Top 5: International Women's Day Events
On March 8th it's International Women's Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. No matter your gender identity, IWD is a great opportunity to come together in whatever way suits you to acknowledge the progress made over the last year, and to consider how we'll tackle the issues that persist (of which, as I think has been made all too clear over the last 6 months in particular, there are many). Whether you're discussing, debating, drinking or dancing, there's a real sense of community that arises not only on International Women's Day itself but also for days after - I really couldn't recommend partaking more. To make it a little easier to decide where to spend your evening(s), here's a list of everything I'm going to try to make it to, most likely with a little team of pals to enjoy it with.
Oh! BTW here's a lil IWD top tip I learned last year: for anyone IRL or on Twitter who sarcastically asks 'yeh but when's International MEN's Day huh??' - the very simple answer is: 19th November.
Anyway, back to it...
1. Get It Off Your Breasts Live Podcast (8th March)
In their first ever live show, podcast hosts Emma Gannon and Lliana Bird are celebrating International Women’s Day with the frank and open discussion of issues they need to get off their breasts. They’ll be joined by trans awareness campaigner and journalist Paris Lees and author and body positive activist Megan Jayne Crabbe aka @bodyposipanda. They'll each introduce an issue that’s weighing them down, chatting and debating it with each other as they go. As if all that wasn’t enough, they’ll be hosting 2-4-1 happy hour at the venue from 5-7pm with a Get It Off Your Breasts cocktail on the menu. I mean…what more could you want?
Grab tickets here.
2. gal-dem presents Denai Moore + Kokoroko + Miryam Solomon (8th March)
The Jazz Cafe have teamed up with gal-dem to present what promises to be a 10/10 night of musical entertainment. Headlining is British-Jamaican singer Denai Moore, who shot to fame on SBTRKT’s 2014 album before releasing two excellent solo records that bring together soul, funk and electronic. Also performing are South London collective Kokoroko, whose jazz-infused style draws from the Afrobeat sounds of Fela Kut, Ebo Taylor and Tony Allen, and Jazz newcomer Miryam Solomon.
Grab tickets here.
3. ‘What Actually Helps’ – a discussion on gender equality (9th March)
In support of HeForShe Arts Week 2018, a panel comprising of comedian, actor and writer Robert Webb, Chi Onwurah (Labour MP for Newcastle Central) and David Brockway (Great Men Initiative) chaired by Laura Haynes (Chair of UN Women NC UK) will ask the question: how can we engage a male audience to inspire a change of culture and gender equality into the 21st century? They’ll discuss how men, women, businesses, organisations and those who find themselves in positions of power can help enable change by highlighting how we can break damaging behavioural habits and take steps to alter negative attitudes towards women.
Grab tickets here.
4. Get In Her Ears Live at the Finsbury (9th March)
Our faves Get In Her Ears are hosting their monthly night at The Finsbury at just the right time! To celebrate International Women’s Day they’ve curated a line-up fit for a queen: headlining the night will be atmospheric dark pop band Ghum, who’ll be joined by South London ‘slut punk’ group Gravey, and the sublime sounds of Best Praxis, plus some very special, secret guests!
This event is free! Find out more here.
5. The WOW Festival (7th - 11th March)
Whatever your plans for International Women’s Day (/week), getting over to Women of the World Festival at the Southbank centre at least once is a must. WOW festival, launched by Jude Kelly back in 2011, is an annual selection of events created to celebrate women and girls, and which looks at the obstacles stopping them from achieving their potential. This year’s mega line-up includes ‘Women In The Creative Industries Day’, keynotes from women working to shift power dynamics (incl Helena Morrissey, Mariéme Jamme, Vivian Hunt, and Sughra Ahmed), talks on international activism, and the role of women in peace-building in Syria.
Find out more here.