Celebrate women’s achievements and recognise women’s struggles in York International Women’s Week.
This year’s theme is ‘Respect and Recognition’ for women within these shores and beyond, whatever their cultural or personal background and identity.
The events are offered by local organisers (individual and groups) and the programme is pulled together by a small group of volunteers.
The programme includes plays, poetry, book readings, talks, workshops, yoga, movement classes, musical events and the opportunity to taste Fair Trade food made by women. More than 30 events will take place around the city. The majority are free and any events that charge an entrance fee will donate any profits to women’s organisations.
Here are a few of the highlights. For our full listings for York International Women’s Week go here.
York International Women’s Week is Saturday, 7 March to Sunday, 15 March. For more information please visit the York International Women’s Week website.
3 March: Poetry & Prose Open Mic
Sign up on the night to read your own words or those of a favourite author around the theme of Respect and Recognition for Women. Everyone welcome.
7 March: Craftivism Across Borders
Knit or crochet one or more squares which will be joined together to form the ‘blanket of security’ to recognise women living near or in battlefields and refugee camps.
7 March: Self‐Respect and Self‐Recognition
Be ready to be inspired by exploring the power of poetry. Find your individual voice in a space for self-expression and creativity.
8 March: Maiden
A screening of the film ‘Maiden’, the story of the skipper of the first ever All Female Crew who entered the Whitbread Round World Yacht Race in 1989.
10 March: In This Together
An evening of tales and poems with Yvie Holder. She will reflect on the theme of ‘respect and recognition,’ using living testimony, biography and imagination.
10 March: Sisterhood
An evening of songs and stories, feminism and fables from Union Jill and guests, including stand up poet Kate Fox.
11 March: Aerial dance
Come and have a go on the aerial silks and hoops in this confidence-boosting workshop for all ages and abilities.
13-14 March: All Change!
A collaboration between Real People Theatre and York Spoken Word comes an exciting evening of open-mic theatre around the theme of how climate change is causing us to re‐think our attitude to how we live on this planet.
15 March: Pregnant Then Screwed
Pregnant Then Screwed Live is the UK festival of motherhood and work, bringing the funniest and most inspirational women to speak and to help you rebuild your confidence and find work that works for you. Workshops, live speakers, recruitment opportunities and more.