Derby Women Rise Up!


Our series of events inspiring women to participate in public life, volunteering, activism and areas of under representation backed by Rosa UK continues this Winter 2018:

Rebel Women’s Choir – 11.30am-1.30pm Saturdays 10th & 17th November, and 3pm-5pm Saturday 8th December (followed by a women’s rights march with Vox Feminarum for 16 days of activism to end gender-based violence) at Derby Women’s Centre, Leopold Street – free, no need to book, new/shy singers welcome. The choir will also be performing at the following two events below.

Derby Women Rise Up! 2pm-5pm Saturday 10th November at Derby West Indian Community Centre, Carrington Street. Boost your difference-making power with inspiring speakers from the Movement for Justice campaign against Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre and women who have been detained there share their experiences and call to action ahead of the demonstration at Yarl’s Wood on 1st December – you can join us on our bus to take part. Our Rebel Women’s Choir will sing songs of activism and you can take part in group activities and discussions to explore what action you can take to make a difference too. Book your free place at:

Derby goes to Surround Yarl’s Wood – all-day bus trip and demonstration – Saturday 1st December. Join the Surround Yarl’s Wood demonstration hosted by Movement for Justice. This uplifting demo combines inspiring speeches, songs, banners and solidarity to challenge the appalling treatment of people, especially the treatment of women, at Yarl’s Wood and other immigration removal centres. Our Rebel Women’s Choir will be singing too. For more info and to book your free/donation place on the bus visit:

Derby women rise up

Derby goes to Surround Yarls Wood



Inspiring Woman2Woman events this autumn


Our #Woman2Woman project continues with some fantastic, inspiring, liberating, empowering, barrier-breaking, trailblazing FREE events this autumn-winter thanks to funding support from Rosa UK – women in and around Derby, you’re invited!

6.30pm-8.30pm Wednesday 12th September: Women Making a Difference in Derby at St James Centre, Malcolm St, Derby DE22 8LU – local women will share their experience of volunteering, campaigning and activism and how it’s boosted their confidence, skills and given them a chance to make a difference in their local communities. With Q&A. Contact us to let us know you’re coming along to inform our numbers for seating and catering.

6.30pm-8.30pm Thursday 20th September: Be a Difference-Making Woman in Derby at St James Centre, Malcolm St, Derby DE22 8LU – this uplifting and practical workshop will give you the chance to explore any barriers to being a difference-maker – what holds you back and how to overcome those challenges, with tips and techniques to help you to help the causes close to your heart –  let’s change the world! Contact us to let us know you’re coming along to inform our numbers for seating and catering.

6.30pm-8.30pm Tuesday 25th September: Women Amplified – a panel on women in the radio and music industry at St James Centre, Malcolm St, Derby DE22 8LU – inspiring speakers include former BBC Radio Derby Producer/Presenter Stephanie Women Amplified PanelHernandez, award-winning radio documentary-maker Sophie Sparham, artist and founder of Noisy Girls Recording Studios Meri Everitt and Presenter/Co-Chair of In2 Derby Community Radio Association and Chair of IWD Derby Vanessa Boon. This event will explore the challenges, the joys and the opportunity for radio and music to be platforms to amplify women’s perspectives, causes and diverse voices. Book your place online at:

6.30pm-8.30pm Tuesdays 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th October – 5-week Women’s Radio Course: Women Amplified at St James Centre, Malcolm St, Derby DE22 8LU – give radio a try! This programme will teach you how to design a radio show, use your voice, use a microphone, record different types of links, carry out interviews and edit audio to create content that will be broadcast on In2 Derby Community Radio. Facilitated by Sophie Sparham. There are just 15 places available to women in Derby/shire – book online at:

Plus our popular Rebel Women’s Choir sessions start again this autumn at Derby Women’s Centre with Choir Leader Jo Lewis – new and shy singers very welcome – come and learn songs by and about trailblazing rebel women from around the world with the (optional) chance to sing at gigs and protests with a friendly inclusive sisterhood – just show up:

11.30am-1.30pm Saturdays-

15th September – followed by performance at Cathedral Quarter Sings, Derby Market Place at 2.20pm

22nd September

20th October

27th October

More dates, performances, protests and details can be found via our facebook page

Our AGM 8th May 2018 – join us!

Our Annual General Meeting takes place at 6.30pm-8.30pm Tuesday 8th May at Mandela Community Centre, 181 Peartree Road, Derby. Please confirm if you would like to attend and if you have any access needs to be met.
It’s a time to reflect on and celebrate our achievements this year. Our volunteers will share their experience, what new challenges they took on this year and what impact it’s had. We will look at our IWD 2018 Survey results and discuss our strengths and areas to develop as well as our future plans to become a registered charity – come along and add your ideas.
The first part is open to all genders.
The second part – elections is members-only – you can join us if you live/work/study in Derby/shire this part is women-only, trans inclusive, and children welcome. All genders can volunteer to support us but elected roles are women-only; we are women-led creating leadership opportunities for women and girls as youth trustees.

Join our friendly, supportive, nurturing team! A great place to grow your confidence, learn new skills and make a difference for your community.
Our elections – all committee roles up for election including Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and Trustees. All roles can be job-shared. If you would like a role be ready to tell everyone about your commitment to the role for the whole year ahead, your skills and why you should be elected – if you need support with this just ask – we can help you. You can also nominate someone else you think would be great in a role. Read up on our constitution which covers our various roles and responsibilities and the kind of team spirit we embrace – positive, encouraging each other, stretching ourselves, respectful, diversity-positive and inclusive. Read more at:
We welcome new volunteers who share our positive ethos – we encourage people who are shy and new to committee life so even if you have not done a role like this before we can offer training, mentoring and support – so come forward and join us! Questions? Feel free to contact us on 0791 368 0088 or talk to any member of our award-winning team.


Your feedback on IWD 2018



Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us at International Women’s Day Festival Derby on Saturday 10th March – what a day! And all organised by volunteers. You can enjoy photos from the festival on our facebook page and Derby Telegraph  and Derby News, In2 community radio and Open Eye Film covered the event capturing great photos, interviews and film footage too.

Please take a moment to give us your feedback on this event via our quick online survey:
Your thoughts on the day would be really helpful – feedback helps us to evaluate, improve and win support, funding and sponsorship for next year too.

If you would prefer we can also take your feedback by e-mail, send you a printed survey or complete the survey over the phone – please use the contact us page to arrange this.

Thanks for your support!

And if you would like to get more involved we always need more helpers – come along to our AGM to find out more, meet the team, elect the committee for 2019 and add your ideas – 6.30pm, Tuesday 8th May 2018 at Mandela Community Centre. Please let us know if you will be attending so we have numbers for room size and catering, thank you!

International Women’s Day Derby 2018


IWD 2018 poster picDerby joins the global celebrations with this popular annual festival organised entirely by volunteers. Download our programme summary, fuller programme and articles in IWD Magazine 2018, and read on for highlights…

Pop it in your diary: Saturday 10th March 2018, 10am-4pm, Derby Market Place & QUAD, Cathedral Quarter Derby, Derbyshire, UK.

You can download our poster above – do print, share, display & spread the word!

FREE entry – donations appreciated. All genders, all communities together with lots for children to enjoy including soft play area.
Celebrate with uplifting performances, 40+ stalls & activities, arts & crafts, sports, exhibitions & family fun under a huge marquee on Derby Market Place – the same spot where the Suffragettes spoke in our city.

There is a free crèche on the day run by Orchard Garden Day Nursery at QUAD for children from 2 months to 12 years of age, subject to availability and limits upon length of booking. Advance bookings or enquiries can be made by calling 01332 370497 or on the day.

Come along to free hourly inspiring workshops at QUADreserve your place in advance here or just come along on the day (subject to availability:

11am: Boost Your Self-Belief with Zahra Butt & Beverley Burton, Second Chance Learning Academy. For: Women & girls 12yrs +

12pm: Get Inspired: Rebel Women past and present – our inspiring panellists discuss their favourite HERoes from HERstory and today – share yours too! For: everyone.

1pm: Turn Your Pain into Your Power with inspirational speaker Jasvinder Sanghera, founder of Karma Nirvana and global campaigner against forced marriage and honour based abuse for 25 years. For: Women & girls 12yrs+

2pm: Speak Up on Ableism explore why disabled women are often invisible from diversity projects and feminist campaigns and what you can do to ensure your efforts amplify the voices of disabled women. With disability campaigners Siobhan Fennell, Accessible Belper and Lizzie Maitland, Recovery assistance dogs for mental health. For: everyone

3pm: Shake-Up Politics – a panel with women in local politics and activism – ask your questions and join the discussion on how politics can change the world for women and girls. For: everyone

After the day of festivities we will have a Suffragette Memorial March, marking 100 years since the first women won the right to vote in the UK, meet at 4pm – Waterfall, Market Place to join the march of about 20-30mins around the city centre – bring a banner, sing along, wear purple or even dress as a Suffragette. You can make a Suffragette sash during the day at the Vox Feminarum stall.

Join the conversation online via social media
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