International Women's Day

01 Mar 2018
10:00 Thursday 01 March 2018 to 18:00 Saturday 10 March 2018
Nationwide

'I raise up my voice - not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.' - Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize winning education campaigner

March 8 marks International Women’s Day. The World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report revealed that gender parity is over 200 years away so there has never been a more important time to be involved!

This year we also celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the first women winning the right to vote in the UK with the Vote 100 campaign. The suffragettes were radical in demanding an equal place in society and eventually won the right to vote for all British women.

// Sign up to events and get involved

To mark these two campaigns, Chevening has secured free tickets to events across the UK from 1 to 9 March that celebrate the suffragette movement and their achievements. The events focus on individual voices and cities, explaining the roles that they played.

International Women's Day includes all communities everywhere. These events are open to all scholars - everyone can play a purposeful part in promotion and pressing for gender parity.

Find out more about the events and sign up below! The password for all events is in Chevening's IWD // Vote 100 newsletter.
 

// Edinburgh City tour – Inspirational women

Event type: walking tour
Explore Edinburgh through the eyes of a local, guided by the stories of inspiring women from all over the city. This is a particularly special walking tour: Invisible (Edinburgh) is a social enterprise that trains individuals who have been affected by homelessness to become walking tour guides while offering alternative, socially minded tours of the city.

Date: Friday, 9 March
Time: 15:30 to 17:00
Location: Maggie Dickson’s pub, 92 Grassmarket, EH1 2JR
Password: in IWD // Vote 100 newsletter
Book your place
 

London

// Women in leadership: perspectives from Scotland

This event has been organised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for Chevening Scholars only. Hosted by Leslie Evans, Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government, this panel discussion will feature prominent Scottish women from a range of professional backgrounds. The panel discussion will be followed by a short networking reception.

Date: Wednesday, 7 March
Time: 16:00 to 18:00
Location: Scotland House, 58 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DS
Password: in IWD // Vote 100 newsletter
Book your place
 

// Women on the march

Event type: theatrical walking tour
Blue Badge guides in suffragette costume will lead you through central London, retracing the footsteps of women who fought for the right to vote a century ago. Hear about the fearless women who played a part in this struggle and some of those who tried to stop them. This theatrical tour promises to be just as entertaining as it is informative!

Date: Saturday, 10 March
Time: 14:00 to 16:00
Location: Outside the National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin's Place, WC2H 0HE
Password: in IWD // Vote 100 newsletter
Book your place


// Women in Creative Industries

Event type: conference
Join women and men from across the creative industries at the Southbank Centre for a jam-packed day looking at topics ranging from intersectionality and 'womenomics' to creative confidence and ways for men to be effective allies. This is a unique chance to join in discussions and meet change-makers as they look at women's place and future in the creative industries.

Date: Wednesday, 7 March
Time: 11.15 to 17:30
Location: Southbank Centre, SE1
Password: in IWD // Vote 100 newsletter
Book your place
 

Warwick

// Event name: Warwickshire women and the fight for the vote

Event type: Talk
Join 'Warwickshire Heritage and Culture' for an illuminating talk about the role that women in Warwickshire played in the suffragette movement of the early 20th century. You may recognise big names such as Emmeline Pankhurst and Emily Wilding Davison, but by the end of Dr Sarah Richardson's talk you will know much more about the role that ordinary people across the UK played in this historical movement.

Date: Thursday, 1 March
Time: 18.45 to 21:00
Location: Market Hall Museum, Warwick, Market Place, CV34 4NS
Password: in IWD // Vote 100 newsletter
Book your place
 

Bristol

// Women of Bristol Bicycle Tour

Event type: Bicycle tour (bikes and helmets provided)
Get on your bike and follow Cycle the City's local guide to celebrate some of the remarkable women who have shaped Bristol. Discover why Bristol has been leading the way in the fight for gender equality for a long time.

Date: Wednesday, 7 March
Time: 12:45 to 16:00
Location: No1 The Harbourside, 1 Canon's Road, BS1 5UH (next door to the tourist information centre)
Password: in IWD // Vote 100 newsletter
Book your place
 

Manchester

// Suffragette screening

Event type: film
Commemorate the achievements of the formidable, radical suffragettes 100 years after they fought for women's right to vote in the UK by attending a screening of this award-winning film.

Date: Thursday, 8 March
Time: 18:00 to 21:00
Location: Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Road, M15 6ER
Password: in IWD // Vote 100 newsletter
Book your place


// The drama of the suffrage movement

Event type: Talks
Discover the suffrage movement through papers, posters, and performance. Join suffrage historians Elizabeth Crawford and Katharine Cockin as they discuss the art of suffrage theatre, the Actresses' Franchise League and suffrage processions.

You will also explore the museum galleries to find suffrage posters and recordings, and enjoy short performances from suffrage plays and speeches performed by renowned suffrage actor and historian Dr Naomi Paxton and students from the University of Salford.

Date: Saturday, 10 March
Time: 10:00 to 18:00
Location: People’s History Museum, Left Bank, M3 3ER
Password: in IWD // Vote 100 newsletter
Book your place

 

And finally... please find information below on a free event arranged by the Canadian High Commission:

// International Women’s Day 2018 at Canada House

The Canadian High Commission, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Department for International Development (DFID) and Department of International Trade (DIT) are hosting an event to celebrate International Women’s Day. A limited number of tickets are available; please see their Eventbrite page for further information.

Date: Thursday, 8 March
Time: 16:00 to 18:00
Location: Canada House, Trafalgar Square, SW1Y 5BJ
Book your place