The volunteer team behind International Women’s Day exceed themselves each year in this energetic, inspiring, all-inclusive festival in Derby. This year marks 100 years since women first won the right to vote as a result of the Suffragette movement, and a finale March, in recognition of this, will leave the Market Place at 4pm.
This year’s festival theme is ‘Rebel Women’ inspired by the Suffragettes and will highlight role models, past and present, who campaign and speak up to challenge inequalities and create a fairer world.
The free family-friendly event gives locals and visitors of all ages and genders the chance to join the movement of worldwide celebrations taking place for International Women’s Day.
The festival will be sheltered by a huge marquee and offers live performances, food and gift stalls, inspiring hourly workshops at QUAD, arts, sports and science taster activities and family fun. Visitors can explore 40 stalls highlighting good causes, local women’s enterprise, local services, support groups, the Human Library and an exhibition on women’s history.
“Derby’s Market Place is a significant location for our festival as our research has revealed that the Suffragettes held several successful rallies in the same spot in the campaign to win women’s right to vote” Vanessa Boon ( Chair -IWD group) adds “the political activist and suffragist Kath Duncan also spoke there to mark International Women’s Day in 1929 so this spot holds a lot of special HERstory for us”.
It’s always an enjoyable experience!
Categories: Women's Rights