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: 


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!

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!



16 Days of Activism to end VAWG


We’re proud to support our local VAWG Forum led by Vox Feminarum and partners with a programme of community workshops, talks and a rally to end all forms of violence against women and girls worldwide.

The 16 Days campaign is global and runs from 25th November to 10th December.

The programme for Derby can be found online at:

We are facilitating two of the events – Brothers Beside Us on 3rd December at SV2 exploring inspiring actions men can take to end violence and Grooming of Girls in Derby together with Safe and Sound on 6th December to educate about the signs and effects of grooming and how to stop it, at the Mandela Centre.

Join in and follow news on facebook: 

Orange appeal for 16 days to end VAWG

Go orange for 16 days to end VAWG

Suffragette film and talk – Fri 16th October


Derby’s hidden HERstory – do you know about Derby’s Suffragette connections?
Join us at 6pm Friday 16th October 2015 at Quad for a special screening of the new film Suffragette followed by an inspiring post-film talk.

image of suffragette movieLocal HERstorian Rosa Straw, of Culture Train, will reveal some of the unsung HERoes of women’s suffrage and activism in Derby & Derbyshire, bringing a local flavour and celebrating the women who blazed a trail for us to follow and build upon today.

Suffragette-inspired goodies in purple, green and white will be on sale on the night, plus donation tins for the talk, to raise funds for our city’s International Women’s Day community festival next March.

All genders welcome. Film certificate 12A.
Film runs 6pm-8pm followed by talk ending by 8.45pm
Book your film tickets via Quad Box Office on 01332 290 606
or online at:

With thanks to Quad for hosting.
With thanks to Rosa Straw, Culture Train, for presenting:

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


 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!”