International Women’s Day 2020

Tuesday February 25th, 2020

WEN Wales will celebrate International Women’s Day 2020 at four events throughout Wales.

From workshops to women activists combating plastic pollution there is something for everyone so please put these dates in your diary now!

Our IWD 2020 toolkit is now available.  From celebrating your own personal inspirational woman, to making a pledge or organising a panel discussion, this toolkit can help you get involved.

We’ve got two options – for those with little time and for those who want to do more.

IWD 2020 Toolkit

Friday 6 March 2020
Small World Theatre , Bath House Road, Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 1JY
Exhibition: 100WelshWomen
14:00 – 20:00, Free
WEN Wales has created a list of 100WelshWomen to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918. Come celebrate their contribution to our national life and inspiring women who are currently shaping the future of Wales.

Zine Workshop
15:30 – 17:45
Free, drop-in any time from 15:30
Inspired by Cranogwen (Sarah Jane Rees), join poet, artist and publisher Nicky Arscott in exploring self-expression through radical zine culture and get hands on creating your very own DIY zine. Cranogwen became the first woman to win a poetry prize at the National Eisteddfod and was Editor of Y Frythones, a platform for Welsh bluestockings and proto-suffragettes”.
Nicky is Founder of Mother Mary Press , an independent comic’s publisher and a Director of Ennyn CIC – promoting art and creativity in schools and communities.

Climate Challenge and Women’s Rights
Home-grown Playback Theatre Company / Tyfu-Gartref Cwmni Theatr Playback  
18:00 – 20:00
£8 / £5 concessions, ticketed
Playback is interactive community theatre at its best, improvisation with a touch of magic; sometimes stirring, sometimes comical. This will be a unique, never to be repeated evening where you can share your stories about life, greater equality and women’s rights and our ever changing environment in today’s challenging climate.
Home-Grown / Tyfu-gartref Playback Theatre Company was formed by a group of local artists, poets, activists, gardeners, musicians and performers who are passionate about our diverse relationships with each other and with the earth.

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Our Voices, Our Lives
Saturday 7 March 2020
Aberystwyth Arts Centre , Aberystwyth University, Penglais Campus, Ceredigion, SY23 3DE
Celebrate International Women’s Day with a day of workshops and a sparky and inspiring evening of talks, discussion and live music. All welcome.

Afternoon workshops (from 12:30pm)
Choose a workshop to express yourself! Release your inner rock star with a music workshop run by The Rock Project; or play up with Forum Theatre; or make your own zine. Free or donations. For full programme and how to book see:

Celebratory evening
Tickets: £7 / £5
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 01970 62 32 32
6pm Speak Up – panel discussion with women activists
8pm Music, spoken word and dance from local talent, including our very own singer Magda from Aberystwyth, Shroukie from Cardiff and Leeds band Fingersmith with cool, jazzy, danceable tunes.

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Super Science Swansea
Sunday 8 March 2020
National Waterfront Museum , Oystermouth Road, Maritime Quarter, Swansea, SA1 3RD
Join Women’s Equality Network (WEN) Wales in partnership with National Waterfront Museum and Oriel Science, to celebrate International Women’s Day, meeting extraordinary women whose lives and careers have been shaped by science.

Exhibition: 100WelshWomen
WEN Wales has created a list of 100WelshWomen to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918. Come celebrate their contribution to our national life and inspiring women who are currently shaping the future of Wales.

From Trash to Cash: An interactive workshop transforming waste plastic and carbon dioxide into useful products
12:00 – 13:00
Free, ticketed
Dr Jennifer Rudd , Recycling Carbon & Martin Paley, Precious Fantastic Lancaster will host a live interactive presentation and workshop around reducing our increasing plastic waste by transforming old objects into something new live on stage. They’ll also tackle something much harder, how do we reduce our carbon emissions? Come and find out!

Citizen Science: stemming the tide of plastic pollution – Lauren Eyles
13:30 – 14:30
Free, ticketed
Lauren Eyles will reflect on over 10 year’s commitment to studying the impact of plastic pollution on our oceans and coastal landscape. As Gillian Burke from BBC Springwatch has said:

“We are only just waking up to the vital role our oceans play in stabilising our climate and supporting all life on earth. Lauren is a brilliant and passionate advocate who is helping to spread this message and to get us all falling in love with our blue planet. ”
Lauren is a regular contributor on national television including appearances on Blue Planet UK, BBC Coast, Blue Peter, Newsround, Springwatch and Countryfile.

Plastics, podcasts and petri dishes
Women Activists in Science: Panel Discussion
14:45 – 15:30
Free, ticketed
Dr Kamila Hawthorne , one of WEN Wales’ 100WelshWomen and Head of Graduate Entry Medicine, Swansea University will host a panel discussion with Lauren Eyles , Marine Biologist and ocean conservationist; Alice Gray , STEMinist and science writer; Dr Jennifer Rudd , Research Associate at ESRI, Swansea University; and a short video contribution by Emily Penn , Director of Exxpedition, international advocate for clean oceans, and the youngest and only female recipient of the Yachtmaster of the Year award.

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Championing remarkable women in health and innovation
Thursday 2 April 2020
Pontio , Bangor University, Deiniol Road, Bangor, LL57 2TQ
Free (donations welcome), ticketed
Join Women’s Equality Network (WEN) Wales for an evening celebrating International Women’s Day by meeting extraordinary women innovators in health and technology. There will be opportunity to network and meet the speakers at the beginning of the session over a cake and cuppa in the foyer.

Networking and Nibbles
18:00 – 18:30

Meet the game changer: Dr Elin Haf Davies (Aparito)
18:30 – 19:30
Dr Elin Haf Davies , has twenty years of clinical experience working to develop new drug treatments for rare childhood diseases. She will talk about what led her to become CEO of Aparito – a digital health company developing wearable technology for patients with rare diseases. Elin is also an accomplished Ocean Adventurer, having rowed across the Atlantic (the first woman from Wales to do so) and Indian Oceans, and sailing across the Pacific and Atlantic – spending a total of 204 days at sea. A successful author and inspirational speaker, she will share what it takes to fulfil these challenges and where she draws her motivation from.

Women Innovators: Panel Discussion
19:30 – 20:15
A panel session will follow, featuring pioneering women at the forefront of innovations in health and technology including Yasmine Boudiaf , Creative Technologist and founder of Serious Datum, and chaired by Dr Olwen Williams OBE , Consultant Physician and President of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV.

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