Monday 8th March 2021 marks the 110th International Women’s Day and we’re gearing up to make it a truly memorable one.

We are standing on the shoulders of millions of women who came before us, including 15,000 women marched through New York City in 1908, demanding shorter working hours, better pay and the right to vote. And the woman who started this international celebration in 1910, Clara Zetkin, who dared to pose a simple question of unity at the International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen and was met with unanimous agreement. Since 1975 the UN has backed International Women’s Day celebrations around the world and matched themes to the ever-changing world around us.

This year’s theme is #ChooseToChallenge – We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.

Make Monday 8th March 2021 your day. As we’re still in lockdown, we’ve pulled together a guide of the best IWD 2021 virtual events, to help make you feel empowered.


1. Northern Power Women – NPWLive starting 10am

NPWLive is a half day online event to amplify voices and support emerging talent as well as creating a directory of bitesize video content offering insight and inspiration across the backdrop of the IWD theme, Choose to Challenge. NPWLive will offer a virtual programme to bring together local and international organisations and individuals to share ideas, skills and knowledge. There will be dynamic content, top takeaways, and a chance to be a part of something impactful and collaborative which aims to be the largest event celebrating IWD.

10am – Carousel Networking to support Early Careers

11am – Carousel Mentoring to support University Students

12pm – NPWLive Talks

12.30pm – Keynote conversation with Simone Roche MBE & guests

Tickets and more info here:


2. WoConnect: IWD 2021 – Won’t be the Last

This International Women’s Day, The Women’s Organisation is asking:

How can we encourage more women to follow their path and become leaders in their own right? And how can we then create culture and structure that ensures they won’t be the last? We invite you to hear from our panel and find out how women can be inspired and encouraged to go for opportunities – whether this is in the community or the boardroom. We may be the first in some cases, but we won’t be the last!


Chrissi McCarthy – Managing Director of Constructing Equality Ltd

Jackie Weaver – Chief Officer of Cheshire Association of Local Councils

Natalie Denny – Founder of The Goddess Projects, Skywriters & more

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3. One Day – One Year On – Thursday 11th March 18:00

One Day – One Year On, is an online evening event packed with chat, music and a world premier! Hosted by Alison McGovern, expect a fun, informative evening to make a year since the  plan for a women-led budget for Liverpool City Region was published.

Hear from:

Cllr Janette Williamson – The Leader of Wirral Council,

Erika Rushton – One Day

Jennifer John – Musician

Jennifer will be presenting the world premiere of a new song she’s written, working with a diverse group of talented girls and young women from around LCR. There will also be a performance by Kaya Herstad-Carney (both of these performances are part of the Breaking the Record music project). Sign up for an evening of inspiration, music, and revolutionary thinking.

Tickets and more info here:


4. Women in Music 2021

Celebrating the diversity of Women in Music with an interactive day of presentations and performances, the University of Liverpool for the inaugural Women in Music event, virtually on Wednesday 10th March 2021, starting at 9.30am. Expand your knowledge and network at this future-focussed forum of women working in music globally. Enjoy a day of presentations, interactive session, and performances.

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5. Women In Football Panel Event

Sticking with the University of Liverpool, you can hear from women in professional football at an IWD 2021 panel event taking place on Tuesday 9th March from 1pm. The discussion about equality in women’s professional sport is more important than ever, spanning sponsorship, media, management and the beautiful game, the University of Liverpool Management School’s Centre for Sport Business has gathered a quality panel to explore the future of women in football.

The panel includes:

Prof Laura McAllister – Sports Governance: Candidate for FIFA Council, Women’s Football Committee UEFA, Board Member Welsh Football Trust

Lisa Fallon – Head Coach, Galway United FC

Jade Morgan – General Manager Leicester City FC Women, Women In Football Board Member

Faye Carruthers – Sports Broadcaster, TalkSport

Prof Sue Bridgewater (Chair) – Director of University of Liverpool Management School’s Centre for Sports Business, League Managers Association Head of Learning, Women In Football Board Member

In partnership with Women In Football. Tickets and more info here:


6. Women in Activism

In conversation event with Charlie Craggs and Chantelle Lunt. Monday 8th March from 5-6pm. This is a Teams Live event hosted by the Museum of Liverpool.

This year National Museums Liverpool is marking International Women’s Day with a live online in conversation event, Women in activism.

They will be welcoming activists Charlie Craggs and Chantelle Lunt to have an open discussion about their experiences campaigning for change, the tools that they utilised, the challenges they faced and the issues that are still faced by people. Bringing together these activists to talk about why activism is still very much needed and integral in creating the change the world requires to empower women and support equality, gives us an amazing opportunity to explore this directly with the people driving the change. We will also explore how organisations like museums can help to support these calls for change.

You can follow the conversation online and submit your questions by following @MuseumLiverpool with #ChoosetoChallenge and #IWD2021.


7. Mindfulness For Sisterhood, Blackburne House

Blackburne House invites you to get mindful with your sisterhood, this International Women’s Day with a limited-edition mindfulness session on Monday 8th March from 10:30am. The perfect way to harness the power of sisterhood and kickstart your day in a positive way. Email to sign up. Get mindful with your sisterhood…this IWD. This limited edition mindfulness session will allow you to harness the power of sisterhood on our favourite day of the year.


Get involved with the IWD2021 conversation on social media, share your stories and photos with the hashtag #IWD2021 #IWD21 and keep your eyes peeled for our very own International Women’s Day campaign with Merseyrail and online @TheWomensOrg.