Sisterhood Party Appeal


Throw a sisterhood party and help us raise funds for an inspiring International Women’s Day Festival in Derby!




Invite your sisters to enjoy a women-only (self-defined)    get together at your place, and ask everyone to donate what they would usually spend on a party or night out. You could make it a themed evening or a coffee and cake morning. A few ideas for your sisterhood party:

* Invite each guest to share their thoughts on “Sisterhood is…”
* Ask each guest to write an example of a kind act of sisterhood to pop in a box, then ask everyone to draw one to read aloud
* Get your friends together to make some food – 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, do henna art
* Have fun making empowerment badges, jewellery or 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? 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, or items for a women’s centre food bank or to sign a petition such as Bring Back Our GirlsNo More Page 3, Mothers on Marriage Certificates

Help us fund Derby’s community-organised festival of women’s rights, HERoes, HERstory, campaigns, arts, crafts, sports, workshops, speakers, wellbeing and more to inspire local women and girls and to highlight campaigns for women and girls worldwide on Saturday 7th March 2015 in the Market Place. Ran entirely by volunteers, we need your help to make it possible. Enjoy your Sisterhood Party! Please contact us to arrange to send in the funds raised, thank you!Maya quote





#womensdayderby festival 2014 in pictures


Over 700 people celebrated at the International Women’s Day Festival Derby 2014 at the Assembly Rooms on Saturday 8th March. Here are a few photos, watch this space for more coming soon! And we’d love to see your photos, too! Also on our facebook page:

women share their recipes women make and archway of flowers No More Page 3 campaign making empowerment dolls empowerment doll women draw self-portraits

IWD Festival Derby 2014 Magazine


Students at Burton & South Derbyshire worked on a project to create a magazine for our International Women’s Day (IWD) Festival 2014. They gained valuable experience working on the design of our posters and magazine, interviewing lots of women involved, creating articles, appealing for article contributions, photography, graphic design and editing. As well as using these technical skills they had an opportunity to learn more about the women’s movement, gender inequalities past and present and to meet some very inspiring women. They have produced and donated a magazine that offers something very different to the usual glossy mags on the shelves.

Printed copies of the magazine have been kindly donated by the college for the festival and you can download a pdf version here: IWD Derby 2014 Magazine.

We wish to thank the students, all the women who contributed and Burton & South Derbyshire College for this project work and contribution to the festival.


International Women’s Day Festival Derby 2014


Join us for this festival planned by the community for the community to celebrate International Women’s Day. Everyone welcome – all genders, all ages. Let’s celebrate women & girls – past, present and future. And let’s raise awareness of campaigns & causes for women & girls across the world, together. IWD 2014 Programme

IWD poster

IWD poster




















Watch a short film trailer for the event on YouTube:
Join us on facebook and invite all your friends to this uplifting day out:

There is a free crèche at this event with thanks to Busy Bees. To book children into the crèche at this festival please contact Busy Bees in advance if possible:
Tel 01332 518888
Or pop by their stall on the day – subject to availability.

Let’s Celebrate! Int’l Women’s Day Festival Derby


Join Derby’s FREE festival to mark International Women’s Day on Saturday 8th March 2014 – come any time from 10am-4pm at the Assembly Rooms – Darwin Suite on the Market Place. Let’s celebrate women of all generations – past, present and future, and raise awareness of ways we can make the lives of women and girls around the world brighter, safer and fairer.

Enjoy inspiring workshops, live entertainment, multicultural arts & crafts, craftivism, science tasters, sports, women’s campaigns & causes, stalls, ‘me time’ in the Red Tent and global foods.

EVERYONE WELCOME – all genders, all ages, in all our diversity, with activities for children and a free crèche.

This event is organised by the community for the community by a non-profit group of volunteers – the event is FREE but we ask you to make a donation if you can. Thank you.

Derby marks Valentine’s V-Day at Speakers’ Corner


Look out for V-Day supporters on 14th February at Speakers’ Corner (waterfall), Market Place, Derby from 12-2pm. Pop by to show support, join in talks, sing-along and lay flowers in memory of lives lost to violence against women & girls:

V-Day is a global movement to end violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that encourages grassroots events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalise the spirit of existing anti-violence organisations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, assault, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery.

Vox Feminarum is also hosting an evening V-Day event in Derby from 7pm in Normanton:

Plans for International Women’s Day Festival Derby


Thanks to everyone who has taken part in our consultations including our survey, social media and open meetings to help shape the festival, which will be on 8th March 2014, 10am-4pm at the Assembly Rooms. It is free entry but donations if you can are vital to our funding.

Here’s a sneak preview of the plans so far:
* The Red Tent – a special women-only space for reflection and celebration with drumming, psychic readings and lots more
* Variety of Workshops
* Science busking
* Arts & crafts including multicultural crafts, banner-making, empowerment dolls & self-portraits
* Stalls including No More Page 3, Vox Feminarum, Soroptimists, Derbyshire Football Association, Derby Co-op Women’s Guild, Positive Birth Movement, Oxfam Derby Campaigns Group, Friends of the Earth Derby, Endometriosis UK, Bralosophy, Spiral Arts, Upbeat Communities
* Performers – a diverse showcase of local talent including women’s and girls’ choirs, protest songs, cultural dance, sports skills & lyricism
* Children’s activities and creche
* Info on local services – education, health, police, council, citizen’s advice
* Foods from around the world
* Festival magazine highlighting local, national and global campaigns for girls and women

Want to be part of it? Contact us to get on the programme!