International Women’s Day, held on March 8th every year, is a day of celebration and advocacy for women’s rights and equality around the world. This year’s theme is embracing equity.

The aim of the IWD 2023 #EmbraceEquity campaign theme is to get the world talking about Why equal opportunities aren’t enough

If you’re looking for something to do during International Women’s Day, look no further! Here at Escapade, we have compiled a list of six exciting events taking place in London to celebrate and honour the achievements of women.

WOW: Women of the World Festival

📍 Southbank Centre – March 10 to March 12

WOW London Festival will return for three days so that festival-goers can explore different line-ups of activists, workshops, performances and much more.

This year’s line-up includes writer and critic Roxane Gay, ‘the UK’s favourite sexpert’ Oloni, and broadcasters and podcasters Jane Garvey and Fi Glover.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Dear Black Women’s Festival

📍Novotel West London – March 11

Get ready for a day of celebration, education, and empowerment from this one-day festival, featuring a great mix of panel talks, interactive workshops, and solution-oriented seminars, all dedicated to Black women.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Firebird & Friends

📍Poland Street, London – March 8

Founders of Firebird, Madina Kazhimova and Anna Dolgushina are marking International Women’s Day by hosting an intimate dinner and inviting a leading line-up of women in the hospitality industry to join them.

The line-up includes Caia Head Chef Jessica Donovan, Where the Pancakes Are Founder Patricia Trijbits, Updown Farmhouse’s Sommelier Ruth Leigh and Chef Pippa MacDonald, previously of Angela Harnett’s Merchants Tavern.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

House of Pankhurst

📍Kimpton Fitzroy Hotel, London – March 8 to March 31

Experience a touch of luxury during International Women’s Day by indulging in the ‘House of Pankhurst’. This exclusive residency, which was inspired by Emmeline Pankhurst, founder of the Suffragette movement, will be celebrating how poetry was often used as a vehicle to progress the women’s movement throughout history, using words in a variety of ways to campaign for votes.

Available throughout March, guests can enjoy limited-edition cocktails inspired by Hayley Frances’ poem, named ‘Singing Queens of England’ and ‘Glitter Sphere of Mirror Squares, and a “Suffragette breakfast” of marmalade spelt porridge with cinnamon, clotted cream and cornflowers at Burr & Co.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

International Women’s Day – Working Women of the East End

📍Tower Hill Underground Station – March 4 to March 11

The Working Woman of the East End tour includes the stories and locations important to Britain’s first feminists which includes Mary Wollstonecraft, the East London Suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst, Eleanor Marx, and the Match strike of 1888, and discussing what life was like for Women throughout the East End’s history.

The walking tour aims to change the way the East End is seen, both highlighting the women involved in the area’s vibrant history and also giving women, like those killed by Jack the Ripper, a voice by telling their story.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Women in Art Walking Tour

📍The National Gallery, London – March 8 and March 11

This two-and half-hour walking tour at National Gallery will highlight the representation and art of the female artists in the National Gallery’s collection.

You can experience the most talented and influential women artists in history such as Artemisia Gentileschi, who was influenced by the naturalistic style of Caravaggio, Rachel Ruysch, who throughout her career commanded more money for her art than Rembrandt ever did, impressionist artist Berthe Morisot, who exhibited her art alongside Monet, Degas, and Renoir, despite restrictions on her gender.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.