York International Women’s Week 2019 is over and the organising group met recently to discuss feedback and review the programme. We are delighted that events attracted even more women than last year, with many organisers reporting capacity bookings, drawing new people to their activities. One event – on transphobia, added to the online programme – garnered a great deal of comment, from very supportive to extremely antagonistic. At the review, the organising group confirmed our commitment to YIWW continuing to operate a trans-inclusive definition of women and encouraging exploration of the many issues and rewards we all face in a respectful and compassionate way. We have also taken on board all the feedback including how this particular event was marketed.
Our 2019 theme of ‘Making ALL women’s voices heard’ encouraged a wide-ranging programme, and participants commented on the diversity of cultures and perspectives represented. One remark – that “we need hope” – reflects the desire of many York women for a YIWW that is challenging and informative and makes a difference to women’s lives: we are proud that alongside sharing and extending knowledge about women throughout the world money was raised for a number of local and global women’s groups. We look forward to next year, and to welcoming even more organisers and participants to this York grassroots event; we would especially like to see more events organised by/with a focus on girls and young women, women with caring responsibilities, disabled women and BAME women.The provisional date for YIWW20 is 7th-15th March, and details for submission will be available in October 2019 on www.yorkwomen.org.uk.
A small group has again come together to promote local events to celebrate International Women’s Day, March 8th, through grassroots and other events that focus on ‘Making All Women’s Voices Heard’ both here and overseas. We will promote them through a printed brochure, a website and social media. When planning your event, please check Our Facebook Page to try to avoid clashes and maximise attendances.
The core focus will be on events during the week 2nd-10th March but we will also include relevant events either side of those dates, please ask us.
Please keep to the deadlines below; we will not be able to take late entries. You are welcome to submit a skeleton outline for your event if that is all you have by the deadline and then add further detail later on the Facebook page as well as through your own advertising channels.
It is crucial that you stick to the Guidelines For Entry
Deadline for submitting entries: end of day SUNDAY 13TH JANUARY
Entries must be made by completing THIS ONLINE FORM
THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR ENTRY TO THE BROCHURE OR WEBSITE
If you have any questions, please feel free to Contact Us
Building on the success of York International Women’s Week 2018, preparations are now under way for the 2019 festival. We’ve got a spangly new logo and work has commenced to begin contacting event organisers so watch this space for updates and the publication of the programme.
If you’d like to run and event during the 2019 festival, the application will be online soon, or you can Contact Us to be emailed when it goes live
After the excellent success of this year’s York International Women’s Week, we are are pleased and excited to announce that YIWW will be running again in 2019 between 2nd – 10th March 2019! Watch this space for more information and announcements as planning progresses in the autumn.