Theme for 2021: Women in a time of plague
6th – 14th March



SUNDAY 7th March: Femmes Fortissimo: Women Banding Together 3-4pm,
Discussion of life without live music, plus two new pieces of music. What a treat!
Free, book for Zoom link: https://femmesfortissimo2021.eventbrite.co.uk

MONDAY 8th March: Herstory.York: making invisible women visible. Community history project, focussing in this session on women in the health and caring professions. 6-7pm. Free, book on Eventbrite for Zoom link: http://bit.ly/HerstoryYIWW2021

Arctivism: An Exhibition, Women activists during the Covid-19 Crisis.  Email hrdhub@york.ac.uk for access to this global creative exploration of life in a pandemic. 
Kyra celebrates International Women’s Week with a host of inspiring online talks, panels and taster sessions. Details and booking: https://kyraiwd2021.eventbrite.co.uk/ 

SUNDAY 14th March: Questiontime? Women in a Time of Plague 3-4.30pm, 
Join us for this lively and insightful final event of YIWW2021 to put questions to leading local female politicians, chaired by BBC York’s Elly Fiorentini. Free, book for Zoom link:  www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-york-international-womens-week-2021-event-tickets-138229284511

You can download the full YIWW2021_Programme PDF for details of all events, or start with the one-page YIWW2021 Programme_at-a-glance. If you would like a printed copy, phone 01904 702060 and we’ll post one to you. The online YIWW2021_Programme is updated regularly (last update 5th March), and event amendments will also be posted on the Programme page and via our social media sites. 

All events are online, are free or ask for a small charity donation, and all need to to be booked in advance for links to online sites. 

It’s exciting to see what local women have come up with to explore, survive and discuss the implications of life in a pandemic for women locally and globally. Check out events on women’s rights and experiences in various locations throughout the world, or share your own stories;  try out poetry, crafting or yoga; take a virtual guided walk in a local wood; or discuss the benefits of natural medicine or older age advocacy. Most events last for between one and two hours. 

We recognise that for many women a Programme of events that are all online will affect accessibility: for some the chance to engage with others from their home will open up opportunities; for others, participating in online events will be difficult or even impossible. [While one event was planned as a walk in the wood under the ‘rule of six’ – ‘Finding connection in a time of separation’ on 14 March –  due to pandemic rules this will now be transformed into a virtual breath of fresh air].

New to online events? If you like the sound of an activity or talk but have not yet tried online events (for YIWW usually Zoom, or a similar system) then we encourage you to have a go. Our online zoom-guide-for-beginners is a good start, and contact individual organisers or email yorkwomensvoices@gmail.com if you would like more support. More details on the Participants  page.

We intend to learn from organising online events, and next year – with luck and concentrated efforts nationally and globally to isolate the current viruses – we hope to be able to offer a more balanced programme of face-to-face and online events.

For 2021 we look forward to making the most of the internet as we welcome not only local people, but also those living elsewhere in the UK, the rest of Europe and the world to join us in virtual York for discussion, information, relaxation, support and activism.

  • Join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Join our mailing list – send your email address to yorkwomensvoices@gmail.com with MAILING LIST in the subject heading.
  • Check out this website regularly – any Programme amendments will be noted on this website.
  • Phone or email if you would like to know more.
  • Download the YIWW2021_A5_Poster. for your own use or to display in a window or notice board. Due to Covid we are unable to distribute our brochures this year, but with a community effort we should be able to get word out about YIWW2021.
  • We’ve also listed extra local International Women’s Day events, as well other relevant online events around the world; browse the ‘More Events‘ menu link. 

Queries: phone 01904 702060 or email yorkwomensvoices@gmail.com

With hope and warm wishes to everyone living in the pandemic, whatever your situation,  from the YIWW2021 Coordinating Group: Rose Drew, Pilar Girvan, Penny Bainbridge, Marilyn Crawshaw, Margaret Everall, Kim Stephen, Kate Hignett, June Tranmer, Jamie Khoo, Candi Colburn, Ann Kaloski. 

Many thanks to our financial supporters (click on images for details of these organisations): 

logos of Y.I.W.W. sponsors. Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York Human Rights City, Centre for Women's Studies and Centre for Applied Human Rights University of York