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Celebrations for International Women’s Day to take place across the Bradford district

Here's how Bradford will be marking International Women's Day 2022.

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, 8 March, marks the official IWD, however, organisations from across the district have come together to bring you a programme of events throughout March for the global celebration of women’s achievements.

The IWD civic flag-raising ceremony on 8th March at 10am in Centenary Square, will be attended by the Lord Mayor of Bradford Councillor Shabir Hussain.

The theme for IWD this year is #BreakTheBias to collectively create a gender-equal world.

Bradford Council Leader Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe said: “Our Bradford district has a proud history of pioneering women who embody the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day and truly Break The Bias.

“International Women’s Day is a great opportunity to remember those women and be inspired by them. We all look to a more equal world, one which is free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination and where difference is valued and celebrated.

“So many great activities and events are taking place across the whole of the district and I would encourage anyone whatever their gender to get involved.”

There are a variety of events, workshops, talks and performances taking place. Some highlights include:

  • International Women’s Day civic flag-raising ceremony on 8 March at 10am in Centenary Square, attended by the Lord Mayor of Bradford Councillor Shabir Hussain and organised by Neesie.
  • Women Leading the Way in Governance on 7 March 10am to 2pm at the Grange Interlink Community Centre.
  • A free event organised by the Lord Mayor’s Appeal celebrating the diverse women of the Bradford district. Including the following speakers Nakinda Daniel, Deputy High Commissioner for the Dominican Republic and success coach and diplomat; UduakObong Archibong – Professor at the University of Bradford and Katie Mahon from Blooming Buds Theatre Group. City Hall 8 March from 11am.
  • An evening of celebrations at Café West, Allerton on 8 March from 5pm. There will be a DJ, dancers, raffles and food and drink.
  • Keighley Creative presents The Keighley Women’s Big Night Out – an evening of entertainment including music, poetry, belly dancing and bracelet making. All women including those under 18s welcome. Saturday, 12 March 7pm to 10.30pm. Free entry – booking via Eventbright.
  • Join the Weaving Gallery volunteers and members of the Bradford Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers at Bradford Industrial Museum on Sunday, 13 March, 1pm to 3pm. Drop-in and Have a go handloom and spinning and find out about the work undertaken by women and children in the mills. Free entry.
  • The Big Bronte Clothes Swap – 13 March at the Bronte Parsonage. Come and barter, donate and swap clothes and take home some new garments. Including free refreshments, a talk about their new exhibition Defying Expectations: Inside Charlotte Bronte’s Wardrobe as well as an Inspiration Station to give tips and hints on how to upcycle clothes.
  • The Peace Museum is creating a brand-new banner inspired by the banners at the Greenham Common Peace Camp. They are running two workshops at Bread & Roses Café in Bradford from 9.30am to 12.30pm on the 8 and 12 March.
  • A sensational lineup of poetry and spoken word performers – headlined by Kim Moore on 10 March at 7.30pm at Kala Sangam
  • Level Up: Womxn in Music 10 March 7pm to 10pm – The founders of Buskival & Vital Culture UK are teaming up for a female-led social event with performances from local artists and a discussion panel of expert speakers unpacking and discussing under-representation and the challenges that female musicians face in the local music scene.
  • The Inspirational Women Foundation (IWF) in collaboration with Carlton Bolling, is running a Mum’s and Daughters’ Sports Day to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) on Saturday, 12 March from 12-4pm. For more information or to register call 01274 721 419 or email sports@inspirationalwomenfoundation.org.uk.
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