International Women’s Day 2017

This year’s International Women’s Day will take place on the 8th of March with the theme #BeBoldForChange. The emphasis is to help forge a better working world — a more gender inclusive world.

To celebrate this important day, Oblong is hosting an event on Wednesday the 8th of March at Woodhouse Community Centre. From 12am to 1:30pm there a free tasty lunch served for everyone. And 1:30–3pm we will screen some short and inspiring documentaries. Free and open to everyone!

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality.

No single Government or organisation is responsible for the day, rather it is a collective day of global celebration and is all about unity, reflection, advocacy and action.

The first International Women’s Day took place over a hundred years ago in 1908 and has taken place yearly since. And, ten key values have been created with which to mark the day: Justice, Dignity, Hope, Equality, Collaboration, Tenacity, Appreciation, Respect, Empathy, Forgiveness, (see more details here

There are numerous events taking place around the country. Locally, a couple of things are happening:

Leeds Central Library is showing an exhibition Sunday march 11th, 2–3pm. Words, Women and War is an exploration of Women in WW1. Womens involvement not only at home, but also as poets, writers and also on the front line as volunteers.

Feminist Archive North (FAN) are celebrating International Women’s Day 2017 by highlighting this year’s theme, #BeBoldForChange. The display will delve into the Feminist Archive to showcase local activism from anti-apartheid to campaigns against domestic violence. On display for a limited time will be items including feminist journals, posters, eye catching t-shirts, badges and other ephemera.. Through a fascinating display of items, uncover the role of women’s campaigning for local and global causes through the decades.

The Promised Band, March 11th, 1:30–3pm. This film explores women’s lives in Israel and Palestine. The moving true story of an attempt to create dialogue and friendship between Israeli and Palestinian women, using the device of a rock band to help them cross physical, legal and cultural barriers. The women’s lives are deeply affected, in unexpected ways.

At Park Plaza, Boar Lane, there is a Northern Powerhouse Briefing on Tuesday, 7th March from 9:30 to 15:15. It is a day of networking with several key speakers. The event costs £99

A second networking conference takes place on Wednesday 8th March, at Wetherby Racecourse and Conference Centre. This conference is free and has speaker sessions, business workshops and networking opportunities with over 70 exhibitors.

Marie Claire has also compiled a run down on events and campaigns across the country as a readily available guide.

Join Hyde Park Book Club, March 12th at 10am, in Leeds as they take part in the global effort to get more women editing, and more content related to women in the arts on the worlds largest online encyclopedia — Wikipedia!

In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female while only 15% of the English Wikipedia’s biographies are about women. As a result, content is skewed by the lack of female participation.

And if you like arts and crafts then come to the Girl Gang Leeds, Cool for Craft Arts Market, March 5th, 12–5pm. Free entry!

We hope you enjoy the day and reflect on some of amazing people who have shaped history and are still working hard to imagine and define ‘her-story’.