Derby celebrates Int’l Women’s Day 2017


Derby’s celebrations of IWD and Women’s History Month this March are organised entirely by local volunteers for the community.

Dates for your diary:

HERstory Exhibition launch – 100 years of IWD Derby/shire at Derby Museum & Art Gallery, Saturday 4th March. FREE. Drop-in viewing and Suffragette-inspired crafts 11am-4pm. Join us at 2pm for a special talk and film screening including Derby women’s recorded memories and meet some of the volunteers who researched our HERstory.

Derby & Derbyshire Inspirational Women Awards organised by Vox Feminarum – an evening of entertainment and awards ceremony on Saturday 4th March – reserve your place/s on the link above. We are delighted that two of our volunteers are shortlisted for individual awards and we are shortlisted for the Team Award too.

International Women’s Day Festival, Saturday 11th March 2017, 10am-4pm at Derby Market Place and QUAD. FREE entry – all supporters welcome – all genders, all ages with fun for all the family. Attractions include live performances all day, Yoga Yurt, Children’s Playbus, arts & crafts, stalls, sports, charities, free Busy Bees crèche, streetfood vans and inspiring hourly workshops at QUAD.  Download poster here

Women’s History Month – look out for events throughout March via Vox Feminarum Derby People’s Diary and the University of Derby

Sing with us!


Join us for singing and sisterhood! We are excited to launch our IWD Normanton Women’s Choir, thanks to University logoUniversity of Derby Community Fund, starting on Monday with six singing sessions with choir leaders Beth de Lange and Jo Lewis, plus a special performance at the International Women’s Day Festival.

No singing experience needed – shy singers welcome – come and try something uplifting for 2017!

IWD Normanton Women’s Choir –
Dates for your diary:
Monday afternoons 12.30pm-2.30pm at The Mandela Community Centre, 179-181 Peartree Road –
23rd January
30th January
6th February
(Half-term break so no choir on 13th February)
20th February
27th February
6th March
And performance at International Women’s Day Festival Derby 2017 on Saturday 11th March.

The choir is FREE to make it accessible to all (but a £2 donation would be appreciated if you can).

We are especially keen to involve women from Normanton but women from across Derby & Derbyshire are welcome – let’s raise our voices together!

Singing in a group can lift your spirits, improve wellbeing, boost confidence and bring new fun and friendships.

Choir leaders Beth De Lange and Jo Lewis will teach us songs from around the world and from our #HERstory – we look forward to singing with you!

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Draw for us! Funky festival fundraising


Get creative to raise funds for Derby’s annual International Women’s Day Festival: we are launching a RedBubble account where anyone can buy items like t-shirts, mugs, greetings cards, tote bags, etc printed with our logo and donated creative designs. Sales will help us to raise funds for our community festival.

Whether you’re a six-year-old Riot Grrrl, Girl Guide group, a professional artist or you enjoy being creative as a hobby we’d love to add your donated designs to our fundraising collection. We’re keen to see feminist art, inspiring words, Happy International Women’s Day greetings and empowering messages in your designs. Our Suffragette-inspired colours purple, green and white should feature too. It must be your own creation and you must not breach copyright rules.

Remember to include your name on your image; pro artists may wish to include ‘Gift Art By…’ and details of you & your art website / studio etc.

You can send us your artwork by e-mail to – for large files please use WeTransfer to send us your artwork. Send us some info about you and your design – we’d like to include your name as the artist next to your design on the website.

The technical bit: designs need to be a PNG file (scanned artwork is ok), 13500×11462 pixels, sRGB colour profile, allow for bleed margin – nothing too close to the edges of your design, below 300Mb file size, for printing.

Contact us with any questions. Thanks for your support!

Throw a Sisterhood Party for us!


Throw a #SisterhoodParty and help us raise funds for an inspiring sis5International Women’s Day Festival for all the community in Derby!

Invite the women in your life to enjoy a get together at your place, and ask everyone to donate what they would usually spend on a treat, party or night out. You could make it a themed evening or a coffee and cake morning – whatever works for you.

sisHere’s a few ideas for your sisterhood party:

* Invite each guest to share their thoughts on “Sisterhood is…” e.g. on a paper tablecloth, or hang notes from a tree or peg them on a string
* Ask each guest to write an anonymous example of a kind act of sisterhood to pop in a box, then ask everyone to draw one to read aloud
* Sit in a circle and ask each woman to take a turn giving a genuine compliment to the woman on her right and the recipient simply says ‘thank you’ to receive this gift of praise
* Get your friends together to make some food – bring and share recipes that remind you of an inspiring woman
* Invite each sister to choose sisterhood-themed songs for the playlist
* Ask any creative sisters to sing, share a talent, teach a craft, read a poem, lead a meditation/visualisation, tell their story
* Make empowerment badges, gratitude jars, or feminist bunting
* Invite everyone to light a candle for a special woman or girl
* Have a sing-along of women’s empowerment or protest songs
* How about feminist party games? Women’s HERstory quiz?Feminist Pictionary? Smash the patriarchy piñata, anyone?!
* Offer stereotype-busting games and toys for children if they are coming along
* Ask each sister to recommend inspiring women’s books, films and stories
* Enjoy music and dancing together
* Consider an act of sisterhood such as inviting guests to bring pre-loved clothes to donate to a women’s charity such as Women’s Work, or items for a food bank or make up Welcome Boxes for women refugees arriving into Derby which Upbeat Communities can deliver.

Enjoy your Sisterhood Party!

Please contact us to arrange to send in the funds raised to our Co-operative Bank Account, or you can send us a cheque made payable to ‘IWD Derby’ – thank you! quote

Upcoming Events


Our #HERstory project continues uncovering the history of International Women’s Day on Saturday 17th September 2016 at Derby City Council House. Join us to add your ideas, help research, browse Council archives and add your memories to our exhibition.

Take some ‘me time’ at our fundraising women’s Pampering Day on Saturday 24th September, 11am-3pm at the MultiFaith Centre, University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby – children welcome – activities include facepainting & crafts #SelfCare #SelfLove

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Open IWD Planning Meeting, 7pm Tuesday 4th October 2016 at Children First, 13 Leopold Street, Derby – new supporters welcome – come along to add your ideas to our plans for International Women’s Day Festival 2017!

Our HERstory workshop – 10.30am-3pm Saturday 26th November 2016 at Vox Feminarum, Mandela Community Centre, Peartree Road, Derby – women and children join us to add photos, memories and research to our timeline & exhibition. Use a H2 Zoom to record interviews and soundbites and make something creative for the exhibition. #HERstory #OralHistories

More HERstory workshops coming soon – follow our project webpage for details

International Women’s Day Festival 2017 – date for your diary: Saturday 11th March 2017 at the Market Place, Derby. The theme will be ‘Celebrate our HERstory – women making waves’.

Become a HERstory Detective


Join in our HERstory project uncovering 100 years of International Women’s Day in Derby.

We are visiting the Local Studies Library and partner organisations that have planned and celebrated International Women’s Day events in the city over the years to research the archives and record memories to create an exhibition.

Volunteer at our community workshops and gain experience in interviewing, recording oral histories, research, heritage and exhibition skills, plus free lunch and expenses provided.

Visit the project webpage to get involved, see the dates of all upcoming workshops and add to our collection:

IWD HLF workshop Aug 16

Heritage Lottery Fund helps us uncover Derby HERstory


Our HERstory is a project led by International Women’s Day Derby in partnership with Culture Train supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

International Women’s Day has been celebrated around the world for over 100 years. Heritage Lottery Fund logoWe want to discover Derby’s story, so during 2016-2017 we’ll be busy finding out…
How long has International Women’s Day been celebrated in our city?
Who went to the events?
Who organised the events?
How did they raise the money? And other questions…

We have some enticing historical clues including links to the Suffragettes, Derby Silk Mill Lock Out and Women Against Pit Closures in the 80s – can you help us with any historical knowledge of IWD in Derby?

We are launching our HERstory in the Attic Appeal – we want photos, newspaper clippings, details of organising meetings and anything else relating to the history of International Women’s Day Derby!

We will then be working up until the IWD Derby Festival 2017 to record interviews with women who have been involved, collect research, create exhibitions, build a Derby timeline and more. Find out how you can get involved via our monthly Community Workshops.

Help us celebrate the contribution of the women who went before us.

Find out more at our project website:

IWD Heritage workshops flyer