Although the pandemic may be preventing many International Women’s Day events from happening in person, it does mean we can learn from women all over the world, virtually. We’ve put together a list of some exciting events happening throughout March to get you feeling inspired and connected.
For the full list of official International Women’s Day events, click here.
SheSays Brighton for International Women’s Day 2021 and Spring Forward Festival
Join SheSays Brighton for an evening of online talks with three formidable speakers, who will be speaking on their extraordinary journeys in the digital world.
The panel will include Rachel McConnell, a content designer, strategist and consultant who’s used to building and leading content teams; Johana Riquier, business strategist at Unity, whose career has focused on promoting minorities in the gaming space and working to bring awareness of the African and Middle-Eastern gaming industry; and Michelle Steele, lead software engineer with 25 years of experience, currently at Brighton tech company Avalara. She coaches at Codebar, is a STEM Ambassador and is the Head of Volunteer Coordinating at Trans Pride Brighton.
The event will be held online on Monday 8 March from 6:30 PM. Sign up to attend for free here.
If you’re interested in what the artistic women of Brighton & Hove are up to then take a look at FemFest. Organised by Maddie Ross of Girl Code Theatre, they’ll be holding events and workshops from Monday 8 March through to Sunday 14 March.
The week will showcase events like a #metoo monologue workshop, performances from Lava Elastic and 2GAL Theatre, and a premiere of the documentary Still Not Getting it, which delves into the sexual harassment experienced by womxn in Brighton during lockdown last Summer. £1 of every ticket is donated to Survivors Network and you’ll be supporting your local theatre community! Buy your tickets here.
Create the space: The Underrepresentation of Women in Football
In association with Kick it Out, the National Football Museum will be providing a platform for people to share and discuss solutions to the underrepresentation of women in the football industry. The event will include talks from Leicester City Women’s Captain, Holly Morgan and representatives from Kick it Out and the museum.
For men, football is an extremely lucrative and highly respected career, so why is this not the case for women? The talk will take place on Monday 8 March from 12 PM – 1 PM. To be a part of the conversation, register here.
Wear it Live: FemTech International Women’s Day Edition
FemTech accounts for over 200 startups worldwide and is one of the most promising and exciting industries focused on women’s health. Wear It Berlin will be hosting an online live edition of their ‘Wear It Live’ events, where FemTech experts will discuss their accomplishments, challenges and will share their insights into aspiring FemTech entrepreneurs.
For this year’s IWD2021 theme of #ChooseToChallenge, they will also discuss how FemTech leaders challenge the status quo in the wearable tech industry and champion diversity. This will be taking place Monday 8 March, from 5 PM – 6:30 PM UK time. To register for a free ticket, head here.
The Live Coders International Women’s Day Event
Live Coders will be offering 10 free educational sessions hosted by womxn in the tech or coding sector, to raise awareness around the challenges women face in this industry. It will be a full day of educational and inspiring talks from women all over the world, where they’ll be sharing their stories about their experiences and helping others.
The event is based in the US, but you won’t have to wake up in the middle of the night to watch the stream. It’ll be running all day from 10 AM till 8 PM on Monday 8 March. Register for tickets or if you fancy applying to host a session yourself here.
Funny Women Around the World
Funny Women was established in 2002 and was formed to help women find their voice through performing, writing and using humour in business and everyday life. For IWD they’re hosting Funny Women Around the World, showcasing comedy and entertainment from around the globe in a 12-hour comedy marathon.
Expect panel discussions, backstage insight, performance tips, digital content, and of course, “live” performances. Whether you’re a Funny Women enthusiast or a newbie humour-hunter, all are welcome to join and drop in anytime. This will be streamed for free via Twitch, and you can book here.
‘Flex Forever: Flexible working beyond a crisis’ with Anna Whitehouse
JoinAnna Whitehouse, also known as Mother Pukka and the University of Aberdeen for the online event where she’ll be talking about her trailblazing Flex Appeal movement.
Her initiative resulted in the release of the Forever Flex report in November 2020, proving flexible work can work beyond the parameters of a pandemic. Join them on Monday 8 March from 11 AM – 12:15 PM for the discussion. You’ll need to book your spot in advance, here.
There’s no place like Home: A Woman’s Place in a Pandemic?
Few things stop progress like a global pandemic, but what many did not anticipate is just how far it would turn back the clock. York St John’s University has put together a panel of experts to discuss the impact of the pandemic on gender equality in the UK.
After more than a year of living with Covid-19, the panellists will discuss the ways in which gender and racial inequalities in healthcare, at home, and at work are being exacerbated. They will also reflect on what it might mean to ‘build back better’. Join them on Wednesday 10 March at 6 PM and sign up here.
Change the Equation: Women in Music
Over the month of March 2021, Equation will be hosting a speaker series featuring local speakers discussing how women can change the world they live in. The music industry has seen a lot of change in recent decades, and with the pandemic this past year, innovation has again needed to be central to the survival of the industry.
You’ll hear from a female leader of the music scene in Nottingham to talk about the ways in which women can succeed in an industry that necessitates flexibility and innovation. Tickets are by donation and you can reserve your spot for Monday 8 March, 7 PM – 8:30 PM here.
How are you celebrating International Women’s Day this year? Any events we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments.