“Inspiring” International Women’s Day Derby – why we do it

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 Just some of the feedback on our annual festival to celebrate International Women’s Day in Derby each March, organised entirely by volunteers – by the community for the community:

“Inspiring and motivational”

“This event had a brilliant effect on my mental health – I left feeling happier and more energetic than I had in a long time. It brought to my awareness just how many creative, inspiring, supportive women there are in my area and it was important for us all to come together to build our community”

“This event was SO important in not only celebrating inspiring women, but to highlight how important it is to make a noise about issues women are STILL facing”

“Buzzing, diverse, important”

“My daughter who is 3 found the confidence to sing on the stage by herself. I want her to keep hold of that confidence by celebrating women’s achievements”

“I used to look up to pop stars but now I think my mum is actually really inspiring”

“It inspired my daughters about their careers, choices and gave them a chance to see what other women of the world experience”

“It was great to see the variety of info and activities available, especially the boxing and football where female participation is not really covered as much in the media as their male counterparts. I come every year and always go away feeling positive about the future, but also aware of the ongoing challenges that women and girls face”

“Giving us an opportunity to showcase our work and life”

“Informative, empowering, entertaining”

“Inspired by the No More Page 3 speaker. I had my 7 year old daughter with me and it really made me think”

“This event opened new opportunities for collaborative business and gave me confidence to take the next steps”

“Celebrating solidarity of women and organisations doing impactful work in Derbyshire”

“I would now think more about what images of women we use in the media industry”

“Inspiring women to join together and try new things”

“Really empowering to be a part of”

“The buzzing atmosphere, performers and seeing people from different cultures”

“The fact that women are celebrated”

“It’s made me re-evaluate my role models”

“The event showed the diverse contribution made by women in society outside the usual boxes”

“It’s been very eye-opening, especially the gender statistics”

“IWD has inspired me to stand for what is right and send out the message that sexism is NOT okay!”

“It can make a difference to so many women eg the support and information for so many women who are victims of abuse. It was an uplifting fun day with a mix of things going on. The day made me feel proud to be involved”

“I felt uplifted by the day. It was an incredible celebration and reminder of the women who fought for the rights we enjoy today. I feel inspired to do more to support campaigns for women and girls worldwide”

“This event helped me to kick-start a project, painting female heroes and role models”

“Absolutely amazing for all genders and ages!”

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