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International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women's Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first​ ​IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this the​ Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom's Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women's equality. 

Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. Now is a great and important time in history to do everything possible to help forge a more gender-balanced world. Women have come a long way, yet there's still more to be achieved.

As the world heads toward International Women's Day 2019, step-by-step planning is underway to celebrate women's achievements and tenaciously challenge bias. The International Women's Day 2019 campaign theme of #BalanceforBetter is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. How will you help make a difference? 

There are many ways you can get involved and particpate in International Women's Day on 8 March 2019.

Here are just a few of the local events that are happening. If you are hosting an event that you would like us to add to this list, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Angels of the North - Notable Women of the North East

Monday 4 March, 1pm - 3pm, City Library, 33 New Bridge Street West, Newcastle, NE1 8AX

Meet the authors of Newcastle Libraries' best-seller - Angels of the North and find out more about the notable women of the North East.

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Young Women, Politics and Voice

Tuesday 5 March, 5:30pm - 7pm, The Bewick Hall, Newcastle City Library

Women and young people are changing the face of British politics and to mark International Women's Day we are celebrating the powerful voices of young women in Newcastle.The panel will be chaired by Councillor Joyce McCarty, Deputy Leader of Newcastle City Council who will be joined by:

  • Leah Shahzad and Fatima Pamsm-Conteh, Newcastle Youth Council.
  • Charlotte Boulton, Newcastle Students’ Union Marginalised Genders Officer.
  • Keldyne Wilson, Northumbria Students’ Union Vice President-Activities.
  • Caitlin Evenden, Northumbria University Students’ Union Women Students’ Officer.

The event runs from 5.30-7pm, where the panelists will discuss why they are involved in politics, why they believe the young female voice is important and answer any questions you may have.


A Festival of Feminist Ideas and Actions

A programme of events to celebrate International Women's Day 2019 organised by the Gender and Society Research Hub, Northumbria University.

  • Eye of the beholder - how photography has been used by women activists in Canada and the Peruvian Andes, 7 March, 6pm-7pm, Bewick Hall, Newcastle City Library
  • Film event 'Waru' - eight female Maori directors offer insight into Maori culture - 8 March, Tyneside Cinema (Book online)
  • Women of Tyneside - 12 March, the journey of the project and the impact upon the museum collections so far  6pm-7pm, Bewick Hall, Newcastle City Library
  • Girl-Kind North East - introduction to the project helping girls turn experiences and ideas into creative interventions, 21 March, 6pm-7pm, Bewick Hall, Newcastle City Library
  • A feminist poster exhibition throughout March with a guided talk - 26 March at Northumbria University
  • 'Hijab' - how visual imagery is both part of the problem and solution for the politics of the hijab, 9 April, 6pm-7pm, Bewick Hall, Newcastle City Library
  • Feminist Activism 1968-2018 Symposium - 1 May at Northumbria University


Women of Tyneside events

Women of Tyneside presents a Festival of Women events organised by Tyne and Wear Archives Museum (TWAM):

  • Communities and Collections, 12 March, 5:30pm - 7pm, Newcastle City Library
  • Alternative Careers Day, 27 March, 9am - 4pm, Newcastle Discovery Museum
  • Capturing a Star, Exhibition on until 27 April, South Shields Museum and Art Gallery
  • Small but Fierce Magazine - why was this not collected? 13 April, 2pm - 4pm, Thought Foundation, Birtley
  • Cafe Encounter, 24 April, 10am - 12pm, The Nest, Low Fell, NE9 5AN
  • In the Steps of Kathleen Brown, 5 May, 10:30am, Newcastle Central Station
  • Worth It, Exhibition 16-25 May, Vane Art Gallery, Newcastle
  • Celebrating Women in Music, 24 May, 7pm, The Cluny, Newcastle
  • The Female of the Species, 7 June, 6pm - 8pm, Great North Museum
  • What if Girls Ruled the World? 8 June, 10am - 12pm, Discovery Museum
  • Legacy! 14 June, 9am - 4pm, Discovery Museum
  • Deeds Not Words Walk, 30 June, 10:30am, The Junction, Haymarket

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This Girl Can Run

Thursay 7 March, Exhibition Park, Claremont Road, Newcastle, NE2 4PZ

This Girl Can is a celebration of active women who are doing their thing no matter how well they do it, how they look or even how red their face gets. Active Newcastle want to help women overcome the fear of judgement that is stopping too many women and girls from joining in and leading active lives.

2019 sees the third year of the This Girl Can International Women’s Day event. They will be bringing back the popular UV theme for our 2019 5k walk, jog or run with a new addition of a 1-mile option.

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NE Youth event for International Women's Day

Thursday 7 March, 7pm - 11pm, Colonel Porter's Emporium, Milliburn House, Newcastle, NE1 1LF

The Great Gatsby/ Roaring 20's themed event at Colonel Porters Emporium on 7th March is going to be a huge celebration. There'll be games, insightful talks, food, drinks, live music and dancing. Tickets are £25 + booking fee.

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Period Poverty Event

Friday 8 March 

The campaign theme of period poverty, will comprise a flashmob choir and a direct action ‘decorating’ Grey’s Monument with red pom-poms. There will be rehearsal of songs in Bewick Hall in the City Library from 10-11.30 followed by a walk to the Monument to wind round skeins of red pom-poms and do some singing. Some of the more intrepid participants will climb inside the Monument (for which we have permission!) and throw pom-poms from the top.

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Bloody Big Coffee Morning

Friday 8 March, 10am - 1pm, Birtley Community Partnership, Birtley, DH3 2QG

51% people say that they have either had direct experience of period poverty, or know someone who has. That’s over half the country. And it’s an issue no one should have to face.

That’s why we are hosting our own ‘Bloody Big Coffee Morning’ in partnership with Birtley Community Partnership and the Co-op.  There is just one twist – you must pay for your coffees and cakes with sanitary items, which will be donated to Red Box Gateshead who place them in schools to ensure that no girl is missing out on education because of her period.

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International Women's Day at Beamish

Friday 8 and Sunday 10 March, 11am and 2pm each day, Beamish Museum, County Durham, DH9 0RG

There will be a chance to join in with Suffragette rallies in The 1900s Town at 11am and 2pm each day, as well as a chance to learn about the role of women in the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s in the different areas around the museum. The Pit Village school visitors can also make a rosette in suffragette colours and on Sunday 10 March, there will be the singing of women's songs.

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#RealTalk International Women's Day event

Friday 8 March, 3pm - 4pm, Bewick Room, Newcastle Central Library, NE1 8AX

Chi Onwurah MP is hosting this event in conjunction with Young Women's Trust so young women from Newcastle Central can speak truth to power about the issues that matter to them. Come along and share your views:

  • How we can improve workplaces for women?
  • How can we improve young people’s pay?
  • How can we improve education for young women?
  • How can we prepare for the future of work

Children welcome. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm your attendance or share your views via e-mail.


Women in Science

Friday 8 March, 11am - 1pm, 4th floor, Commercial Union House, 39 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle, NE1 6QE

This free event invites three 'women in science' to speak about their current work as part of British Science Week 2019

  • Dr. Azadeh Fattahi-Savadjani of Durham University describes herself as an astrophysicist trying to understand how the 'faintest' galaxies form in the Universe, in order to gain understanding about the nature of Dark Matter and test the standard model of cosmology.
  • Johanna Weston of Newcastle University is currently researching the role of scavenging amphipods in the ecology of the deepest oceans.
  • Dr. Laura Greaves of Newcastle University is a senior research associate investigating the role of mitochondrial DNA mutations in ageing stem cells and cancer.

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The Courageous Countess

Friday 8 March, 7pm - 9pm, Cafe Shrub, Land of Oak and Iron Heritage Centre, NE21 6RU

Mary Eleanor Bowes, sole heir of Newcastle coal czar George Bowes, achieved notoriety in the Georgian era: her true legacy is often overlooked. This illustrated talk by local author Val Scully, presents a new interpretation of her dramatic and significant life, transforming this resilient and courageous woman from victim to feminist icon.

Booking is essential. Tickets are £10 per person and include a glass of Prosecco or juice and nibbles.

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Invisible Women

Friday 8 March, 6pm - 8:30pm, Byker Community Centre, Headlam Street, NE6 2DX

Magic Hat Cafe food (pay what you can afford) film viewing and share stories of activist adventures.

A film about two extriardinary women Angela Cooper and Luchia Fitzgerald who have spent the last fifty years working in the north of England transforming the lives of thousands of women and LGBTQ+ people.

The film opened at Manchester Pride and has since been shown to sellout crowds at film festivals in Birmingham, Liverpool and London.


International Women's Day Lunch

Friday 8 March, 12:30pm - 3:30pm, Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham, DH1 1TD

Women in Social Housing (WISH) North East network are hosting an International Women's Day Lunch. At this lunch they will be supporting Oasis Community Housing, a homelessness charity that works across the North East and provides vital support to vulnerable women facing homelessness. Hear about their work as well as the plans for WISH for the coming year.

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Balance for Better

Friday 8 March, 9am - 3pm, Carnegie Building, Atkinson Road, Benwell, NE4 8XS

Activities include telling our stories, singing workshop, science experiments, chair yoga, Indian head massage, arts and crafts. There will also be stalls from Breast Awareness Campaign, Cervical Cancer Awareness and information about the new Domestic Violence Bill.

A creche is available (booking essential). Call 01941 226 0754 option 1.


International Women's Day at The Interchange Centre

Friday 8 March, 10am - 1pm, LearningSkills, The Interchange Centre, Gateshead, NE8 1BH

The event will include refreshments, quizzes and competitions, activities and information from organisations:

  • Mindfulness
  • Hand massage
  • Pottery crowdfunding
  • Hijab styling
  • Bead making for life
  • Famous women in the North East
  • Talk from the Women's conference learningskills


COCO BalanceForBetter

Friday 8 March, 4pm - 7pm, Partners Room, Newcastle University Business School, 5 Barrack Road, Newcastle, NE1 4SE

Join COCO, a host of inspirational women from across the North East, and special guest from Tanzania Oswin Mahundi, to celebrate the successes of women. The theme for this year's International Women's Day is #BalanceForBetter. At the event we will be looking forward to how we can achieve gender equality and work to empower women and girls not only here in the North East, but further afield in East Africa where COCO works.

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Recyke y'bike 

Friday 8 March, 11am - 5pm, The Journey, Higham House, New Bridge Street West, Newcastle, NE1 8AN

Recyke y'bike are offering free bike safety checks for women and 10% off servicing for women who book on International Women's Day.


International Women's Day Inspired Calligraphy Workshop

Saturday 9 March, 10am, Gateshead Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, NE8 4LN

Celebrate inspirational women in this workshop with Creative Calligraphy! Learn the beautiful art of writing with a broad-edged pen to create a traditional calligraphy alphabet. You will finish the workshop writing your favourite quote from an inspirational Woman of your choice. #IWD2019. This workshop is suitable for beginners and those with some experience wanting more practice.

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