8 March 2011 (International Women’s Day)

8-17 March: Birds Eye View Film Festival, Southbank Centre, London. Seventh annual festival of films by women.

8 March – 10 April: Images of Black Women film festival, various London venues. A celebration of the global black experience with a focus on women’s talent and representation.

All day: Forced marriage and ‘honour’-based violence, Hackney Town Hall. Organised by Hackney Asian Women’s Aid. FREE.

10am: Join me on the bridge International Women’s Day march, meet at Borough Market, London SE1 for coffee and banner making at 10am. The London March, led by Annie Lennox, will leave Borough Market at 11am, walking along the south side of the river to Millennium Bridge, crossing the Thames to the North side then continuing west along the river walk way past Victoria Embankment Gardens, then crossing back along Hungerford Bridge to the South side of the river and f inishing at the Royal Festival Hall for speeches. FREE. Find Join me on the Bridge events outside London.

5pm: Demonstrate with Women against the Cuts on International Women’s Day. North Terrace, Trafalgar Square. The most devastating attack on the welfare state and public services – health, education, benefits – has begun, and the damage that will be done will be for generations to come, with women being hit hardest. As women we must continue to fight back. There will be speakers, music, chanting and more at the demo. Bring noise-makers and friends: join us and we can fight the cuts and celebrate International Women’s Day together! FREE

6pm: Following in Nightingale’s footsteps – Edith Cavell’s story by Jonathan Evans, The Florence Nightingale Museum, Gassiot House, 2 Lambeth Palace Road, London, SE1 7EW. £5.80/ £4.80/ £3

7pm: Fiona Jane Weston’s 20th Century Woman – The Compact Cabaret, The Pheasantry (former home of Germaine Greer), Kings Road, London, SW3 4UT.  An inspiring 90 minute whistle-stop tour that illustrates the journey taken by women during the last century.

7pm: International Women’s Day lecture: History and the Women’s Movement – Krista Cowman. The Women’s Library, Old Castle Street, London, E1 7NT. To mark 100 years of International Women’s Day, this talk, in collaboration with the Women’s History Network, looks at some of the ways in which history has featured in the British Women’s Movement. £8/ £6

7pm: Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History. Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8EP. Climate Rush presents International Women’s Day. What will life be like for women in 100 years’ time?  Find out about a group of activists who are fighting to change the future.

8.15pm: Women & Power: Moloch Tropical and Panel Discussion. Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, London, NW6 7RJ. A haunting film about Haiti, followed by a panel discussion on the position of women in Haitian society. £9.50/ £8.50.

12:30pm: Sylvia Pankhurst: artist and suffragette, University of East Anglia. A talk by Jacqueline Mulhallen. FREE.

6pm: March: Join us on the Bridge. Hosted by Gender Equality Norfolk & Norwich (GENN).

6-9pm: Majlis – Women Unplugged, Coffee Lounge, 10/11 Navigation Street, Birmingham, B2 4BS. Showcasing an eclectic mix of women performers from across Birmingham, in celebration of IWD. A unique gathering of women with a shared passion for the arts, poetry, writing & music. £2 on door.

North east
All day: Celebrating Women, Nottingham Women’s Centre, 30 Chaucer Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LP. Timeline display picturing women in history. With guest speakers including Samantha Morton – BAFTA Award Winner, Chris Cutland – Executive Director Women’s Aid Integrated Services; performance by Nottingham University Operatic Choir; workshops; pamper sessions; women’s issues information; lunch.

11am-2:30pm: Human Library at Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross
Nottingham, NG1 2GB. Borrow a person instead of a book in the Human Library.  This all female library will have Living Books available to borrow.  Drop in, flick through the Human Library Catalogue and choose the story you’d most like to hear. FREE.

Information on events happening in Nottingham during March, including people gathering on several bridges across Nottinghamshire to mark International Women’s Day.

North west
All dayNational Museums Liverpool is hosting a series of FREE events in March including film screenings, talks, lectures and performances. Visit www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/womensday for more info.

3-3:30pm: Votes for women in Preston, Harris Museum, Preston,  PR1 2PP. Join museum curator to find out more about the suffrage campaign in Preston. The talk will include a screening of Will Onda’s film of the damage caused to the Earl of Derby statue during the struggle for women’s votes. FREE.

7pm: It’s a Woman’s World, The Banqueting Suite, Leigh Sports Village, Sale Way, Leigh. Leigh Soroptimists celebrate IWD. £5 (plus a bra).

South west
All day: Women workers in Exeter united for IWD, Exeter. Organised by South West TUC.

The Suffragette Tree, Royal Victoria Park, Alice Park and Bath Spa University, Bath, Somerset. The Centre for History & Culture at Bath Spa University will celebrate the centenary of a unique work of feminist landscape history with the symbolic planting of commemorative suffragettes’ trees. FREE.

8-13 March: Breaking the Waves festival, Cardiff. A grassroots, non-profit, innovative festival exploring diverse expressions of feminism through a vibrant week long programme of events in Cardiff, including speakers, arts, music, discussions, and loads more!

The Rugby Football League is celebrating International Women’s Day (March 8th) by profiling a selection of women involved in Rugby League in this country and highlighting the opportunities that exist for women at all levels of the sport. To view the Women in League section of the RFL website visit:  www.therfl.co.uk/equitydiversity/international_womens_day/women_in_league_profiles