With feminism 2017’s most looked up word, this year’s International Women’s Day is set to be huge. You know our stance: we never pit women against men but we are clear that gender equality doesn’t equal gender sameness. And that for too long, women’s achievements and unique voice have gone unheard.

After the events of the last year, the #PressForProgress message is more vital than ever and there’s no better place than London to celebrate. Here are some of our favourite London IWD events:

‘Women and business live’ at Penguin’s Like a Women Book Store.

No international women’s day would be complete without some STEP UP inspiration. So head down to Rivington Street, EC2 to hear us talk Women at Work (our fave subject) alongside Melissa Hemsley, Holly Branson and Rukmini Iyer. And if you can’t make it, good news. Our chat will also be broadcast as part of Penguin’s Live.Life.Better Podcast – stay tuned. Click here for tickets.

Details of the event are: 

Date: 7th March

Time: 7pm – 8.30pm

Confirmed authors: Holly Branson, author of WEconomy, and Chair of Virgin Unite. Rukmini Iyer, author of The Roasting Tin, she was a lawyer but quit to pursue her love of cooking. She’s now a food stylist and cookery author.

Copies of Step Up will be on sale all week and all purchased tickets come with £5 redeemable at the bookshop. All other profit goes to the charity Solace Women’s Aid.

To celebrate International Women’s Day this year, Penguin Books will be hosting a pop-up bookshop in Shoreditch from the 5th-9th March  It will sell only books by female authors and during the evenings the bookshop will be the backdrop for a number of different events. Find out more information about other events happening this week here!

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.

WOW 2018 would not be possible without its generous sponsors and supporters: Bloomberg, UBS, American International Group Inc (AIG), The Chartered Insurance Institute and RELX group. Click here for tickets.

Power Stories: June Sarpong

June Sarpong MBE, TV presenter and co-founder of the Women: Inspiration and Enterprise Network, joins Power Stories to talk about her new book Diversify.

June offers an empowering call to arms which argues the case for how limited we are by social division while inspiring us to make a change. Using six simple and revolutionary steps June invites us to shift behaviours and create more diverse and integrated social circles. Click here for tickets.

The Power of Networks – Casey Bird, Carolyn Dailey, Sinead Koehler, Diana Bardega and Simona Barbieri.

To conclude the month-long series of events in honour of International Women’s Month, The Village Hall will host a panel discussion on the importance of professional networks.

The all-female panel, chaired by Casey Bird, ex-president of SheSays and founder of The Freelance Circle, will bring together the founders of some of the UK’s leading creative networks: Carolyn Dailey, founder of Creative Entrepreneurs, Sinead Koehler, founder of Crafty Fox Market, Diana Bardega, founder of The Mamahood, and Simona Barbieri, founder of Hub Dot. Click here for tickets.

Curators Coffee Gallery

We would be delighted if you would join us as we proudly host an evening of wine, women and song. In esteemed company, we will be ‘in conversation’ with amazing women and delving into the role that women adopt, balancing family/entrepreneurial work lifestyle, generally doing Epic Sh*t on a day to day basis. During the evening, we will raise a glass to our supported charity Body & Soul and hear more about their evolving mission and purpose during the 21st year. The evening will be an homage to female producers of craft such as specialty chocolate artisans Emma Ogilvy’sAztec Gold and serving innovative and original food. Painter and artist Anna Laurini will be in attendance to show one of her iconic faces, often as familiar to us on our London streets as they are on canvas. The new House Espresso will be served, celebrating La Independencia womens cooperative in El Tambo Cauca, Columbia. Click here for tickets 

Women-Ish. My space, My power.

Come along for a positive and enlightening night in a safe, supportive space.

Topics led by young female influencers include: Feminists: What are those? Did I Give Consent? And #PressForProgress

South London born Actress and Writer Thea Gajic, will be facilitating the evening and sharing with us her personal journey about being a female creative in the arts and her experiences. Thea is well known for her short films RUN & The Importance Of Skinwhich have gained Thea awards and prestigious Short of The Week picks. She is one of the 2018 Film London: London Calling winners and will be making her next short film in February, you can also see her in BBC3’s ‘Enterprise’. Click here for tickets.


Raise her voice – Shona Vertue

Surround yourself with inspirational people and join us for an evening of yoga to #raisehervoice. Recognising the power in women and girls to be heroines of their own stories.

The yoga session will be led by Shona Vertue, ex-gymnast, personal trainer, yoga instructor creator and author of ‘The Vertue Method’ whose mission in life is sharing her message that the key to health is a commitment to your own self-love and self-worth’ Click here for tickets.


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