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The University will host the Annual International Women's Day Lecture on 5 March.

EquaTheatre director Jude Kelly and writer, historian and activist Dr Rachel Holmes will give this year's International Women's Day Lecture.

The lecture will be held on 5 March at the McCrum Lecture Theatre, Corpus Christi College, and will start at 5.30pm.

Jude Kelly is the Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre and convenor of the Women of the World festival. Among her many successes, her production of Singin' in the Rain transferred to the Royal National Theatre in London and won an Olivier award for Outstanding Musical Production. She has also represented Britain on cultural matters at UNESCO. Her topic for the lecture is: 'Can the word feminism be reclaimed for universal good?'

Dr Rachel Holmes is the founder member of Friends of TAC, an advisory and fundraising group for the South Africa Treatment Action Group, an independent AIDS research and policy think-tank. She is also co-editor of the book Fifty Shades of Feminism, which forms the basis of her talk.

Sigrid Fisher, Head of the Equality & Diversity section at the University, said: "As we see in the news all too often, women face challenging times professionally, economically and socially, both in this country and around the world. Change can only come about by focusing attention on these issues and by encouraging women to have a say in their own lives."

The lecture is part of a programme of events celebrating International Women's Day, including IWD Community Day on 9 March. For more information on these visit the Equality & Diversity section's website.