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Celebrate International Women's Day

March 2nd, 2018 | by Jennifer Edwards

Celebrate International Women's Day

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and we in South Bank have a host of special events on for you to join in the celebrations. 

The day has occurred for well over a century, with the first March 8 IWD gathering supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. The movement brings together governments, women's organisations, corporations and charities and in 2011, former US President Barack Obama proclaimed March to be ‘Women’s History Month’.

Now more than ever, people are standing up to injustices against women - whether it is unwanted sexual attention, the gender pay gap or discrimination at work. Indeed, in 2017 women's rights dominated the news, with a global reckoning on sexual misconduct touching all industries. Following the allegations against Harvey Weinstein and other prominent men in power, the #MeToo movement has empowered, emboldened and given a voice to women. 

So whether you choose to get involved in Women of the World festival at Southbank Centre, attend a conference on Women's Leadership or go to BFI Southbank's Girlfriend's season - there's a whole lot of ways to celebrate International Women's Day in South Bank. 

  • Women of the World

    WOW – Women of the World festival at Southbank Centre 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, Southbank Centre bring together artists, writers, politicians, comedians, activists and more for the 8th annual WOW festival. 

    For more information, click HERE. 

    Southbank Centre
  • Women on Film at House of Vans

    House of Vans FREE cinema will be celebrating women on the silver screen with a fantastic selection of classic and contemporary films including "La Vie En Rose"- the 2007 biographical French musical film about the life of French singer Édith Piaf, starring the incomparable Marion Cotillard. 

    There's also "The Help", with Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Allison Janney, Octavia Spencer and Emma Stone and the acclaimed French-Iranian film "Persepolis", a coming of age story, set against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution. 

    Other titles include Frida, Million Dollar Baby, Breakfast At Tiffany’s and lots more... 

    There's free entry and no booking required (we recommend getting there early to guarantee the best seats, and to grab a drink and snack at the bar!)

    Check out the entire list of films and screening times on the House of Vans website. 

    House Of Vans
  • Women's Leadership Network Conference 2018

    The Women’s Leadership Network's Annual Conference is being held at Morley College London on 8 March - Women's International Day!

    Leaders and aspiring leaders from further education and the private sector will examine how employers and employees can do more to release their own inherent talents and those of their colleagues.

    The conference programme will draw together a wide range of experts to look at some of these challenges, bring ideas together and find solutions. As well as the confirmed keynote speakers, there will be 5 inspirational and interactive workshops where the conference theme will be explored in more detail. 

    For more information and to buy your ticket, click HERE. 

    Morley College
  • Girldriends Season Part 2

    Go Martha and Nikki, Lorelei and Dorothy, Romy and Michele, CC and Hillary, Amelia and Laura. In the second month of BFI Southbank's showcase of on-screen gal pals, women are front and centre in all their fierce complexity; laughing, dancing, bitching, scheming, and generally doing whatever the hell they want!

    For every dance and makeover montage, these films go deep into the often misunderstood dynamics of female friendships. These films put female interests, issues, fears and lives at their heart, from borderline obsessive besties to the power plays of teen girl gangs, and they celebrate the spaces we create for ourselves. The spaces where we are enough.

    For more information and to book, click HERE. 

    BFI Southbank
  • All-female crew on MBNA Thames Clippers

    MBNA Thames Clippers will be operating an all-female crew on one of their vessels to mark International Women's Day!

    MBNA Thames Clippers

Find The Venues

  • 1 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 2 - House Of Vans

    Main entrance
    Arches 228 – 232
    Station Approach Road
    SE1 8SW 

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  • 3 - Morley College

    61 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7HT

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  • 4 - BFI Southbank

    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XT 

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  • 5 - MBNA Thames Clippers

    Victoria Embankment, London SW1A 2JH, UK

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