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International Womens Day 2021

Here's how Bradford will be marking International Women's Day 2021.  

The official date is Monday, March 8, but a whole programme of events is planned in the days around the official date of the global celebration of women's achievements.


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Get involved with International Women's Day 2021 to support the #ChooseToChallenge campaign theme to help forge women's equality. #IWD2021.

See the full programme of events >> Download PDF.



A Message from the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Doreen Lee.
Supporting International Women's Day 8th March 2021.

Being Inbetween by Carolyn Mendelsohn

Being Inbetween is a series of powerful photographic portraits of girls aged between ten and twelve, exploring the complex transition between childhood and young adulthood. Driven by personal experience, award-winning photographer Carolyn Mendelsohn has worked collaboratively with 90 girls allowing each individual an opportunity to reclaim their identity, encouraging a dialogue on their ambitions and aspirations, hopes and fears.

Explore the exhibition from your sofa and visit the gallery virtually with our easy to navigate interactive experience.

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Join the Impressions Gallery (Thursday 11 March, 12.30-1.30pm) for a special International Women’s Day edition of Feed Your Mind, a regular series of lunchtime talks. - Booking Essential.
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Girl Power by New Focus, Impressions Gallery’s young people’s collective. Meet three of the girls who had their portraits taken by Carolyn Mendelsohn and hear their powerful personal stories. >> Watch online
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Artist Carolyn Mendelsohn discusses her work and the exhibition Being Inbetween in this short film by New Focus, Impressions’ young people’s collective. >> Watch Online.
Sisterhood a celebration of sisterhood, and part a show of individuality on display on billboards around Tong Street, Manchester Road, Wakefield Road and in Lister Park.

In Plain Sight: A Story of Gwen Lally

“You are a pageant in yourself”. George Bernard Shaw thought he knew Gwen Lally, queer theatre director of the 1920s and 1930s, but did he really? Did anybody really know Gwen? Was she hiding in plain sight?

Join Heifer Productions and Different Theatre in a new short film as we delve into Gwen’s world - exploring her relationships, struggles, and meeting some of the people she might have turned to for advice in her journey to becoming one of the UK’s most prolific pageant masters. Gwen worked across the UK, but started her career assisting the Women’s Institute in West Yorkshire in their drama productions, and was also an adjudicator for the Yorkshire Women's Institute Drama Competitions in 1927.

This short film will be delivered via Bradford Fringe social media channels, Saturday 13 March, 7:30pm. This activity can be viewed via Pay As You Feel tickets. It celebrates drag culture.

By Heifer Productions & Different Theatre

Bradford Fringe Festival & Drunken Film Festival Presents:

Women On Screen

Sunday 14th March 5pm - screening the wonderful Wise Children & Post Show Discussion with writer Lisa Holdsworth, around women's voice representation on & off screen.  Limited PAYF tickets.

It’s 23 April, Shakespeare’s birthday.

In Brixton, Nora and Dora Chance – twin chorus girls born and bred south of the river – are celebrating their 70th birthday. Over the river in Chelsea, their father and greatest actor of his generation, Melchior Hazard, turns 100 on the same day. As does his twin brother Peregrine. If, in fact, he’s still alive. And if, in truth, Melchior is their real father after all…

A big, bawdy tangle of theatrical joy and heartbreak, Wise Children is a celebration of show business, family, forgiveness and hope. Expect show girls and Shakespeare, sex and scandal, music, mischief and mistaken identity – and butterflies by the thousand.


International Women's Day Activities 

You can download activity sheets about inspiring women, and some activities to help children understand what it means to be peaceful based on the Peace Museum collection here.

The women include Wangari Maathai, Sadako Sasaki, Greta Thunberg, Rosa Parks and local Bradford women Margaret Macmillan and Brenda Thompson.


Inter-Change is a short dance film, which audiences can experience online in 360 view.

This is a collaborative project between three female artists of different art forms: poetry, dance and music.

The choreography, poetry and music is informed by the ‘inter-change’ between three female artists and their creative ideas. All three art forms are unique to express feelings, thoughts and experiences. We as artists will share these experiences, exchange our thoughts and respond to it with our art forms: writing a new poem, and composition of a new choreography and music.

Online at 10.30am on Mon 15th March.

Bloomin' Buds

An Emerging Theatre Company in Bradford, creating theatre productions and workshops to help young people access opportunities and challenge the class divide.


The packs will give children a chance to engage with the arts and get creative, as well as showing them the importance of recognising and empowering women in their lives.

If you are interested in one of these, contact Bloomin' Buds! First come first served.

More Info:

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IWD falls within British Science Week, and the National Science and Media Museum and the STEM Ambassador Hub are highlighting the work of women in STEM.
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If you’re thinking about getting on your bike for the first time (or after a bit of a break). Cycling offers a whole host of benefits – from physical, mental and social perks.
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Need help with your career? Meet and network with others via FREE online networking and training sessions from the Inspirational Women Foundation CIC.
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Making an Icon out of a Woman you Admire - All stroke survivors and supporters welcome to join the private Facebook session with Musarat Raza, register -Mon March 8th at 11am.
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Be inspired to start your career journey in STEM (Science, technology, engineering and maths) as you find out about the exciting jobs that are available.
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A series of talks on BCB Radio with Members of the Black Health Forum and guests. Throughout March on BCB106.6fm and Radio Venus 8am- Midnight 8th March. 

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Celebrating women's achievements - via Zoom (Wednesday 10 March 2021).  With inspirational speakers and activities.  To book your place, please register
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Writing challenge: Drop your favourite female character into another famous literary setting and write about her adventures! Share your writing with Ilkley Literature Festival online.
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A special livestreamed recording of the smash-hit podcast The Guilty Feminist discussing women in medicine and healthcare. >> Thursday 4 March 2021.  Book Tickets.
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Aiming to get the over 55s moving and grooving through dance. Join 'Dance On' to celebrate IWD with FREE Zoom dance masterclasses.  Info:

She Speaks

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Sunday 7 March 7pm - On Zoom! An evening of poetry & spoken word with an incredible Guest speaker and open mic.  - Email to join
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International Women’s Day is a key date in Highfield’s calendar. We come together each year to recognise the contributions women have had to our business.  Find out more.

Creative Women and Girls of Keighley | 8th March-17th April 

A Gallery Windows Installation at Keighley Creative, Hanover Street, BD21 3QJ
An Exhibition of Lockdown photographs. Working with photographer Lisa Holmes and Keighley Creative, the Women and Girls of Keighley are sharing what makes them creative!


Useful Resources

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International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Purple, green and white are the colors of International Women's Day. Purple signifies justice and dignity.
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Supporting more women and girls into cycling clubs - This club toolkit has been developed with input from clubs, coaches, riders and experts in behavioural traits within women’s cycling.
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The Peace Museum will use its unique collection of objects to create 50 Women of Peace activity boxes that will be distributed to schools, organisations and families within the Bradford district to inspire.
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Inspiration, courage, solidarity - these are the women of Fair Trade! Celebrate the #WomenOfFairTrade in your enterprise and community who #ChooseToChallenge inequality.

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