One of our favourite weeks of the year at Image HQ has arrived – it’s International Women’s Week! All week long, we’ll be posting content to get you in the mood to celebrate women for International Women’s Day on Thursday. As well as this, there are hundreds of events going on around the country to celebrate women, their achievements, their challenges and their history and to bring women of different backgrounds together to mark the occasion. It was tough to narrow it down, but here are our 10 picks of great events to celebrate International Women’s Day all week long.
Behind the Headlines – #MeToo – Then and Now
Wednesday, 7th March at 7 pm at the Trinity Long Room Hub. Tickets are free and available through Eventbrite
This past year has been a tumultuous time for women, with the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements gaining enormous traction in recent months. As part of their ‘Behind the Headlines’ series of talks, Trinity Long Room Hub is using this session to highlight if and how women’s positions in society have evolved over the past 100 years since women were first given the right to vote in Ireland in 1918. The evening features a discussion by a panel of experts, each speaking about different seminal moments or movements in women’s fight for equality. Subjects to be discussed include the disconnect between the law and women’s equality in society, the #MeToo movement in universities, the Waking the Feminist movement here in Ireland and coverage of the violence against female non-combatants in the Irish Revolution. It’s sure to be an absolutely fascinating evening.
The Irish Times Women’s Podcast for International Women’s Day
Thursday, 8th March at 8:20 am at the Little Museum of Dublin. Free to register via Eventbrite
Listen in live to the International Women’s Day edition of the Women’s Podcast being recorded on Thursday morning, entitled ‘What’s She Doing Here? (And How Did She Get Here?)’. Host Kathy Sheridan will speak to the groundbreaking women who are making their mark in male-dominated industries0 – from aircraft engineering to firefighting – about the highs and lows of their jobs, how they got to this point in their career and what challenges they’re currently facing. We all love a good origins story and to hear women who work in typically male industries will make for a really interesting episode.
Calling all Creatives! This event on International Women’s Day is the launch night of the #WhyDesign initiative, bringing together Ireland’s top designers and professionals to highlight the gender imbalance in the creative industries. The initiative includes a campaign aimed at second level students and their parents about what design is and the career options available to designers and creatives in Ireland. The launch night will have some brilliant speakers and the MC for the night is none other than Aoife Dooley (you may know her from the ‘Your One Nikita’ illustrations). If you’re a fully fledged designer or even someone interested in a creative career, this is a great event to get stuck into female design in Ireland.
24 Hours of Women’s Voices 2018
The distinct lack of female voices on Irish radio has been in the headlines a lot over the past year, but the folks at Dublin Digital Radio are doing their bit to change it this week. For International Women’s Day on Thursday, their airwaves will feature female voices only for 24 hours straight, whether it’s through women-led discussions on gender equality, or badass female DJ’s playing equally badass female tunes. You can listen from the comfort of your own home, but to add to the fun, DDR is hosting a listening party at Jigsaw from 8pm, so you can dance the night away to women-led sounds.
Suffragette Walking Tour
Thursday 8th of March at 1 pm, starting outside the Mansion House. Tickets are free and available through Eventbrite.
As we mentioned, 2018 marks 100 years since Irish women first won the right to vote. So, what more of a perfect way to celebrate this year’s Day of the Woman than walking in the footsteps of those great women of 1918? The Suffragette Walking Tour in Dublin takes about an hour and goes through all of the key landmarks of the suffrage movement in the Republic, from the Mansion House to Dublin Castle. It’s free and you can do it all on your lunch break.
The Powder Room: International Women’s Day
Thursday the 8th March at 7 pm at the Woolen Mills. Tickets start from €9.24 from Eventbrite.
If you want an event that encompasses a bit of everything, the Powder Room’s celebrations are it. On Thursday, they’ll be showcasing the best new Irish female talent in everything from music to artwork to film, as well as celebrating women led charities and businesses too. You’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy it all with a killer view of the city, as it’s being hosted by The Yarn restaurant at The Woolen Mills on their rooftop terrace. An all-around celebration of women with free food? Sign us up.
Network Ireland Celebration of International Women’s Day 2018
If you want to use your Women’s Day to network and meet other outstanding women in your field, this lunch event by Network Ireland at the Intercontinental in Ballsbridge is right up your street. The event is set to host over 200 of Ireland’s premier businesswomen, all there to discuss women’s politics, women’s health and the gender pay gap. And as it’s in association with the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, you’re also doing your bit to help an incredibly worthy cause, too.
MNÁSOME Presents: Badass Women
Thursday the 8th of March at 8 pm at Drop Dead Twice. Tickets are €8, available from Eventbrite.
Yet another musical addition to our list (and how could we not with that name?) Mnásome is all about showcasing new female talent on the Irish music scene, and they’re grabbing the opportunity of International Women’s Day to put the spotlight on three acts: Vernon Jane, Montauk Hotel and Ruth Mac. The sound gals at Mnásome are also making sure that the evening is for the greater good too; all proceeds are headed straight to the Dublin Well Woman Centre, who provide countless services to the women of the city, including sexual health services, counselling and health care.
“GIRL RISING”: CHANGING THE WORLD ONE GIRL AT A TIME
Thursday the 8th of March at 7 pm at the Hamilton Building in Trinity College. Tickets are free and available through Eventbrite.
This is sure to be a beautiful one. Screening of ‘Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl At a Time’ highlights women and girls in poverty around the world, and how investing in female education can be the key to breaking the poverty cycle within just one generation. The evening will host a discussion on these themes, as well as a screening of the film itself. ‘Girl Rising’ follows nine young girls who are struggling for their right to an education, to a home or just to survive. The girls play themselves, and their stories are narrated by well-recognised voices such as Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and Cate Blanchett. Important ideas and an amazing film is a perfect way to spend your International Women’s Day.
GirlCrew x Fearless Movement: Beyoncé
Saturday the 10th of March at 10 am at the Bernard Shaw. Tickets are €37.32 and available through Eventbrite.
There is no better way to finish off a week of celebrating everything about women than breaking a sweat to some Beyoncé tunes. You may have heard of GirlCrew as the ‘next big thing’ from Irish women; it’s a network designed to help women connect with each other in a world that makes it really difficult to make new adult friendships. They’re teaming up with Fitness Moves for this year’s Women’s Day to host an unreal morning of tunes, food and chats.