International Women's Day Leeds 2021: The online events available to celebrate the 'incredible' women from our region

Leeds Council is encouraging people across the city to celebrate International Women's Day on Monday with a range of free digital events.

Friday, 5th March 2021, 4:45 pm
International Women's Day in Leeds will be held through virtual events this year (photo: Shutterstock)

The council is holding its annual celebration over Zoom this year, hosted by former leader of the council Baroness Judith Blake of Leeds for the eighth consecutive time.

One event will be held at 10.00am on Monday, March 8, and will be an opportunity to connect with others and celebrate incredible women from across the region.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Eileen Taylor and Sinead Rocks, Managing Director Nations and Regions at Channel Four will be speaking.

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You can register for a place here.

Other events include the launch of HerStory in the Making by the Getaway Girls, a digital storytelling project featuring 24 tales of reflection, learning and hope from young women during lockdown.

This begins at 3.00pm on Sunday, March 7, and you can book your place for it here.

Inclusive Companies are also hosting an event which will celebrate intersectionality and the individuality of women.

It will be an opportunity to listen to the voices and stories of women from different backgrounds as the panel explores a range of topics, raising awareness against bias, and taking action for equality and it can be registered for here.

Councillor James Lewis, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “Throughout history women in Leeds have led the way and played a vital role in shaping the city we know and love. International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate everything these women have achieved, but also to note that there is still a way to go to achieve true equality, something which the council is committed to doing.

"The calendar of events is slightly different this year due to coronavirus restrictions, but we hope that people across the city can still get involved and celebrate this important day.”

Baroness Judith Blake of Leeds, said: “International Women’s Day is a significant day in the calendar and I couldn’t miss the opportunity to mark it once again at the council’s annual celebration.

"There are some incredible women in this region and it is crucial we celebrate them not just today, but every day.”

Councillor Jools Heselwood, Women’s Champion, said: “There are some fantastic events planned in Leeds to mark International Women’s Day and I encourage people of all genders to get involved and join in where possible.”

Dozens of other celebratory events can be found here.