iven that the likes of The Whale, The Hot Spot and even Greystones Library are in lockdown, this year’s International Women’s Day is a little quieter around here.
Which, sadly, means no all-singing, all-dancing, all-empoweringsister acts.
What we do have are some soul-searching, hard-hitting and high-fiving online gatherings that largely deal with a woman’s place in the world today. And how we can make those places even stronger.
The national mental health charity Suicide Or Surive are hosting a 45-minute Women In Leadership webinar at 12pm on Monday 8th whilst closer to home, there will be aBreaking Down Barriers discussion on March 11th, as Wicklow County Council’s female elected representatives and national experts on women in politics come together to talk about local government, life in politics and how to support more women entering politics. Chaired by Claire McGing, author of Women Beyond The Dáil, and Caitriona Gleeson, CEO of Women For Election, the online discussion takes place from 7.30pm to 8.30pm next Thursday and you can book your spot here.
Having taken up a month-long residency at Greystones Library in August 2019, the celebrated Our Wicklow Women exhibition will be hitting Arklow Library from March 5th to 12th. Pulling together stories, unique experiences and achievements of women all over Wicklow, you’ll also be able to check out the exhibition on the Wicklow County Council Library’s Facebook page here.
Celebrating the many female members they have by tagging them alongside the likes of Princess Merida from Brave and Katniss from The Hunger Games, Wicklow Archers are encouraging Wicklow women to check out the sport with a series of Come & Try events and Introduction To Archery courses. You can find out more by contacting Jane on email@example.com or you can visit their website here.
Talking about online, the National Women’s Council Of Ireland have a whole plethora of events lined up, including the Women Of Wicklow Inclusion Network’s two-day international event on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th, focusing on women leaders in the county and neighbouring Kildare, with guest poets Jane Clarke and Catherine Ann Cullen on the first day, whilst the second sees a call out for people to join in, registrationhere; a discussion by Miriam O’Callaghan on Friday, March 5th entitled Women In Leadership: Achieving An Equal Future In A Covid, happening from 12.30pm to 2pm, with registrationhere; the IWD’s Abolish Direct Provision campaign, which will run from Friday 5th to Monday 8th with various speakers, performers and poets, registrationhere; Monday’s #FutureisFeminist: A Celebration Of Women In The Arts from 7pm to 8.30pm brings together five special guests (Ola Majekodunmi, Katie Richardson, Isolde ÓBrolcháin Carmody, Kerri ní Dochartaigh and Rita Ann Higgins) as they reveal to host Louise McSharry what has inspired them, registrationhere; introducing Movement, a new education project that explores emigration and immigration, Herstory starts on Monday 8th with school workshops and a student art competition (with Phase 2 due on May 25th), more detailshere; the Irish premiere of Anastasia Mikova and Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s documentary Woman, giving voice to 2,000 women across 50 different countries, and screening online at 8pm on Monday 8th, available to watch until 8pm on Wednesday 10th, registrationhere, whilst Monday 8th is also the day the three-day Shine Festival kicks off, with ‘80+ awe-inspiring women in sports, wellness, careers, arts, activism & more‘ joining together for this Shona Project event, registrationhere.
You’ll find these and lots more events for the day and the week from the NWCI righthere.
You can also check back here, as we put the call out. In the meantime, here’s the main International Women’s Day website over here.
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