Virtual Festival Saturday 6th March 10am till 3pm

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.

#IWD2021 #ChooseToChallenge


International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality. 

Marked annually on March 8th, International Women’s Day (IWD) is one of the most important days of the year to:

  • celebrate women’s achievements

  • raise awareness about women’s equality

  • lobby for accelerated gender parity

  • fundraise for female-focused charities

What’s the theme for International Women’s Day?

The campaign theme for International Women’s Day 2021 is ‘Choose To Challenge‘. A challenged world is an alert world. And from challenge comes change. So let’s all #ChooseToChallenge.

Alongside the global campaign for change, there is a parallel initiative that was announced by the UN Women on 10th of November 2020, “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.” The theme celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Women stand at the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, as health care workers, caregivers, innovators, community organizers and as some of the most exemplary and effective national leaders in combating the pandemic. This crisis has highlighted both the centrality of their contributions and the disproportionate burdens that women carry.

Women leaders and women’s organizations have demonstrated their skills, knowledge and networks to effectively lead in COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. Today there is more acceptance than ever before that women bring different experiences, perspectives and skills to the table, and make irreplaceable contributions to decisions, policies and laws that work better for all.

The Majority of countries that have been more successful in stemming the tide of the COVID-19 pandemic and responding to its health and broader socio-economic impacts, are headed by women. For instance, Heads of Government in Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, New Zealand and Slovakia have been widely recognized for the rapidity, decisiveness and effectiveness of their national response to COVID-19, as well as the compassionate communication of fact-based public health information.Yet, women are Heads of State and Government in only 20 countries worldwide.[1]

In addition to persistent pre-existing social and systemic barriers to women’s participation and leadership, new barriers have emerged with the COVID-19 pandemic. Across the world women are facing increased domestic violence, unpaid care duties, unemployment and poverty. Despite women making up a majority of front-line workers, there is disproportionate and inadequate representation of women in national and global COVID-19 policy spaces.

To uphold women’s rights and fully leverage the potential of women’s leadership in pandemic preparedness and response, the perspectives of women and girls in all of their diversity must be integrated in the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes in all spheres and at all stages of pandemic response and recovery.

TWG are very proud to deliver the first virtual IWD2021 Fylde Coast Festival on Saturday 6th March 2021.

Young Women
Business & Organisations
Role Models

Your Mission

What are the best things about being a young woman living in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre and what do you think can be done to improve your opportunities? 

Explore these questions and encourage young women to create a response either as a group or as individuals. This response can be either art based, creative writing, poster, graffiti, music, poetry, imagery or any creation the group choose to find their voice. 

Upload the finished articles to by Friday 26th February 2021

Please can you ensure that the padlet link and password is only shared to the young women who are participating. We would ask that you follow your own safeguarding procedures as per digital access.

From 8th Feb to 5th March we are asking the young women to encourage their peers, teachers, youth workers, organisations to post a social media messages supporting the IWD theme ‘Choose to Challenge’. Please use any social media platform but remember to tag in #IWD2021@twguk. 

We are asking everyone to show their solidarity in ‘Choosing to Challenge’ and call out aspects that are unhelpful to women.  

Strike the #ChooseToChallenge pose and share on social media

Raise your hand assertively and show that you choose to challenge inequity.

Attend the zoom call event on Saturday 6th March 10am to 3pm Programme to follow

How do we showcase your voices? Please attend the IWD zoom event on Saturday 6th of March. A programme and joining instructions  will be sent to you one week prior to the event. This event is by invite only and therefore, ensures the safety of all attendees. Presently, we are looking at times between 10am – 3pm. You will receive an individual goody bag that will include fun tasks to do throughout the day and some special treats to say thank you for being you and taking part.  

It is important that we undertake an evaluation so we can share the best bits about the Festival and to improve for 2022. This link will be given to you at the end of the IWD Festival zoom event to complete on the day. You will be entered into a prize draw to win £30 voucher.


A Field encompassing all the colours of the world! Let’s talk being the best we can be, believing in yourself! Making you voice heard and counted for. How can we gain a new cultural visibility and ensure young women’s voices make a difference and have the equity that they deserve.


Happiness and kindness make the world go round. Interactive workshop to explore how young women can support their own well being and self-care through a variety of tools… develop your own toolbox. What works for you and how you can influence your happiness.


Science is a woman’s best friend! A field filled with imagination, exploration, innovation. Interactive workshop to explore innovation and what part women play in an ever changing world of opportunities, digital IT and opportunities. Let us all be creators and not just consumers.

This Women Can

The active field supporting young women to explore the opportunities in sport and physical well-being. What does it mean to be active? How can young women be leaders and change the world of sport, what part do we play? What part should we play?

Green Field

Everything you ever want to know about how you can save the environment and so much more. Interactive workshop to explore how young women can participate in protecting our world and making small changes with huge impact. Links to national campaigns and opportunities.

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