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
#IWD #IWDDerby #Vote100 #womensdayderby #IWD2018 #RebelWomen


Book your stall at IWD 2018


Derby’s popular annual festival is back on Saturday 10th March 2018 on Derby Market Place under a huge marquee. Book a stall for your charity, group, public service or business – you will be part of an uplifting, multicultural and inspiring community event and reach hundreds of visitors on a busy Saturday in the city centre.
Book your stall online at:

Eventbrite - International Women's Day Derby 2018 - Stall Bookings

Never forget the Suffragettes


2018 marks 100 years of women’s suffrage in the UK – help us to keep alive Derby’s tradition of over 100 years of celebrating International Women’s Day and make it an extra special one inspired by our Suffragette HERstory. IWD Derby is non-profit, organised entirely by a small team of volunteers – by the community for the community. Can you chip in a few quid to help us put on an uplifting inspiring festival? Check out our donor rewards on our crowdfunder page:

Watch a short film about how uplifting our annual event is: 

Vote for us! National Diversity Award


We are delighted to have been nominated for a National Diversity Award in the ‘community organisation – gender’ category.

You can endorse us and leave a comment of support online at:’s day

We are run entirely by busy volunteers, with no paid staff or regular funding and we raise funds all year to make the annual IWD festival happen for Derby. Your support means a lot and we hope our work inspires other cities and towns to put on an IWD celebration too!

We need your feedback


Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us at International Women’s Day Festival, Saturday 11th March 2017 at Derby Market Place & QUAD.
We need your feedback to develop and grow the annual festival and to capture evidence of the impact it makes to secure future funding and sponsorship.
Add your views via our quick online survey at: by 8th April 2017.

We will report the results at our AGM, 7.30pm, Tuesday 9th May at Children First, Leopold Street, Derby – come and join us!

We will also share the highlights via social media.

*** We are delighted to have been nominated for a National Diversity Award *** – and you can add your endorsement to support us at:’s day

Happy IWD Derby!


Join us 10am-4pm on Derby Market Place for free entertainment, family fun, crafts, sports, inspiring workshops and HERstory exhibition.

Here is our magazine with lots of local HERoes and allies sharing their stories, poems and HERstory. We included as much as possible but a fuller online version will come out later this Women’s History Month with more content – you all sent us so much, thank you!