Could you be in our Talent Showcase 2013?


We are seeking creative women and girls from Derbyshire to perform at our International Women’s Day event on Saturday 9th March 2013. We want to inspire everyone at the event by showcasing diverse talent across all age groups and communities. 

  • Are you a soloist singer or musician?
  • Or in a dance troupe?
  • In a drumming circle?
  • Do you run a cultural arts group?
  • Make your own music?
  • Perform with audience participation or community singing?
  • Can you give a demonstration of martial arts, ‘stomp style’, magic, gymnastics or other skills?
  • Can you bring something fresh and new?

We want to put on an inspiring show reflecting the diversity, creativity and innovation of Derbyshire – please see the ‘contact us’ page and tell us about what you could do at our 2013 event to inspire hundreds of girls and women and male supporters too!


International Men’s Day – Helpers Wanted


Our International Women’s Day planning committee is pleased to support a new group of volunteers planning an event to mark International Men’s Day in Derby.

International Men’s Day is an annual global event in November.
This is an opportunity to highlight positive male role models and to tackle some of the issues affecting boys and men. For example –
 Boys make up 80% of pupils permanently excluded from school
 Less than 50% of boys achieve five A*-C grades at GCSE
 By age 15 only 50% of boys are getting enough exercise
 Boys have very little access to male school nurses, 99% are female
 50% of sufferers of anorexia nervosa are boys, but eating disorder publicity is more geared towards girls
 Sexual health: Over the last 10 years levels of genital Chlamydia have risen by 508% and genital herpes by 52% in teenage boys; nearly one in three sexually-active 15-year-olds do not use condoms
 1 in 6 men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime
 Men still have a lower life expectancy than women (77, compared with 81)
 Under the age of 50 men use GP services half as much as women, often leading to late diagnosis; over 50 there are twice as many hospital admissions among men
 Men are less likely to seek help with depression, more men become missing persons and men have a higher rate of suicide
 Men take risks with their health: Two in five (39%) drink too much. More than one in four (28%) smoke, one in three younger men (35%) use illegal drugs and men are less likely to protect their skin by wearing sun cream and less likely to wear car seat belts
 40% of fathers say they don’t spend enough time with their children
 2 in 5 men fear that asking for flexible working arrangements would damage their reputation and promotion chances at work
(Sources: Ofsted, Men’s Health Forum & Fatherhood Institute)

To get involved in planning International Men’s Day in Derby or for more info please contact Steve by e-mail:

or Pam at Derby City Council:

More info on the global celebration of Int Men’s Day can be found on this website:

Help us plan IWD 2013


We have begun planning meetings for International Women’s Day 2013 and we want to know what sort of activities, taster sessions, performances, info stalls, speakers, etc you would like to enjoy at the event – please contact us with your ideas!

You can also volunteer to help in the planning and support the event to run smoothly on the big day on 9th March 2013 – here are the dates for your diary if you wish to attend our planning meetings:

25 June 2012
23 July 2012
10 September 2012
29 October 2012
26 November 2012
17 December 2012
21 January 2013
11 February 2013
25 February 2013
4 March 2013
All meetings will start at 10am until 12.30pm in Derby city centre.
Please contact us if you would like to attend so that we can send you an agenda, venue details, etc and know the numbers for refreshments.