International Women’s Day 2015

Painting by Susan Sluglett, image courtesy of the Atom Gallery.

This year’s programme is bursting with vibrant events and fascinating talks that pay homage to women today. Here’s a selection of our favourites, taking place throughout the UK.

March 8th marks International Women’s Day, which has been celebrated since 1908, when 15, 000 women stormed the streets of New York City, campaigning for equal rights. 

Exhibition: Women Inspire our Community
Until March 21st, the coffee shops of Belfast will be lending their walls to local female artists to showcase their works. Original artworks will be available to buy from £30.

Free film screening: Honor Diaries
This powerful film features nine impassioned activists from across the globe stating their personal views on relevant female issues, spanning gender inequality to female genital mutilation. An expert panel, including Naana Otoo-Oyortey, Executive Director of FORWARD UK, will gather after the screening for what promises to be a fascinating discussion. The event will take place at The Kennedy Lecture Theatre in West London, from 6.30pm. 

Exhibition: Disturbance
The Atom Gallery in London’s Finsbury Park presents this all-female exhibition. The show features works by nine artists who each use different media, from photography to sculpture, to explore the female perspective. Don’t miss the artists talk on Sunday 8th March from 2-4pm.

Conference: Women in Peace and Conflict
Head to the Liverpool Hope University on 4th March from 9am to hear a diverse range of expert speakers, from established academics to postgraduate students, discuss the historical and contemporary involvement of women in peace and conflict.

Talk: Travelling Towards Education by Janie Codona MBE
Join British Romani traveler and MBE, Janie Codona, at De Montfort University on March 4th from 5.30 for what promises to be an engrossing talk. Codona will draw on her own experience to discuss how living a nomadic lifestyle can impact education and employment opportunities.

For more information, find the full schedule here.