Get ready to celebrate International Women's Day

February 23 2018

Crowds of women, children and men braced the chilly evening on February 6 to turnout for the Lantern Parade, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women over the age of 30 winning the right to vote.

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Crowds of women, children and men braced the chilly evening on February 6 to turnout for the Lantern Parade, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women over the age of 30 winning the right to vote.

Many came from Redland, Cotham and Bishopston dressed in the purple, white and green colours of the Suffragettes and stopped traffic as they walked from Berkeley Square, down Park Street to College Green.

The next event for Bristol Women’s Voice (BWV) is International Women’s Day which is being celebrated with a programme of free events at City Hall on Saturday 3 March. This is part of the Deeds Not Words programme to commemorate the influential suffrage movement in Bristol.

On the day Bristol Women's Voice will launch The Women Who Built Bristol, a book celebrating the women who made Bristol what it is today. A women’s guided history walk with Naomi Paxton will take participants up Park Street and around the Triangle to visit key sites of women’s history. Performances from musicians including Jamaican Folk singers Tan Teddy and Bristol University’s women's acapella group Pitch Fight will showcase women’s musical Talents. Inclusive singing, dance, creative writing, photography, a textiles exhibition and theatre workshops will celebrate the creativity of Bristol's women.

Panel talks about representation, women in the media and sex work will open up discussions about some of the big issues that face us today. Workshops on health and well-being, maternity discrimination, recognising domestic violence and FGM will tackle pressing issues that face Bristol women.

The BWV Wonderful Women Awards will celebrate Bristol women from all walks of life nominated for their contribution to their communities. To nominate someone send a picture of your nominee and reason for nominating her to bwvwonderfulwomen@gmail.com  All nominees will be invited to receive a certificate at City Hall and their stories will be shared at www.bristolwomensvoice.org.uk

Penny Gane, BWV Chair said:

"We invite the women  of Bristol to join us at this special Centenary International Women’s Day celebration which this year will take place at City Hall.  

"With over 40 events to choose from there is something for absolutely everyone. Whether you want to take part in a debate, join in some interactive theatre, listen to exiting bands, hear about the black shirt suffragettes or shop at our women led stalls, browse an exhibition or meet with friends at the cafe we look forward to seeing you."