Swansea University will hold a multidisciplinary conference on 8 March to celebrate International Women’s Day.

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The leader of Plaid Cymru, Leanne Wood will open the conference before participating in a career advice session with sixth form girls.

Bryn Tawe, Gŵyr and Maes yr Yrfa sixth-formers will quiz the Welsh politician and other female leaders who have made their mark in Science, Broadcasting, Business and Visual Arts about their chosen career path.

Professor Siwan Davies, Elin Rhys, Heledd Bebb and Ffion Rhys will attempt to convince them that reaching their full potential in life can be achieved through discipline and perseverance.

The Archdruid of Wales and Senior Lecturer at Academi Hywel Teifi, Dr Christine James will then chair a panel which will focus on past pioneers such as Amy Dillwyn, Winifred Coombe Tennant a Mary Wynne Warner.

Another panel entitled ‘Women and Enterprise’ will discuss how best to encourage women to venture into business and overcome issues encountered in the early stages of a career while balancing family life.

Non Vaughan Williams, Lecturer of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol in Digital Media at Swansea University’s Academi Hywel Teifi said: ‘‘The conference will enable us to draw young people’s attention to women’s contribution in various disciplines, and those who may be role models to the next generation of Welsh women. The world-wide message is for us to ‘think internationally but act locally’ and that will be our goal in Swansea on 8 March, by ensuring that the future for young women is equal, fair and full of hope.’

Leanne Wood added: ‘‘International Women’s Day is an opportunity to promote women’s important contribution to our communities and public life. It’s vital that we commemorate the increase achieved by women in politics, the economy, culture and society. But we’re also aware that more needs to be done to reach full equality. It will be a day to inspire our women to aim high and show them that it’s possible to reach their full potential in any field with enough discipline and perseverance.’’

The conference is sponsored by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and entry is free of charge. Translation facilities will be available. To register phone 01792 295192 or email b.h.lloyd@swansea.ac.uk

For further information visit http://www.swansea.ac.uk/cy/israddedig/academihywelteifi/cynhadledddiwrnodrhyngwladolmerched2013