International Women's Day

Top International Women’s Day Highlights

With International Women’s Day today, we look at the events taking place promoting a more gender-balanced world


Time & Leisure networking breakfast

We had a wonderful morning meeting like-minded women in business and other inspirational women at our event today at Elys. If you were there, tag someone you met at the event and what you learned from them with the aim of creating a community. Tag now #Imet . We also heard from Cara de Lange, author of Softer Success, who talked to us about avoiding burnout – and being happy with who we are – “step away from superwoman” she said. Read more from Cara in our great new magazine celebrating women in business in conjunction with the Venus Awards. See the event in pictures – head to Instagram.


RHACC International Women’s Day with Kingston Chamber

A range of events put on by Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College to celebrate International Women’s Day. Visitors can enjoy taking part in crochet and crafts, building apps and advice about women’s education opportunities. There will be a talk about inspiring women in the technology sector plus a history tour of the Hillcroft site and  a discussion about women’s education opportunities.
8 March, 10:45-13:30
Hillcroft Campus, Surbiton


Women’s Enterprise Day

The Economic Development Office and Wandsworth Council will be hosting an event to celebrate the achievements of female entrepreneurs. The day will also provide a fantastic opportunity to network among your peers plus there will be a line-up of inspirational award-winning businesswomen to discuss the challenges of running a business. The day will end with a practical workshop where you will unleash your creative side and create a vision board to help visualise what’s next for your life and business.
8 March; 9am-4.30pm; £25+BF
Winchester House


WOW – Women of the World

The WOW Foundation presents an incredible line-up of events at London’s Southbank Centre including two very special talks with Angela Davis and Naomi Klein. The WOW Foundation is an independent organisation working to build, convene and sustain a global movement that believes a gender equal world is possible through WOW festivals and empowering women and girls. WOW has held 65 festivals in five continents over 30 locations in over 15 countries from Baltimore to Brazil.
8-9 March
Southbank Centre


Networking and Support event with Young Mum’s Support Network

Wandsworth-based Young Mums Support Network (YMSN), founded by single mum, Fiona Small, who started the business in the aftermath of the 2011 London riots, is holding a round table event for entrepreneurs, business owners and self-starters to discuss what the day means to them.
8 March; 11am-2pm


International Women’s Day at The Bedford

To celebrate International Women’s Day, this beloved Balham local will be hosting a special evening of cabaret and comedy with an all-female line-up to boot. For every ticket raised, £2 will go towards The Malala Fund which invests in education programmes to help girls go to school and reach their full potential.
11 March; £15
The Bedford


Curzon Wimbledon Screening: In Between

Wimbledon Film Club will be putting on a special screening in aid of International Women’s Day. Written by Maysaloun Hamoud, In Between tells the story of three young Palestinian women living in Israel and torn between modernity and tradition and unpicks themes of culture and what it means to be a woman.
12 March


Wimbledon Women’s Business Club

Connect over lunch at Wimbledon’s Made in Italy with successful, authentic, like-minded women in business at the Wimbledon Business Club. The event is designed to help you create, build and share your success story locally with Wimbledon women in business as well as through our national network.
13 March; 11.30am; £38.57


Women returners conference

A wide-ranging conference for professional women returning to work after a long career break, with motivational speakers offering advice. The day is set to be involve a series of motivational speakers with return-to-work advice, support and inspiration. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet informally with other like-minded women and with their employer sponsors: Bloomberg, Credit Suisse, FDM Group, Fidelity International, J.P. Morgan, O2 and others to be announced.
13 May; 9am-5.30pm; £90
Rooms on Regents Park


IWD in Kingston

Kingston is planning a host of events to celebrate International Women’s Day this year. On Thursday, visitors to Kingston can head to Surbiton Library for a talk by Rachel Cooke, journalist and author of ‘Her Brilliant Career – 10 Extraordinary Women of the Fifties’. On Friday, the Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College will be putting on featured talks by Nicolle Anderson – co-owner of the all-female professional services company ‘Business Clan’. On Saturday, there will be a fantastic line-up of female poets and artists at The Lamb Pub. All this plus many more things to do and see.
See Kingston Chamber website for full details

Read our interviews with inspirational women:

Anita Asante

Renee Elliott

Women in Business