Our Girls Are Awesome Guide To International Women’s Day

Check out some of these awe-inspiring events, talks, festivals, club nights, demonstrations, etc. all dedicated to women around the world for International Women's Day 2019.
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Although the achievements of women are far too expansive to cram into merely 24 hours, International Women’s Day, on this Friday, March 8th, is a perfect opportunity to get your juices flowing and celebrate femininity and womanhood in all its facets. No matter where you are in the world, you can celebrate this fabulous day by simply being you, male or female, and pondering about the ways in which women and girls make the world a better and brighter place to reside. Furthermore, we’ve made you a wee guide with a few highlights from around the world, to give you some insight into what’s going on in…

Denmark

Copenhagen fam, get ready for some femme-friendly fun around the city for this International Women’s Day. If you’re a fan of getting your groove on or just watching others battle it out, catch this all-female Dance Battle at GAME Streetmekka København from 7pm until 10pm on Friday. For the rest of the day, they will be hosting events at their facilities that celebrate women in all regards; from street soccer to parkour, to skateboarding and rollerblading to nail art, there is something for everyone.

On the educational and discursive side of things, the Kvinde Museet in Aarhus is hosting Feministisk Factfullness, a full day of enlightening discussions surrounding the state of women worldwide, providing insight into diverse perspectives from cultural historians, migrant women, artists, musicians and businesswomen. All of the talks will be hosted and moderated by women and men who are well-versed on all counts.

The main political event in Copenhagen, co-organized with organizations like Amnesty International Danmark, Feministisk Initiativ and Women’s March Copenhagen, the demonstration “Alle feminister på gaden!” (or “All feminists to the streets!”) will begin at Frue Plads at 4:30pm. You know Denmark – be aware that there is a chance of rain, so come along with all your favorite female-celebrating attire and also throw an umbrella in the mix.

“Don’t Give A Fox” Skate Crew

Norway

If you’re in Oslo, Norway, be sure to catch this event on Friday where they will go from the Women’s March, straight into an exhibition featuring 100 influential women and a series of panels with various successful businesswomen on the world stage.

Berlin

Berlin friends, catch this important film screening and DJ night, which takes place tonight, March 6th starting at 9:00pm. Neukölln-based bar Sameheads will show Kyenvu, a film that shines a light on the sexist legislation in Uganda that holds women responsible in cases of sexual assault based on “indecent” attire. They will also screen The Pearl of Africa, another important short film which follows the difficult journey of a tough transgender girl living in Uganda called Cleopatra. The rest of the night promises vibrant jams and good vibes in the form of female-first DJ sets from the No Shade collective.

Berlin is also an extremely political city in itself, so maybe the perfect place to take political action for women’s rights and empowerment. The demonstration, “United, We Get What We Want“, will be hosted by the Alliance of International Feminists in Berlin and begins on March 8th at 3pm in front of the Women’s Prison in Lichtenberg. The city of Berlin is also including a holiday for women on March 8th, so either use your day off to celebrate by expressing your civil liberty to peacefully congregate… or just stay home and take a bath!

London

If you’re in London on Friday, grab some tickets to the Women of the World Festival at the Southbank Centre. There will be dozens of powerful speakers who address the state of womanhood in their own fields. They will feature everything from talks like: “WOW: What Now“, a lecture which will include words from the founder of Women of the World herself, Jude Kelly, as well as a holistic and probing view of the topics that matter most to women. It’s not all general analysis though; another diverse perspective is presented through “The Slumflower: What a Time to Be Alone“, from Bestselling author, blogger and campaigner Chidera Eggerue, aka The Slumflower, where she will share her thoughts on life, self-worth, love and some meaningful Nigerian proverbs.

Chidera Eggerue, Courtesy of Women of the World Festival

Sometimes, when you take a solid look at the state of women worldwide in the year 2019, you just have to breathe and have yourself a good laugh. That’s why we recommend that Londoners hop on board for this all-female lineup at comedy club staple, Banana Cabaret. There will be plenty of laughs and high spirits delivered exclusively from female comics such as Mary Bourke, Tania Edwards and Joanne McNally.

Worldwide

How about this: “Women in Industry: Building Inclusive Teams for Success“. Sounds good, right? From the master interlocutor at play, General Assembly, feel free to take a look here to see the different locations in cities around the world for the very same cause. For US peeps, there will be outputs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Boston, Austin, Atlanta, Washington D.C. and New York City. Beyond that, there are events in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia as well as London and Singapore, all of which include panels from inspiring women to share insights in business, culture and personal development.

And last but not least, no matter where you are in the world, catch your breath from all the excitement with this synchronized meditation, hosted by Global Sisterhood, a network which is geared towards connecting women from diverse walks of life with the common goal of self-development and empowerment. This event will include a meditation session and a discussion panel, broadcast live at 6pm Pacific Time. (Europe-based friends might have to tune in the next day due to timing). You can go to FreeTheFeminine.org to catch all the details.

Also feel free to look up events near you, or catch these demonstrations on March 8th in Amsterdam, PragueMontreal, Vancouver, Ankara, and Cleveland, just in case this helps. Perhaps most importantly of all, embrace your own identity and your own unique iteration of femininity – whether male or female, we all contain characteristics of both. Following labels is less important than simply being purely yourself and taking the opportunity to come together and celebrate how who you are adds to your community at large. International Women’s Day for the win!