ambassador's presentation will be "Women’s Economic Empowerment – A benefit for all."

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

You are also 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 2019 International Women's Day committee

  • Dr. Jessamyn Bowling, Department of Public Health Sciences
  • Dr. Amal Khoury, Department of Global Studies
  • Dr. Sarah Minslow,  Departments of English, Global Studies


2019 International Women's Day Program

    • Fill out the brief nomination form below to recognize UNC Charlotte women whose achievements deserve recognition by the deadline on Monday, March 11.
    • 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 2019 honorees and hear from the Keynote Speaker H.E. Audrey Marks, the Jamaican Ambassador to the United States, at the Annual IWD Celebration in Student Union 340 at 3:30pm on Thursday, March 28. Honorable Ambassador Marks' title of her presentation will be "Women’s Economic Empowerment – A benefit for all."
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Nomination Eligibility and Criteria


  • Any student, staff, or faculty member at UNC Charlotte 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 our campus community is filled with local 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.  All nominees will be recognized at the ceremony. 

The 2019 International Women's Day Nomination Form is now open until March 11. Please join us on Thursday, March 28 to celebrate and recognize women and their accomplishments.

Learn more about International Women's Day.

International Women's Day