International Women’s Day is upon us, with events happening all over London and the rest of the world on 8 March, 2018. No matter what your background, class status, ethnicity or religious beliefs are, it’s a day of celebrating female empowerment and reclaiming the female voice that is so often silenced. International Women’s Day is a beautiful chance for the raging feminists and activists to do their thing, but also encourages those who perhaps don’t identify with a particular group but still want to make a difference. Participating in such a large scale and positive event is a truly magical and inspiring experience, one you won’t soon forget.
If you’re looking for something to do but aren’t sure where to start, we’ve compiled a list of the best live events, as well as some suggestions for the introverts among us, or for those who can’t make it to an event but still want to celebrate in their own way. Tell us what you’re planning in the comments below!
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Get to a live event
It doesn’t get much better than feeling the energy levels at a live event, particularly one that is all about making a change for the better. Live events will enable you to meet lots of like-minded people, listen to inspiring women talk about their experiences, and learn what you can do to forge a better future for yourself and the women who will come after you. There are also plenty of events that are of a more lighthearted nature, focussed on bringing women together to do something fun. Our top picks are:
WOW – Women of the World festival celebrates women and girls, and looks at the obstacles that stop them from achieving their potential. Around the world, individuals and communities are insisting on the simple proposition that women and girls must have equal rights and asking the question: why is gender equality taking so long?
Southbank Centre's WOW – Women of the World festival is a global network of festivals which provides a platform for celebrating what has been achieved, and exploring all the ways we can change the world for the better.
In the year that marks the 100th anniversary since some women got the vote in the UK, and when #MeToo shook the world, we bring together artists, writers, politicians, comedians, activists and more for the 8th annual WOW London at Southbank Centre.
International Women’s Day 2018 Party
Please join us at the London EDITION on Thursday 8 March to celebrate International Women’s Day 2018 in style with: gem facials by Heaps + Stacks; nails by Shoreditch Nails; a photo booth by THE OUTNET.COM; female DJ duo, Four Tit on the decks all night long; classy cocktails; and a whole lotta lady love. Dress Code: Girl Glam.
The Women’s Space at 5 Carlos Place will open coincide with International Women’s Day on 8 March. Running from the 8th March, in collaboration with the retailers of Mount Street, The Mayfair Collective launches a year-long series of talks and workshops aimed at those interested in fashion, culture, business and the arts.
Its first initiative, the Women’s Space, will be a week-long pop-up co-working initiative in a two-storey townhouse at 5 Carlos Place, Mayfair from the 8th to 15th March 2017. Combining a lively and inclusive co-working space with an event space equipped to host a schedule of daily talks and events for members to attend. Many of the retailers of Mount Street will be taking part, hosting talks and contributing to panel discussions.
Nasib and Company March Bottle Club: Women in Beer
For this month’s Bottle Club, we're celebrating the growing role of Women in Beer in time for Women's History Month. So join us on Saturday, the 3rd March for a rousing homage to some of the best beers that have great women behind them. No matter what your level of experience with beer is, this will be a fun, easy-going session with a bit of discussion and friendly vibes.
The tasting will begin at 4pm and will finish at 5.30pm and tickets are limited. Attendees will be guided through five beers by the lovely Virginia, one of our resident beer experts. Everyone is also welcome to bring bottles of their own to share with the group!
Support a cause
International Women’s Day shouldn’t just stop after March 8, but should inspire us to continue working towards a brighter future. Donating to some worthwhile causes is an excellent way to feel like you’re making a difference and committing to long-term change. Some charities to consider are:
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Reach out to the women who matter to you most
Major change on a global level is important, but it’s also lovely to reach out to the women in your own life, and show them how much their influence as made your life richer. Host a brunch, book a table at a fancy restaurant, watch some movies at home together or simply pick up the phone, and let the most special women in your life how amazing they are. If appropriate, consider using it as an opportunity to learn about their struggles as women, and ask your older relatives about how society has changed in their lifetime. And don't forget to spoil them a beautiful bouquet of flowers!