Celebrate International Women’s Day (8 March) virtually by attending one of these online events run by Bristol organisations.

Where I Belong: Women, nature, privilege and taking up space with Watershed

Join Watershed on 17 March for this panel discussion about the Feminista Film Festival 2021 short film selection, which responded to the emerging themes of belonging, looking in particular at women's connection to nature and wildness. Some inspiring women will be sharing their responses to the programme as well as their own stories.  

Mid Life: The Skin We're In with Bristol Old Vic

This uplifting 10-minute film is free to watch from 8 to 15 March. It's a poetic look at how to celebrate, survive and thrive in your own skin, exploring the expectations we place on women’s bodies and how we can rise through them to a deeper appreciation of ourselves.

The Women Who Built Bristol with Arnos Vale Cemetery

Discover fascinating stories about overlooked women in Bristol’s history from the writer of ‘The Women Who Built Bristol’, Jane Duffus. The two books in her series tell real-life tales of hundreds of inspiring women, some of which Jane will delve into on this talk hosted by Arnos Vale Cemetery.

Suffragette style toy in front of copies of 'The Women Who Built Bristol' books
Image - Jane Duffus's The Women Who Built Bristol

Hannah More: Moral Reformer or Political Manipulator? with The New Room

This edition of The New Room's online 'Wes Talks' on 15 March will explore the life of 18th century Bristolian Hannah More, the social influencer who spoke up for what she believed in. Jane Duffus is also one of the guest speakers at this event, along with Historian and Heritage Educator Dr Jo Edwards and Learning and Development Officer for The Methodist Church Wendy Allen.

International Women's Day Celebration with University of Bristol

This University of Bristol panel discussion will cover 'The Emerging Identity of Women in India'. Join author, researcher and publisher Mini Kurian along with panellists Rhea Singhal, Founder and CEO of Ecoware, India’s first and largest sustainable packaging company, and Tanvi Mallya, founder of Tanvi Mallya's ElderCare Services.

Bristol Improv Theatre’s International Women’s Day programme

Bristol Improv Theatre has five virtual International Women’s Day events lined up in March. These include a free ‘Celebrating Difficult Women’ storytelling event, a 'Let's Dismantle the Patriarchy' workshop for men, and three ‘Being a Difficult Women’ workshops featuring guest facilitators on these themes: Be Unapologetic, Exploring Anger Through Voice and Defining Your Difficult and Challenging Labels.    

Each event can be booked individually or there is also an option to book a 'Season Pass' for the three 'Difficult Women' workshops. 

Bristol Improv Theatre's 'International Women's Day' graphic with drawings of women holding flags
Image - Bristol Improv Theatre

“Redefining Feminism" Peaches Golding OBE in conversation with Bassmala Elbushary

Catch Peaches Golding OBE (Her Majesty's representative in the City and County of Bristol) reflecting on how women are a force for change, through an intersectional lens. The talk will explore issues of widening access to opportunity, education, social justice and mental health.

Women's Rights in Sudan - Guest Talk by Bassmala Elbushary and UWE Bristol

On 17 March, you can also hear Bassmala Elbushary speak about women’s rights in Sudan. She’ll share her experiences of being part of Forward, an organisation aiming to end violence against African women and girls, and delivering a social project exploring issues that Sudanese women and men face.

Celebrate Phenomenal Women with UWE Bristol

Spend an hour on either 5 March or 24 March designing a card for a woman you know – whether to say thank you, send some love or just tell them how phenomenal they are. You can use pen and paper or create a digital card using Canva, which there’ll be a tutorial for during the event.

Run as One with Great Run

For the first time in the event's history, half of the Great Run's participants were women in 2019. To celebrate this fact and mark International Women's Day, the team behind the Great Bristol 10k and the Great Bristol Half Marathon has launched the Great Run Solo March Accumulator challenge: Run As One. Complete 15 runs (or more) of any distance in March and you will be rewarded with a unique finisher’s medal and digital certificate.

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Watershed Bristol Harbourside

Enjoy a lively programme of independent film, digital media and events at this fantastic media centre in the heart of the Harbourside

Bristol Old Vic Theatre
Bristol Old Vic Theatre exterior

Built in 1766, Bristol Old Vic is the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world, and remains a place of joy, discovery and adventure to this day.

Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust
Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust

Step into a secret world and discover 45 green acres where the history of Bristol is told in a leafy and tranquil setting.