Search this site

Advocating gender equality as we celebrate International Women’s Day 2020

05 March 2020

Every year international education helps thousands of students study abroad – creating opportunities to shape a better future for themselves and others.

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a time for people all over the world to mark the achievements of women and celebrate what they have done to forge a better future. IWD 2020’s theme is #EachforEqual. To support this movement, we are showcasing some exceptional students who have worked hard to raise awareness against bias and create a more gender-balanced world.

Discover how Study Group champions a better world by hearing from international students themselves.

Meet Tala, from Jordan

An international student in a news room at Cardiff University

After graduating from her bachelors degree and interning in the communications industry, Tala knew she wanted to gain her masters degree in order to make her mark on the world.

Choosing Cardiff University to study the MA International Public Relations and Global Communications Management programme, Tala was drawn to both the practical nature of her studies, as well as the opportunities that studying abroad can bring.

Speaking about her choice to pursue postgraduate education, Tala said: “I am a woman and my only aim would be to empower myself. If I have work experience and a bachelors degree, I need to get my masters to empower my skills and my education, to be a better person for the universe and for myself. I'm not going to say that the world is a perfect place. Men are being paid more than women in each place, even in the UK. So, this is where our role comes as women to fight for our rights and that's part of me getting my education and getting a higher degree.”

Meet Shuby, from India

Shuby, from India, also decided to change her world through postgraduate study. In 2016 Shuby arrived in Canada to study at Royal Roads University International Study Center, Shuby studied a Pre-Master’s Program with us in order to progress to a masters degree. After completing an MA in Intercultural and International Communication, Shuby knew she wanted to help other students like her by working at the International Study Centre.

Shuby now advocates for other international students in her role as Student Success Manager. When asked about her journey, she recalled: “I came here in April 2016 as an international student and I realised that there were a lot of gaps. The staff and faculty are really wonderful but there was a gap in understanding, so I tried to work on bridging that gap. All that I learned, I can apply when I'm working.”

Discussing how the Pre-Master’s Program helped her to achieve her goals, Shuby said: “I like the fact that I got the job that I really wanted. I always wanted to work around international students and try and help them or assist them. I'm happy that I'm working in this job.”

Meet Pratibha, from Nepal

Some students’ reasons for studying abroad are a little closer to home. Pratibha’s parents were not educated, so they always wanted their daughter to have what they couldn’t. Recounting their story, Pratibha told us: “My mum and dad are from a very rural place in Nepal, there was no school where they are from. So, they came to Kathmandu in search of new things far from the village. I’m the first generation of family members to go to school. Even though my parents were not necessarily educated, they always wanted me to have a good education.”

Pratibha arrived at Charles Sturt University Study Centres in Sydney to study Master of Professional Accounting and develop her academic knowledge, but she also ended up developing as a person in a way which she couldn’t in Nepal.

“I don't think you can tell, but I was an introverted person. After coming here, in work and then in the University, I started to become a conversation starter. I feel happy because it's an improvement for me. You can't always stay quiet and expect people to come to you. Opening up is going to help me in my professional career in the future.”

Meet Ghufran, from Libya

Whereas Pratibha chose to study abroad because her parents could not, Ghufran followed exactly in her parents’ footsteps. After her parents moved to Huddersfield to study their PhDs in engineering and business management respectively, Ghufran chose to attend the University herself to study physiotherapy.

Ghufran chose the University of Huddersfield International Study Centre due to the University’s emphasis on practical learning and their links with industry. Talking about her future goals, Ghufran said: “I love learning how bones work, how muscles work, everything like that. Most of my lessons are practicals – I think it’s the best way to learn. The University put on a lot of events. I went to the Women Enterprise Event, which talks about women in business and starting businesses. It really did open my eyes because when I finish my degree, I want to start my own clinic.”

International Women’s Day is celebrated each year on March 8th – but Study Group celebrates its students’ successes year-round by championing and supporting their development. Discover more inspiring student stories in our video:

Back to all articles