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Hello and welcome to our latest monthly newsletter! March marks a month of celebration and reflection as we honour the achievements and contributions of women worldwide. At the Defence Research Network, we are proud to dedicate this month's edition to International Women's Day, a time to recognize the remarkable women who inspire us and drive positive change in our lives and communities.

Thank you to Veronika and Hannah for their leadership in curating this month's theme. We hope you enjoy reading the reflections shared by some of our committee members on inspiring women who have influenced their work and lives. We invite you to take a moment to reflect on your own encounters with inspiring women and the  impact they might have had on shaping your journey.

Additionally, we are excited to present a range of events and opportunities for you to engage with throughout the month. Whether it's participating in discussions, attending seminars, or joining initiatives, there are numerous ways for you to contribute to the celebration of women's achievements and advancement as well as the wider defence community.

It was wonderful to witness the vibrant interaction during this month's Twitter Hour, where members shared their thoughts, experiences, and advice on empowering women in the field of defence research. Thank you to all who participated and contributed to the enriching dialogue.

In our research spotlight, we shine a light on a series of PhD researchers and members of an informal forum with the Female Veterans' Transformation Programme. Their research delves into the experiences of female veterans, gendered cultures, and the role of servicewomen, offering valuable insights into an often overlooked aspect of military studies. We are confident that their work will captivate and inspire you as it has us.

As always, we welcome your contributions to our newsletter. Your insights, experiences, and perspectives enrich our community and drive meaningful conversations forward. We encourage you to share your thoughts, research, and achievements with us, fostering a collaborative and supportive environment for all.

As we celebrate International Women's Day and the remarkable women who shape our world, let us continue to champion gender equality, diversity, and inclusion in defence research and beyond!

Stay cool,

Tegan Watt Harrison
Newsletter Editor
Defence Research Network

See the full newsletter here: International Women's Day

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