London Transport Museum poster

Plan your weekend: International Women’s Day in London

1. 400 years of Black Women Resistance Leaders @ BFI

Friday 6th March, 6.30pm 

A photo of Eritrean soldiers
Image Credit: Black History Walks

Black History Walks is holding this event at the BFI on the Southbank. You can find out about the lives of women who fought against colonialism and racism but who are missing from the pages of most history books, through video and documentary evidence. The event’s free but you can register for a place here.

2. WOW (the free events)

The Women of the World Festival logo It seems like most of London will be heading out to the Southbank Centre this weekend for the 5th annual Women of the World festival, and so should you. If you’re a bit short on cash, missed out on tickets, or just have no idea what to do, try some of the free events at WOW. We’re going to be live blogging from the festival on Saturday, so we’ll fill you in on what happens if you can’t make it!

Friday, 6pm- 7pm: Lady Leeshur & Guests
Image credit: The Independent
Image credit: The Independent

Lady Leeshur is a rapper and singer from Birmingham who will WOW you with her fast-paced lyrics-  you don’t want to miss it!

Friday, 6pm-11pm: Acts of looking: digital showcase and & projection 
Image credit: WOW Southbank centre
Image credit: WOW Southbank centre

An exhibition of images curated by female artists and creatives to explore how gender can impact the way we see the world.

Saturday 4pm – 5pm: Watch Jane Garvey from Woman’s Hour put on an exclusive LIVE show 
Image Credit: BBC
Image Credit: BBC

That’s just a little taste of the free events you can attend, so visit the WOW website for more.

3.  Poster parade

 Saturday and Sunday 10.00 – 18.00 (Last entry 17.15) Friday 11.00 – 18.00 (Last entry 17.15)

Image Credit: London Transport Museum
Image Credit: London Transport Museum

The London Transport museum are celebrating women in design by showcasing posters within their collections. The exhibition finishes on the 25th of July this year but it’s the perfect way to celebrate International Women’s day- you can even buy some of the posters you see!

4. Books.Chat.Relax

Saturday 7th March

Image credit: Wikimedia commons
Image credit: Wikimedia commons

For International Women’s day, Inner Space in Covent Garden is hosting a series of book readings, discussions and meditations. The books are based around the UN 2015 theme ‘Make it happen’ but you don’t have to have read the books beforehand. The event is free, but book in advance HERE – please note it’s a women only event. Have a look at the schedule below:

12pm – 12.55pm: Dare to Live by Miriam Subirana

1pm – 1.55pm:     Inner Beauty by Anthea Church

2pm – 2.55pm:     Soul Power by Nikki de Carteret

3pm – 3.55pm:     The Four Faces of Woman by Caroline Ward

4pm – 4.55pm:     It’s Time… bring freedom in relationships by Aruna Ladva

5. ‘Miss Representation’ screening at The Canvas

Saturday 7th March, 12pm-2pm

Image Credit: The Canvas: cafe & creative venue
Image Credit: The Canvas: cafe & creative venue

This Saturday The Canvas in East London is showing the film documentary ‘Miss Representation’ directed by Jennifer Sibel Newsom. It’s on from 12- 2pm and is completely FREE.

WATCH the documentary trailer below…

6. Women in Politics Q & A with MPs

Tuesday 10th March, 6.30pm-8.30pm

An advert for the Women in Politics Q&A with MPs
Image credit: Leadarise

Want a chance to debate and discuss alongside MPs about women’s issues? Well head down to the Houses of Parliament on March 10th. Leadarise London and the Fawcett Society are running the debate so it should be a good evening! Tickets are £5 and you can book in advance/ find out more information HERE.

7. Emma Watson’s LIVE stream

Sunday 8th March, 1pm

Image credit: Wikipedia commons
Image credit: Wikipedia commons

Last but not least, if you fancy having a night in with a nice cup of tea you can watch Emma Watson’s live Q & A stream on Facebook. She’ll be discussing gender equality in line with the heforshe campaign. Visit the website for more…

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