#BalanceForBetter International Women’s Day Events

International Women’s Day is just weeks away (Friday 8th March) with the theme #BalanceForBetter. “Everyone has a part to play - all the time, everywhere”. Celebrating gender equality and collective action isn’t for just one day of the year, it’s all year round. Neither is it the reserve of one industry; it’s for all businesses, organisations and communities. Just so, the fantastic events you can get involved in - as varied and all-encompassing as they can be.

**Please note the below events have been sampled from sites including the International Women’s Day website and Eventbrite.

Spin for Smartworks 2019


Spin for Smart Works is a week-long cycling challenge that will kick off on Friday 1st March 2019 and speed through until Friday 8th March, ending on International Women’s Day.

Teams of five will join forces to collectively reach the 500-mile target, the distance between International Women’s Day’s seven centres.

Your team can choose to take part on a road bike, gym bike or in a spin class. 

Smart Works are challenging you to go the extra mile, with the team who cycles the furthest being crowned the Spin Winner.

When: Friday 1st March - Friday 8th March

My Mummy is a Soldier Book Launch

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The British Army have seen a flurry of activity at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst following the Army Women 100 celebrations in 2017. As part of this, they are excited to be collaborating with them on their latest book "My Mummy is a Soldier".

After months of research and hard work, the book will be launched on 5th March 2019.

When: Tuesday 5th March 2019

Book Alumni Panel


Enjoy a night with Professor Rainbow Murray, Queen Mary's leading expert on the gender pay gap and fellow leading women from the alumni community, discussing the 2019 IWD's campaign, #BalanceforBetter.

When: Thursday 7th March 2019, 6:30 - 8.30 pm

Where: Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London 

Investment: Free

Urbano Network - Women in Business Networking Breakfast celebrating IWD2019


Urbano Network is hosting a special networking breakfast for Women in Business and their UWACTE (Urbano Women In Architecture, Construction, Technology & Engineering) community on Thursday 7th March ahead of International Women's Day 2019.

Hosted by Searcy's at The Gerkin with its fabulous views across London, it is a chance to connect members and guests from across a number of industries including Construction, Engineering, Finance, Legal, HR, Technology and Creatives, celebrating the continued progress in gender parity.

Since Urbano began in 2011, they have had a proud track record of championing opportunities for women, especially in historically male dominated industries and sectors, such as construction and engineering. Around 50% of an Urbano Build event audience are female, many running their own companies or with senior positions at larger companies. 

Their speakers have also included many leading and inspiring women from across different industries - from Finance and Retail, to Engineering and Technology.

This networking breakfast will extend the community engagement across all sectors, bringing together women in business at all stages of their career - from those leading at Board level through to those starting their career.

When: Thursday 7th March 2019, 8.00am - 11.00am

Where: London, United Kingdom



Living their values of female collaboration, three female-focused communities are coming together this International Women’s Day to organise the first in a series of Beneath the Surface panel sessions. The Merit Club, Lily Advisory and ToGetHer Further believe it’s time to look beneath the surface of the images of success we see on social media, and share the full story of women’s journeys.

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For our first Beneath the Surface session, we are exploring our journeys towards 'Finding Ourselves' and how we have all overcome individual challenges in order to build successful businesses we run today and how we built up the courage to move to London, find our own paths and not be defined by our relationships or social expectations.

It’s so easy to see images of success, but it’s harder to know the full story. It often remains hidden 'beneath the surface' how much those we admire and think they have it all had to sacrifice and what real challenges they had to go through to get where they are now. We will explore questions around how our relationships have changed over time as a result. We will question if we can maintain a healthy work-life balance or if it is not even on the agenda anymore. As well as delve into exploring if this 'successful life' is what we thought it was going to be like before we started our businesses?

Come hear our stories, and share your own perspectives, as we go Beneath the Surface.

When: Wednesday 13th March 2019, 6.30pm–9.00pm

Where: Devonshire Club, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tickets: £15 / £25 including a glass of champagne on arrival + goody bag

Guardian Live: The Guilty Feminist International Women’s Day Special


International Women’s Day are delighted to announce a very special Guilty Feminist to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Join host Deborah Frances-White and guests as they take over the Barbican for the live version of everyone’s favourite podcast, in association with The Guardian.

Since its launch in December 2015, The Guilty Feminist has become a podcasting phenomenon with over 50 million downloads. Every week comedian Deborah Frances-White and her guests discuss their noble goals as feminists while confessing their insecurities and paradoxes that undermine them.

Guests have included top comedians such as Sarah Millican, Sara Pascoe, Aparna Nancherla, Andi Osho, Sindhu Vee and Hannah Gadsby, as well as TV and movie stars such as Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Lolly Adefope, Roisin Conaty, Susan Wokoma, Emma Thompson, Gemma Arterton and Sharon Horgan - plus activists, experts, writers, MPs, campaigners, novelists and scientists.

When: Friday 8th March 2019, 7.00pm–9.45pm

Where: Barbican Hall, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tickets: £25 plus £1.74 booking fee

STEM TECH FEST: IWD's Science, Tech, Engineering & Maths Networking Evening

Join host BBC's Radio Presenter Devon Daley for an evening of science, tech, engineering, maths and networking.

What does STEM stand for? Science, technology, engineering and mathematics. STEM subjects are vital because they permeate through every aspect of our lives - without STEM there would be no internet!

As the National Science Foundation said: In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.

However, workforce diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) sector for women is incredibly low. Careers are male-dominated; just 9% of Engineering, 19% of Computer Studies and 38% of Maths graduates are female. In fact, just 13% of the entire UK STEM workforce is female. (forwardladies.com/stem-survey) STEM education helps to bridge the gender and ethnic gaps that is commonly found in maths and science fields.

The evening will consist of Drinks, Networking, Exhibitions, Workshops, Music and Dancing from the time doors open until they close. There will be a series of exciting yet challenging drop-in workshops run throughout the evening including:

  • Code Breaker: Can you break into a vault?

  • Virtual Reality: Step into another world

  • Drones: Learn about the mechanics of drones and fly one

  • Could you be a presenter? Run by BBC Radio Host Devon Daley

  • Lego WeDo: Build your own constructions and bring your models to life

  • Genetics and Immunology workshops

  • Back to the future: Build and programme your own robot

  • Bubbly Maths Grandmaster: Can you beat a Chess Jedi? Run by Grandmaster Nick Pert

  • Test your reactions F1 Simulator: Race an F1 car around the Silverstone track and see if you end at the top of the leaderboard at the end of the evening

  • Escher's Universe: Step into the brilliant and bizarre world of Escher and all of his creations

  • Art: Leave your mark at the event

  • Photo Booth: Take away a memento of your event

  • Business card roulette

  • Speed Networking

When: Friday 8th March 2019

Where: London, United Kingdom

Votes for Women Exhibition


To celebrate the centenary of women’s enfranchisement, the Museum of London is hosting a display dedicated to the women who fought throughout the 50-year struggle for the vote.

This display forms part of the national commemorations marking the centenary of the 1918 Act that gave some women the right to vote for the first time. Dedicated to those who campaigned tirelessly for over 50 years to achieve votes for women, the exhibition features iconic objects from the Museum’s vast Suffragette collection, including Emmeline Pankhurst’s hunger strike medal. At the heart of the display is a powerful, newly commissioned film that reflects on the contemporary relevance of the militant campaign that continues to inspire, shock and divide opinion.

Groups of 10 or more are asked to book their free visit in advance.

When: 2nd February until 10th March 2019, 10.00am - 5.50pm

Investment: Free

209 Women Exhibition at Parliament

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You’ve still got a chance to see the 209 Women Exhibition at Parliament which runs until 14th February 2019, celebrating one hundred years after women first gained the right to sit in Parliament as MPs.

Here, you will discover an exhibition that includes portraits of female MPs, all photographed by female photographers in an all-female initiative. The exhibition is curated by Hilary Wood (Founder/Director of ‘209 Women’ and photographer), Tracy Marshall (Director of Development and Partnerships at Open Eye Gallery), Cheryl Newman (Artist, curator and former Director of Photography of the Telegraph magazine), and Lisa Tse (Brand Consultant, TV Producer and founder of women’s club The Sorority), and supported by Ambassador Rosemary Reed, Executive (Executive Producer and Founder of Power of Women series).

There are 209 women in the House of Commons, and although it’s still a way off gender parity, this does mark the highest female representation there has ever been in UK politics.

When: Until 14th February 2019

International Women’s Day Empowerment Celebration


To kick start the International Women’s day celebration this year, Charisma Events are putting on an evening of panel discussions, an empowerment workshop and networking, with inspirational panelists and a supportive network for advice and practical tips to push forward with your goals and aspirations while living your best lifestyle.

Anyone is free to attend (Men are welcome) and they are promoting that this event is particularly great for anyone who wants to start their own business, entrepreneurs, self-employed , creatives, bloggers and anyone who wants to meet other like-minded people while acquiring further knowledge and confidence to achieve success in their fields.


  • 6.00 - 6.30 Doors open, Networking and snacks

  • 6.30 - 6.45 Welcome & IWD Social Impact Talk

  • 6.45 - 7.15 Panel session 

  • 7.15 - 7.45 Q and A

  • 7.45 - 8:10 Workshop & Raffle

  • 8:10 - 8:30 Close and networking refreshments

Goody bag worth over £50 avialable free to attendees!

When: Tuesday 5th March 2019, 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Where: 224 Brixton Road, London, SW9 6AH

Investment: £16.05

Natwest International Women in Business Day


Natwest are proud supporters of Female entrepreneurs and their national partnerships with the EveryWoman programme and awards.

This year for international womens day, they have brought together a fantastic line up of speakers and one of their own entrepreneurs to share thier story of success and obstacles they have faced along the way to get to where they are today. Speakers include Vanessa Brady OBE, Shola Kaye (Key Note Speaker & Author), and Esther Stanhope (The Networking Guru).


  • 10:30 – Registration / coffees networking

  • 11:00 - Welcome

  • 11:15 - Shola Kay - Speak Up On the Spot

  • 12:00 - Vaness Brady, Entrepreneur - The story so far

  • 12:30 - Coffee break

  • 12:45 – Esther Stanhope, How to work the room

  • 13:30 – Lunch & networking

  • 14:30 – Close

When: Friday 8th March, 10.30am - 2.30pm

Where: RBS, 250 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4AA

Investment: Free

Girl Power Silent Disco


After a sold-out success with a feature on Heart Radio in 2018, Girl Power Silent Disco is back. They’re creating an empowering, fun and comfortable experience for women to come together and dance their asses off on Women's day.

The first half hour of the event will feature a Time-Machine Girl Power warm up where you will learn to dance like Madonna, Beyonce and the Spice Girls. You'll then have a full hour to let loose and unlock your inner disco diva. There are two channels to choose from, loaded with tunes from your favourite Girl Power icons. The 70s and 80s are on one channel, featuring Cindy Lauper, Diana Ross, The Pointer Sisters, Gloria Gaynor and many more. The 90s and Noughties on the other channel, featuring J-Lo, the Spice Girls, Missy Elliot, Destiny's Child and others.

This is a special edition of their regular Uplifting Silent Disco events, for people who love to dance, but don't love the weekend nightclub chaos that usually goes with it. They’ve taken the best of a night out dancing, removed the worst, and created the ultimate dance experience.


  • 90 minute Silent Disco 

  • 2 uplifting music channels with 5 star rated playlists

  • 30 minute facilitated warm up activities

  • Comfortable female only environment

  • £5 drink included in the ticket

  • As an accidental side effect... you will also get fit! Dancing is a great cardio workout

  • Opportunity to socialise afterwards

Where: Friday 8th March, 6.45pm - 8.15pm

When: Trapeze Bar, 89 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3HX

Investment: £11.25

#MarchForWomen with Care International

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Join Care International for their #March4Women International Women’s Day event in London’s Westminster Central Hall - an uplifting afternoon of speeches, entertainment, solidarity and action suitable for the whole family in a venue steeped in history where suffragettes 100 years ago used to hold their rallies. Here they will be asking you to join them in calling for a worldwide treaty to protect women everywhere from violence and harassment in the workplace.

Hear from inspirational speakers including, Annie Lennox, David Tennant and Helen Pankhurst, as well as gender equality champions who have challenged the law to change the world: lawyer and women's rights activist, Shola Mos-Shogbamimu; FGM campaigner, Leyla Hussein, Gina Martin, the activist who made upskirting illegal; and Lady Brenda Hale, the first woman President of the UK Supreme Court, as well as performances from Beverley Knight, Bond Quartet, Urban Voices Collective and the legendary composer David Arnold.

When: Sunday 3rd March, 2.15pm - 4.15pm

Where: Central Hall Westminster, Storey's Gate, London, SW1H 9NH

Investment: From £5.00

We’ll be on the look out for more celebrations of women, feminism, balance, and empowerment so do check in for future events, let us know if you discover any yourself, or if you’re hosting your own! We’d love to hear from you.