How to celebrate International Women's Day 2022

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4 March 2022

The 8th March marks International Women's Day, and this year celebrations will be taking place across the capital, with talks, workshops, events and exhibitions being held in honour of women around the world. Here’s how you can get involved...

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reak The Bias' is the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, which has been chosen to highlight the individual responsibility we all bear to call out gender bias and equality. Founded in 1911, International Women’s Day serves to celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness for women’s equality, lobby for gender parity and fundraise for female-focused charities. In 2022, this equates to a host of exciting talks, festivals, events and exhibitions, which are being held throughout March in honour of women around the world. Here’s how you can get involved...

Invest in female artists at The Other Art Fair

This March, Saatchi Art’s The Other Art Fair will return to the Old Truman Brewery with an exciting line-up of artists which foregrounds female creators. Guest artist Chila Kumari Singh Burman will be showcasing a series of works highlighting the experience of South Asian women, while the Line Girl will be creating an immersive entrance installation. Elsewhere, the wider line-up will feature 62 per cent female artists, with 50 per cent being new to the fair and 10 per cent BIPOC, making it one of the most diverse and vibrant art shows taking palace in the capital this year.

17-20 March 2022, theotherartfair.com

Reinvigorate your career with a new headshot at The Marylebone

It’s often an afterthought but having a professional headshot with which to present yourself online and to new clients can make all the difference to securing career opportunities. In recognition of this, the Doyle Collection hotel group will be offering women the chance to have a free headshot taken at The Marylebone in London, as well as The Bristol in Bristol, The Westbury in Dublin and The River Lee in Cork and The Dupont Circle in Washington D.C on 4 March. In London, portraits will be shot by Lisa Tse, award-winning photographer and founder of The Sorority, a private society dedicated to championing and inspiring women.

Book here

Add to your jewellery box

Rachel Boston
Cece Jewellery

A great piece of jewellery can be a huge confidence boost and, in reflection of the power of their designs, a number of female-founded jewellery brands will be donating a portion of their proceeds to charities supporting female empowerment this International Women’s Day. Throughout March, London-based fine jeweller Rachel Boston, for example, will be giving 20 per cent of sales from her new gold and diamond Chunky Knife Edge necklace and bracelet to Women for Refugee Women, a female-led charity supporting women seeking refuge and asylum.

Cece Fein Hughes, meanwhile, will be donating 30 per cent of all Cece Jewellery sales taken between 4 and 12 March to UNICEF to support families affected by conflict in Afghanistan, while Minka Jewels will give 15 per cent of all sales from 1-12 March to Women for Women UK, helping female survivors of war rebuild their lives and careers.

Minka Jewels
Monica Vinader

Finally, Monica Vinader has launched a new Togetherness chain crafted from 18 karat recycled gold vermeil and sterling silver in honour of International Women’s Day. The two-part design has been created to be shared with the most special woman in your life, with all proceeds from Togetherness chains sold between 7 and 9 March to be donated to Women for Women International.

Visit rachelboston.co.uk; cecejewellery.com; minkajewels.com; monicavinader.com

Take in a show at the Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House is pulling out all the stops with a range of events and initiatives this International Women’s Day. On 8 March, visitors to St Pancras International Station will be treated to live performances of Lost and Found, seven micro-operas created by all-female teams and supported by the ROH’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.

The same evening, the ROH’s Clore Studio will host Interrogating the Ballerina – an examination of society’s perception of the female ballet dancer featuring insights from former Royal Ballet director Dame Monica Mason, principal dancer Sarah Lamb, V&A dance curator Jane Pritchard and dramaturg Uzma Hameed. The panel will also be available to stream live for free. On 12 March, meanwhile, the ROH will launch its new HerStory tour, shining a light on the brilliant woman who have directed, worked on and performed in productions at the famed Covent Garden theatre.

Visit roh.org.uk

Take a photo walk with a Pulitzer-prize winning photographer

An opportunity not to be missed by budding photographers, Leica has enlisted Pulitzer prize-winning photojournalist and documentary photographer Marissa Roth to take 12 aspiring female creatives on a social photowalk of London to mark International Women’s Day. Starting from the Leica store in Mayfair on 10 March, the two-hour walk will also act as a workshop, helping photographers of all levels sharpen their skills and giving them time to quiz Roth on her most valuable advice for getting a great shot.

For those not lucky enough to get a ticket, Leica will also be hosting a free online webinar with Roth on 8 March centred around her groundbreaking work One Person Crying: Women and War.

Visit leica-camera.com

Celebrate female chefs at Carousel

The difficulties faced by women trying to break into the fine dining industry are well documented, so what better time than International Women’s Day to celebrate those pioneering female chefs leading the charge? Fitzrovia’s Carousel restaurant has enlisted Clare Finney, author of The Female Chef, to create a programme of five supper clubs showcasing the talents of some of the most respected women working in kitchens across the UK. Chefs, including Angela Hartnett, Sam Evans and Shauna Guinn, Romy Gill, Sabrina Gidda and Julie Lin, will each create a five-course menu, with a portion of the ticket price going towards charities chosen by the chefs.

£65 per person, 8-12 March 2022, sevenrooms.com

Bid on a piece of art at this charity auction

Hope is Everything by Victoria Cantons
Elsewhere by Jane Pine

For the third year running, Art on a Postcard is hosting an International Women’s Day charity auction in aid of the Hepatitis C Trust. This year, Art on a Postcard invited female-identifying artists to submit works to support the Trust's works both within prisons and its ambition to expand its vital work to the wider community in 2022. Participating artists include highly collectable names such as Charmaine Watkiss, Philomena Williamson and Louise Lawler, alongside emerging names including Shannon Bono and Amanda Ba. All bids start at £50.

24 February 15 March, artonapostcard.com

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