As always, March 8 marks International Women’s Day, an important and empowering day of celebrating the history of women’s rights and a reminder to continue to strive for gender equality across the world. Of course, this year will be different, but these organisations have found innovative ways to commemorate this momentous day in spite of the pandemic. Here are three ways you can take part in International Women’s Day 2021 from the comfort of your own home…

Party all night with Suffragette City 2021 | The Refuge & The Carlton Club | Sat 6 Mar | Noon

From the club to your living room, The Refuge and The Carlton Club are bringing you a 12-hour livestream from noon on Saturday 6 March to celebrate women in music during this historic week. The virtual night club, aptly named Suffragette City, is free to attend but donations more than welcome, with all money raised going to Saheli Asian Women’s Project, The Proud Trust’s Femolition Squad, Emmeline’s Pantry and Stockport Without Abuse. The event aims to connect us all through incredible music from the best DJ talents Manchester has to offer, including Kath McDermott, Ladybeige and Afrodeutsche. Full details and the link to join can be found on their Facebook page – just follow the link below.

Have your voice heard at ‘Create the Space’ online panels | National Football Museum | Mon 8 Mar | Noon

The National Football Museum are co-hosting Create the Space with Kick It Out, an online series of panels, providing a platform to generate meaningful discussions around the underrepresentation of women across football, and sharing lived experiences of the industry. Some of the panellists include Leicester City Women’s captain Holly Morgan and the museum’s Curator of Women’s Football, Belinda Scarlett. Kick It Out game changers Zuleikha Chikh and Maria-Jose Martinez, freelance journalist Renuka Odedra and the museum’s own Jessica Furness will also be joining to discuss their own challenges within football. The discussion will take place on Crowdcast from 12pm on Monday 8 March. Register now via the link below.

Guided gallery takeover of Manchester's reformists, radicals & revolutionaries | People's History Museum | Mon 8 Mar | All day

The People’s History Museum is providing a guided virtual tour of the museum’s galleries via Instagram throughout Monday 8 March. These tours will go back two hundred years to explore the lives of lesser-known women reformists, radicals and revolutionaries, each of whom campaigned for gender equality and rights – and many of whom were migrants to the UK. As such, these stories will be relayed by women who have themselves experienced migration first hand, including Jayaben Desai, a migrant from East Africa who led a strike for almost two years that sought union recognition at the Grunwick film processing factory in London in the 1970s. Follow @phmmcr for the highlights. The venue also has a range of other International Women’s Day resources available included a closer look at their Manchester Suffragette banner, a podcast series chronicling women’s battle for the vote and even a Doodle Den activity pack for kids.

Tue 2 Mar
Jessica Cooper
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Tue 2 Mar 2021