International Women’s Day Events

GET INVOLVED

Join the Woman’s March and wear RED in solidarity, try to avoid paid or unpaid labour, and try to avoid spending money, with the exception of supporting small women and minority owned businesses that champion gender, racial and economic equity. https://www.womensmarchlondon.com/day-without-a-woman

Stand up to #ArtWorldSexism in Trafalgar Square.

Help out with a Wikipedia Editathon in Edinburgh, or learn about ‘Dangerous Women’ at a Symposium.

Join in the Yorkshire Ladies Link, or celebrate Female Entrepreneurs in Bristol.

Debate about what Feminism means to you in Westminster.

If marching is too slow for you join ‘Women who Run’ on their 5k around London.

Staying in?

There’s still plenty on. BBC Radio Three have an extensive series of programmes throughout the day on female empowerment. In Exeter there’s even an ‘occupy the airwaves’ movement. Facebook live also promised some interesting insights with everyone from the National Gallery doing a tour of the female artists in their collection, to the team behind Birdsong London hand-painting their fair-trade t-shirts. Alternatively head to VICELAND online, and watch Gloria Steinem in her new series WOMEN. 

Further afield?

In parts of Australia pedestrian lights will feature stick women rather than stick men. You can run for women in Brisbane, and walk in Switzerland. Listen to the Mums in Business founder speak in Japan, and pick up some art at the all-female fair in New York or attend the WW Club’s work party, while in Italy women receive free entry to all museums throughout the day.

Here at Riposte we’re getting excited for all the activities and events set to celebrate International Women’s Day. If you’re stuck for a few ideas we had a look at some of the incredible opportunities on offer around the country and beyond.

LEARN

If you’re in London get yourself down to the Women of the World Festival at London Southbank Centre for a packed programme of talks, debates, performances and activities including everyone from Gillian Anderson to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Learn about Intrepid Woman Travellers in Bristol Museum.

Enjoy Tech Talks around the globe, as well as getting to grips with Women in Technology in Liverpool, workshops at the National Algerian Centre, and why not learn the languages of technologies while you’re at it?

Find out what more the law can do for women in Manchester or Glasgow, improve your knowledge about Human Rights and Womanhood in Belfast, or uncover the worrying relationship between women and violence in Portsmouth.

Increase your understanding of gender and the Asylum process in London, or be inspired by women in STEMM subjects, and learn about Astronomy for free.

LISTEN

Head to Foyles for three brilliant female voices in literary fiction.

Have a glass of Wine at Waterstones Piccadilly at their readings from international female authors or relax at Keats House with a celebration women’s poetry, or some ‘She Said’ monologues in Prestbury.

Unwind with all-female Sofa Sounds in Manchester, or hop along to the Arch cafe in Leeds for an open mic night of comedians, writers, poets and musicians with ‘I am Woman Hear me Roar’.

Don’t forget to discover the 150 women writers reading at bookshops and libraries around Northern Ireland.

Listen to all female music in the scenic surroundings of the Pitt Rivers Museum Oxford, or learn about Women in Music Musicians’ at the Glasgow Union.

LAUGH

Head along to some hilarious all female comedy at Leicester Square Theatre by the likes of Bridget Christie, Shappi Khorsandi, Evelyn Mok, Athena Kugblenu, Mae Martin, Birthday Girls and Massive Dad.

Get a team together for this women’s day Pub Quiz and give yourself a chance to win some great prizes, while raising money for women in need.

WATCH

Wonder at the all-female cast of Syrian refugees as they prepare to stage Euripdes’ The Trojan Woman in Queens of Syria at London’s Bertha Dochouse.

Check out the London premiere of In Between at the BFI. Or enjoy a screening of 1979 drama Norma Rae with IWW GMB and Feminist Fightback.

There are screenings of Suffragette everywhere from Bradford and Dundee to Australia. You can also watch the documentary Embrace that investigates and challenges the international dilemma of body loathing around the UK.

In London the documentary ‘Century’ explores 10 London women from 0-100, and you can also find out if periods can save the planet at this special screening about menstruation and the environment that also features an impressive period positive panel. 

If you prefer fiction to fact, in Newcastle watch Winter’s Bone with a live introduction by Dr Jacky Collins from Northumbria University, or catch Certain Women at the ICA.

Wonder at the exhibition and talks from the women involved with Central Saint Martins Textile Design, or focus on India with a moving photography exhibition and magazine launch.