IWD Event Details


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 https://iwdderby2020.eventbrite.co.uk 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 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, (her father is white British and her mother is an Iranian Muslim, she had both an Islamic upbringing and attended a Catholic school), 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 our website and social media listings.


IWD 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 in our big marquee! FREE entry with performances, stalls, sports, crafts, Human Library, inspiring talks & workshops, food vans, family fun + free creche.

Afterwards at 4pm follow the Estrandosas drummers from the stage to gather and join us on a IWD Derby 2019 March route chants and songs 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 Catie Maxx 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 2019 programme image

Why not take the bus? how to get to derby arboretum by bus

Saturday 10th March 2018: Derby celebrates! International Women’s Day Festival returns on Saturday 10th March 2018, 10am-4pm – Derby Market Place Marquee, followed by a Suffragette Memorial March.

IWD 2018 poster pic

Saturday 11th March 2017: 

International Women’s Day Festival  – Saturday iwd-2017-poster-image11th March 2017, 10am-4pm at the Market Place Marquee, Derby. Our 2017 theme is – ‘Celebrate our HERstory – women making waves’.

Enjoy our HERstory exhibition, Yogabeats Yurt, great music and live performances all day, arts & crafts stalls, sports, charity showcase, inspiring hourly workshops at QUAD, children’s Scallywags Playbus, free Busy Bees crèche, magic table, family fun, streetfood vans, and lots more. Download poster here

Plan your visit, download the programme here


Saturday 5th March 2016:

IWD 2016 posterLive entertainment – stereotype-busting on stage, inspiring speakers, over 40 stalls including local women’s groups and charities, campaigns for women and girls worldwide, liberating and confidence-boosting workshops at QUAD, women’s and girls’ sports, science, arts & crafts, drumming, singing, wellbeing treatments, Mothers’ Day gifts and fun for all the family – our 2016 theme is ‘We Can Do It!’

Download the poster: IWD 2016 official Poster A4

Workshop timetable: IWD 2016 workshops.doc

Download programme (stage & workshops): programme

Everyone welcome – all genders, all ages, all communities together. Busy Bees Heatherton is kindly providing a free crèche (donations welcome) hosted at Derby Museum, The Strand on the day. Call Kelly on 01332 518888 to book crèche places in advance. The Museum is also offering creative family fun on the day.

Saturday 7th March 2015:

Poster IWD Derby 2015














Saturday 8th March 2014:

IWD poster

IWD poster















Saturday 9th March 2013:

The 2013 theme is Create & Innovate! Hosted by Derby City Council at The Council House, Corporation Street, Derby.

Download the 2013 Flyer: IWD 2013 A5 Flyer

Download the 2013 Timetable : IWD 2013 Timetable

Highlights include The Red Tent, inspiring speakers on feminism, women in male-dominated careers, women making a difference in the third sector, science busking, arts & crafts, workshops, stalls, performances and healthchecks. Fun for all the family.

Saturday 10th March 2012: at the Assembly Rooms, Market Place, Derby, DE1 3AH.

Come along for this FREE EVENT inspired by the Olympics.

Download the event flyer: International Womens Day Derby 10 03 2012

Download the programme with timings & details for the free workshops: International Women’s Day Programme 2012

Highlights include –

  • Inspiring Olympic medallist Fiona May will share her story
  • Talks from award-wining entrepreneurs Katrina Atherton of A-star Media & Sharon Roberts of Vision
  • Free workshops to boost your wellbeing & your career!
  • Dale Diva – showchoir winners of Channel 5’s Don’t Stop Believing

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