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International Women's Day is Sunday 8 March - a global event celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year, the campaign theme is #EachforEqual 'an equal world is an enabled world'.

There's lots happening in Newcastle and Gateshead and we'll be sharing a programme of events on social media and in our fortnightly bulletin, Connected Voice News. What are you doing in celebration of International Women's Day? Email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will include your events on our website.

Inspiring Women: Focused Networking Event

We're kicking off the International Women's Day celebrations early on 19 February with the our first Focused Networking Event of 2020 on the theme of 'Inspiring Women'. 

This will be a memorable event celebrating, sharing and showcasing a range of North East projects by and for women. We've selected a number of talented and dynamic speakers from community, charity and social enterprise organisations across our region . We're also inviting organisations of all types, sizes and purposes to come along and show off what you do for women locally with an exhibition stand in the Organisations and Services Marketplace.

Please note that this event is now fully booked but there is a waitlist on Eventbrite


What's on in our local area:

Thursday 5 March, 5:30pm - 8pm, Exhibition Park, NE2 4PZ
This Girl Can Newcastle - International Women's Day Celebration 2020

Join the popular UV themed event with an optional 1 mile or 5k "do it your way" event - walk, run, hop, skip or jump - it all counts! Or just come along and show your support. Find out more

Thursday 5 March, 7pm, The Cumberland Arms, NE6 1LD
Northern Exposure: International Women's Day

Film Hub North, BFI NETWORK and The Cumberland Arms present a programme of short films celebrating female filmmakers. Find out more

Friday 6 March, 10am - 4pm, Newcastle City Library, NE1 8AX
International Women's Day with Moving on Tyne and Wear

An all day event bringing together local women who want to find out more about services they can access in the area. Find out more

Friday 6 March, 10am - 12 noon, Gateshead learningSkills, The Interchange Centre, NE8 1BH
International Women's Day

The event will include refreshments, quizzes and competitions, activities, information from organisations and workshops. Find out more

Friday 6 March, 3:30pm - 6pm, Newcastle University Business School, NE1 4SE
#EachForEqual International Women's Day event

COCO invites you to join an event celebrating women of all backgrounds and cultures as we strive for gender equality. Find out more

Friday 6 March, 10am - 12 noon, Armstrong Building, Claremont Road, NE1 7RU 
International Women's Day Pop-up Choir

Come and join in the pop-up choir which will be singing at the Monument on 6 March (with rehearsals in the Robert Boyle Lecture Theatre G42 in the Armstrong Building beforehand). Find out more

Saturday 7 March - Sunday 8 March, Beamish Museum, DH9 0RG
International Women's Day at Beamish Museum

Discover the role of women in the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s as we celebrate International Women’s Day. Find out more

Sunday 8 March, 11am, The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre

International Women's Day Walk and Write

Join female lowland expedition leaders from the social enterprise Earth Sea Love on a short walk to Steel Rigg, the most iconic section of Hadrian's Wall.  After this stimulating outdoor experience, return to the Sill, view the stunning Lost Words exhibition and then be led through a series of writing activities such as acrostic writing and haiku composition.

Monday 9 March, 10:45am - 3:30pm Commercial Union House, NE1 6QE
A celebration of Women in Art

A free public event in celebration of International Women's Day, part of the EXPLORE lifelong learning membership programme. Find out more