International Women’s Day 2017

International Women’s Day (#IWD2017) is on the 8 March this year with the theme of #BeBoldForChange Below are some of the things that our members are doing to mark the day:

Women’s Work (Derbyshire) will be part of Derby’s International Day on Saturday 11 March. As well as having a stand, for the first time, their service users will also have a table in the Market Place and will be performing a poem, as a group. Their poem will be a collaborative piece devised in Women’s Work’s WEA Moving from Surviving to Thriving course. As a group, they have named themselves ‘Empowered Women of Women’s Work’ and they are currently making a tablecloth with their group name on in their WEA Craft sessions. They also have a felt stand (all in suffragette colours including the tablecloth) which they are making bunting for, the stand will have photos and inspirational quotes on and much more.

On the 8 March Women’s Work will have an afternoon workshop which will showcase the women’s’ work and they will have the opportunity to share any poems they have written or sourced, as well as quotes and stories to share with the other service users.


On 8 March One25’s service users and creative volunteers will make collages to celebrate their womanhood, their resilience and their aspirations. They’ve asked for a party which will include karaoke as well as party food that a few of the women will have made the day before at the Square Food Foundation kitchen. It’s going to be a blast!


On 8 March Tomorrow’s Women Wirral (TWW) are holding a women only, cross agency event in their Inspiration Hall, to celebrate bold women and #BeBoldForChange. The event will include inspirational speakers (to be confirmed), stalls & activities!

This year as well as acknowledging bold women, they will be celebrating the 10 year anniversary since Baroness Corston released her groundbreaking report on women’s safety in the criminal justice system. Baroness Corston’s review outlining, “the need for a distinct, radically different, visibly-led, strategic, proportionate, holistic, woman-centred, integrated approach” (1) was published in March 2007. The report made 43 recommendations for improving the approaches, services and interventions for women in the criminal justice system and women at risk of offending.

Also on the 8 March, TWW will be holding their Annual General Meeting from 12-1pm which is open to all! Confirmed speakers for this are Fiona Johnstone, Director of Public Health in Wirral with more to be confirmed. This will be a multi agency event, with local organisations invited to hold stalls and network with service users and with each other in celebration of bold women!


The Greater Manchester Women’s Support Alliance will be celebrating International Women’s Day by launching a month long exhibition of artwork, designed and created by the women who access support through Alliance services across the Women’s Centres in Greater Manchester and in HMP Styal. This launch will take place on 7 March 7.30 – 9.30pm at Nexus Art Cafe, 2 Dale Street, Manchester, M1 1JW.

Over the last few months women accessing support in Styal or at the Women’s Centres across Greater Manchester have been creating artwork celebrating the strength and diversity of Manchester Women. The women were encouraged to run riot with their imaginations and to use different media to create visual representations of ‘Our Manchester Women’; women who have inspired them throughout their lives. The artwork appears in many forms including paintings, poetry, audio and visual recordings and many more.


Advance are hosting its annual fundraising pub quiz marking International Women’s Day, 7.30 – 10.30pm at The George IV, Cheiswick High Road, London, W4 2DR.

The ideal team size is 6 people, but you can alternatively purchase a single ticket and will be placed in a team. A ticket for the quiz costs £15. RSVP via Eventbrite.

They will be holding a raffle on the night, with prizes donated to Advance especially for this event, including beauty vouchers, tickets for ice skating, comedy nights, go-karting and many more.

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