Choose your virtual workshops for International Women’s Day Derby 2021


You can sign up for a variety of sessions from 5th-8th March spanning HERstory, Healthy Relationships, Black Women Matter, Rebel Women’s Sing-Along, Laughter Yoga, Courageous Conversations Café and more – discover the whole programme below or at: where you can book your ‘donate what you can’ or free (financial hardship) tickets and register any access requirements. There is something for everyone, with an important variety of spaces; some sessions are open to all genders, some are for self-identifying women, some welcome non-binary folx who feel affinity or siblinghood in spaces that centre women’s experiences, some are great for children and young people to participate with an adult – please see each event description on eventbrite for details.

Feminist Friday 5th March >>>

Inspiring content online all day via facebook and social media @WomensDayDerby plus virtual sessions:

11.00am – 12.30pm Let’s Really Listen and Be Heard – online mutual deep listening session; for women/womxn and non-binary folx who feel affinity or siblinghood in spaces that centre women’s experiences; come to a safe space, be listened to, and hear other women’s voices. A different way of being together where every voice counts. An inclusive space, with equal uninterrupted talking time, disrupting inequalities; we are keen to include womxn who facilitate diverse groups, community projects and parents/carers, who often miss out on the chance to be heard. Led by Marguerite, a trainer with Sustaining All Life – invitations to this session have been sent to womxn involved in local community organising and womxn’s charities, who may wish to adopt mutual listening circles or techniques in their groups as well as in day to day life. If this sounds like you, and you would like to take part, please contact us for details

7.00pm – 11.00pm Feminist Friday Virtual Party – in partnership with She Speaks UK, The Maypole & EMBAA (East Midlands Black Arts Associated) & BexStar Entertainment Productions. Headliners include fun-filled social commentary comedian Ishi Khan, local star Kirby who reached the knockout rounds on The Voice UK, poetry slam powerhouse Aoife O-Connor and mighty singer Donna-Briscoe-Greene. We’ve programmed a great night of powerful poets & spoken word, dance, disco, comedy, singers, and performances to celebrate, participate and liberate! Amplifying womxn and girls, with an online audience with supporters of all genders welcome. The first half is family friendly, with an interval and music/disco at 8.30pm and more mature themes after 9pm. Book via

Saturday 6th March: Sisterhood Saturday >>>

11am-12pm Comedy Workshop with Ishi Khan This is a fun online workshop where you can learn tips on how to make your work humorous. We will explore what makes your work funny and how to develop a seemingly simple idea into a humorous piece of writing. Participants are encouraged to bring along the ideas or creations that they would like to add the funny to. These creations can include poetry, prose, sketches, plays, speeches, blogs or even a blank sheet of paper with no idea! Beginners are very welcome. Comedy is great to express yourself, de-stress, boost confidence, engage folks, spread joy and exercise your funny muscles! Women/womxn and girls and non-binary folx who feel affinity or siblinghood in spaces that centre women’s experiences; under 16s can take part with adult supervision. Book via:

11am-4pm Craftivism Exhibited at Derby Arboretum and online via facebook If you take your allowed socially distanced exercise at the beautiful Derby Arboretum, look out for our craftivism created by more than 60 local women/womxn and girls, in partnership with Spiral Arts with thanks to Central England Cooperative; the craftivism will also be displayed in the park throughout March. Please take precautions to cherish everyone’s lives and protect from Corona Virus including social distancing, washing hands, wear masks if possible, and please do not attend if you have symptoms or have been advised to self-isolate, and follow the latest guidelines at:

We will also publish photos & videos of the craftivism online via our facebook page – we’d love to see your photos, artivism and pavement chalking – like the Suffragettes did – wherever you are! You could make a banner, window display, chalk a feminist slogan or take a #ChooseToChallenge selfie (raise a hand showing your palm up to the camera, like a ‘stop’ gesture, or adapt to work for you) #IWD2021

Self-Care Sunday 7th March >>>

11am-9pm FREE Follow our Self-Care Sunday Virtual Trail via Facebook – explore a variety of womxn’s arts & crafts, wellbeing, projects, affirmation gifts & enterprise taking part, plus inspiring online content all day including activities for mindfulness

Book your Donate What You Can / FREE tickets for these wellbeing-boosting online sessions; these session are for women / womxn, self-identifying, and non-binary folx who feel affinity or siblinghood in spaces that centre women’s experiences; children welcome to join with adult supervision – see age guide for each event >>>

10.00am – 10.45am Mindfulness with Pam Sidhu In these trying times taking care of our wellbeing is more important than ever. This 45-minute session will explain mindfulness, what it means, how it works and an opportunity to slow down and try a mindfulness activity. Children 11yrs+ welcome with an adult. Book via:

11.00am – 12.30pm Rebel Women’s Sing-Along – join us to sing uplifting and empowering songs by, and about, inspiring women. Raise your voice! All women are welcome to come and sing for fun, friendship and wellbeing. No singing experience needed, shy singers welcome. Together we’ll sing songs of women’s rebellion and change-making. Girls 8ys+ welcome to join in with adult supervision. With choir leader Jo Lewis. Book via:

1.00pm – 1.30pm Laughter Yoga with Ishi Khan – Let’s laugh those fears away, and enjoy our best Sunday! Join in with some light hearted, uplifting laughter yoga games. In this 30 min laughter yoga session, we are going to release anxieties, nurture our inner laughing champions and be silly because we are worth it! There will be smiling, standing, clapping and laughing. Wear something comfortable and bring some water to chuck at each other, haha not really, you’ll ruin your laptop if you try that! Do bring the water, but let’s drink it. Let’s say yay to fun. It’s our Fun Sunday! Children can take part with an adult. Book via:

2.00pm – 2.45pm Bollywood Dance-Along with Nisha Nath, Surtal Arts – push back the sofa and dance along at home for wellbeing, movement, exercise, expression and joy! Children 5yrs+ welcome to join in with adult supervision. Book via:

3.00pm – 4.30pm Songcrafting Basics for Womxn – start writing your own songs! Pick up some basic songcrafting tools in this fun online workshop with Josephine Lewis & Maria Machin. Girls 11ys+ welcome to join in with adult supervision. Book via:

5.00pm – 6.00pm Self-Care CaféJoin Emma and Sam from ‘Derby Rebel Projects’ on this special ‘International Women’s Day’ Self-Care Café where we will take you on a journey to help you unwind, relax and have fun, you deserve it! With creative relaxation and meditation activities on offer. Book via:

Monday 8th March: Official International Women’s Day (IWD) – Derby joins the global celebrations! >>>

11am-9pm FREE Follow our Virtual Trail via Facebook – explore a variety of organisations, local agencies, women’s charities, projects & enterprise taking part, plus inspiring online content all day. Join the global conversation online with #ChooseToChallenge

A day of Courageous Conversations – book your FREE / Donate What You Can tickets for these inspiring online sessions >>>

Thanks to Derby City Council for funding BSL Interpreters for these virtual events on 8th March

11am-12pm Let’s Talk Healthy Relationships with Relate Derby  Good quality relationships are vital for our mental health, physical health and well-being so join us to discuss this important subject together. Add your thoughts to the conversation on spotting the signs of unhealthy controlling behaviours and boundaries for self-respect. Women/womxn & Girls 11yrs+ welcome with an adult. Book via:

1pm – 2.30pm Anonymous was a woman – where is Derby’s HERstory? Whilst famous men from the city’s past such as Wright, Strutt, Curzon, Royce and Clough are celebrated in the city’s naming of streets, buildings and exhibitions, what is known of the women who made an impact? Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s famous quote ‘for most of history, anonymous was a woman’, this panel will discuss the local women overlooked by the history books. With Sonya Robotham – Vox Feminarum & Deeds Not Words Towards Liberation, Laura Phillips – Head of Interpretation & Display at Derby Museums and Vanessa Boon – IWD Derby, uncovering over100 years of local HERstory, with Q&A. Who for? All genders welcome; children 11yrs+ with adult supervision. Book via

4.30pm-6.30pm: Courageous Conversations Café – drop in any time for as much or little as you like, maybe with a cuppa? Join us with the questions you feel we need to discuss this International Women’s Day #ChooseToChallenge – gender inequalities, women’s lives during the pandemic, objectification, consent, violence against women, detention of women, intersectional feminism, far right attempts to hijack women’s issues, women rising up around the world, the injustices and the actions we can all take including social media action during this session together… and whatever else you want to talk about! Come share & plug your womxn’s/girls’ projects too. Facilitated by Vanessa Boon. Who for?: Women/womxn and non-binary folx who feel affinity or siblinghood in spaces that centre women’s experiences and girls 11yrs+ (some mature and challenging themes will be discussed – you know your kids best) Book via

7pm – 8.30pm Hidden Figures – Black Women Matter – join us for an inspiring online panel discussion with the women of Derby’s Black Community Matters Committee, co-creators of the Black Lives Matter Derby Manifesto, and guests, sharing experiences of being hidden figures, the heroes who encouraged them to step forwards and rising up to create change, with Q&A. Who for? Women/womxn of all ethnicities and non-binary folx who feel affinity or siblinghood in spaces that centre women’s experiences; children 11yrs+ with adult supervision. Book via

Get crafty this February


FREE February online sessions: Get your craftivism on ready for International Women’s Day!

Free creative zoom sessions with Spiral Arts to make an A5 mini banner with fabrics and radical cross stitch messages, feminist slogans and affirmations for International Women’s Day. If you are interested in joining us please email to book a place. The dates for the workshops are –

Thursday 4 Feb, 10.30am-12.30pm

Monday 8 Feb, 1pm-3pm

Wednesday 10 Feb, 7pm-8.30pm

Let know us know by e-mail which date/s you would like to join and your postal address. We will send out material packs and stamped addressed envelopes. Please return them so we can exhibit the banners in Derby Arboretum for the IWD Artivism Trail on Sat 6 March as part of the festival – the messages will inspire people taking exercise in the park and we’ll share photos and film footage from the day online too.

Craftivism is a gentle and thought provoking form of expression and activism with benefits to wellbeing, creative energy, shared experience and reduced loneliness.

We are looking forward to being creative together! 

Create online content for Women’s Day!


Ever wished you could find a feminist film, inspiring local women’s stories or a women’s or girls’ magazine that was better than the usual stuff on the shelves? And with no air-brushing? Help us create content!

We’re inviting supporters – especially women and girls, across Derby & Derbyshire to contribute to our International Women’s Day Derby Festival online content which we’ll be posting throughout 5th-8th March 2021.

Send us your videos, animations, articles, podcasts, songs, poems, photos, weblinks, etc relevant to International Women’s Day, women’s and girls’ rights and/or our theme Courageous Conversations #choosetochallenge #ChooseToChallenge by e-mail to by Deadline 31st January 2021

We’re hoping for perception-changing action shots – we’d love to showcase short films/podcasts (up to 5 minutes), articles (maximum 300 words) & images of women and girls riding bikes, digging allotments, running projects, leading marches, using a megaphone, in a science lab, painting a canvas, skateboarding, playing electric guitar, climbing, running a meeting, playing rugby, drumming, expressing powerful poetry, speaking up. We’d also like to show women making a difference during the pandemic – as keyworkers, organising food banks, home schooling, running community projects and entertaining folks online or gigs from the front window for your neighbours, or how you have kept going – let’s document women’s amazing efforts through this difficult time.

We cannot guarantee to publish all submissions received but will aim to include as many as we can that are relevant. Non-commercial content is preferred, but a story of how a woman started her enterprise is welcome, plus content about causes, charities, inspiring women’s life stories, women’s eco campaigns & community projects, your favourite activist/inspiring woman, women in science, feminism, etc – enjoy! #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 experiences and men as allies would be lovely to receive too 

You content must be respectful, non-discriminatory and must be your own work and you must not breach copyright with the text or images submitted and if you feature images or film of anyone else you must have their permission to pass it to us to publish on the internet.

Thank you!

Derby gets ready to celebrate International Women’s Day 2021


A variety of virtual workshops, facebook trails, artivism exhibits at Derby Arboretum, podcasts, videos and Courageous Conversations make up this year’s programme spanning Friday 5th – Monday 8th March 2021 embracing the theme #choosetochallenge

Free online content 5th-8th March including videos, live streaming, panels, poetry & more mainly via plus content on YouTube and our website and join the conversation on Twitter

Feminist Friday 5th March: She Speaks – Powerful poets & performances online with She Speaks UK & The Maypole

Sisterhood Saturday 6th March: Artivism Exhibiting our community-made artivism in partnership with Spiral Arts & Central England Co-operative, addressing women’s and girls’ rights, pavement chalking & #ChooseToChallenge pics at Derby Arboretum whilst enjoying a stroll, fresh air and social distancing [please note the latest Government Covid 19 safety guidelines] plus inspiring online content

Self-Care Sunday 7th March: Virtual trail via @WomensDayDerby on Facebook and wellbeing workshops online including Rebel Women’s Sing-Along, Creative express to de-stress session, Meditations, Mindfulness, Bollywood Dance-along, Song Writing & more

Official International Women’s Day Monday 8th March: Courageous Conversations online panels & virtual stalls trail via @WomensDayDerby on Facebook. Topics include – HERstory: Anonymous was a woman with Derby Museums & Vox Feminarum uncovering the stories of lesser known local women who made a difference and why women are missing from history exhibitions and a new project to change this; Healthy Relationships with Relate Derby; Feminists v. Fascism; Intersectional Feminism; Allies: Brothers Beside Us?; Hidden Figures panel with Derby’s Black Community Matters Committee and Women’s Lives During The Pandemic.

Pre-bookable zoom workshops will appear on our eventbrite page soon – most sessions are free, low priced, pay what you can, or donations appreciated to support our non-profit volunteer-run festival, thank you.

[Image transcription: International Women’s Day Festival Derby 2021, 5th-8th March: text:
Feminist Friday 5th: Powerful poets & performances online with She Speaks UK & The Maypole
Sisterhood Saturday 6th: Exhibiting artivism, pavement chalking & #ChooseToChallenge pics
at Derby Arboretum whilst social distancing plus inspiring online content
Self-Care Sunday 7th: Virtual trail and wellbeing workshops online
Official IWD Monday 8th: Courageous Conversations online panels & virtual stalls trail
Follow facebook & social media for details @WomensDayDerby
Book e-workshops via IWD Derby on eventbrite
with images of diverse women, of many cultures, ages, LGBTQ+, Disabled, joining together, supporting, celebrating, protesting, raising fists]

International Women’s Day Derby 2021

save the dates 5th-6th March 2021. Images of diverse women celebrating, supporting each other, holding placards

Save the dates! We’re planning an informative, inspiring programme for International Women’s Day Derby and the 2021 theme is Courageous Conversations
follow @WomensDayDerby on social media for more info and opportunities to be part of it >>>
#genderequality #IWD #InternationalWomensDay #Derby #Derbyshire #EndSexism #courageousconversations

Our Rebel Women’s Choir is back!


Join our free singing sessions with IWD Derby Rebel Women’s Choir! We’ll sing uplifting songs that celebrate diverse inspiring women in our fun, friendly, empowering sessions.

No singing experience needed, no need to read music, no auditions, no judgement. It’s not the notes you sing, it’s the joy you bring!

This is a series of 5 sessions. It’s okay if you can’t attend all 5. Dates for your diary:
Sat 29th Aug
Sat 5th Sept
Sat 12th Sept
Sat 19th Sept
Sat 3rd Oct

Sessions are hosted on Zoom, where you’ll be able to sing along with Jo, our session leader.

You’ll need to pre-register to attend. Please email your name and any questions and any access needs to

The sessions are for women (self-defining) and girls over 7 years. For safeguarding, we ask that you attend with your child, as we are unable to host unaccompanied children. We ask all attendees to be mindful if children are present. Any person behaving inappropriately would be removed from the Zoom meeting.

This session has been kindly funded by Foundation Derbyshire. Donations (optional) are very much welcomed and will help us continue to fund future sessions. Don’t be put off attending if you can’t donate – we want your voice!
About the session leader:

Jo Lewis is a songwriter, musician, and poet.

Jo (she/ her) leads songwriting workshops. She also works as a children’s music tutor, workshops facilitator (music, writing and theatre), and as the community choir leader of IWD Derby Rebel Women’s Choir. She has facilitated singing and noise-making workshops to enable women to raise their voices in activism.

She has contributed to an anthology of women’s writing entitled ‘Talk About Change: Writing As Resistance’ and has previously been active as part of the collective She Speaks UK.

Jo holds a BA in Popular Music with Music Technology.

Helplines & foodbanks during lockdown


We want to share some useful helplines & support groups from foodbanks to mental health helplines during lockdown

We recognise that these are trying times, especially for those for whom a ‘stay at home’ policy is not safe. The government has confirmed that domestic abuse victims are permitted to leave home to escape their partners/abusers or to ask for help during the Corona virus lockdown.

Get help from the National Domestic Abuse helpline:
0800 970 2070 Text: NCDV to 60777

Relate Derby and Southern Derbyshire offers phone/webcam counselling and useful self-help tools and support online at:

Calling the police whilst a perpetrator could hear you: The Silent Solution 999 – is a system for victims of domestic abuse who are scared to be overheard calling emergency services. When somebody calls 999, an operator asks which emergency service is required. If the caller is unable to speak to the operator, the call will be forwarded to an operating system. If the caller presses 55, the system will detect this and transfer the call to the relevant police force as an emergency.

Other useful helplines:
Childline: 0800 1111
Samaritans – there to listen whatever is troubling your mind: 116 123
Domestic Violence Hotline: 0808 2000 247
La Leche League: 0345 1202918 (for mums/parents struggling to get formula milk)
Mind mental health support: 0300 123 3393
Age UK: 0800 169 6565

Derby Covid Community Response Hub – matching volunteers and people who need support, including food supplies
Call 01332 640000   e-mail

Derby Crisis Response Call 0300 302 1944 (community collaboration with local businesses offering free food deliveries, isolation support and guidance)
Back the Appeal:

Derby COVID-19 Mutual Aid group exchanging requests and offers of help among the community

The Mandela Community Centre is running a foodbank and other initiatives to help

Dial 18001 first, followed by any telephone number, for Text Relay; many of these organisations also have websites with messenger chat options and online support groups

IWD Survey – we want your feedback!


Hi everyone, we hope you are staying safe and well in these trying times. We hope you enjoy reflecting on good memories from our International Women’s Day celebration  – there are some great films and photos on our facebook page.

We want your feedback on the event via our quick e-survey: 

Whether you marched, visited, spoke, performed or volunteered your feedback is needed to help us evaluate, apply for funding and plan IWD 2021 – a day to look forward to. Thanks for being part of the uplifting celebrations!



Image: Collage of photos of the International Women’s Day Derby 2020 marchers, speakers, Rebel Women’s Choir, poets

Help us raise £2020 for 2020


We’re crowdfunding for an inspiring International Women’s Day Derby 2020 – with your help we can put on an inspiring showcase of trailblazing women’s stories with a #ShePersisted Speak-Up event, women’s rights march & rally and empowering magazine to help more local women and girls unleash their inner change-maker!

You can donate here as an individual, you can raise funds for us e.g. by throwing a Sisterhood Party or coffee morning,  or pledge as an organistaion, with a sponsorship package available showing your support for women’s equality; your backing will enable more women and girls to feel like this:
“Inspired”  “Empowering”  “Uplifted”  “Highlight of my year”

“Enriched and saw my youngest daughter flourish!” 

“I’ve been inspired, supported and encouraged to try new activities and learned so much about so many inspirational and determined women”

“Thanks to the amazing free creche facilities I was able to stay all day knowing my daughter was safe and happy. She loved her day at Quad and taking part in the Suffragette march and singing”

“Gender inequality is insidious and continues today despite protestations that it’s no longer so much of a problem. Events like IWD Derby help claim a space to proactively engage with gender equality in a positive way” 

“Uplifting atmosphere, it was buzzing with women’s causes, diversity, celebration and a good mix of fun entertainment and powerful inspiring messages and workshops too. The march carrying HERoes from HERstory placards was especially powerful”


International Women’s Day Derby 2020


Derby is getting ready to celebrate International Women’s Day on Saturday 7th March 2020. The celebrations, organised by volunteers, begin with a Women’s Rights March & Rally followed by an inspiring #ShePersisted Speak-Up event and various activities at QUAD – you can help us make it all happen by backing our Crowdfunder campaign here

IWD 2020 online pic

10.30am Saturday 7th March Women’s Rights March & Rally: Gather by the Waterfall, Derby Market Place,  with your banners and join in a warm-up of  chants and protest songs. You might like to wear Suffragette colours – purple, green & white too. The March will proceed at 11am onto Sadler Gate, The Strand, St James Street, Cornmarket, pausing outside the Council House Corporation Street then returning to the The Waterfall, Speakers’ Corner, Market Place for rally & speeches. All genders welcome; all supporters welcome to join in; the route is accessible for wheelchair users and is family-friendly.

This will be followed by a variety of events at QUAD, Derby Market Place, including an inspiring #ShePersisted Speak-Up a ticketed event, with free creche, book via free tickets have also been gifted to women supported by local charities. BSL Interpreters will be provided with thanks to Derby City Council.

Also at QUAD will be a free IWD-themed family crafts drop-in participation space, a coding workshop for girls (pre-book £5 via QUAD Box Office) and free art gallery exhibition by feminist artist Anna Bunting-Branch.

IWD Derby #ShePersisted Speak-Up at QUAD programme Saturday 7th March:

12:00pm IWD Derby Exhibition, The Box, QUAD browse exhibitor stalls including inspiring local women’s charities, projects and local HERstory including the Suffragettes in our city; there is also time to enjoy refreshments from QUAD Bar & Cafe

12.45pm Songs by Uke Songstress Sue Warren, Cinema Two, QUAD                      1:00pm #ShePersisted Speak Up starts – Cinema Two, QUAD
1pm Welcome by MC Sue Warren
1:05pm IWD speeches by the IWD Derby Chair Vanessa Boon & Volunteer Team
1:30pm Discovering Local HERstory – Sonya Robotham, Vox Feminarum presents the findings of the Deeds Not Words Towards Liberation project uncovering the hidden history of over 100 years of women’s activism in Derby & Derbyshire
2:00pm Eco Warrior Women: talk by ‘Queen of Green’ Penney Poyzer-Schalom multi award winning eco campaigner, pioneer & TV Presenter. Co-owner of the UK’s first eco-upcycle retrofit of a Victorian home + panel discussion with local eco activists including Extinction Rebellion, with audience Q&A
2:40pm She Speaks – art is our liberation – powerful poets & spoken word artists 3:00pm Break – browse stalls in The Box, refreshments available from QUAD Bar / Café  3:30pm Women Rising Up To Resist Hate inspiring anti-oppression campaigners share their experience, highlight current issues and what we can all do to resist the hate and division stirred up by the far-right, ‘hostile environment’ policies & the media , with Q&A
4:00pm Inspiring Talk by Sarah Maple, Feminist Artist award winning visual artist known for her bold, brave, mischievous and questioning artworks that challenge traditionally accepted notions of identity, gender, religion and the status quo. Much of Maple’s inspiration originates from her mixed religious and cultural upbringing, with works that explore what it means be a woman and a Muslim in 21st century Britain. Her artwork, film and performances have been exhibited internationally at galleries and institutions including Tate Britain, Golden Thread Gallery and Tallin Art Hall. Recent commissions include The Baltic, Nottingham New Art Exchange and Sky Arts.         4:30pm IWD Derby Rebel Women’s Choir songs celebrating world-changing women, with an uplifting sing-along, led by choir leader Jo Lewis
5:00pm 20 in 20 for 2020 Twenty trailblazer 1-minute messages from local women & girls creating change spanning engineering, politics, art, sports and activism
5.25 IWD Derby Team Closing Thoughts & Thanks
5:30 #ShePersisted Speak Up ends – Power to the women, Power to the girls!
Time to browse stalls in The Box, mingle, reflect and enjoy refreshments

Make a night of it! QUAD will also host a Feminist Film Screening in the evening – tickets available from QUAD Box Office.
***Derby Celebrates*** We are also encouraging and promoting a range of IWD & Women’s HERstory Month events hosted by other groups and venues across Derby – send us your event details to be added to the list:

IWD dance events at Deda: Double Bill of Female Choreographers, Thursday 5th March: Two talented choreographers will present work that explores themes of empowerment, relationships and the defiant image of femininity in a gripping double bill of performances.Book via Deda

A Hidden History of Women in Art: From the Renaissance to the enlightenment. Learn about incredible women in art. Talk by Sue Arguile at Derby Museum, 11am-12pm Saturday 7th March. From the Renaissance onwards, artists became celebrities. Names such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt and our very own Joseph Wright are familiar to us all, but what about their female contemporaries? Why do we not know their names and why is their work less celebrated? More recent artists such as Frida Kahlo and Tracy Emin have gained recognition, but their predecessors are still hidden in the shadows of history. This talk will introduce some of these brilliant women and their work. Suitable for young people and adults. Booking essential.

Women as Nation Builders Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association is organising their 5th Interfaith Event at the Multifaith Center at the University of Derby on the 7th March 2020 11.30am-2pm. This event is to celebrate International Women’s day and to stand in Solidarity against all forms of Hate. The event is a Women’s only event on the theme, “Women as Nation Builders”.

Derby Cycling Group & Breeze women’s bike ride Sunday 8th March

Women’s HERstory Month events throughout March – see Vox Feminarum facebook page for details

STAND UP! Open Exhibition Artcore Gallery Derby, 5th to 28th March 2020 STAND UP! invites artists from across the world to explore and celebrate International Women’s Day. STAND UP! will investigate the role of women in the arts, and their huge impact on the cultural fabric of contemporary society. It will be a platform for artists to re-imagine citizenship, identity and women’s labour with a view to informing new visions for the future, in testing times. Artist Submission deadline 17th Feb