Call for Events now closed


A group of women in York have again come together to promote a week of events to celebrate International Women’s Day, March 8th.   This year the focus is ‘Women in a time of Plague’. 

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 considered all applications on 18th January, and are now contacting everyone who offered an event. If event organisers have any queries in the meantime, please email us at

Whilst most events will take place during 6th – 14th March we also considered relevant events either side of those dates.


Please make sure you read right to the bottom of this Call For Events for information specific to planning your event this year, including Hints and Guidelines for online events.

You are welcome to submit a skeleton outline for your event if that is all you have. You can then add further detail later on the Facebook page as well as through your own advertising channels. 

Ideas for events and some examples

This year’s theme, ‘Women in a time of plague’ offers a unique opportunity to engage with a diverse audience as we share stories, creative outputs, and our lived experiences of living in the midst of a pandemic. Whilst proposals for in-person events are welcome, these will need to be carefully and safely proposed (and carried out) in-line with Covid-19 guidelines. We do, however, expect most events to occur online in order to ensure the safety of our organisers and attendees. Whilst this format obviously differs from previous years, it also offers you a chance to get creative with the delivery of your event.

Examples of ‘safe’ in-person events could include individual walking trails around York linked to this year’s theme and/or outdoor events with limited numbers of people. Online events could include panel discussions via Zoom, art/poetry exhibitions via personal blogs and websites, pre-recorded or live-streamed YouTube events, and women-inspired quizzes via Googlemeet/Zoom. Organisers could also offer online dance or yoga sessions, workshops, and open-mic evenings. The opportunities are endless, and we welcome creativity so please do not be shy with your suggestions!

Making your event safe and accessible

Whichever choices you make, you should make sure that your event can be safely and responsibly shared with an interested public audience. It would also be fantastic to see events which are accessible to as many people as possible, using whatever technical capabilities you have. For example, if you are able to include BSL and/or captioning in the delivery of your event then please do. In order to ensure events continue to act as safe spaces for organisers and their attendees, events should only be accessible to those who have registered an interest in the event and who have been provided with a relevant passcode (if occurring via Zoom, Googlemeet, Ticket Tailor or similar site).  Events occurring via blogs/websites and other non-time specific media without passcode access will be accessible to all interested members of the public – organisers should be aware of this.

Check out some Resources that we’ve put together to help with this: 
How-to Guidelines

We have a wonderful opportunity this year to engage with audiences who may live further afield or who have struggled to attend in-person events in the past. This may also be an opportunity to witness the evolution of York International Women’s Week into a larger, more accessible series of events for women celebrating their diversity and solidarity – we hope subsequent years can draw on an increasing range of in-person and online event ideas.

Next steps
If you want to take part and you can link your event to ‘Women in a time of plague’ then please complete the form and enter your idea. We would love to see it! 

Deadline for submitting entries
end of day SUNDAY 10th JANUARY 2021.

Entries must be through
(cut and paste into your browser if clicking the link fails)

It is crucial that you stick to the Guidelines for Entries