The 8th of March is International Women’s Day. It is a day to celebrate women of all kinds and to fight against gender inequalities.

According the International Women’s Day website, “Colour trendsetter Pantone has selected ‘ultra-violet’ as its 19th ‘Colour of the Year’ to communicate ‘originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us towards the future.’ Purple is historically associated with efforts to achieve gender equality. In this context it was first used alongside green and white as the colours of the Women’s Social and Political Union, the organisation that led Britain’s women’s suffrage movement in the early 20th century.”

We proudly have purple as our main logo colour and see ourselves as supportive of women’s issues throughout the year. One of our partners, Nisa-Nashim, is an excellent organisation that brings together Jewish and Muslim women.

We find that women are instrumental in community cohesion projects. While there still tend to be more men in decision-making roles in faith organisations, women are often the ones doing most of the grassroots work that makes things happen. On this International Women’s Day, we’d like to share several selected events that we are supporting around the country. Consider yourself invited!



Women Equality and Faith 

A day conference exploring issues of gender equality in faith spaces and the interfaith arena.

This is a conference open to women and men from all faiths and none who want to see everyone able to participate fully in faith communities. It is the start of a conversation but we hope it is not the end. We know what is said will be interesting but we hope it leads to action and transformation for individuals and communities. So please come, to talk, to listen, to reflect, to respond, to change and to challenge. All are welcome.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

9:30 – 3:30 

MAC - Queen's Ride, Birmingham B12 9QH

For more information, please see the event page


Women's Journeys 

Birmingham Museums is delighted to partner with Near Neighbours for our third event celebrating Birmingham Women on International Women’s Day.

This year's programme features stories of 'Women's Journeys'. Civilization has been shaped by the movement of people, and women throughout history have journeyed across the globe seeking better lives for themselves and their families. We celebrate and share these stories through this special event.

Celebrate: Community Showcase

Thursday 8th March

12.00 - 16.00

Explore the work of local charities and organisations who work with and support migrating communities. Including performances on the hour by artists who work with or are themselves refugees. Take part in creative activities allowing you to share your own story or learn more about migration though art. 

In the Industrial Gallery.

No booking necessary, just drop in.

See their event for full details.


Tell me a Story

Thursday 8th March

18.00 - 19.00

‘Tell me a Story’ aims to bring together women of diverse backgrounds in Birmingham to share stories that celebrate them and their journeys.  Continuing with the theme of ‘Migration’ and we will hear from women who have migrated and settled in Birmingham. By working with a storyteller these women have built the confidence to explore and share their story for the final section of the day.

In the Edwardian Tearooms. Tea and coffee available.

Pre-booking for this event is advised. Free.

See their event for full details.


West Yorkshire

International Women’s Day at Diamond Wood Community Academy

Join us for refreshments, arts and crafts, and Mendi.

Friday 9th March

9:00 – 11:00 am

Diamond Wood Community Academy - North Road, Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury, WF13 3AD


West London

International Women's Day Celebration in Southall 

Wednesday 7th March

11:00 – 2:00  

Southall Townhall - High St, Southall UB1 3HA


Monday 12th March,

9:30 – 3:00

St John's Church - Church Avenue, Southall UB2 4DH


Developing Confidence & Skills in making grant applications workshop

Tuesday 27th March

9:30 – 3:00

Southall Townhall - High St, Southall UB1 3HA

International Women's Day Event – Afghanistan & Central Asian Association

Following on from the success of past events, the ACAA will once again be celebrating International Women’s Day! This interactive event will be filled with speakers, performances, and workshops that will aim to embrace International Women's Day.

As an organisation that advocates for women's rights and the empowerment of refugee women, we wanted to hold an event that would promote the discussion of issues on equality, violence against women, mental health and many other challenges faced by women today.

Thursday, 8th March

5:00 – 9:00 PM

Cranford Community College

High Street, Cranford, TW5 9PD Hounslow

See the Facebook event for more.