WHat's on: Intl Women's Day 2022

Thursday 8th March marks International Women's Day, a time to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, raise awareness around women's quality and call to action the acceleration of gender parity.

This year, we're sharing all the events in the run-up, on and after International Women's Day. 

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Challenging Gender Stereotypes to Grow Generations of Equals

3 March - London, United Kingdom

IWD will be joined by a brilliant lineup of panellists, including Jess Day from Let Toys Be Toys, Kerrine Bryan, P.E. from Butterfly Books Limited, Han-Son Lee from DaddiLife, Natalie Costa from Positive Thoughts and Caren Gestetner from Lifting Limits

During the webinar, they will explore topics such as:

  • Is there an unconscious bias in the high street?
  • Can books, toys and clothes really influence our kids?
  • How are the roles of mums and dads perceived?
  • Are kids aware of the stereotypes around them?
  • How can we help parents and children tackle gender bias in early years?

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She Grrrowls: The Festival

5 March, The Albany, Douglas Way, London SE8 4AG, Paid

Want to hear behind-the-scenes of creating a strong brand? Then join us for a conversation with Creative Directors, Campbell & Robyn Butler (Lovework Studio, ex-DesignStudio). They will share great tips and insights from working at DesignStudio, Wolff Olins, Dragon Rouge, the list goes on!

Plus, you’ll have a chance to get your portfolio reviews by Campbell & Robyn! Send a link to your work when you register. The conversations will be on Zoom and will be hosted by our Co-founder, Ekaterina Solomeina. Guests will have the chance to ask questions directly to Campbell and Robyn, on the Livestream.

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Women and Work: International Women's Day

8 March, London, United Kingdom

The fifth edition of this hugely popular and successful long-running series "Women and Work: past and present". At each event attendees can expect to hear from activists, historians and professionals working today.

On this International Women's Day, you will hear from:

  • Feride Kumbasar, women's activist and P.h.D. candidate at the University of Roehampton, on her oral history interviews with Turkish and Kurdish women working at textile workshops in Hackney in between the 1980s. You’ll also hear letters read from Maternity, a 1915 publication that was one of the first to shed light on working-class mothers’ conditions.
  • Laura Sercombe the Chief Executive of Girls Friendly Society. Established in 1875 Girls Friendly Society (GFS) is one of the oldest registered charities working to support girls and young women in England and Wales
  • Stacy Makishi, a Hawaiian-born performance artist, teacher, director and mentor. She has been making art for over 30 years. It ranges across solo performances for stage, large-scale outdoor participatory projects and intimate one-to-ones.
  • Mary-Ann Stephenson has been active in the Women’s Budget Group for over twenty years, and was appointed as its first Director in 2017. Prior to this role, she was a freelance consultant specialising in women’s equality and human rights and has been Director of the Fawcett Society and a Commissioner on the Women’s National Commission.

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Celebrating International Women’s Day: with Inspirational Women in Business

8 March, London, United Kingdom

Join She Almighty, Bluebox + Home Grown for an important and uplifting evening with inspirational women in business.

International Women’s Day is an important global day of celebration, awareness, and gratitude for the struggles and successes of women throughout history.

She Almighty, Bluebox + Home Grown are passionate about championing and enabling women in business, that’s why they will be hosting this special event in collaboration bringing together and connecting aspirational and inspirational women, mission-led leaders and founders - to share their stories, challenges and experiences; how we can raise one another, break the bias to further gender equality and help people and planet whilst doing so.

This event also features a particular focus on female entrepreneurial leaders who have been through the process of growing their own business, raising funds for their business or have sold a business. Hear them share their inspirational stories!

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Team England's International Women's Day Webinar

8 March, London, United Kingdom

Join Team England for a special conversation where we discuss the importance of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and the positive potential impact on women's sport, chaired by Denise Lewis OBE, featuring the below guests.

  • Alison Oliver MBE - CEO, Youth Sport Trust
  • Katie Sadleir - CEO, Commonwealth Games Federation
  • Pamela Cookey - Sky Sports pundit and 2 x Commonwealth Games bronze medallist
  • Sue Anstiss MBE - CEO, Fearless Women and Co-Founder, Women's Sport Collective

Women's sport has been on an upward trajectory in recent years in terms of visibility, investment and participation. Birmingham 2022 will be the first ever major multi-sport event to feature more medals for women than for men and we at Team England feel that it is important to highlight these milestones and continue to push women’s sport to reach its full potential.

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Iconic Offices Presents #BreaktheBias: The Working Parent Talk

8 March, 12:00 - 13:00, Online

International Women’s Day theme is #BreaktheBias, and in collaboration with Rise Up, Iconic Offices are bringing together two experts to discuss how we can #BreaktheBias against the working parent.

Working parents are incredibly valuable to any organisation. They tend to be great multi-taskers, have better time management skills and are more empathic. So, what can we do as co-workers and employers to make a difference? This panel will discuss the trails working parents can face, how we can identify and challenge bias head-on and tools which can be enlisted to support the working parents.  

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Empowering Women in the Workforce: Free IWD Coaching Sessions

9-10 March, 13:30- 15:00 / 12:00 - 13:30, Online

Are you holding yourself back? Do you struggle to get your voice heard? Join our women-only coaching sessions.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Energy UK and POWERful women have partnered to hold two free coaching sessions by Women To Work (9th and 10th March) for women in the energy industry to help unleash their potential.

The topic is Challenging Limiting Beliefs and Imposter Syndrome.

Join Emma and Jenny from Women to Work in this highly interactive 1.5hr self-development coaching workshop, where you will have the opportunity to connect with other women in the energy industry as you explore practical self-coaching tools and challenge your own limiting beliefs.

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Women of the World Festival

11 – 13 March, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London

The main London event for International Women's Day each year, Women of the World is a three-day festival at Southbank Centre, celebrating women, girls and non-binary people all over the world and featuring discussions, performances and activists.

Topics range from sex to politics, grandmotherdom to divorce, childlessness to career changes, and Islamophobia. Speakers this year include Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, novelist Marian Keyes, The Guilty Feminist host Deborah Frances-White, and political activist Angela Davis — though that's just a tiny glimpse of the impressive programme.

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