It’s International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8th March, an annual event since 1911. The 2022 theme is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.”

Whilst all IWD’s are about bridging the gender equality gap, giving women a voice across the world, challenging bias and celebrating women, each year has a theme for people to reflect on and explore.

The aim for 2022 is to acknowledge the worldwide contribution of women and girls who are actively addressing the importance of climate change on the world’s agenda and are exploring climate change needs and response, to build a more sustainable future for everyone.

Around the globe initiatives and leadership by women will be recognised, alongside the need to dissolve decision-making barriers and ensure women have a voice, feel empowered and can continue to create change, without boundaries and with equal input.

As stated on “Women and girls experience the greatest impacts of the climate crisis as it amplifies existing gender inequalities and puts women’s lives and livelihoods at risk. Across the world, women depend more on, yet have less access to, natural resources, and often bear a disproportionate responsibility for securing food, water, and fuel.”

The theme for this year’s IWD will be at the forefront of a virtual event on Tuesday, 8 March 2022. Attending will be influential voices across the globe including The Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women and the Executive Director of UN Women. Also present will be climate change and gender equality activists, as well as some celebrities.

How can you get involved locally?

Locally, there are a number of events promoting and celebrating women, campaigning and raising awareness. These include:

IWD Celebration at The Word, National Centre for the Written Word

Sunday 6th March at The Word, Market Place, South Shields. From 13:00-14:30, £2 per ticket.

Celebrate International Women’s Day with top female speakers from the region. Organised by playwright Ed Waugh, the event will focus on the heroic WWI Munitionettes who served the war effort on the home front from 1914 to 1918 and played football to raise money for charity.

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Howlers Disco Diva’s International Women’s Day Brunch

Presented by NE Youth. Sunday 6th March at Howlers, 28-32 Collingwood Street, Newcastle. From 14:00-16:00, £32.93 per person.

Entry includes: – bottomless brunch, ball pit, bingo, drag acts and networking with inspiring females to celebrate the achievements of women. This event promises an afternoon of fizz and fun along with supporting gender equality.

Profits go to NE Youth and men are also welcome to attend the event.

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International Women’s Day Chamber Inspiring Females Seminar

Organised by North East England Chamber of Commerce, Tuesday 8th March at The Grand Hotel, Gosforth Park, Newcastle. From 10:30am-12:30pm, FREE.

With guest speakers, this event aims to inspire and connect women in business across the North East of England.

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This Girl Can Newcastle – International Women’s Day Celebration 2022

Credit: This Girl Can

Tuesday 8th March at Exhibition Park, Newcastle. From 17:45-20:00, FREE.

This event see’s the return of This Girl Can Newcastle bringing together women to run or walk through a planned route in Exhibition Park. Participants must register and are encouraged to dress in vibrant colours and costumes with the aim of solidarity and encouraging active wellbeing.

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International Women’s Day – An Evening with Inspirational Women

Tuesday 8th March at University of Sunderland, Employment Services – Hope St, Sunderland. From 18:00-20:00, £15 onwards.

An event of culture, fun, music and food.

The evening will raising awareness on behalf of Smart Works who support women in employment and self-confidence.

International Women’s Day – Paint ‘n’ Sip

Saturday 12th March at Durham Student’s Union, Dunelm Hose, New Elvet, Durham. From 20:00-22:00, £5.

Durham’s Halo Hub, a student-led organisation aimed at tackling FGM, HBV and forced marriages, have arranged an event at the Student’s Union. The creative event will focus on art, expression and equality.

Ticket price covers two glasses of prosecco and art supplies.

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Information on further events for IWD is available at

Other ways to get involved

As well as local events, there are a number of activities you can get involved with. Whether this be in the workplace or at home, there is chance to raise awareness, celebrate and support.

Here are some links which may provide information and suggestions:

Whatever your day may look like, we wish you a fun and empowering International Women’s Day!

Helen Aitchison

Helen is a journalist for Radio Gateshead, a local lass who has spent the last two decades working in health and social care. She has recently set up a community interest company called Write on the Tyne which amalgamates her passion for supporting and empowering marginalised groups to thrive with her love of writing. Her debut novel, The Dinner Club, was released in March 2022 with UK based Cahill Davis Publishing, and her second book The Life and Love (Attempts) of Kitty Cook will be released in March 2023.