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International Women's Day 2021

From Monday 8th March to Sunday 14th March 2021, Bristol Women’s Voice hosted Bristol’s International Women’s Day events entirely online. We created an exciting and vibrant programme that enabled people to stay safe but still connect to celebrate women and girls around this important day.
#IWD2021  #ChooseToChallenge  #IWD2021BWV  #WeAreBristol

2021´s international theme was #ChooseToChallenge, and we programmed a week of online and remote activities with a couple of activities each day and two full days of events on the weekend. There were also some activities available all week and some interactive elements that people could join in with at home. We tried to make sure there was a spread of different types of activities across the week that anyone in Bristol could engage with and get involved in remotely.

As usual, we had a programme packed with performances, activities, discussions and workshops that inform, inspire and celebrate women! 


Bristol Women’s Voice are excited to have worked with Miranda Rae, Broadcast Manager at Ujima Radio, who  curated a YouTube playlist showcasing the work of local women musicians, singers and producers as part of the online Bristol International Women’s Day events.

You can access the playlist on the Bristol Women’s Voice YouTube channel to hear the amazing musical talent that Bristol has to offer and keep you moving.

Monday March 8th

10 - 11:30 am - Women Mean Biz

Victoria Matthews Business West
Ticketed event event £10.

12 - 1 pm - The Emerging Identity of Women in India

University of Bristol panel discussion.

12.30 - 1.30 pm - How can we recover from Covid-19 in a way that meaningfully supports greater inclusion, equality and community for all women and girls?

Keynote panel discussion with Sado Jirde, South West Black Network; Amaal Ali, Integrate UK; Lucy Duggan, the Human Nature Project; Penny Evans, Knowle West Media Centre: the Factory and Katy Taylor, Bristol Women's Voice

2 - 3.30 pm - Seminar

Law Society International Women’s Day

6 - 6.45 pm - How do we Navigate and Complexities of Female Desire?

Kathering Angel challenges commonly accepted assumptions about women's desire and sexuality in the age of #MeToo. Bristol Festival of Ideas

7 - 8.30 pm - Women who Challenge the Legal Sector

Panel discussion, Ticketed £15. Katie Baxter

Tuesday March 9th

12.30 - 1.30 pm - Bellyfit FLow: Love How You Feel.

Exercise class with Agni Grenckowska

12.30 - 1 pm - Meet our Worker

Meet Next Link's ‘Honour’ Based Violence and forced Marriage Specialist and understand our work around this. Led by Sajida and supported by Theia / Jayne Whittlestone

12.30 - 1.30 pm - Acing Your Application

A practical workshop to finding your role, perfecting your CV, and acing the application and interview, with Sally Ashby.

6.30 – 7.30 pm - Poetry on Prescription

An invitation to listen to poetry read by Subitha Baghirathan

Wednesday March 10th

11 - 12 pm - What Will it Take to Close the Gap?

International Women’s Day: What will it take to close the gap? A panel discussion with four inspiring business women: Baroness Mary Goudie, Leena Nair, Debi O'Donovan and Host Dr. Mridula Pore.

12.30 - 1.30 pm - My Wild City and Women in Nature by Avon Wildlife Trust

Avon Wildlife Trust's My Wild City team will be discussing the My Wild City Project and Women in Nature.

12.30-1.30 pm - Lullabies from around the world

A chance to learn and share each other's lullaby songs from across the world, celebrating diverse cultures and histories in Bristol through song, with Roxana Vilk.

12.30-1.30 pm - Improve Productivity: time management and prioritisation skills

Learn a better approach to time management and prioritisation to improve productivity and gain better results. A workshop by Sarah Ives

12.30 - 1 pm - Meet a 'Help When You Need It' Worker

This session set up by Next Link is a chance to learn about their new 'Help when you need it' service to support women with heir mental health. Led by Jenni and Charlotte / Jayne Whittlestone

5 - 6 pm - Biodanza for Self-Empowerment

A movement session to tap into your inner strength, self-confidence and capacity to stand up for your rights. Paola

7 - 10 pm - Our Dream Holiday

Creative writing workshop with Cheryl Lowman

8 pm - Dram Whiskey tasting event

Women and whiskey event with Harri Sharman

Thursday March 11th

11 -12 pm - Get Social | Women's Bristol Network

This informal one-hour networking group will bring Bristol based female entrepreneurs and business owners together to build lasting Bristol-based business connection. Bristol Women’s Bristol Network

12.30 - 1.30 pm - Housing Chat and Learn

An online conversation hosting by Shelter Bristol and their Women's Action Group.

12.30 - 1 pm - Meet our ISVA

Meet BAME specialist Independent Sexual Violence Advisors at Safe Link. Led by Jivan and Tesa / Jayne Whittlestone

12.30 - 1.30 pm Bellyfit Love how you feel class: Bellyfit.

Exercise class (standard) with Agni Grenckowska

7 - 10 pm - Our Dream Holiday

Creative writing workshop with Cheryl Lowman

Friday March 12th

12.30 - 1.30 pm - Meet a Next Link Manager

To learn about all our services available to victims and survivors of domestic abuse, and what to expect if you call us. Led by Charlotte and Jayne at Next Link / Jayne Whittlestone.

1 pm - Workout for Women!

To celebrate International Women's Day, we decided to hold a fundraising event to support women in need! With just £1, you can enjoy a 1-hour pilates session with Agi@Equitness, and also do a good cause for the society to stop domestic abuse in the UK!

5 - 6 pm - Nautical Women

A talk by Rosemary Caldicott and Trish Mensah.

Saturday March 13th

11 - 12 pm - Rebel Daughter of a Rebel Mother

A talk about what it was like to have an anti-Nazi refugee activist as a mother from the Bristol Radical History Group

11 - 12.30 pm - Reconnecting win the Body

A creative writing workshop with Kat Lyons. Ticketed £3-£10

12 - 1 pm - Using Body Language to Identify Danger

A workshop by Sister Courage. More info coming soon.

1 - 2 pm -Through Her Eyes...International Women's Day Short Film Programme

Bristol Women’s Voice and The Cube Cinema present a showcase of women filmmakers and creatives to celebrate International Women’s Day 2021

2.30 - 4.30 pm - Facebook Live Bangladeshi Women's Cookery Classes

With Asma Qadar and the Bangladeshi Women's Group

3 - 4 pm - Boost Your Confidence

Learn practical ways to boost your confidence with Ania Milne.

Sunday March 14th

1 - 2 pm - Through her eyes... International Women's Day Short Film Programme

Bristol Women’s Voice and The Cube Cinema present a showcase of women filmmakers and creatives to celebrate International Women’s Day 2021

2 - 3 pm - Through Her Eyes Film Panel

Panel with filmmakers from The Cube short film programme

2 - 4 pm - Digital Diaries: A Virtual, Embodied Writing Workshop

An exercise in articulating the voice in our heads and finding strength and discipline to go looking for it in moments of restriction, stress, discomfort and insecurity, with Manmeet Kaur.

3 - 4 pm - A Goddess and a Leader in Prehistoric Crete?

A talk from the Bristol Radical History Group

4 - 5 pm - Herbs in the time of Covid

From Becs and Annwen. An approach to supporting yourself with herbs during the pandemic.

Get Involved


Use your daily exercise to spread the International Women’s Day message however and wherever you want by writing messages and quotes, drawing pictures and expressing yourself in the streets and public spaces of Bristol.

Download the pack with more ideas and get chalking!


Celebrate #IWD2021BWV loud and proud! Download the information pack and inspirational quotes to put in your window and get involved.

Seeing these quotes in windows? Send your photos to @BWV2!


Celebrate International Women’s Day by making a zine!
Get creative! Download the information pack with advice and ideas for all that wish to take part in celebrating International Women’s Day!

Don´t forget to share your work with us!

Take a photo and post it on your social media with the hashtags:

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