Wellbeing Weekly: Celebrating International Women's Day
3 March 2021
"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist, nor to any one organization, but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights."
(Gloria Steinem, feminist, journalist and activist)
This week's blog is the second part of our focus on International Women's Day - a global day which celebrates and raises awareness of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day is also a call to action for addressing gender parity, equality for women, and fundraising for female-focussed charities.
International Women's Day has occurred for 110 years, with the first gathering held in 1911. Every year it has a specific theme and the campaign theme for IWD 2021 is 'Choose To Challenge'. You can find out more about the history and story of International Women's Day on their website.
Within Nottingham, there is an amazing range of activities happening. There are wellbeing sessions, exercise classes, talks, discussions and workshops throughout the week beginning Monday 8th March - bringing communities of women and allies together. Here are some of the arts based and creative activities taking place...
Nottingham Women's Centre
On Monday 8th March from 5-6pm, Nottingham Women's Centre are hosting a zine-making workshop by professional artist Diana Ali. Throughout this workshop, Diana will be guiding you on how to find your voice and communicate what intersectional feminism means to you and others, all through the medium of collaging and paper craft. The only materials you'll need are those you already have lying around your house: Scissors, glue and paper scraps are necessary.
Change the Equation: Women in Music
Also on Monday 8 March, from 7-8.30pm, Equation are offering 'Change the Equation- Women In Music'. Parisa East from Acoustickle, a female leader within the music scene in Nottingham, will be talking about the ways in which women can succeed in an industry that necessitates flexibility and innovation.
If you want to get actively involved and make your voice heard, you can take part in a our film project. NAE is part of the Fempowerment collective, which is a partnership between a wide range of community organisations in Nottingham, and this year we are celebrating #InternationalWomensDay2021 by asking women to send in videos of how they have persevered through the pandemic, challenging stereotypes and stigma.
These videos will create a short film which brings the voices of Nottingham women together and will be shared across social media next week.
As well as these exciting events and projects there is so lots more going on! Check out the IWD Nottingham website to discover what's happening across the city.