"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights." — Gloria Steinem
Taking place on March 8, International Women's Day celebrates the achievements of women worldwide. It is also a day for us to come together and take collective action towards advancing women's rights and driving gender equality.
Women's Day is recognised in many different ways across the globe. In Glasgow, there are plenty of opportunities throughout the week to celebrate the amazing women who inspire us—and to speak out against the barriers that create a system of inequality.
At Amma, we support some of the most marginalised members of our community whose voices often go unheard. Our aim is to help give these women a voice to ensure more positive birth outcomes.
But we don't work in isolation. Across the city, there are many organisations that strive to create a more inclusive community for women in Glasgow.
Here are five ways you can take part in Women's Day in Glasgow and support the community-based organisations working hard to make a positive difference for all women.
Women's Day Event at Cranhill Development Trust
Celebrate women's achievements and hear from a range of inspiring speakers, including Christine McGrory, the creator of The Key. This is a free event. When: Wednesday, March 11, 11:00 am–2:30 pm Where: 109 Bellrock Street, Cranhill, G33 3HE
Govanhill International Women's Day with launch of Women's Health Network
Enjoy a day-long programme of talks, workshops, arts activities and more. This event will highlight the truly international nature of the Govanhill area — the most diverse in Scotland. It will also celebrate the resilience of women, celebrate the struggle for equality, the fight against discrimination and violence against women. The event will also launch the Women's Health Network. All women are welcome. This is a free event including a free Creche.
When: Friday, March 6, 10:00 am–3:30 pm Where: The Point, 180 Queen's Drive, G42 8QD Find out more
Glasgow Women's Library: SAY Artists Exhibition
View a collection of artworks produced by 12 incredible young women. All of the art on display has been produced by survivors of sexual violence and abuse. The art was created at a weekly visual art group in the safe-space of the Glasgow-based charity SAY Women. This exhibition is free to attend.
When: Now until Saturday, March 28 (see opening hours) Where: Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street, G40 1BP
International Women's Day: Farzane Zamen + Guests at the Glad Cafe
Farzane Zamen is an Iranian singer-songwriter and music producer based in Glasgow. Farzane will start the night with a short film showing how Iranian women lost their freedom 41 years ago after the Islamic revolution in Iran and will then perform afterwards. Every performing womxn* is more than welcome to join and sing a song or read poetry or even tell their story. There is a £5 suggested donation fee to attend.
When: Sunday, March 8, 7:00 pm
Where: The Glad Cafe, 1006A Pollokshaws Rd, G41 2HG Find out more
Film Screening at Bike for Good
Join Bike for Good for a screening of a selection of short films about women on bikes to celebrate International Women's Day. Screenings will include:
'Pedal Pathways' a film about women learning to cycle in Glasgow's Southside
'VISION' a film about female led freeride mountain biking
'Ovarian Psychos' a film about a fierce, feminist LA bike crew
When: Fri, March 6, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Where: Bike for Good Glasgow South, 539 Victoria Road, G42 8BH
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