International Women’s Day is on Friday the 8th of March this year, with the theme of “Balance for Better”. It aims to “Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality” – and Leeds is doing exactly that with a number of established organisations that highlight and champion the work of brilliant women in our city, as well as looking to advance their rights.

Just some of these initiatives, such as Women’s Lives Leeds, SARSVL, the Together Women Project and Getaway Girls are all female-focused organisations that aim to better the lives of those they help. Whether that is helping victims escape from abusive situations, need assistance in redirecting their lives from crime or support with mental health conditions – they are making a real difference through active empowerment.

For those of you who are keen to get involved, there are also several events centered around International Women’s Day. From screenings to quizzes to inspirational speakers, there’s something for everyone.

OK ladies – now let’s get in formation:

Girl Gang Leeds presents International Women’s Day at Headrow House

 

Get down with the Girl Gang in partnership with SUPERFRIENDZ for a night of inspirational workshops and talks from The Sunday Practise, Louisa Foley – Are We Nearly Bare Yet, Emma Low – Pot Yer Tits Away Luv, Kristyna Baczynski – Illustration & Comics, Leeds Arts University and Eve Finlay Miller.

The event is open to people of all genders (the organisers are keen to say that everyone should hear what these speakers have to say) and is also free – but they recommend getting there early in order to bag a seat.

It runs from  6pm – 9:30 pm on Friday 8th March, for an evening of inspiring talks from some of the most creative minds in Leeds. There will also be time for Q&A’s so you can find out the answers to your burning questions.

 

Celebrating 100 years of women in engineering and science – Treasures of the Brotherton

 

From the 7th to the 8th March at the Brotheron Gallery at the University of Leeds, the Feminist Archive North is celebrating women in science, engineering and technology for International Women’s Day 2019.

2019 marks the centenary of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES). In this two-day pop-up display, the Feminist Archive North will be showing material from their collections related to women in science and engineering and celebrating the launch of their new Women in Science and Engineering collection.

Material on display will also include an archive of the Bradford-based UKRC, founded in 2004 to increase participation of women in science, engineering and technology – all the more reason to come along and explore a bit of our incredible history.

 

Hannah Buckley | The Mountain and Other Tales of She Transformed – Yorkshire Dance

 

On the 8th March from 6pm to 7pm at Yorkshire Dance, Hannah Buckley is performing a solo as part of their Celebration of Women in Dance Festival.

Inspired by mountains, fairy tales and a 1970s body work book for women, it is a “meditation on ‘feminism as the female command of space’” – the many things this could mean and the many ways it could manifest.

According to Hannah, her work is quietly political and she aims to create processes and art that are spaces / forms of both critique and care, questioning existing social structures of oppression, with a focus on female experience.

Cafe Feministique Special Edition Women’s Living Library at Hyde Park Book Club

 

On the 10th March from 2pm to 6pm, Hyde Park Book Club say they are doing it differently.

They’re hosting a dynamic opening of the space, so the things that really matter to guests “can emerge and become topic groups for in-depth conversation and connection – you create the agenda, you choose which groups to join” as part of Leeds Lit Fest 2019.

And if the promise of feminist conversation and ideas wasn’t enough, they say there’s going to be a diverse cake. It’s worth going just to find out what that is! At Cafe Feministique all women are welcome.

There’s no better time to go out, celebrate women and get involved in the conversation this International Women’s Day in Leeds.