International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) takes place annually on March 8th. It’s a global day celebrating the achievements of women. As well as celebrating, the day also marks a call to action for accelerating progress towards gender equality.

IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first​ ​gathering in 1911. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. Here in Wales, WEN Wales are at the heart of celebrating International Women’s Day. We curate some events nationally reaching all four corners of Wales with inspiring debates, performances or exhibitions.

This year, we are partnering with organisations across the four nations of the UK for a Break The Bias relay event.

This online chain of event starts from 3pm on Tuesday 8th March and will last until 7pm, with each nation hosting their own session. We appreciate that not everyone will be able to participate in the whole event, so please do join and take part with what you are comfortable with. 

  • At 3pm: The Northern Ireland element explores what a Northern Ireland that works for women would look like. Join us at 3pm to hear from women involved in shaping the future in a variety of ways. You can find out more through this link.
  • At 4pm: Join Fawcett Society as we explore gender stereotypes in the world of sport. Our panel session will focus on the barriers women face when taking part in sports and how those hurdles start in childhood.
  • At 5pm: Join the Women’s Equality Network in Wales in conversation with Chair of the Women & Equalities Committee, Caroline Nokes MP, as we discuss diverse and equal representation.
  • At 6pm: To Exist is to Resist: Exploring Black Feminism in Europe. Engender host Professor Akwugo Emejulu and journalist Assa Samaké-Roman for a conversation about activism, resistance, and how Black feminism and Afrofeminism imagine a Black feminist Europe.

Book your free place here.

IWD Toolkit 2022

This year, WEN Wales are once again calling on all schools and youth groups to get involved in International Women’s Day 2022 with our updated toolkit on gender equality! We want to reach out to the next generation of young activists by supporting activity in schools around March 8th 2022.

The toolkit contains activities suitable for in class or online learning, as well as links to further resources. We want to support at least one school in every Local Authority to gain greater knowledge around gender equality, sexism, and the incredible Welsh women who have been contributing to our lives in Wales.

Download the toolkit here!

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The download link will be sent to your email address. Please check your spam/junk folder if you do not receive it.

Additional resources to accompany the toolkit:

Quiz: What job do I do?

Powerpoint: Women in emergency services

Update: the Senedd has approved the Welsh Government’s code and statutory guidance for relationships and sexuality education, which you can read here. The guidance includes updated definitions of key terminology.

Any questions? Please email


Look back at our 2020 IWD events