Happy International Women’s Day! Although we should celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women every day, this year’s #IWD2016 is pushing their campaign #PledgeForParity. Despite the general progressive steps towards gender equality, it’s been estimated that the time it will take to bridge the gender gap has increased. It’s now estimated that 2133 will be the year that the gap finally closes! So girls and guys alike, let’s celebrate girl power in London, help accelerate gender equality and have a great time while we’re at it!
1. Who Run the World @ Festival 51
Who Run The World ,London’s only promotions company exclusively booking female musicians to help improve visibility of women in music, have teamed up with Queen Mary University’s ‘QMEquality Society’ to bring you a night of live music performances and comedy. Acts for the evening include ARXX, a talented garage rock duo based in Brighton and BERRIES, an energetic all-female rock band. Festival51 starts this Friday (11th March) from 8pm at Draper’s Bar and Kitchen, Mile End. Tickets are only £3, so you’d be mad not to go! You can buy your tickets here, on Fever.
2. Women of the World Festival @ Southbank Centre
The mission behind the Women of World Festival is to champion gender equality and interrogate why it is taking so long to achieve. From the 8th to 13th March, the Southbank Centre are running a variety of talks, performances, art exhibitions and and workshops in order to celebrate the achievements of women and girls across the world. Speakers include Caitlin Moran, Gemma Cairney, Ayesha Hazarika and many more bad-ass women. For a full line-up of the events, check out the WOW website.
3. Girl Power London
Launching on the 15th April and continuing to run on every third Friday of the month, Girl Power is the ultimate GNO. Head down to the Macbeth of Hoxton for a night of serious sass, featuring an all-girl lineup playing tracks from the queens of R’n’B, Pop, and Hip-Hop. From 90’s babes to present day divas, Girl Power brings you a night full of Queen Bey, Ri, Tay, Jen, Nicky, Xtina and the rest of music’s leading ladies. Entry is £3 if you write your name on their Facebook wall.
4. South Place Hotel
From 6pm today, 3 South Place Bar will be taken over by strong, inspiring women working in Moorgate, the City, Spitalfields and Clerkenwell. Sip on the specially created International Women’s Day cocktail, the Alexandria Fizz, as you listen to a playlist curated by their regular female DJ’s. £1 from every cocktail purchased will be donated to women’s charity, Refuge. For more information, check out their website.
5. Bark: Like a Lady
On Saturday 12 March, join Bark for a pay-what-you-wish evening of performances, workshops, and talks that acknowledge the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. They’re bringing together brilliant artists and creatives from around London to show snippets of their work, as you nibble on Sicilian, wood-fired pizza. The night will be held at the extremely cool space, STYX and will be raising money for Solace Women’s Aid, which supports women and children survivors of sexual and domestic abuse in London. Check out the event on Facebook.
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