International Women’s Day Events

International Women’s Day (8th March) 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. #pressforprogress

Blackburn with Darwen are holding a number of events to across the Borough to celebrate IWD 2018.

01 -12/03/2018
Display of photographs of Barbara Castle and other local women in the Library Entrance. Blackburn Central Library, Town Hall Street, Blackburn BB2 1AG
Contact: Mary Painter 01254 661221

Army Cadet March from Blackburn College to the Old Town Hall. 12.30 pm

Dozens of women will be travelling to London to take part in a march and rally at Westminster to mark International Women’s Day. The event ‘March 4 Women’ has been organised by Blackburn-based charity Humraaz Support Services to celebrate the 100 year anniversary when women in the UK first gained the right to vote.A coach will be leaving Blackburn early in the morning on March 4. Tickets cost £5. For more details and to book a place please contact or call Ruksana on 07543745742 or Salma on 07885295459.

Workshop for parents and children to celebrate mothers and women who have made a positive impact on the country. 2-4 pm
Roe Lee Primary School, Blackburn Lancashire, BB1 9RP
Contact – Gulnaz Usman (01254) 581175

Blackburn Cathedral will be hosting an event full of interactive activities, discussions, marketplaces and face painting as part of International Women’s Day. 10 am – 2 pm Blackburn Cathedral, Cathedral Close, Blackburn, BB1 5AA

Celebrating Women – Art Project 1 – 3 pm
Humraaz, Blackburn, Lancashire
Contact – Gulnaz Usman (01254) 581175

A trip out to Yorkshire Dales. This trip will involve a two hour walk which will be led by Yorkshire dales millennium trust and it will give women the opportunity to get outside the Borough and experience the positive benefits of walking on mental health. This is a free event but places are limited. 9 am – 3 pm
Audley Neighbourhood Learning Centre, Pringle Street, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 1SF Contact – Denise Cottam on 07885205538 or email

Look Good Feel Good workshop. With a light vegetarian lunch and an afternoon countryside walk. This is a free event but places are limited and must book in advance. 10 am – 3 pm
Bank Top Neighbourhood Learning Centre, Arthur Way, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 1QP Contact – Chrissy Spencer on (01254) 581175 (chose option 1)

Celebrating Women 12.30 – 2.30 pm
St Thomas Centre, Salisbury Road, Darwen, Lancashire, BB3 1HZ
Contact – Gulnaz Usman (01254) 581175

Celebration of International Women’s Day for members of the Labour Party. Speaker: Kate Hollern MP. 7pm
Blackburn Central Library, Town Hall Street, Blackburn BB2 1AG

Celebrating Women 9-11 am
Sacred Heart Primary School, St Silas Road, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 6HQ
Contact – Gulnaz Usman (01254) 581175

Information and advice session on courses to improve well-being. Staff from the Adult Learning team will be available to provide support and advice with on Positive Minds and Health & well-being courses, Careers advice, neighbourhood servicers. 10-11 am
Audley and Queens Park Children’s Centre, Pringle Street, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 1SF Contact Chris Truckle on (01254) 507720

Information and advice on courses to improve mental well-being (Positive Minds), other health and well-being courses, Careers advice and wider neighbourhoods services and support. 10 am – 12 pm
Livesey Children’s Centre, Andrew Close, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 4NU
Contact Chris Truckle on (01254) 507720

Council Chambers International Women’s Day celebration with guest speakers, short films and buffet. Invite only. 4-5.30 pm
Blackburn Town Hall, Blackburn BB1 7DY

Information and advice on courses to improve mental well-being (Positive Minds), other health and well-being courses, Careers advice and wider neighbourhoods services and support. 10 am – 12 pm
Darwen Children’s Centre, Lord Street, Darwen, BB3 0HD
Contact Chris Truckle on (01254) 507720

Informal Coffee Morning with guest speakers and organisations. Open to all.
10 am – 12 pm
Community CVS ,Boulevard Centre, 45 Railway Road, Blackburn, BB1 1EZ
Contact Yasmin Patel on (01254) 583957

AGE UK will be celebrating by showcasing photographs depicting the achievements of women in work, education, home and the community. It will also include a short play, talks by women shairing their success and challenges and poems written and read by local school girls. This is invite only. 10 am – 1 pm
Hopwood Court, William Hopwood Street, Blackburn, BB1 1LX
Contact Sharon Lucas on (01254) 266620

Rover 60s Lunch group at Ewood. A set menu lunch and recognising some local volunteers. £5 per person. 12 – 2 pm For more information and to book your ticket contact Vicky Scholes on (01254) 508266

Celebrating Women 1-3 pm
St Stephens Primary, Robinson Street, Blackburn BB1 5PE
Contact Gulnaz Usman (01254) 581175

Traditional Afternoon Tea with bingo and raffle for £3.
Booking is required. 1-3 pm
Sliding Doors Hub, Mill Hill Community Centre, New Chapel St. Blackburn, BB2 4DT Contact Julie Astley on 07495303224

Girls Football Festival. For more information please call (01254) 508270

A celebration of the Wish Centres 30th anniversary along with marking International Women’s Day.
The event is by invitation only and will include an exhibition that will be on display from the 8th to the 30th of March. The display will include the history of the organisation, the work we have done to date and include a display of artwork and poetry by women. 1-3.30 pm
BBC Radio Lancashire, 20-26 Darwen Street, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 2EA
Contact Shigufta Khan on (01254) 260465

Two course dinner with three inspiring guest speaker: Laura Taylor (Professional Speaker and Body Language Coach, Caroline Dakin (Learning Director) and Heather Wright, award winning keynote speaker.
Cost is £22 per person or £144 for a table of eight. 4-9 pm
Scholars Restaurant, Blackburn College Feilden Street, Blackburn BB2 1LH Contact Janine Smith on (01254 292500)

GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS. An event celebrating woman hood and raising awareness many women face in our modern society. 6-9pm
Prism Contemporary Gallery, 20 Lord Street West, Blackburn, BB2 1JX
Email for more information.

Lecture “Battle for the Ballot & Women in Parliament”. Judith Moss & Julie Gunn with students past & present will be delivering the talk & workshop. 3pm –2.45pm
University Centre, Blackburn College, Feilden St., Blackburn BB2 1LH
Register interest: / 01254 292825

Celebrating Women 10 am – 12 pm. Hollins Street Project, Blackburn, BB2 4AE Contact: Gulnaz Usman (01254) 581175

A Community Safety event, celebrating the contribution of women in Blackburn with Darwen, providing invaluable support in the areas of Politics, Domestic Violence, Mental Health, Hate Crime & Prevent. 9.30 am – 2.15 pm
Blackburn Enterprise Centre, Furthergate, Blackburn, BB1 3HQ

Pamper day for parents of disabled children. Lunch included. 10am
Apple Trees Hub, Kelsall Avenue, Little Harwood, Blackburn, BB1 5RU
Contact (01254) 503773

100 Years Later – a storytelling celebration of women and girls
Come to a fantastic children’s storytelling event run by Darwen Labour Party to celebrate International Women’s Day this March! It takes place in the junior library at Darwen Library on Knott Street, where storyteller Beth Guiver will be entertaining with stories and Vee McDee will be providing crafts for you to enjoy. There will be a table of suggested reading for you to browse through featuring strong female characters and authors. The library will also have two treasure trails the children can follow round the library! 11am – 1pm
Darwen Library, Kott St. Darwen BB3 3BU

Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery have commissioned 5 female artists to create art work to celebrate International Women’s day. They cover a wide range of styles, covering 100 years of suffrage from Sarah Hardacre’s piece on Blackburn Suffragettes based on research from the Cottontown archive, a portrait of Olive Morris a much forgotten Black activist from the 1960’s and 70’s by Anita George. To the modern day experience Emma Colbert a 2nd year student at Blackburn School of Art large painted piece will celebrates diversity, difference and womanhood. Whilst Blackburn artist Taylor Rianne’s photomontage ‘Insight’ is about growing up as an autistic female in the 21st century. The work will be installed across the day on Saturday 10th March as an outdoor gallery on the hoardings on Museum Street and Richmond Terrace.

Arts & Science Sessions for Women & Children. Would you like to have a go at some arts & science activities? 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Other sessions on 24th March, 7th & 21st April. Booking essential. Cost £2. The Bureau Centre for the Arts, Victoria St. Blackburn BB1 6DW Email:

One Voice Women’s Network, High Tea Community Cohesion Event (Invitation Only) 12.30pm -2.30pm
Ivy st Community Centre, Ivy St. Blackburn BB2 3RR

2 hour Zumbathon. Aimed at Mum’s or female guardians & daughters of all ages. Afternoon Tea will be served during the last hour.. £3.50 adult/50p young person. 1.30pm -3.30pm. Blackburn Youth Zone, Jubilee St, Blackburn BB1 1 EP
Contact: Sharmin Iqbal (01254) 292000

Talk – “In the Midst of It – Darwen’’s Prominent Women”
The talk will include details of 3 Darwen women who lost their lives in WW1, also the first 4 women to be elected to the Blackburn Board of Guardians in 1894. 7pm Darwen Heritage Centre, Holker House, Darwen BB3 2RG

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