International Women’s Day – 8 March What are you doing to celebrate?

This is what some of our members are doing:

KeyChanges are taking part in an event that Sheffield City Council are running alongside all the womens services in Sheffield.


TeesValley Women’s Centre are holding their event on 31 March. It will be an open day with a fashion show of work made by their women along with displays of flowers/cakes/card craft/jewellery all made by local women. There will also be coffee and cake and many demonstrations.


Brighton Women’s Centre (BWB) and Brighton Dome have put together a special, action-packed day of entertainment, films, workshops, exhibitions, discussion, children’s activities, stalls, delicious food and more! The celebrations will take place throughout Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton on Saturday 5 March from 10am to 4pm.

Their host for the day, UK Slam! Champion Rachel Nwokoro, will introduce a most impressive line up on the main stage. Brighton’s all women a capella choir We Bop, much loved local female ukulele band Qukulele and Beatbox Champion Bellatrix will be belting out foot stomping tunes alongside other dance, music and poetry performances.

MP Caroline Lucas, FGM campaigner Nimco Ali and community organiser Emily Wright will be joining the BWC panel discussion to explore some of the key issues affecting women today and how we can work across divisions to achieve progress.

Join a women’s history walk around the Pavilion Estate, the stamping ground of headstrong princesses, era defining queens, writers, artists and businesswomen.

In the exhibition area, Brighton Dome’s flagship outreach project Miss Represented will have jewellery making and collage workshops alongside their retrospective work. In Dead Reckoning, artist Bern O’Donoghue presents 3,771 miniature boats, each one bearing witness to the death in 2015 of a migrant or refugee who attempted to cross the Mediterranean in their efforts to reach Europe.

Women’s Self Defence, Beatboxing with UK champion Bellatrix, Sing Your Heart Out, Creative Writing and Women’s History are some of the free workshops that can be booked on the day for a quick boost of confidence, energy and fun! There will also be a room showing all-day films.

Browse the information stalls, enjoy the entertainment or learn some new skills. The Early Childhood Project will keep the 0-12 year olds amused with their all-day children’s activities. Or, pamper yourself with low cost holistic therapies and retreat to the café bar to relax over tea and cake.

Prepared to be entertained, inspired and empowered!


The Women’s Community Project in Scarborough will be celebrating International Women’s Day by running a lunch club event that will incorporate information and workshops. They will have a promotional stand marking Famous Feminists. The women will be able to relate to seeing women in the public eye and the Project will be discussing case studies on famous feminists from history to the present day; What they think and feel about gender equality and how they are working towards this, and playing music from prominent women in the music industry. Alongside this their in house holistic therapist will be providing a workshop on self-care techniques, including massage and mindfulness.

The Project are also planning to display the recent work produced from the art class at the Women’s Centre alongside famous women artists from history.

DISC’s Community Substance Misuse Worker collaborates with Yorkshire Coast Homes and their training and education project ‘My Better Life’. ‘My Better Life’ will be attending the event at CWC from 11am-12pm to offer advice and guidance for any woman wanting to seek training or employment opportunities. They will also provide advice from their Money Management Officer with the emphasis on finances and the importance of having financial independence.

The Women’s Centre crèche will be promoting inclusion and equality from birth, looking closely at best practise in early years. Show casing studies of children with positive gender roles – boys playing with dolls, girls with the construction toys etc. Encouraging parents to treat child as an individual and not a stereotype and promoting the use of non-gendered toys with the women.

Miss Elainey’s social enterprise will be presenting a window display to mark ‘Pledge for Parity’ in the workplace.’


Lancashire Women’s Centres are celebrating International Women’s Day on the 8 March in all their centres with a theme of ‘Who wears the trousers?’ They are doing a range of activities including a winter garden stall, a craft activity, a relaxation workshop, packinh bags in Morrisons and a time to get together for coffee and cake. See their Facebook page for more details.

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