Celebrate girl power on International Women’s Day (Wednesday 8 March 2017) with special events ranging from beatboxing to beer brewing and ‘herstory’ tour of Waterloo… 

Lead image: Icelandic women’s rap collective Daughters of Reykjavik will perform at WOW festival

1 #GauchoForWomen’s Yoga & Detox breakfast, Richmond
Gaucho restaurants are launching an entire month of #GauchoForWomen thought-provoking talks and workshops led by London businesswomen at the top of their game, running from 8-30 March. We’re particularly loving the Yoga & Detox breakfast with Nina Herne at the Richmond restaurant on Sunday 19 March from 9.30-11.30am. The event will begin with an outdoor Hatha & Vinyasa Yoga session overlooking the Thames at Gaucho Richmond, followed by a Detox Gaucho Breakfast in the restaurant. £25. Look out for the Women & Cognac event on 16 March at Gaucho City, too (6.30-8.30pm, £10).
The Towpath, Richmond Riverside TW10 6UJ; gauchorestaurants.com

2 Female Takeover, Shoreditch
The platform for emerging talent, 8Eyez is planning a female takeover at the Rich Mix performing center. A talented group of all females will be performing everything from dances to spoken word poetry. They aim to use this creative outlet to build confidence among women and showcase outstanding female artists.
35-47 Bethnal Green Road E1 6LA; richmix.org.uk

3 The Women’s Space, Mayfair
In honor of all the strong and accomplished women out there The Mayfair Collective is hosting ‘The Womens Space’ to focus on and facilitate womens’ achievements. This event is a co-working pop-up initiative with daily talks and events centered around female empowerment. It will be happening at a two story town house all week long so there’s plenty of time to get inspired by the girl power.
5 Carlos Place, Mayfair W1K; eventbrite.co.uk/the-mayfair-collective

4 Funny Women, Westminster
Get primed for International Women’s Day with the Funny Women comedy group on March 7. Female comedian and author Viv Groskop will be hosting a discussion of women and humour, followed by performances from hilarious women comedians. The night will be full of laughs.
The Other Palace, 12 Palace Street SW1E 5JA; theotherpalace.co.uk

5 Women of the World Festival, Southbank
Each year the ever-expanding Women of the World (WOW) Festival at Southbank Centre takes a look at the future for women in a world of changing politics. This year, the five-day event, running 7-12 March, will host a number of debates, performances, panels and other activities with influential voices including Jo Brand, Stella Creasy MP, Benjamina Ebuehi, Lauren Laverne, Mary Portas, Baroness Warsi, Gillian Anderson, Fatima Manji and Sandi Toksvig. Highlights include a Icelandic women’s rap collective Daughters of Reykjavik and grime-poet Debris Stevenson curating Gyal in da Corner – a performance honouring Dizzee Rascal’s genre-defining album Boy in da Corner.
Belvedere Road, Lambeth SE1 8XX; southbankcentre.co.uk

6 ‘Century’ at Hackney Picturehouse, Hackney
Grab your popcorn and snacks and head over to the Hackney Picturehouse for an exclusive screening of the film ‘Century’. The documentary features 10 London women from 0-100 who are all diverse and interesting portraits of what it means to be a woman. After enjoying these unique feminist stories you’ll have a chance to speak to the creator of the movie in the following panel discussion.
270 Mare Street E8 1HE; picturehouses.com

7 #YESYOUCAN brunch at German Gymnasium  
Fuel your feminism with the delicious foodie events put on by Step Up Club and D&D London, serving up both food and empowerment entertainment with a series of three food events. Join other women in celebrating at the #YESYOUCAN brunch at the German Gymnasium on 8 March from 9.15am-10.30am, the #EATWELLWORKWELL lunch at 100 Wardour Street from 12.30pm-2.30pm or the #NordicTea at Aster from 3.30pm-5.30pm. Or maybe even try all three!

8 Brewhouse & Kitchen, various locations
For free beer, breakfast and brewing drop by one of Brewhouse & Kitchen’s London pubs in Highbury and Islington. The team will be walking women through a brewing process and creating ‘Unite Local’ beer in collaboration with Project Venus, a group of female brewers. Once it is drafted a portion of the sales will be donated to breast cancer research. Be quick to book – there are only eight spaces available at each pub. Email lucy.deare@brewhouseandkitchen.com to reserve your spot.

9 #SHECAN, West Kensington
International Women’s Day is all about celebrating girl power. At the #SHECAN showcase there will be a variety of talented female performers showing off just what they can do. These UK women will be doing everything from singing, to beatboxing, to discussing important issues that females face today.
Institute of Indian Art and Culture, 4a Castletown Road W14 9HE; bhavan.net

10 JAGS Sports Club, Dulwich
JAGS Sports Club is taking female strength literally by inviting women to come to one of their International Women’s Week events. They kick it off with a women’s empowerment talk, then launch into a series of running, cycling and lifting classes designed for girls.
Red Post Hill, Dulwich SE24 9JN; jagssportsclub.co.uk

11 Boris Johnson, Southwark
Even Boris Johnson is celebrating! Hear him speak about female entrepreneurship and women in business at City Hall. The event has been organized by the business group London Mums and its sure to be a powerful experience.
City Hall, The Queen’s Walk SE1 2AA; londonmumsmagazine.com

12 Wonderful Women of Waterloo, Waterloo 
Get a lesson in ‘herstory’ with a guided walking tour about women who were important in Waterloo. Learn about Dicken’s women, criminal women, female royalty and much more. There’s no better way to empower women than with knowledge about the inspiring ladies that came before.
Email l.reynolds@coinstreet.org to reserve a spot


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