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10 International Women’s Day Events

Women holding placard asking "Why do girls get forced into having sex?" on International Women's Day 2011

International Women's Day 2011

International Women’s Day brings a whole host of events to our calendars, ranging from the fun and wacky to the  informative, artistic or productive. Let us guide you through some of the highlights in our calendar  and we’ll guarantee you won’t be short of things to do!

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1. EQUALS Live 2012

When? Friday 9 March 2012

Why? To mark International Women’s Day, EQUALS have organised another concert to celebrate women’s achievements through the music and lyrics of powerful female artists.

What’s happening? Women of the World is hosting this fantastic night of powerful music, raising awareness of the inequalities and challenges around the world. Performing at the Royal Festival Hall, Annie Lennox, Katy B, Jess Mills, Emeli Sandé will be showcasing the power of British female recording artists and stepping up the call for equality between men and women at the same time. Visit the Website.

2. Million Women Rise 2012

When? Saturday, 3 March from 12pm

Why? Million Women Rise is an annual march aimed at raising awareness of the issues surrounding violence against women.

What’s happening? Meet at 12 noon in Orchard Street, London W1 (outside Selfridges Food Hall) marching towards Trafalgar Square where there will be a rally starting at 3pm. There is an after party from 5pm. Buses and coaches have been organised from various areas nationwide, check the website for details. Visit the Website.

3. Brecon Women’s Festival

When? 1st – 11th March

Why? Founded and organised by a small group of local women, the Festival is a week of events taking place on and around International Women’s Day that aim to celebrate the creativity, talents and achievements of inspirational women in and around Brecon during the past and the present, as well as highlighting the very real issues facing women today.

What’s happening? An eclectic series of events including art, poetry, drama, talks, and an arts and crafts fair take place at various venues across Brecon. Visit the Website.

4. Living Life Adventurously: Women’s Development Day

When? Saturday 10th March, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Why? To celebrate International Women’s Day and raise money for Womankind in memory of Mary Woollard, mother of Jean who is organising the day.

What’s happening? At Westminster Friends Meeting House, 8 Hop Gardens, just off St Martins Lane, London WC2N 4EA there will be a day packed full of workshops, talks and even a clothes swap! Visit the Website.

5. Women Of the World Festival

When? 9th – 11th March

Why? This is an annual festival that presents, recognises and celebrates women.

What’s happening? Southbank Centre, London hosts the festival alongside festivals in Baltimore and Brisbane. WOW includes three days of talks, debates, markets, workshops, mentoring, WOW Bites as well as a series of evening events. WOW Bites are short and snappy sessions covering a diverse range of fascinating subjects and are presented by enthusiasts and experts in that field. Visit the Website.

6. Woman’ Scream” International Poetry Festival

When? All of March

Why? This festival was created to reunite poets and artists from all over the World, and create gatherings in many countries to make a well deserved tribute to women and to speak out about violence against women.

What’s Happening? In different countries musicians, artists, performers and poets pay a fitting tribute to International Women’s Day during the entire month of March which will end with a cry of “Enough!” to the violence perpetrated against women. “Woman’ Scream” was conceptualized and designed by the Dominican writer Jael Uribe, President and direct Coordinator of the Movement based in the Dominican Republic. Visit the Website.

7. Spitalfields International Women’s Fair

When? Saturday 10 March, 10.00am – 5.00pm

Why? Spitalfields Market is holding a special fair to mark International Women’s Day, which recognises and celebrates women’s creativity.

What’s Happening? At Crispin Place & Market Street there will be wonderful collections including artists exhibiting paintings and photography, hand-made crafts, fashion designers, music, poetry, participatory workshops, fabulous food and great entertainment.

Come and find Womankind at this event! Visit the Website.

8. Birds Eye View International Women’s Day Gala

When? Thu 8 March, 8.30pm

Why? Birds Eye View celebrates and supports international women filmmakers. Founded as a positive response to the fact that women make up less than 10% film directors and less than 15% screenwriters.

What’s Happening? NFT1, British Film Institute, Southbank. The event will showcase the best of new and international short films by women. Guest speakers include writer-director Sally El Hosaini (My Brother The Devil – Sundance & Berlin 2012) and Moira Buffini (screenwriter Tamara Drewe, Jane Eyre).  A Mary Pickford themed after-party will follow! View the website.

9. Funny Women 10th Anniversary Charity Challenge

When? Thurs 8th March, 7pm

Why? ‘Funny Women’ is celebrating its 10th anniversary on International Women’s Day with an evening of comedy delivered by professional women, challenged to perform stand up for the first time in their lives.

What’s Happening? The Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, City of London will host the evening. Guests are invited to a drinks reception with pink prosecco and nice nibbles followed by a Grange Hotels sumptuous signature meze meal, delicious dessert bar, and glass of wine to enjoy with the comedy. Plus a goody bag from Benefit Cosmetics. Visit the Website.

10. No Going Back! What next for women today?

When? Saturday, 10 March, 10.00am to 2.30pm

Why? This event forms part of the week of events organised by the University of Cambridge to celebrate International Women’s Day

What’s Happening? The day is hosted by the Equality and Diversity department at the University of Cambridge, held at Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT. The day will include talks, workshops, exhibitions and stalls. Talks to be given by Womankind’s Emily Esplen and Chitra Nagarajan for GAPS, along with many other women’s organisations. Visit the Website.

Choices compiled by Rosie Mockett



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