International Women’s Day 2019 Events in London
International Women’s Day (IWD) happens every year on March 8th to celebrate and commemorate the countless achievements of women in history and today around the world. It is also a time to recognises the many gender inequalities that still happen today and help to close the gender gap to a more gender equal world. This year’s motto is #BalanceForBetter Better the balance, Better the world. The future is exciting so why not be a part of it.
For those who want to be apart of the change and support the women of London we have compiled a list of the 7 best things to do in London for this year’s IWD.
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- WOW: Women of the World Festival
Hosted at the Southbank Centre on March 8th-9th is WOW. This year Angela Davis is back after her significant appearance at the 2017 event. Speakers include Annie Lennox, Australia’s first female MP Julia Gillard and ‘Game of Thrones’ actress Maisie Williams. They will be speaking on the current state of feminism on the Friday and on Saturday, Munroe Bergdorf, Lily Allen, Sandi Toksvig and others will look to its future for ‘WOW: What Next?’. Each day runs for about 3 and a half hours with an interval. There is also other happenings such as Jo Brand’s dark, sardonic comedy and Margret Busby will be celebrating 25 years of her anthology ‘Daughters of Africa’ by launching ‘New Daughters of Africa’, a collection of writings from 200 women of African descent.
- Women in Focus Festival
Spread over three whole days of exhibitions, poetry readings, workshops and talks at this IWD weekender. See the photo exhibition ‘Female Empowerment Through Tagore’, have a go at some embroidery and get a taste of Capoeira and take a LBT dance workshop. This festival is all about supporting women and learning new things together. The events run from the 8th through to the 10th and is free.
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- EVE Women’s Pro-Wrestling
This punk feminist pro-wrestling group in marking IWD with a two-day extravaganza of theatrical stunts, cabaret and comedy. Expect to see a bunch of gender stereotypes and smashing them to smithereens by a group of feisty crew of spandex-wearing women who make Netflix’s ‘Glow’ look like child’s play. This event is on both Friday 8th and Saturday 9th night at 7:30 pm in Bethnal Green and costs £25
- Gal-dem’s International Women’s Weekender
Magazine Gal-dem, have a solid reputation for putting on a whole weekend full of events for IWD. Join the opening night on Friday night to hear women of colour tell stories about womanhood before Pxssy Palace takes centre stage. On Saturday you can hear all about how women of colour can succeed in sport from Kim Hgo, explore the label of ‘women’s writing’ hosted by Candice Carty-Williams and hear from comedians Charlie George, Sukh Ojla and Esther Manito. On Sunday there will be yoga, life drawing and a workshop lead by bespoke jewellery designer Suhaiyla Shakuwra.
- Celebrate She
The Body Shop is hosting a weekend-long IWD event which has a panel of Fearne Cotton, Clara Amfo, Deborah Frances-White and Nicole Crentsil. There will also be a special exhibition from illustrator Laura Callaghan, yoga workshops, free makeovers, facials and massages and hair braiding. You will also be able to purchase the Body Shop’s potions and lotions with 25% off and get a free goodie bag for those who spend over £30. Tickets for the workshops and talks range from £10 – £15 depending on what you go to, and £10 of the ticket is redeemable against products sold at the event.
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- Sketchy B*tches International Women’s Day Special
Celebrate IWD with your gal-pals on March 9th at 10:30am with a day of drawing and creative conversations. Listen to discussions from a panel of women in creative industries, including fashion artists Sue Dray, Diana Muendo, co-founder of London’s first ever art gym and Manko Sebastian and Carla Tofano, co-founder of the Art Model Collective. Afterwards you can spend the rest of the afternoon making mini-portraits of the people you’ve met. The cost of the event ranges from £15-£25.
- International Women’s Day at Burgh House
On the 10th of March from 11 am explore Burgh House for a packed programme of activities from crafting to folk music and talks on feminist reading, Burgh house was a building that used to belong to the daughter of Rudyard Kipling, an English journalist, short story writer, poet and novelist famous for The Jungle Book. This is an event for all ages. While the kids are listening to Penguin Vintage Books Creative Director, Suzanne Dean the adults can listen to Florence Schechter, who is campaigning to set up the world’s first vagina museum in London and will be arguing why we need one. You will also be able to shop for feminist reads from a pop-up shop by Housemans radical Booksellers and see an exhibition about the women who have shaped Hampstead.
So, whether you like art, motivational speakers or tough pro-wrestling women London has something for everyone to celebrate women this International Women’s Day. Get amongst it and help create a “Better Balance for a Better World!” #BalanceForBetter.