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This list focusses on International Women’s Day (IWD) events in York but not in the YIWW2021 Programme, and online IWD events elsewhere. We’ve also included women’s and feminist events close to IWD.

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York Racial Equality Network
Events and Activities for York Women’s International Week 2021

A variety of events 6-14 March, all free, donations requested if possible.
Drumming Workshop (can use household items) / Meditation / Aromatherapy / Coffee & Chat / Yoga / Talk: West Indian Nurses in the 1950s-1960s National Health Service / Healing Racial Trauma with Amy [protected space for BAME women (trans inclusive)] / ‘Girls Night Out’

Including: Founding Member of YREN Yvie Holder talk on ‘Things you’ve forgotten; Words from Lockdown
YREN invites you to an hour of poems and anecdotes, with local writer, founding Member and former Chair of YREN, Yvie Holder. Yvie’s writing is drawn from her life and inspired by the lives of others too. She will reflect on the York International Women’s Week theme for 2021, ‘Women in a Time of Plague.’ Using imagination, biography and extracts from her upcoming memoir, she’ll focus on times before, during and (possibly) after lockdown.
free booking:

Women of the World: WOW UK Festival 2021

“Over three weeks we’ll explore everything from mental health to sex in lockdown, radical childcare to #SayHerName, and being everything from a grandmother to an artist in a pandemic (or both!).” Tickets from £1. 1st -21st March

International Women’s Day: Art, Action & Craft

Monday 8 March 2021, 6 – 7.30pm
£10 | Friends £9 | £5 Student tickets – please sign up using your student email address
Online – Via Zoom; Speaker: Sarah Corbet

International Women’s Day

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New Suns: A Feminist Literary Festival

Fri 5—Sun 7 Mar 2021

The feminist literary festival returns to explore the legacy of science-fiction author Octavia Butler and her prophetic Earthseed series. With online panel discussions, workshops and a film screening.

An Academic Discussion Group special event: Women in 2021

Monday 8th March 2021 | 3:15pm to 4:15pm (BST)

Hosted by Insessional Support and Language Development, York St John University.
Friendly, supported discussion; all levels of English welcome.

Email or sign up here

Unpaid Care Work and Covid-19: A Missed Opportunity to Recognise, Value and Take Action?

 Friday 5 March 2021, 2pm

Globally, 75% of unpaid care work is carried out by women and girls and this gendered burden of labour intersects with inequalities of race, class and caste, and the Covid-19 pandemic has foregrounded its fundamental importance for society and the economy.  Discussion on led by Dr Diya Dutta, Dr Juliana Martinez Franzoni and Dr Rosemary Morgan and chaired by Tallulah Lines and Jayanthi Lingham. Webinar organised by The Interdisciplinary Global Centre, University of York and The Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre for International Development.

Free, but must be booked in advance:

There’s No Place like Home: A Woman’s Place in the Pandemic?

Online event; Wednesday 10th March, 6.00-6.45pm

After more than a year of living with Covid-19, our panellists will discuss the ways in which gender and racial inequalities in healthcare, at home, and at work are being exacerbated. They will also reflect on what it might mean to ‘build back better’.
Panelists: Felicia Willow, Interim Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society; Sarah Hill, CEO of Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS); Dr Ernestine Gheyoh Ndzi, Senior Lecturer in Law at York St John University.

Free, advance booking

The Double X Economy

Thursday 11 March, 6:30pm

Prof Linda Scott discusses a new vision of women’s rights, based on economic liberty. It’s an assessment of women’s historic subjugation, an evidence-based demonstration of how that subjugation has resulted in myriad intractable problems, and a call to action to once and for all place women on an equal footing with men.

Free, must be booked in advance:

Women’s Voices Now: Advocating Women’s Rights through Film. A Film Festival

11th – 25th March

US-based online festival. Discussions and 7 films. After the starting event, featuring Helen Mirren, films are available to watch in your own time over the festival dates.

Tickets from approximately $20 (discounts available) from (opens in new tab)