International Women’s Day: What’s happening across the UK?

International Women’s Day: What’s happening across the UK?


International Women’s Day will be celebrated around the world today. In major cities and small towns, calls to make “a more inclusive, gender equal world” and an encouragement that we all #BeBoldForChange will urge participants to make tangible changes in the world to help women achieve equality in pay, power and opportunities.

Last year, the theme was #PledgeForParity, and while many organisations and individuals happily made pledges, people felt like a more active approach was needed this year. That is why events will be held in more than 100 UK cities and towns, with the aim of urging everyone – regardless of their gender – to take “ground-breaking action” to make real change in women’s lives.

Talks and Networking

Eleven major world cities, including London, will host International Women’s Day Lightning Tech Talk. These will bring women entrepreneurs and tech stars together, with the goal of highlighting women in tech and business and hopefully encouraging more women to pursue careers in these industries.

Although there are too many events to list individually here, just about every city in the UK will host some sort of talk and networking event that seeks to bring women together to find opportunities to achieve their dreams or build their confidence. Check the International Women’s Day Events page for more in your area.

Cultural Celebrations

Women have often made significant contributions to the arts and culture, and many events will focus on this as they celebrate women. London’s major event is the WoW Festival, with headline events featuring Sandi Toksvig and Gillian Anderson, among many, many others.

The Women’s Equality Network (WEN) Wales, meanwhile, will be putting on events in both the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, and the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea, featuring comedians, inspirational women and, of course, lots of music. Liverpool is hosting a raft of events, including a tour of art ‘herstory’ at The Walker Art Gallery and gal-dem, a talk highlighting the writing of women of colour at the International Slavery Museum.

In Belfast, celebrations include the Ecstatic Dance*IN Solidarity (which was held on 3rd March) and Be Bold for Laughs, a comedy show celebrating the day, while Gateshead will play host to a mini-music festival in which female artists play songs by people who have dared to be bold.

And, speaking of “going boldly”, a celebration of women in sci-fi writing will be held at the Banshee Labyrinth in Edinburgh, among many other celebrations and events.

Of course, there is no way we could come close to including all the events going on in the country, so do check out the International Women’s Day website to learn more. And we’ll see you out there, celebrating women’s contributions to society and urging for more everyday equality.

Happy International Women’s Day!

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