Never forget the Suffragettes


2018 marks 100 years of women’s suffrage in the UK – help us to keep alive Derby’s tradition of over 100 years of celebrating International Women’s Day and make it an extra special one inspired by our Suffragette HERstory. IWD Derby is non-profit, organised entirely by a small team of volunteers – by the community for the community. Can you chip in a few quid to help us put on an uplifting inspiring festival? Check out our donor rewards on our crowdfunder page:

Watch a short film about how uplifting our annual event is: 


Happy International Women’s Day! #IWD2016


IWD 2016 memeWe wish the world a very happy International Women’s Day 2016!

Join our FREE community celebration from 10am-4pm in Derby Market Place with live performances, drumming, dance-alongs, open mic, sports and over 40 stalls, activities, good causes and family fun under a big marquee.

Our inspiring IWD 2016 workshops.doc take place at QUAD and our free crèche kindly provided by Busy Bees Heatherton is hosted by Derby Museum, The Strand.

We are pleased to launch a community-made magazine for the festival which features local HERoes who defy stereotypes including women and girls into science, coding, drumming, fork lift truck driving, football, rugby, running a business, inspiring activism and more – buy a copy for a £1 donation at the festival while stocks last or – Download IWD 2016 Magazine: IWD 2016 mag web

Thank you to all our supporters, volunteers, stallholders, performers and visitors for being a part of our special annual festival!



Book a stall at International Women’s Day Festival Derby!


Be part of Derby’s biggest community event to celebrate women & girls!

You can book a stall at the IWD 2015 festival via this weblink:

The festival hosts a variety of stalls; stallholders at our last event reached over 700 visitors to the IWD festival. Stallholders say that they benefit from being part of the IWD festival by raising awareness, networking with other organisations, engaging the public, fundraising, recruiting staff or volunteers and being associated with a positive event, showing a commitment to gender equality.

As well as the stalls at the festival, there will be celebrations with stereotype-busting performers, workshops, exhibits, activity tasters, family fun and a creche, plus a festival magazine. There will be outdoor stalls and activities on the Market Place as well as some indoor workshops in Cathedral Quarter venues.

The event is free to enter for all the community, including male supporters, to help everyone in Derby & Derbyshire to celebrate and renew efforts towards gender equality.

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

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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.

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!