Celebrate International Women’s Day By Attending These Events

This week at The Style Edit we’re thinking about International Women’s Day (IWD) which takes place on Friday 8th March 2019. We’ll be spending the week bringing you the best of International Women’s Day content from The Style Edit team and further afield on the internet. Throughout the week we’ll cover topics including, workplace advice for women, the evolution of women in the workplace, interviews with local female entrepreneurs and a whole host of content celebrating the women that inspire us daily.

International Women’s Day is globally recognised as a day to celebrate the social, economic, political and cultural achievements of women. On top of this, International Women’s Day marks a call to action to accelerate gender equality. To further promote this cause, this year their theme is #BalanceforBetter, prompting a global call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world.

According to a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman’s Day was observed on 28th February across the United States, a tradition they continued to celebrate on the last Sunday of February up until 1913. It was March 1911 when International Women’s Day was first honoured in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. More than one million women and men attended IWD rallies at this time, campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote and be trained. Since then the world has witnessed a significant change in society’s approach to women’s equality and while the progress is encouraging, it’s not enough. Even in 2019, women still aren’t paid equally to their male counterparts and globally, suffer from worse health, education and violence against them than men do. While IWD is about inspiring women and celebrating their achievements, it’s important we all do our bit to ensure that the future is bright, equal, safe and rewarding for women and young girls.  

Ready to get involved? Check out these eight events happening in Northern Ireland this week to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019.

International Women’s Day: Womenfolk Meetup

Date: Friday 8th March
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Place: Blick Shared Studios, 51 Malone Road, Belfast, BT9 6RY

What: For International Women’s Day 2019, Womenfolk will be hosting a meet up to launch their new online publication promoting women in design (kindly funded by Belfast City Council) and their new mentoring program. Guest will also hear from Hannah Sharp on her new project Make Your Mark a book dedicated to talking about the design industry from a female designers perspective.

Tickets available here.

She Means Business

Date: Wednesday 6th March
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Place: Clockwise Offices, 48-60 High Street, Belfast, BT1 2BE

What: Celebrate the week of International Women’s Day with #SheMeansBusiness. Louise Brogan, founder of Social Bee NI and an accredited She Means Business trainer is hosting a meet-up for female founders and women in business. Bring your business cards and enjoy an evening of fellow start-up stories, valuable networking and potentially gaining future collaboration opportunities. Louise will share top tips and tricks to improve your social media presence so come prepared with plenty of questions.

Tickets available here.

International Women’s Day March

Date: Saturday 9th March
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Place: Writer’s Square, Donegall Street, Belfast

What: This year’s rally will meet at Writer’s Square with music, dance, a feminist photo booth, activist stalls and face-painting before the parade heads off at 11.30am. Participants, in fancy dress, will carry brightly coloured placards demanding equality to the beat of samba drums.

The march will end in a mass rally at Belfast City Hall, where there will be speeches from representatives of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Alliance for Choice, Youth Action, Queen’s University and others. Among those taking part in the event is the Lord Mayor Councillor Deirdre Hargey and Councillor Aileen Graham, Deputy Chair of the council’s Women’s Steering Group.

Programme highlights include a placard making workshop, feminist quiz night and Alternative Ms Ulster, as well as discussion events surrounding topics such as toxic masculinity, women’s imprisonment and female performance artists at work as part of the Humanism is Process segment of the programme.

Register for the event here.

Placard/Banner Workshop

Date: Wednesday 6th March
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Place: Oh Yeah Music Centre, 15-21 Gordon Street, BT1 2LG

What: Join Girls Rock School NI to make your boldest, coolest and most empowering banners and placards to hold high in Belfast’s International Women’s Day March on Saturday 9th March. Bring along your own paint, pens, markers, sticks, bed sheets, paper, cardboard, photos, magazines, glue, glitter, feathers and anything else you’d like to include on your placard. Embrace your creativity among a group of like-minded people getting ready to celebrate International Women’s Day as loud as they possibly can.

Register for the event here.

Foyle Women’s Information Network Annual Conference

Date: Monday 11th March
Time: 9:30am – 1:20pm
Place: Guildhall, Londonderry BT48 7BB

What: On Monday 11th March 2019, join the Foyle Women’s Information Network for our International Women’s Day #balanceforbetter annual conference. Keynote Speaker for the annual event this time around is ‘Derry Girls’ star Jamie-Lee O’Donnell, who plays Michelle Mallon. Jamie-Lee has been widely acknowledged as “the youthful ensemble cast’s breakout star” and she is also an advocate for women’s rights – using her fame to platform important issues close to her heart.

Other speakers will include peace building and women’s activists Eileen Weir and Marie Gillespie; with brief talks by representatives from the North West Migrants Forum, NUS-USI, the Apex Social Supermarket at Springtown Industrial Estate, Advice NI and the Women’s Regional Consortium. These speakers will give a flavour of the great work being done by organisations in Northern Ireland to enhance the lives of women – and ensure balance and equality in our society.

The event will include a range of fantastic musical performances, ranging from opera singing to the Pink Ladies Choir as well as an Ulster Scots/Irish traditional mashup. It won’t be all work however, as life coach Catriona Jones will provide a quick reflection on self-care.

To book your place, please telephone (028) 7126 6291 or email info@fwin.org.uk

The Women’s Story with Bernadette McAliskey

Date: Thursday 7th March
Time: 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Place: Cross Square Hotel, 4-5 O’Fiaich Crescent, Crossmaglen, BT35 9AA

What: Join Una Walsh and the women of South Armagh for an evening of conversations in celebration of International Women’s Day. Una Walsh will celebrate the women whose names have been forgotten in the writing of our history. Una has spearheaded Women’s Health Community Work in south Armagh for years.

In the second half of the event, Bernadette McAliskey will cover the ‘Radical Voice’ of women. She will bring her unique view on women, public life and where is today’s radical voice. “I care passionately about justice, about ideas, about principles….”

The name Bernadette McAliskey is synonymous with the struggle for civil rights in Northern Ireland over the last fifty years. She came to public attention as Bernadette Devlin, a young psychology student at Queen’s University, Belfast. She helped found the student civil rights campaigning movement, People’s Democracy. A fluent and fearless advocate for civil rights and the rights of women and minorities, in 1969, just before she turned twenty-two, she won a seat in the Westminster parliament as the youngest ever female MP at the time. Bernadette is a co-founder of the community organisation STEP (the South Tyrone Empowerment Programme), she works with migrants, single parents, and people with physical disabilities.

Tickets available here.

Balance for Better is better for all: Equal Representation is a Basic Social Justice

Date: Thursday 7th March
Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Place: Donegal Central Library, Letterkenny

What: In 2019 of the 37 County Councillors in Donegal only 3 are women, that’s an 8.1% representation, the highest it’s ever been. At the national political level, two women since 1918 have ever represented Donegal in Dáil Éireann. We need change.

This year’s International Women’s Day Theme is ‘Balance for Better’, it is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. While also asking people how will you help make a difference?

In honour of this day, NCCWN Donegal Women’s Network in association with 50:50 North West invite you to come to Celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 with us on Thursday 7th March in Donegal central library, Letterkenny 10am-1pm.

We’ll be discussing equal representation, chatting to female County Councillors and to women who will be running in the upcoming May Local Elections. We’ll also be joined by Historian Dr Angela Byrne who will be talking about the first woman in Donegal to be Elected as a councillor.

This will be an interactive and informative event, refreshments will be provided and all are welcome.

Tickets available by emailing donegalwomensnetwork@gmail.com or by phone on 074 9722790

Free webinar: Celebrating women in social investment

Date: Friday 8th March
Time: 12:00pm
Place: Register here for access to the webinar.

What: Join Good Finance‘s International Women’s Day webinar in which they will be sharing perspectives from women across the social investment space in celebration of the day.

Hear stories from those who are experts in their space, as well as discussing the themes of access, opportunity, inclusion & empowerment. The speakers will share their first-hand accounts of challenges, successes, and of course their words of wisdom! You can also submit any questions via Twitter.

Hosted by Geetha Rabindrakumar (Head of Engagement at Big Society Capital), speakers include:

Grace England – Investment Manager, Resonance

Dr Thelma Lovick, Hon Professorial Research Fellow, University of Bristol

Celia Hodson, Award-winning CEO, Hey Girls

Niamh Crawford-Walker

Niamh is a full time fashion and features writer at The Style Edit. Her work has previously appeared in IMAGE magazine, image.ie and Emirates Woman.

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