International Women’s day is an annual event, taking place this year on 8th March. The campaign dedicates a day to “celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender balance.”
The 2019 theme is #BalanceforBetter, focussing on building a gender-balanced world. The campaign highlights the fact that a gender-balanced world is important for everybody, and that to achieve it, everybody must play a part. The world has a collective responsibility, and IWD aims to include everybody in their actions and goals. Equality will play an important role in helping communities, businesses and economies thrive. The #BalanceforBetter campaign is not just for the day – it is a year-long target which should have continuous support. The International Women’s Day campaign is encouraging individuals to show their support and spread the word by posting a picture on social media with the ‘hands out’ gesture.
Events in Liverpool this International Women’s Day to get involved in:
- An evening of art, music and food is taking place at 24 Kitchen Street on 8th March, hosted by Sisbis with special guest Manara, from 6pm-4am. Tickets are available from Skiddle.
- The Open Eye gallery is showcasing an exhibition called 209 Women. The exhibition features portraits of the UK’s female MPs, shot exclusively by female photographers, to mark 100 years since women gained the right to vote.
- The Walker Art Gallery in the Liverpool World Museum is hosting a free drop-in talk at 2pm about two female artists, Anne Holt and Elisabetta Sirani, from the 17th and 19th centuries.
- The Liverpool World Museum is hosting a talk at 3pm from poetess Empressjai, who is going to be discussing Jamaican hero Nanny of the Maroons, who managed to help set up a thriving community after escaping slavery.
- The University of Liverpool is celebrating Decades of Women from the School of Architecture on the 7th March, 5-9pm. Alumni will talk about their experiences.