International Women's Day

Find resources and events to celebrate International Women's Day on 8 March.

International Women's Day is celebrated every year on 8 March. The theme for 2022 is #BreakTheBias

From the International Women's Day website:

Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that's diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women's equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.

To celebrate this day, we have brought together a range of practical resources for your English language classroom, online events you can attend and a podcast episode to listen to.

Online events

TeachingEnglish Facebook Live Q&A

The British Council’s #TeachingEnglish team are marking UN International Women’s Day 2022 with a live and interactive video discussion. A global panel of expert educators will be exploring this year’s theme of #BreakTheBias. We will be looking at how teachers can help create a gender equal world by sharing experiences and advice on we can make our classrooms and lessons free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination.

We invite teachers to take part in this live event by following the discussion and sharing your own ideas and experiences with our panel and the teacher community. We look forward to hearing from you in the comments section of our Facebook Live video , and including this diverse range of experiences and perspectives in our discussion.

When and where to join this event

The event will be livestreamed on our Facebook page at 14.00 GMT on Tuesday 8 March 2022.

If you are a Facebook user, you can get a reminder by clicking ‘interested’ on the event page. If you are not a Facebook user, you can still watch the discussion as a livestream or recording on our Watch page, where you can find all our video content.

Social media hashtags: #IWD2022 #BreakTheBias #WomenBreakBoundaries #GlobalGenderEquality

Join the event

Education Exchange webinar - International Women's Day

The recording of this free webinar, held on Tuesday 8 March 2022, is available to watch. 

Linked to this year’s global theme of International Women’s Day, we will hear examples and reflections from teachers and educators about how they and their school strive to remove bias, stereotypes and discrimination in their work.

Watch a recording of the webinar

Classroom resources

We have a number of resources you can use with your primary, secondary and adult students to celebrate International Women's Day.

Unsung heroes 

A 60-minute lesson plan for secondary and adult learners of English at CEFR level B1 and above. 

This lesson, devised specifically for International Women’s Day, helps to raise awareness of some not very famous, but nonetheless important, women. 

Go to the lesson plan

She's a policeman

A 90-minute lesson plan for primary learners of English at CEFR level A2 and above.

This lesson aims to raise awareness of learners’ own perceptions of gender roles in jobs and encourage an inclusive attitude.

Go to the lesson plan

Taking liberties

A 60-minute lesson plan for secondary and adult learners of English at CEFR level B1 and above. 

This lesson plan for secondary and adult students looks at the theme of gender stereotypes and equality.

Go to the lesson plan

Podcast

Our regular podcast features an epsiode looking at how teachers can ensure their teaching is gender fair.

Teaching English with the British Council - How can I make my teaching gender fair?

In this TeachingEnglish podcast episode, gender expert and educator Bhavna Gupta identifies simple ways in which all teachers, whatever their context, can ensure that all students are given equal opportunities. We also look at the British Council MOOC 'Gender in language education'.

Listen to the podcast and download useful resources

 

 

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