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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate, recognise and bring together women and girls from all walks of life to discuss gender issues still facing society today. It is celebrated worldwide each year on 8th March, with events happening across the country (and beyond).

Every year, Bristol Women’s Voice host the city’s biggest free International Women’s Day celebrations. Find out what’s happening and how you can join us or even get involved.

Why is International Women’s Day important?

Every year we hear people ask why International Women’s Day is needed, when so much progress has been made towards gender equality in Western society. In reality – the fact that people are asking this question is an answer in itself!

International Women’s Day aims to raise awareness of the issues and injustices impacting women every day, and tackle misogyny both here in the UK and around the world. It marks a global call to action to strive for true gender parity and ensure all women are heard. It’s also a chance to support and celebrate one another, and get to know women in our communities and beyond.

Find out more about what drives the work we do on our About Us page.

What happens at BWV’s International Women’s Day?

Bristol Women’s Voice hosts a huge range of events, activities and workshops to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Usually held on a weekend close to 8th March, the sessions might include:

  • Inspirational talks from leading academics, activists and experts
  • Interactive discussions about issues facing women today
  • Practical workshops, from presentation skills to dance!
  • Gallery spaces and film screenings from incredible female artists
  • Stalls from women-owned small businesses, support networks, social groups and more
  • A march or vigil across the city
  • An evening social event to network and meet the Bristol Women’s Voice team


The whole event is completely FREE thanks to the hard work of our dedicated volunteers and kind donations of our supporters.

Accessible to all

We work hard to ensure our International Women’s Day events are accessible to everyone. Aside from being completely free, past events have included:

  • Wheelchair accessible location
  • British Sign Language interpreters attending key sessions
  • Hearing loops
  • Accessibility stewards
  • Free creche
  • Quiet room


We welcome people of all ages, genders, backgrounds and identities to attend, although some sessions may not be suitable for children.

Volunteering at International Women’s Day

Our International Women’s Day events would not be possible without our team of amazing volunteers. If you’d like to get involved as a volunteer, you’ll get some great experience, and meet other like-minded women all while helping make the event a reality.

Join our Mailing List to stay up to date with upcoming events and how to volunteer.

Speakers, workshop facilitators and stalls

If you’d like to run a talk, workshop or stall at our International Women’s Day event we’d love to hear from you!

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Past events

Explore our past Bristol International Women’s Day events here:
International Women’s Day 2023
International Women’s Day 2021
International Women’s Day 2020
International Women’s Day 2019
International Women’s Day 2018