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International Women’s Day: How To Celebrate From Home

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How to honour all things womanhood this IWD

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Monday 8 March marks International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the global accomplishments of women, and note the changes that still need to be made in achieving universal equality. This year’s theme is #ChooseToChallenge, acknowledging that “A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change.” 

Wondering how you can get involved? From empowering virtual panel events to a female-led art exhibition, here is your C&TH curated guide to this year’s IWD highlights.

DeMellier’s 7 Women 7 Causes

DeMellier

Christie Tyler MIND Tote

Luxury British handbag brand DeMellier is commemorating International Women’s Day with the launch of a new charity project: 7 Women 7 Causes. Founder Mireia Lluisa-Lind has joined forces with six influential and creative women – from Chinese-American artist Fong Min Liao to model, entrepreneur and inclusive beauty advocate Natasha Ndlovu – to support seven important charities, personal to each woman, including The Black Curriculum, War Child and the Malala Fund. A series of seven sustainable tote bags have been designed to support each charity, every one labelled with a word referencing the cause, from ‘learn’ to ‘mind’ and ‘earth’. Shop the collection at demellierlondon.com

Support the #ChangeAGirlsLife campaign

As part of The Prince’s Trust #ChangeAGirlsLife campaign, over twenty renowned brands – from The White Company to Elemis and Donna Ida – are joining together this International Women’s Day to support the life-changing initiative in aid of vulnerable women across the UK. From purchasing an Annoushka ‘Helping Hands’ pendant (in which a £35 donation will be made from every one sold) to getting your hands on The White Company’s collection of ‘Kiss’ jewellery (donating £20 from every piece sold), there is plenty you can do and enjoy in support of next generation women.

 Join Mirabeau’s Life Drawing Class with Jeany Cronk and Alexandria Coe

International Women's Day

Renowned rosé brand Maison Mirabeau is celebrating International Women’s Day this year with a virtual life drawing class, hosted by Maison Mirabeau’s founder, Jeany Cronk and artist Alexandria Coe. Following an engaging discussion from Cronk about her life as a successful wine entrepreneur, guests will pay homage to the female body by learning how to create an aesthetic life drawing, similar to that of Coe’s. A bottle of Mirabeau’s finest will, of course, also be served – well, delivered to your door. 8 March, 8-9pm via Zoom. From £35. mirabeauwine.com

WOM-INSPIRED at Brixton Village

WOM Collective

If you happen to pass by Brixton Village over the next month or so, you’ll notice that the street market has been given an IWD-inspired makeover. Grassroots platform WOM Collective – which empowers and supports female street artists working within a predominantly male art genre – will present WOM-INSPIRED, a group exhibition comprising 30 inspiring artworks displayed throughout the renowned Brixton location. Commencing on 6 March, the exhibition will launch with an exciting opening show where WOM Collective founders Carleen de Sozer, Elno and Lours, joined by a series of female artists, will create a mural painting live. 6 March – 12 April. womcollective.org.

The Royal Opera House Celebrates IWD

Illustrious performing arts venue, Covent Garden’s The Royal Opera House is pulling out all the stops this International Women’s Day, introducing a week-long series of virtual events, discussions and more which delve into the lives of women in the creative industries. Highlights include the free broadcast of a panel discussion exploring female influence and gender inequality in the arts, and American choreographer Pam Tanowitz will meet with Royal Ballet First Soloist Beatriz Stix-Brunell on the ROH’s Instagram channel to discuss female choreography, dance role models and more. 8-11 March. View the full programme of events at roh.org.uk

Art on a Postcard’s All-Female Charity Auction

Art on a Postcard

Dr. Chila Kumari Singh Burman, Brave Survivor Laugh Cry

The initiative raising funds for The Hepatitis C Trust, Art on a Postcard is honouring International Women’s Day with an all-female action celebrating “the multiplicities contained in every woman”. Contributors include that of visual artist Claudette Johnson and Dr. Chila Kumari Burman, whose compelling work features in the Tate Britain. 25 Feb – 11 March 2021. Bidding starts at £50. artonapostcard.com

Women Of The World Festival 2021

The renowned female-inspired festival, which would typically take place at London’s Southbank Centre, will this year comprise a three-week series of digital events. Highlights include a virtual ‘Big Sing’ with Choral activist Kirsty Martin, a ‘Forces for Change’ discussion with British Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful OBE, WOW Founder Jude Kelly and model Christy Turlington, and Ruby Wax’s “hour of optimism”, hosted alongside Fearne Cotton. View the full schedule of events at wow.ticketco.events

The Old Vic’s Theatre Screenings

Tinuke Craig

Tinuke Craig, Aisha (the black album) director. Photo: Helen Murray

Not-for-profit London theatre The Old Vic is commemorating International Women’s Day with two new ‘One Voice’ monologues, available to stream on YouTube from 8 March. Written by Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Regina Taylor, Putting A Face On (starring Susan Wokoma) explores gaslighting and emotional abuse, whilst Aisha (the black album) (performed by Jade Anouka) looks at the history of Black women’s political power. 8 March, 10am, youtube.com/oldvictheatre

Shop in Support of IWD

Marina Raphael

Marina Raphael’s Micro Riviera Bag in Denim

A number of brands are selling products in honour of International Women’s Day, with many offering donations to an array of important initiatives supporting women across the globe. Luxury handbag brand Marina Raphael will be donating 20 per cent of all sales from its denim Micro Riviera Bag to female war survivor charity Women for Women International, whilst sustainable resortwear brand Casa Raki will be offering 25 per cent of its sales from a series of signature designs to Noëlla Coursaris Musunka’s nonprofit organisation Malaika. A simple way to support the cause, shopping from our sofa has never seemed more essential. Shop our favourite IWD-inspired gifts below.

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Marina Raphael

Marina Raphael Micro Riviera in Woven Denim, £780, marinaraphael.com

Marina Raphael will be donating 20 per cent of all sales from its denim Micro Riviera Bag to female war survivor charity Women for Women International.

Laudree-IWD

Ladurée x Women’s Aid Box, £22.50, laduree.co.uk

In honour of International Women’s Day, Ladurée has partnered with Women’s Aid, a federation of over 170 organisations in England that provides local lifesaving services to women and children. Customers who purchase the Ladurée x Women’s Aid Box online will be able to donate £1 per box to Women’s Aid. Ten per cent of sales of products purchased from Burlington or Covent Garden stores will also go towards Women’s Aid.

The White Company

The White Company A Tiny Kiss Necklace, £39, thewhitecompany.com

£20 from the sale of each ‘A Tiny Kiss’ jewellery piece will be donated to The Prince’s Trust’s Women Supporting Women campaign.

Bloom & Wild x Aspinal

Aspinal of London Gardening Apron in Petal Canvas & Chalkhill Blue Pebble, £195, aspinaloflondon.com

Aspinal of London has partnered with flower delivery company Bloom & Wild this International Women’s Day to offer the chance for 10 inspirational women to win a selection of pieces from its new gardening capsule collection (including the gardening apron, notebook and botanical ‘A’ silk scarf in storm pure silk) along with three months’ worth of Bloom & Wild flowers. Nominate someone special here.

Ninety Percent

Ninety Percent + NET SUSTAIN International Women’s Day set of two printed organic cotton-jersey T-shirts, £90, net-a-porter.com

100 per cent of the profits from every sale of these cotton-jersey tees will be donated to Women for Women International.

Annoushka

Annoushka 4ct Gold Helping Hands Pendant, £350, annoushka.com

£35 from the sale of each pendant will be donated to The Princes Trust’s Women Supporting Women initiative.

The White Company

The White Company Seychelles Signature Candle, £20, thewhitecompany.com

The White Company will be donating £5 from every candle sold between 5 and 9 March to The Princes Trust’s Women Supporting Women initiative.

Featured image: DeMellier Mireia Llusia Lindg LIFE Tote

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