International Women’s Day is coming up soon! Since 1911, the day has been celebrated across countries and cultures. IWD takes place annually on March 8th and is not affiliated with any sole government, organization, institution or the like. Instead it is a global and collective celebration of women’s achievements, and a way to put focus on the struggles that still lie ahead. Thus, the day is celebrated at all levels of organization from small local events to marches in bigger cities in various parts in world.
If you need inspiration about how you can take part in the celebrations (and they are not only reserved to the 8th), I have created a guide to events taking place in The Hague. However, IWD can be celebrated in all sorts of ways, so regardless of whether you attend any events you can participate!
Panel Discussion with Female Ambassadors to the Netherlands
On Friday, March 6th, you can kickstart your weekend with a dose of inspiration by attending the panel discussion organized by Leiden University. The discussion will focus on this year’s IWD theme: Each for Equal. The panel consists of female ambassadors to the Netherlands who will share their own experiences and challenges. You have the chance to message the organizer before the event if you have specific questions you would like to have answered! The event takes place in the Wijnhaven building from 17.00-20.00. https://www.facebook.com/events/195185971828152/.
Tickets are free, just remember to register!
Walking Tour with Focus on Influential Women
If you are interested in history and want to get to know The Hague better, then you can go on a guided walking tour on Sunday the 8th from 14.00-16.00. During the tour, you will learn about influential women who have lived and worked in The Hague. More information about the event can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/489547278377387/.
Tickets are £16.
Podcast Live Show and Lunch
On Monday the 9th between 12.00-13.00, Humanity House has organized a lunch and podcast live show followed by a discussion. The podcast will revolve around current gender issues discussed by Hague-based female commentators. https://www.facebook.com/events/188681002230949/.
Tickets are £8.95 including lunch and a drink, or you can bring your own lunch and attend for free.
Hague Talks: How do Female Judges Stand up for Equality?
Another event organized by Humanity House (in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Municipality of The Hague, and RVO) takes place on Tuesday the 10th from 19.30-21.00. The event is part of the Hague Talks and will feature three female judges from the Middle East who will discuss how female judges stand up for equality. If you want to know more about the event check out https://www.facebook.com/events/509398476388942/?active_tab=about.
Tickets are free and can be reserved via https://humanityhouse.org/en/ticket-sales/?hheventid=56982&fbclid=IwAR3ZzVUprAyuEduZ5BuMxew_EdalId6y7Sl8O0vlGgMMTR_z7_tvCZ4GMS0.
If you are interested in learning more about IWD, I highly recommend taking a look at the website https://www.internationalwomensday.com. It provides information about this year’s theme as well as a history of IWD and plenty other information and inspiration! On the website you can also find more events taking place in Amsterdam and Eindhoven.
Our members making the #EachforEqual sign in support of International Women's Day:
Written by Christine Stein Hededam