7 Mar 2017

International Women’s Day in Hull

Here are just a few ways you can celebrate.

International Women’s Day is highlighted on 8 March each year and is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of ladies everywhere. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. It’s a rather special day and there are all kinds of things you can do to celebrate!

Harnessing the energy and spirit of International Women’s Day, the first ever WOW Hull runs from Friday 10 – Sunday 12 March at various city centre locations. Comedian Lucy Beaumont, actress and writer Maureen Lipman CBE, world champion boxer Barbara Buttrick and director Gurinder Chadha OBE will join women from the city, as well as men, girls and boys, for a weekend of lively debate, music, comedy, art and more.

If you haven’t got your day passes yet just go to www.hull2017.co.uk/wow. There’s loads you can get involved in and you really don’t want to miss out!

On International Women’s Day itself, The University of Hull will present Mary Wollstonecraft: Life, Work and Legacy Conference at The Guildhall, an interdisciplinary celebration of the political theorist and activist who spent her formative years in East Yorkshire.

There will be a variety of speakers who include Caroline Criado-Perez, known for campaigning for Jane Austen’s image to be depicted on the £10 note; the distinguished biographer of Mary Wollstonecraft Professor Janet Todd OBE; Dr Sandrine Berges, prominent Wollstonecraft expert and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Bilkent University and Roberta Wedge, spokesperson for the Mary on the Green campaign for the memorialisation of Mary Wollstonecraft.

To top it off the lecture will be delivered by Professor Michèle Le Doeuff, one of the most important feminist philosophers alive today. Not bad ey?

For more information, visit the University website.

For fans of tech, The University will also be presenting an inspiring lecture by Liz Sproat, Head of Education at Google, who will discuss her journey from the High Fells to Hull, English to Ed Tech (8 March, 6pm); and sports experts Dr Sophie Killer and Julie Hayton will give insight into how elite athletes tick at Understanding Roles in Elite Sports Performance (8 March, 1.30pm). Check out the full programme here

Hull Truck Theatre and NT Live will also be celebrating by broadcasting the National Theatre’s Hedda Gabbler. This hugely acclaimed production of Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece has been adapted in a new version by Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal, Closer) and is directed by Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove with Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) starring in the title role. For more info, check out Hull Truck Theatre’s website.

In addition to this, film and education organisation Into Film, which is supported by the BFI through National Lottery funding, will invite schools in and around Hull to a special, free screening of Queen of Katwe. This fabulous film is the true story of young Ugandan girl PhionaMutesi who was born and raised in a slum in Kampala.

Beatrix Clark, Into Film said: “Into Film is delighted to support International Women’s Day 2017 by celebrating the amazing achievements of female filmmakers and the on-screen heroines that highlight strong women, alternative forms of femininity, and promote gender equality.”

The Warren will also be celebrating by offering fun workshops organised by young people held at The Warren exploring questions like “Should the word feminism be changed” as well as an Open Mic on the Friday with the theme of inspirational women.

Workshops are free of charge to all young people (16 – 25) for more information contact lisaw@thewarren.org

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