How To Celebrate International Women’s Day In London 2023

How to honour all things womanhood this IWD

Wednesday 8 March 2023 marks International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the global accomplishments of women, and note the changes that still need to be made in achieving universal equality. This year’s theme is #EmbraceEquity, which IWD explains as follows:

For International Women’s Day and beyond, let’s all fully #EmbraceEquity.

Equity isn’t just a nice-to-have, it’s a must-have.

A focus on gender equity needs to be part of every society’s DNA.

And it’s critical to understand the difference between equity and equality.

The IWD 2023 campaign theme drives worldwide understanding why Equal opportunities aren’t enough!

Wondering how you can get involved? From empowering virtual panel events to a female-led art exhibition, here is your C&TH curated guide to this year’s IWD highlights.

How To Celebrate International Women’s Day In London 2023

Attend WOW Festival At The Southbank Centre

10–12 March 2023

Now in its 13th year, WOW (Women of the World) celebrates women, girls and non-binary people across three days filled with speakers, activists, musicians and comedians. Opened by WOW Founder Jude Kelly and special guests broadcaster Sandi Toksvig and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar, the 2023 lineup includes the likes of activist, model, writer and broadcaster Munroe Bergdorf, businesswoman and activist Mary Portas, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and author Liv Little, alongside many more. southbankcentre.co.uk

Wahaca supper club poster

Plates Shared Supper Club At Wahaca Shoreditch

8 March 2023

Leyla Kazim and Crystelle Pereira will join forces with Wahaca co-founder Tommi Miers on 8 March on a shared supper club at Wahaca’s Shoreditch branch. Tickets are priced at £60, and guests can expect a special five-course menu enjoyed across a celebratory evening of sharing. Profits from the evening will be donated to Practical Action, a charity focused on tackling gender equality and poverty in the developing world. wahaca.co.uk 

The Knitting Klub at Brixton Village

8 March 2023

Fancy learning how to DJ? Head down to Brixton Village this IWD to join Cyndi Handson and Glade Marie for their DJ workshop, followed by a Q&A Talk with Mercury prize-winning British-Rapper Speech Debelle and Mobo award winning R&B artist Terri Walker, to share their candid experience and knowledge of the music industry. Workshop tickets are £15, or just attend the talk for £9.38. eventbrite.co.uk


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Literary Supper Club With Otegha Uwagba

7pm, 8 March 2023

Celebrating female authors and bringing together writers, reader, and lovers of good conversation, The Standard is hosting a special Literary Supper Club this International Women’s Day in collaboration with bestselling author Otegha Uwagba, and with special guests Tolani Shoneye and Harriet Gibsone. Tickets are £40 and include a Maker’s Mark welcome cocktail followed by a three-course meal. standardhotels.com 

A painting for sale at The Other Art Fair

Gisella Stapleton

International Women’s Day At The Other Art Fair

9–12 March 2023

Presented by Saatchi Art, The Other Art Fair returns to The Truman Brewery on Brick Lane this March, showcasing the work of over 150 emerging talents, including a 61 percent female line-up. Commencing just after International Women’s Day, there are plenty of special events to enjoy, too. Sistxrhood, Glastonbury Festival’s women and non-binary club night, will be hosting an installation of photographs of revellers, while The Collage Club will host themed workshops and Ally Ink will showcase her feminine tattoo art. Meanwhile, there will also be a new platform for Ukrainian, Syrian, Iranian and Afghan refugee women to showcase their art. theotherartfair.com

Try A Female-Founded Drinks Flight

6.30–7.30pm, 10 March 

The alcohol free Club Soda are spotlighting pioneering women-led drinks brands this IWD. Hosted in the Club Soda Tasting Room, the first alcohol-free space of its kind in the UK, whether you’re sober, cutting down, or just looking to try mindful sipping. Tickets are £15. joinclubsoda.com

Art by Lucile Gauvain L'ornement

Lucile Gauvain L’ornement, 2022 Coloured pencils on paper 100 x 100 cm 39 3_8 x 39 3_8 in Framed

Visit HOFA Gallery’s Embracing Equity Exhibition

8–22 March 2023

This new and exclusive all-female exhibition of six artists will provide new perspectives on equity (the IWD theme for 2023) through artworks and artistic practices, showcasing personal interpretations of the concept in the context of being a woman in art. thehouseoffineart.com 

Social Pantry’s Sustainable Supperclub

7–10pm, 7 March 2023

Only 20 percent of the UK’s head chefs are women. Social Pantry is on a mission to change this. On 7 March, Social Pantry will host a night of food, fun and female power, led by three talented female chefs: Head Development Chef Sarah Turner, Junior Sous Chef Grace, and Chef de Partie Lulu. Tickets are £50 and include a 3-course dinner and wine. eventbrite.co.uk

Watercolour painting of a naked woman on a postcard

Lorena Lohr – Desert Springs watercolour

Art On A Postcard Auction

23 February–9 March 2023

Art on a Postcard will host its fourth International Women’s Day auction in March, with an entirely new format for 2023. Seven female curators will each curate a show featuring 20 to 25 female artists, with each show running as seven concurrent auctions, all raising money to support The Hepatitis C Trust’s work with women affected by the criminal justice system both in prison and local communities. Bidding starts at £50 online via The Auction Collective. artonapostcard.com 

The bar at Seed Library

International Women’s Day At Seed Library

9 March 2023

Seed Library will be celebrating the talented women of the bar world for International Women’s Day 2023, with a special event hosted by Sarah Berardi of Hendrick’s Gin and Nicola Sykes of Maker’s Mark, and an exclusive one-off menu served all evening. Profits from the evening will be donated to The Girls’ Network. seedlibraryshoreditch.com  

AllBright's International Women's Day event

AllBright’s Step Forward Summit

10am–7pm, 10 March 2023

Career minded women should head to The Design Museum on 10 March for AllBright’s first Step Forward Summit. Expect a full-day programme of roundtables, speeches and panels, starring the likes of Katie Piper, Munroe Bergdorf, Malin Andersson, Kanya King CBE and Anna Mathur. Tickets are £149. allbrightcollective.com

Annabel's Garden

Annabel’s International Women’s Brunch 

8 March 2023

It’s back for 2023: Annabel’s International Women’s Brunch, this year hosted by multi-award-winning journalist and author Yomi Adegoke in The Garden with the theme ‘Equity’. The panel will also include Dr Barbara Sturm, Kenya Hunt and Ruth Davison, with a special performance by Birdy. annabels.co.uk 

A life drawing

Credit: Aaron Jacob Jones

Life Drawing At The Standard

5 March 2023

The Standard has teamed up with East London Strippers Collective – an organisation committed to supporting strippers and challenging the stigma around sex work – to offer a special International Women’s Day edition of their Standard Talks series, followedby a special Life Drawing class. The talk is free to attend, and Life Drawing class tickets are £20 per person. standardhotels.com

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