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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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!



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:

Derby Women on a Mission


Each member of our committee is ‪#‎onamission‬ to raise £100 each by the end of December to help fund our inspiring 2016 festival – going strong so far! Ruth cooked up a tasty meal at Derby People’s Kitchen raising £75 and is planning a fab gig night on 18th September, Viv hosted a coffee morning with the best lemon cake ever raising £110 and Nilam and Vanessa ran a stall and face painting at Alvaston Park raising £100 for us plus £50 for our friends at Children First who kindly help us out with meeting space. Fatimah is planning a Curry Night on 21st August and Amanda is throwing a Sisterhood Party with clothes swap on 26th September. Vanessa is hosting a Sisterhood Party in November. Thanks to everyone who is supporting our fundraisers and all our volunteers who are #makingithappen

Maybe you’d like to throw a sisterhood party to help us raise funds too? Contact us for more info

See our facebook page for upcoming fundraisers and events

Today we celebrate!


Join us in the Market Place, Derby for a free festival from 10am-4pm with live entertainment, family fun, sports, science, arts & crafts, opportunities, inspiring women and great causes to make a difference.

We are also sharing our IWD Derby Magazine 2015 for the festival – thank you to all the local women who kindly shared their stories of making a difference to inspire others.

Download the IWD Derby 2015 Magazine here

Derby celebrates International Women’s Day 2015


Our International Women’s Day Festival takes place on Saturday 7th March 10am-4pm in Derby’s Market Place & Guildhall and everyone is welcome – all genders, all ages, all identities together.

We would like to thank our sponsors and friends of the festival who have supported the group of volunteers who organise this special event – by the community for the community, and thanks to the graphic design students at Burton & South Derbyshire College who designed our poster below – please share it and spread the word!

Poster IWD Derby 2015


Download IWD Poster pdf file