International Women’s Day 2014 by Rupinder Kaur

iwdInternational Women’s Day (IWD) celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women. Yes, we have made huge strides in many spheres but it is a fact that inequality still exists and IWD highlights the achievements and areas that still need to be addressed.  IWD is celebrated annually on 8th March across the globe. The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911 when The Socialist Party of America designated this day in honour of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions. Events take place to celebrate and recognise the many economic, political and social achievements of women and also use it as a platform to reflect on how much more is to be done!

Below is a list of events taking place if you plan to attend any comment below or tweet me on @_rkaur and let me know what you think!

Friday 7th March.  All day. Thrive 2014! Every year Women Unlimited hold a conference for Britain’s Female Micro Business Owners and 2014 will be no different. This is their 6th annual conference and promises to beat all previous ones.  For more info or to book: http://www.womenunlimitedworldwide.com/thrive-2014-the-women-unlimited-conference/

Women of the World Festival 2014. 5th March – 9th March 2014. The WOW weekend is for everybody.  Join them for a packed weekend that celebrates the incredible achievements of women and girls and looks at the most potent topics for women today.  Featuring voices from around the world and stories from your neighbours.  For more info & to book: http://wow.southbankcentre.co.uk/

Malala Yousafzai. Saturday 8th March. Special appearance  at WOW Festival . At this special appearance at WOW – Women of the World  2014, Malala will talk about the relationship between Pakistani and British societies, and how harmful it is for western countries to be complacent or blind to their own injustices. Book tickets and more info: http://wow.southbankcentre.co.uk/

Nirbhaya.  Wednesday 5th March – Wednesday 12th March. A dramatic performance based upon a true incident and the life events of the performers. On the night of December 16 2012 a young woman and her male friend boarded a bus in urban Delhi heading for home. What followed changed the lives of these two people and countless others forever. For more info & to book http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/nirbhaya-81445

Monday 10th March. 18:30 – 20:00  Fabian Womens Network. Speakers include: Baroness Jan Royall of Blaisdon, Leader of Opposition in the House of Lords, Stella Creasy MP, who is well known for her community and feminist campaigns, Anas Sarwar, MP for Glasgow Central and Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Gareth Thomas MP, Chair of the Co-operative Party and newly appointed Shadow Minister for Europe and their President Seema Malhotra MP.  For more info or to book: http://fabianwomen.org.uk/2014/02/05/international-womens-day-celebration-with-the-fabian-womens-network/

Coffee with Pinky Lilani OBE. Friday 21st March 2014 from 10am until 12pm. NatWest Birmingham will be holding a Women in Business Networking Event. Their guest speaker is Pinky Lilani CEO of Asian Women of Achievement Awards. Pinky is an author, self-taught cook and an inspirational speaker, passionate to support Women in Business.  Book here: http://bit.ly/1eQcTVW