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What to do in London this IWD

Posted on: 01 March 2019

International Womens Day is here again; women across London have been working hard to put on various events around the empowerment of women. Weve compiled a list of our top picks to help you make the most of the day.  

WOW: Women of the World

Women of the World returns for its 9th year with a special programme held at the Southbank Centre. WOW Founder Jude Kelly hosts two afternoons filled with performances, talks and panel discussions centred around gender, politics and equality. Guests include Naomi Klein, Annie Lennox, Jo Brand, Gina Miller, Julia Gillard, Scarlett Curtis and Maisie Williams among many more. The festival on every feminists lips, this is not to be missed.

8-9 March, Southbank Centre. Find out more by clicking here.

Gal-Dems International Womens Day Weekender

Women take the mic for this jam-packed weekend which is FILLED with talks, workshops and events. This is one with something for everyone with topics including how women of colour can succeed in sport, the label of womens writing, representation of women in the arts, spirituality and what it means to be a woman in comedy. You can also take part in yoga, meditation workshops and self acceptance life-drawing. Leave this weekend retreat feeling rejuvenated, with a new sense of purpose and understanding.

8-11 March, Belgravia. Find our more here.

Panel discussion with feminist writers

Join writers, Laura Bates, Holly Bourne, Laura Steven and Laura Coryton as they discuss how teen books are challenging sexism in schools. Tackling issues such as slut-shaming to misogyny and revenge porn, this promises to be an empowering night.

8 March, Waterstones, Piccadilly. Find our more here  

Kids Day Celebration

Looking for an event to inspire your young girls and boys to celebrate feminism? This event is for all the futures feminists featuring a Brilliant Women story timeas well as drawing activities and bookmark making. This event is a double whammy of celebrating creativity, and inspirational women

9 March, Waterstones, Gower Street. Find out more here. 

Project Pleasure Games Night

Frankie and Anouska host a live recording of their podcast, guiding the audience through a sex-ednight of fun and games. Expect frank and honest discussion with plenty of laughs.

8 March, Roundhouse. Find out more here. 

Exhibition: The Spiral of Containment: Rapes Aftermath

This art installation seeks to open up conversations about the topic of rape through exploring the experiences of 25 survivors. Created by Elisa L, Iannacone, this exhibition confronts the viewer with emotion.

8-11 March, Oxo Tower. Find out more here.

Music: The Bechdel Sound Test Weekender

If glam rock, acid punk, and feminist psychedelia is your cup of tea, this is the event one is for you! Expect high energy performances and tinged with periods, politics and all things female! Plus ALL proceeds go to the brilliant Bloody Good Period, a charity that ensures access to period essentials for those who cant afford them.

8-10 March, The Book and Record Bar. Find out more here. 

Bloody Good Debate

Join Gabby Edlin, founder of Bloody Good Period and activist, Amika George, for a bloody good debate at Liberty London. Theyll be discussing issues surrounding menstrual stigmatisation and period poverty as well as what you can do to help. You can also donate pounds and pads to the charity at Liberty London until the 15th of March.

7 March, Liberty London. Find out more here.

 However you decide to spend your International Womens Day, lets make a conscious effort to take that fresh burst of empowerment and passion for change forward into every day life.

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