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International Women's Day

Find out what's happening in Lewisham to celebrate International Women's Day and mark Women's History Month 2023.

International Women's Day is on Wednesday 8 March. It’s a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and also a call to action for accelerating gender parity. This year’s theme is #EmbraceEquity which recognises that different women have different barriers to overcome as we work towards equality. See how we're marking the occasion in Lewisham.

Who Runs the World?

Migration Museum | Saturday 4 March 2023 | 12.00 - 4.00pm | Free

Cut out images of four women against a sky blue background. On the left a Black wearing a green gingham dress and red glasses is holding a magazine, its title is Goldie. There are two white women in the middle with shoulder length brown hair holding the same book, title is Wander Women. There's a white woman on the right, wearing a black chef top. She's standing behind a table with a number of cake stands, bearing lots of cakes As part of Women’s History Month, Migration Museum is hosting a free, day-long festival to share women’s experiences of migration. Encompassing books, food, fashion and more - the festival will explore the ways migration intertwines with our lives and some of the many ways in which we express our migration stories. How do you express yours? 

Visit the Migration Museum website for more information and to book tickets.   

Celebrate International Women's Day at The Green Man

The Green Man | Tuesday 7 March | 5.00 - 7.00pm | Free

Phoenix Community Housing is hosting an evening of celebration to mark International Women's Day. Expect guest speakers, massages, a relaxing zen den, wacky photobooth, information stalls, refreshments and more!

This event is free and open to everyone but spaces are limited so please book in advance!

Enjoy free leisure centre activities

Forest Hill Pools | Wednesday 8 March | 9.00am - 8.00pm | Free

Better Leisure is offering a variety of additional sessions for female adult and junior members at Forest Hill Pools leisure centre. Even better, they’re free! Take part in an all-women gym challenge, swim lessons or classes.

Full details of International Women's Day at Forest Hill Pools.

International Women's Day celebration for Lewisham's schools

Civic Suite | Wednesday 8 March | 10.00am - 3.00pm | Free, invite only

This all-day event is hosted by the Council for local secondary schools. There will be workshops on campaigning, creative writing, badge making plus another chance to see the fantastic SHEroes of Lewisham exhibition. Contributors on the day include Beleve UK, Lewisham Youth Theatre and Deptford Green school.

Women in Business Forum

Catford Library | Wednesday 8 March | 4.00 - 6.30pm | Free

Thinking of starting a business or side hustle? Perhaps you’re already trading? Join BIPC (Business and IP Centre) Lewisham for an evening of inspiration and networking at our inaugural Women in Business Forum which is being held on International Women’s Day. This will be a quarterly event to empower our female entrepreneurs to exchange ideas, build networks and maximise their impact on their chosen industry.

You will hear from BIPC Lewisham's four incredible female ambassadors and have the opportunity to ask them questions. Topics covered will include mental wellbeing, how to create a growth mindset, taking the plunge to start your own business, plus strategies for remaining motivated and eliminating procrastination. Please note that you can book this event whether or not you hold a Lewisham Libraries card.

Register for the Women in Business Forum.

Women of Lewisham

Manor House Library | Thursday 16 March | 6.30 - 7.30pm | Free

Three women under the words 'Women of Lewisham'. Two white women, with a Black woman in the middleLewisham boasts some extraordinary female icons, from Marie-Louise Christophe (the first and only Queen of Haiti) to community worker Sybil Phoenix and Beatrice Mapper, the first woman Mayor of Deptford, among many others.

This Women’s History Month, join us at Manor House Library where we'll be celebrating these local trailblazers with Women of London founder and tour guide, Becky. This is a fascinating one-hour talk to celebrate all the women's stories and histories - f
rom medical pioneers, to social reformers to politicians - that have left such lasting legacies on our borough. 

Book your free ticket via Eventbrite.

She Grrrowls at Catford Mews

Catford Mews | Thursday 16 March | 8.00pm | £5

Feminist arts night, She Grrrowls, is taking over Catford Mews on Thursday 16 March to celebrate International Women's Day and Women's History Month. Expect poetry, film and an open mic. Featuring local artists, Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson, Antonia Jade King, and Marianella Lopez & Mad Pirvan.

For more information and to book tickets, visit the Catford Mews Website.