Half-Term Placards & Pom Poms


Join us to make placards celebrating world-changing women like Rosa Parks, Jayaben Desai, Wangari Maathai, bell hooks, Frida Kahlo and pom poms in Suffragette colours – be inspired by their activism – we have FREE family-friendly drop-in sessions on 20th and 23rd February:

iwd spiral arts placard making 2019

Find these events on Facebook: Placards & Pom Poms – Rise Up Sisters Placards & Pom Poms – Rise Up Sisters

Thanks to Rosa UK Woman To Woman Fund and Spiral Arts – Derby

Did you know? The Suffragettes carried names of inspiring women past and present on placards on big processions. We’ll be continuing this tradition at International Women’s Day Derby Festival 2019 – come join our pre-festival drop-in placard-making workshops Placards & Pom Poms – Rise Up Sisters    #WeRiseOnTheShouldersOfGiants #HERstory 

Images: The ‘Famous Women’ Pageant of the Women’s Coronation Procession, London, 17 June 1911. These Suffragettes, dressed as notable women from the past and carrying signs with their names, joined in the march and the rally in the Royal Albert Hall. The characters included writer Charlotte Bronte; Jenny Lind, the most celebrated soprano of her day; Grace Darling, a heroine who rescued survivors from a boat wrecked off the Farne Islands; Mrs Somerville, a science writer and advocate of higher education for women and women’s suffrage, after whom Somerville College, Oxford, is named.


Write for our IWD 2019 mag


Ever wished you could find a women’s or girls’ magazine that was better than the usual stuff on the shelves? And with no air-brushing? Help us create one! A positive alternative magazine by the community, for the community!

We’re inviting supporters – especially women and girls, across Derby & Derbyshire to contribute articles and poems to our International Women’s Day Derby Festival magazine which will be published online and also a printed version at our annual festival on 9th March.

Your writing must be under 300 words with a photo/s or image and relevant to our 2019 theme ‘Rise Up Sisters’ encouraging women and girls into activism and public life and trailblazing in male-dominated sectors and spaces. Deadline 31st January 2019

Click here to submit your writing

We cannot guarantee to print all submissions received but will aim to include as many as we can that are relevant. Non-commercial content is sought e.g. about causes, charities, inspiring women, gender equality, your favourite activist, women in science, girls playing rugby, etc – enjoy writing! #ExpressYouself Our priority is giving space for women and girls in Derby/shire but relevant submissions from allies of all genders welcome, content on intersectional feminism themes and trans inclusion and non-binary identity and men as allies would be lovely to receive too.

International Women’s Day Derby 2019


Derby volunteers have been working hard all year on preparations for the uplifting annual IWD Festival for all the community to enjoy. Come along to Derby Arboretum 12pm-4pm Saturday 9th March 2019 to join the celebrations! Afterwards follow the Estrandosas drummers from the stage to gather and join us on a women’s rights march into town and then onwards to the after-party from 5pm at Derby West Indian Community Association, Trinity Street, with food stalls, entertainment and ‘night market’ then from 6.30pm She Speaks UK hosting a female-led performance night with powerful spoken word, open mic and a ‘reclaim the dancefloor’ disco with female DJ to end the night, closing at 11pm.

IWD Derby is a non-profit group organised by volunteers, with thanks for support from Rosa UK, Big Lottery, Derby City Council, Foundation Derbyshire – Fern Fund and all our partners, performers and stallholders

Download our poster to share & display here

IWD Derby 2019 POSTER A3

#IWD #IWD2019 #InternationalWomensDay #Derby #Women #RiseUpSisters #BalanceforBetter





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: https://derbywomenrise.eventbrite.co.uk

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: https://derbysurroundyarlswood.eventbrite.co.uk/

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:  https://womenamplified.eventbrite.co.uk

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: https://womenamplifiedradiocourse.eventbrite.co.uk

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: https://womensdayderby.wordpress.com/get-involved/
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.