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Women’s lecture has health focus

The chief medical officer for Scotland is the guest speaker at the University’s International Women’s Day Lecture.

Dr Catherine Calderwood – whose research focuses on maternal medicine, obstetric scanning and high-risk pregnancy – will discuss key achievements of her career so far. She will also talk about the challenges ahead.

The event takes place on 8 March in George Square Lecture Theatre.

The importance of women’s health will also be highlighted during the lecture, titled The Importance of Women.

International Women’s Day Lecture

Wednesday 8 March

 6pm – 7pm

George Square Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh, EH8 9LH

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High-profile career

Dr Calderwood was appointed the chief medical officer for Scotland in March 2015. She is the top adviser to ministers on a range of issues linked to the nation’s wellbeing.

She has also been instrumental in work to cut stillbirths and neonatal deaths in Scotland and reduce avoidable harm in maternity services.  

Celebrating dangerous women

An event to mark the end of a year-long project that has explored the ideas of dangerous women will also take place on 8 March.

For the past year, prominent women – including First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the University’s Professor Mona Siddiqui and Labour politician Shami Chakrabarti – have taken part in an online forum.  

A new post was published daily, each offering unique insights into the question "What does it mean to be a dangerous woman?"

The initiative, organised by the University’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, has drawn a global audience in more than 180 countries.  

Closing event: a year of dangerous women

Wednesday 8 March

6.15pm – 8.30pm

Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, EH1 1SR

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International Women's Day

International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8 March each year. The day originated in 1911 as an official day to recognise suffrage and the economic, social and political achievements of women.

Thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate their achievements. A range of global activity connects women from around the world.

Activities include political rallies, business conferences, networking events, craft markets and theatrical performances.

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