Girl Power

Girl Power

Here's how you can Get involved this International Women’s Day

Over the past 100 years International Women’s Day has helped to highlight the outstanding social, political, economical and cultural contributions made by women. Last year The World Economic Forum predicted that the gender gap won’t close until 2133. For 2016, International Women’s Day will centre around the theme #PledgeForParity in a bid to raise awareness and accelerate change, with a whole host of events to acknowledge the achievements of women in local communities.


Mosey on down to the Southbank Centre for the Women of The World Festival and hear from leading activists and pioneers as they debate an array of topics from body image to women in business, or take a step towards equality and walk in solidarity alongside Annie Lennox and Bianca Jagger at Walk in Her Shoes - a strident rally accompanied by rousing speeches.  Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX


Organised by a team of dedicated volunteers, Derby’s International Women’s Day Festival will aim to dispel gender stereotypes with a brimming itinerary of inspiring guest speakers, confidence-boosting workshops and sporting activities. In addition there will be over 40 stalls including educational advice from local women’s groups and charities, fun arts and crafts and wellbeing treatments. Market Place DE1 3AH, QUAD DE1 3AS and Derby Museum DE1 1BS


Now in its third year, Bristol Women’s Voice will return to M Shed museum and gallery to celebrate the theme ‘Women Making a Difference’. Breathing Fire, a black women’s playback group, will host an interactive drama workshop while Chango World will allow guests to try their hand at traditional African drumming. Visitors will also have the opportunity to listen to a lunchtime guest panel featuring BBC Radio Bristol and What The Frock! discussing women’s representation in the media.


Last year’s hard hitting documentary ‘He Named Me Malala’ will be shown at Aberdeen’s finest independent cinema, Belmont Filmhouse, paying respect to the the fearless Malala Yousafzai who was shot by a gunman after blogging about her life under Taliban rule in Pakistan. The plucky 18-year-old now lives in Birmingham where she campaigns for educational rights for women. A true inspiration.


All-female a cappella group We Bop and ukulele band Qukulele will head up the Brighton Women’s Centre musical party alongside beatboxing performances, poetry recitals and engaging dance troupe performances. A pop-up culture-sharing zone will also allow visitors to engage with an interactive world map, delving into different pockets of the city and exploring the cultural experiences of other women within the neighbourhood. 5th March, Brighton Dome, BN1 1UE


  • Words: Rebecca Parker

  • Banner Photography: Karl Lagerfeld's Chanel S/S 15 Collection Feminine Protest