International Women’s Day – here’s what’s going on

International Women’s Day (IWD) is next Thursday 8th March; celebrated for the first time in 1911 by the Suffragettes.

This year, and the 100th year since women in Britain got the vote (thank you Suffragettes), feminist activism and the fight for equal rights has peaked with ‘no more’, #MeToo and #TimesUp colouring our red carpets and saturating our news feeds.

We’re speaking up,  we’re making a difference, empowering each other and in turn creating an ever growing global movement of advocacy, activism and support.

According to The 2017 World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report we are still 200 years away from gender parity; and although gender parity won’t happen overnight, there’s no better time than now to #PressforProgress.

‘The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.’
– Gloria Steinem, feminist, journalist and activist.

#IWD2018 #PressforProgress

IWD Events.

The Female Gaze

On now – 14th March

Getty images are running a free exhibition of inspiring female portraits in a bid to redefine the manner and style in which women are visually represented in the  media.

They’ve recruited a new generation of image makers and partnered with organisations like Refinery29, and Muslim Girl to reveal a raw and honest visual truth about the nature of modern womanhood.

Complementing the contemporary works is a selection of archival images from LIFE magazine and the influential women’s magazines Ms. and Jane.

Women’s Takeover

Saturday 3rd March

This Saturday sees female only traders and entrepreneurs, holding court at Well Street Market expect locally sourced produce, fashion, gifts, jewellery, art and home accessories, there will also be stalls providing advice on women’s issues.

As ever, plenty of delicious street food and good drinks will be available alongside family-friendly entertainment from female performers. 10am – 4pm. See you there.

It’s a Stitch-Up

Wednesday 7th March

The pink insta emporium that is Palm Vaults is holding a cool 2-hour embroidery workshop.  Stitch your favourite female lyrics and feminist slogans onto a cotton tote bag and if tote bags aren’t your thing, take a t.shirt, sweatshirt or pair of jeans to embroider.

Great for beginners, tickets cost £47.75 and must be booked in advance. Guaranteed to be with picture perfect Palm-Vault-esque drinks and nibbles.

Girls’ Talk

Wednesday 7th – Saturday 11th March

WOW (Women of The World) is a 5-day IWD extravaganza, on the Southbank centre bringing together a host of truly inspiring voices – artists, writers, politicians, comedians, activists and more.

A platform for celebrating what has been achieved, and exploring all the ways we can change the world for the better.

Highlights include Sandi Toksvig’s Mirth Control: Arts over Tit, you can buy passes for the day or the duration.

Shop ’til You Drop

Thursday 8th March

Seven Dials celebrates International Women’s Day with a week of events beginning on the 1st of March and culminating with an In Conversation With panel hosted by fashion stylist and radio presenter Gemma Cairney on March 8th.

Seven Dials is hosting a huge range of events throughout their 95 stores including a make-your-own hand oil class at Neal’s Yard and a complimentary Mimosa for all female diners at the Monmouth Kitchen.

For a full list of events and for a chance to win tickets register on the Seven Dials website until 6pm this Friday.

Girls Naked

Thursday 8th March

E1’s hippest new work/eat/yoga space – Benk & Bo, Spitalfields, is a must visit, with its host of cool events and next week they’re holding a very special drinks reception to celebrate the opening of Alexa Coe’s first solo-exhibition: BARE.

Alexa’s minimal line drawings will be on sale on the evening (from £185) and launches her 4-day exhibition. This event is free but rsvp is essential.

Chitter, Chatter

Friday 9th March

An intimate evening of conversation hosted by Oh Comely magazine in collaboration with sunglass designer Bailey Nelson. Guests include a sex worker and performer, a freelance journalist, editor of XXY magazine and co-founder of The Pink Protest Grace Campbell.

Tickets are £15 (includes drinks) and profits go to charity Bloody Good Period.  Book your tickets now.

Head down to Hawksmoore Seven Dials and sample their limited edition cocktail ‘Sister Suffragette’ made from historically feminist ingredients, £6


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