6th – 14th March 2021

Each year, local women get together to plan a programme to mark International Women’s Day, 8th March. We do it by encouraging the development of events from as many different walks of life as possible with a view to getting as many women involved as possible.  The coordinating group then pull the events into a programme which for 2021 will be published on this website, and available via email on request.

This year our theme is ‘Women in a time of Plague’ 

We welcome a variety of events that make connections to this theme, ranging across economic, political, cultural, creative, historical, health and well-being issues as relevant locally, nationally and globally.

The Call for Events to be included in the YIWW2021 Programme closed on 10th January.  Many thanks to everyone who submitted an event. It’s exciting to see what local women have come up with to explore, survive and discuss life in a pandemic for women locally and globally.

The coordinating group will consider all applications on 18th January, and will be in touch with everyone who offered an event soon afterwards. If event organisers have any queries in the meantime, please email us at yorkwomensvoices@gmail.com.

The YIWW2021 coordinating group will gather details and put the Programme together over the next month. We aim to have the Programme available on this site by 14th February, and will send out messages via social media and email to alert people to begin browsing and booking. We look forward to making the most of the global internet as we welcome people to join us in virtual York for discussion, information, relaxation, support and activism.

Want to be among the first to find out about the 2021 Programme? 
Join us on social media – links to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are in the left menu.
Join our mailing list – send your email address to yorkwomensvoices@gmail.com with MAILING LIST in the subject heading.

With best wishes  from the YIWW2021 Coordinating Group: Rose Drew, Pilar Girvan, Penny Bainbridge, Marilyn Crawshaw, Margaret Everall, Kim Stephen, Katy Grant, Kate Hignett, June Tranmer, Candi Colburn, Ann Kaloski. 

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The Joseph Rowntree Foundation
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) is an independent social change organisation working to solve UK poverty. At JRF and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT), we share two overarching outcomes:
*Everyone has a decent home in a good place.
*Everyone has good living standards and prospects.
Through research, policy, collaboration and practical solutions, JRF aims to inspire action and change that will create a prosperous UK without poverty, where:
*More people want to solve poverty, understand it and take action.
*More people find a route out of poverty through work.
*More people find a route out of poverty through a better system of social security.
*More people live in a decent, affordable home.
Work with us to solve UK poverty: We are working with private, public and voluntary sectors, and people with lived experience of poverty, to build on the recommendations in our comprehensive strategy – We can solve poverty in the UK – and loosen poverty’s grip on people who are struggling to get by.  For our latest news, subscribe to our weekly email, or follow us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

York Human Rights City
In April 2017, York was declared the UK’s first Human Rights City.  Its Declaration commits to promote human rights in decision making, to ensure all residents’ human rights are respected, and to encourage awareness and debate about human rights.  To read more about what is happening in the city and to sign up for regular notices, visit www.yorkhumanrights.org; Fb:@YorkHumanRightsCity; Twitter:@YorkHumanRights.

Centre for Women’s Studies, University of York
The Centre for Women’s Studies (CWS) was established at the University of York in 1984. It has grown to become a world-leading centre for the study of women and gender, offering innovative teaching across the humanities and social sciences, linking theory in imaginative ways to current affairs and cultural and political issues. CWS offers postgraduate Diplomas, MAs, and PhDs. We are lucky to have a lively,  national and international group of students, and we also warmly welcome applications from those living locally in York and the surrounding area. Students normally have a 2:1 in their first degree, and we also take relevant experience into account. For details, see www.york.ac.uk/womens-studies and contact cws@york.ac.uk  if you’d like to discuss studying with us.

Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York
The Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR) is an interdisciplinary research and teaching centre. Its friendly community of scholars and visiting practitioners share a commitment to the real-world challenges of putting human rights into practice and protecting human rights defenders at risk. This focus on human rights defending and defenders shapes all the Centre’s work. CAHR is international in breadth and draws on the University of York’s rich tradition of rigorous and engaged scholarship in the fields of development, post-war reconstruction, public policy, public health, disability rights, gender and women’s rights, environmental issues, and refugee law. CAHR offers two postgraduate programmes, an MA in Applied Human Rights and LLM International Human Rights Law and Practice. For more information or to join our mailing list please email cahr-admin@york.ac.uk.


Background to York International Women’s Week

There are different versions of the origins of the idea of holding an annual ‘Women’s Day’ but a key event was a European conference of working women in 1910. There, Clara Zetkin proposed an annual day to celebrate women at the same time as urging action to improve working conditions, bring about equal pay and ensure women’s voting rights.  Over the years, campaigns to shift attitudes and challenge discrimination on these and other areas such as gender-based violence have achieved much.  And there is more to do.  Did you know, for example, that globally one new ‘child bride’ gets married every two seconds?  That women are almost twice as likely as men to suffer severe injuries in car crashes because safety features are designed for men? That only six countries in the world – Belgium, Denmark, France, Latvia, Luxembourg and Sweden – give women equal legal work rights as men?  That women have been hit far harder than men from austerity? And for women who are disabled or from minority ethnic groups, the effects of gender discrimination are magnified? [www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/03/surprising-stats-about-gender-inequality]

International Women’s Day is now marked in many countries on 8th March each year.

In York people come together to celebrate women’s achievements, to witness women’s struggles, and to work towards justice and equality for all, locally and globally. This year the broad aim of the festival is ‘Respect and Recognition’ for all women, whatever their cultural or personal background and identity. The events are offered by local organisers (individual and groups) and coordinated by a small group of volunteers. We expect all events to be welcoming and inclusive and for everyone to join in, in the spirit of respect and recognition. We must all also acknowledge our responsibility to listen to each other and not seek to silence women even if we don’t share the same views. Our voices as women have been silenced for too long. We welcome all women and everyone in support of them to join us.

We hope you will join in – browse the programme,  find out something new about women’s rights locally and globally, enjoy a poetry or music gig,  try new activity such as acting or yoga – and celebrate women’s worth in the world.

Queries?:   yorkwomensvoices@gmail.com