International Women's Day events in Edinburgh and Glasgow in 2019

International Women's Day events in Edinburgh and Glasgow in 2019

Crones, a zine by Rachael House, Decoding Inequality, Glasgow Women's Library

Highlights include Girls Against x Sexpression's fundraiser night, GWL's Decoding Inequality and Dardishi Festival

International Women's Day is almost here and there are plenty of exciting events taking place across Edinburgh and Glasgow to look forward to over IWD weekend (Thu 7–Sun 10 Mar) and beyond. Highlights include talks, exhibitions, parties, marches and more. We've rounded up some of the best events to check out across both cities.


Kicking off the weekend in Edinburgh, photographer Jannica Honey will discuss how we can work together to create a more gender-balanced world, particularly on social media (Thu 7 Mar). Girls Against x Sexpression's fundraiser night HOWL (Fri 8 Mar, Sneaky Pete's) celebrates female and non-binary artists, with proceeds going to Edinburgh Rape Crisis centre. The International Women's Day March invites feminists of all genders, ethnicities and sexual orientation to march from Parliament Square to Festival Square (Fri 8 Mar, 6-7pm, followed by speeches from Women's Strike Assembly, Edinburgh Abortion Rights, and NUS).

Extending the celebrations into the following week, Helen Pankhurst will give a talk as part of Edinburgh RAG Week, debating how far women's rights have come since the suffragette movement which was led by her great-grandmother Emmeline Pankhurst (Mon 11 Mar, Playfair Library). Edinburgh Global Partnerships x Girl Up x Edinburgh African Caribbean Society will hold A Night Celebrating Iconic Female Artists (Wed 13 Mar, ATIK).


Swap Market in Glasgow presents a day of conversation about women's role in our economy, from the perspective of women, with films, talks and workshops running throughout the day (Wed 6 Mar). Glasgow Women's Library will launch their next exhibition, Decoding Inequality, on Wed 6 Mar, which presents 25 objects relating to (in)equality across gender, class, sexuality, disability and race. The library will have female Renaissance artist Artemisia Gentileschi's Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria on show from Thu 7 Mar–Tue 19 Mar; a perfect time to see the work on its 'grand tour' from the National Gallery in London. They also have a range of talks, workshops and events taking place across the weekend.

TRC and Leading Ideas present Failing Up; an intimate evening of stories from women across the creative industries, to embrace the times when we feel as though we've failed or something didn't quite go our way (Thu 7 Mar). Glasgow RAG will hold a bra drive (Fri 8 Mar) where you can donate unwanted bras to women and girls in Africa, and for each tonne of bras donated, Against Breast Cancer receives £700.

King Tut's will be renamed Queen Tut's for International Women's Day, with a free 'Women in Music' panel featuring Stina Tweeddale of Honeyblood, Denise Allan of Glasvegas / Freakwave management, Julie McKinnon of Scottish Event Campus, Blue Kirkhope of the Scottish Music Industry Association plus chair Nadine Walker, Director of TENEMENT TV (Fri 8 Mar). The live evening gig is ticketed separately and will feature live sets from The Vegan Leather, The Van T's and Scarlett Randle. At the Glad Cafe on Sat 9 Mar, Double A-Side Records launch their new compilation LP Play It Like a Woman with an all-dayer, in aid of Glasgow & Clyde Rapecrisis.

Dardishi Festival takes place across the weekend (Fri 8–Sun 10 Mar) at CCA, celebrating the creativity of Arab and North African women, non-binary and intersex people, and trans women. Read more about the festival in our interview with organiser Samar Ziadat.