International Women's Day 2018 at Brighton Dome
Past Event
Talks & Debate

International Women’s Day Celebration

Wed 13 Dec 2017

Brighton Dome, Brighton Women’s Centre and Brighton Museum join forces to present our annual celebration of International Women’s Day. With gender equality firmly on the agenda, join us for a marketplace of ideas alongside a specially curated programme of inspiring speakers, activists and innovators, workshops, arts & crafts, causes and campaigns, with fun for all the family. Everyone is welcome – all ages, all communities together.

Click to view or download the full programme and timings for the day
Arrive early to sign up for workshops at the Brighton Women’s Centre Stall in the West Corridor

Highlights include:

Empowerment or Oppression: What does the beauty industry do for women?
(3.15pm, Old Courtroom Talk Stage)
Sali Hughes (The Guardian, Pretty Iconic) discusses the impact of the changing beauty industry with three inspirational panellists

The Gender Games (2pm, Old Courtroom Talk Stage)
Juno Dawson (Margot and Me, This Book Is Gay) tells her story, and that of everyone who is shaped by society’s expectations of gender - and what we can do about it 

I’m Not Rain Man: Women and Autism (11.15am, Old Courtroom Talk Stage)
We all know the autistic stereotype trainspotter, but what does autism really look like in women?

Women In Policing with Sussex Police (10.30am, Old Courtroom Talk Stage)
Hear what it’s like to be a woman on the beat and how in Sussex, women have climbed to the very top of the force.

ILLUMINATE (All day, Brighton Dome West Corridor)
Come and add to the beautiful tapestry made by The Network of International Women for Brighton & Hove. No sewing skills required and materials supplied.

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs Worldwide (12.15pm, Old Courtroom Talk Stage)
Photo essays from global documentary photographers showing how business skills and microloans can lead to social and economic change in developing countries. With FotoDocument and

Lost Women of Art (1.30pm, Brighton Museum Seminar Room)
Join Rev Susie Courtault as she explores the way in which women are portrayed in art, often through the male gaze, alongside her desire to understand women’s contributions as artists over the years and their apparent absence from the cannon of great artists

SPECTRUM Seminar: Women & the Music Industry (4.30pm, Old Courtroom Talk Stage)
Successful professionals discuss working in the music industry as a woman along with the successes and challenges they face

Walking tour of the Women of Brighton (12pm & 2.30pm, meet in the Museum Foyer)
Explore the important women of Brighton’s history with a walking tour of the Royal Pavilion Estate with tour guide Louise Peskitt

Wonder Women (All day, Brighton Museum)
Meet some incredible women from history, including Brighton suffragette, Minnie Turner and fossil hunter Mary Anning, whilst getting up close and personal with some of Brighton Museum’s Collections

Their Fight, Our Future (All day, Brighton Museum)
A pop up display of newly created outfits featuring important women in history, by students from Northbrook MET

Wear it Out (From 12pm, Brighton Museum Education Pavilion)
Discover what the museum is doing to uncover LGBTQ stories. Wear or bring your outfits and share your stories at this look book studio

Nail Transphobia (From 12pm, Brighton Dome Café-Bar)
Charlie Craggs tackles transphobia through nail art, giving people the chance to sit down and have a chat with a trans person and to challenge misconceptions

Workshops include:

  • Coding for Women with Codebar (3pm, Brighton Museum Seminar Room)
  • Body Positivity with Free The Nipple (3pm, Brighton Museum, Museum Lab)
  • Learn To Massage with Jing Massage (10.30am, Brighton Museum, Museum Lab, Women only*)
  • Sing Your Heart Out with Aneesa Chaudhry (10.30am Brighton Dome Concert Hall stage, Women only*)
  • Confidence and Creativity with Sarah Taylor 

*Women Only Spaces are open to ALL self-identifying women

And don’t miss tea sipping and discussions in our Conversation Café, browse the interesting marketplace of stalls, try some delicious food by Real Junk Food Project & much more!