International Women's Day (8 March 2019) is a global day celebrating the achievements of women across the world and throughout history. The day is also an important call to action, galvanizing citizens from across the globe to support and contribute to the achievement of universal gender parity. 

The themes for International Women's Day 2019 are #BalanceforBetter (International Women's Day) and 'Think equal, build smart, innovate for change' (United Nations). They focus on the gender imbalance that exists across fields of innovation, including science, technology, engineering, mathematics and design.

We asked four amazing women working in the sciences to share their experiences, challenges and words of wisdom.  

Hannah Nazri

Hannah Nazri - Academic

'I am a DPhil candidate in Obstetrics & Gynaecology (ObGyn) at the University of Oxford. I am also a medical doctor, having graduated from the University of Bristol in 2013. During my medical degree, I was also offered the opportunity to pursue a one-year BSc in Medical Sciences with Medical Physics and Bioengineering from University College London, for which I successfully obtained a Second Class Honours (Upper Division) in 2010...'


Adekemi Adeniyan - Executive Director 

'One of the greatest challenges I face as a woman in Health Science has been dealing with the gender stereotype that leads some to believe that men are doctors while females are nurses. We as women must be determined to close the gender gap in sciences by taking the leap of faith, swimming against all odds and rising to the top.' 


Yusra Hussain - Technology Srategy Analyst 

'Growing up, I had a great interest in science and problem solving. My favourite subjects at school were maths and physics: I really liked finding out how things worked and using science to create new solutions. This encouraged me to study electronic engineering at university.' 


Dr. Sayeda Nazmun Nahar - Doctor

'My inspiration is Elizabeth Blackwell, the very first female medical student and first female doctor of the world. Her struggles and work have inspired me throughout all stages of my life. She is not only a successful doctor but also an activist for women, a teacher and leader. She was a pioneer in promoting and inspiring women to study medicine.'