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!



“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!”

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

Read local women’s #makeadifference stories for #womensdayderby


As part of our festival and 2015 theme ‘make a difference’ we asked local women to share examples of ways that they make a difference to inspire others. We put them in a magazine along with info on the volunteers behind the festival, #HeForShe statements from men supporting IWD, and a list of inspiring campaigns to get involved in. With thanks for graphic design by students at Burton & South Derbyshire College and kind printing support from Mercia Image.

Download the free magazine here

Please note that the magazine includes some difficult themes such as abuse and violence but with an uplifting tone of survival and moving forwards.

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

Share your story of making a difference!


We are inviting women & girls who live, work, study in, or are connected to, Derby/Derbyshire to share examples of making a difference for our International Women’s Day Festival magazine. People often feel overwhelmed by the injustices in the world and feel powerless to change things – let’s show everyone that we can all make a difference! Please share your story of making a difference, big or small, e.g. activism, volunteering, speaking up, working in a male-dominated field, etc for the magazine before 3rd Feb – just visit the weblink below to share your tips and inspire others to get involved: Thank you!