Celebrating International Women’s Day 2020

Friday 6 March 2020

The ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science is proud to celebrate International Women's Day 2020.

International Women's Day is held annually on 8 March to celebrate women's achievements and promote gender equality. This year’s theme is #EachForEqual.

Here at ANU, we encourage all students and staff to build and strengthen a diverse community. Want to get involved? Be sure to take part in upcoming events with GEECS (Gender Equity in Engineering and Computer Science), an inclusive networking space for women and gender diverse people.

To celebrate International Women's Day 2020, we asked some of the outstanding women in our College community to share their experiences and hopes for the future.


How will you help forge a gender equal world?


"I come from a developing country where gender discrimination is still prevalent. But my parents brought me up to believe that I could pursue my passion - even if it was in a male dominated field. Instilling gender equality starts from home."

Anneshwa Dey
Master of Digital and Telecommunications Engineering student


"At work, I’ll support the next generation of students to access great education and further their careers, no matter who they are or where they are from. At home, I’m teaching my son to cook and my granddaughter to play soccer in her best pink tutu, because it is the everyday experiences and the lived examples of everyone being able to access skills that will make the difference for true gender equality."

Dr Isabelle Meyer
General Manager, College of Engineering and Computer Science



“It’s important that we take equity seriously. We need to value different lived experiences and sets of knowledge to build tech that helps humans and the environment.”

Dr Cathy Ayres
Senior Project Officer – Diversity & Inclusion



“I would like to be a source of encouragement to my fellow women in STEM during difficult times in academia and their career, by sharing my experiences. I want to make them believe in themselves.”

Manjula Siriwardhana
PhD Student




Updated:  10 August 2021/Responsible Officer:  Dean, CECS/Page Contact:  CECS Marketing