International Women’s Day (IWD) was instituted by the United Nations to celebrate women worldwide, through themes that focus on specific issues affecting women worldwide. IWD is an annual celebration marked on the 8th of March each year. This year’s celebration is under the theme “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow” – #BreakTheBias.
This women-only event will be delivered in a hybrid format, with some attendees in-person, in Accra, and hundreds more joining virtually from around Africa and the rest of the world. Each Aspect of the event addresses these essential questions:
Attendees will explore the many challenging experiences of African women—across socio-economic backgrounds—and how feminists can journey together toward liberation
Attendees will imagine feminist futures; discuss progress and strategies towards these futures; and celebrate achievements and futuristic work within the movement
The event will comprise an opening plenary—with keynote speakers and a panel discussion—followed by breakout sessions, and then a guided bonding and networking session, “Wine and Whine”. On the sidelines of the event, there will be an exhibition featuring female entrepreneurs.
Our panel will include an intergenerational set of women with varying backgrounds. The panel discussion will focus mainly on this year’s theme, drawing out the different experiences and insights of our panelists and audience.
This is a session that uses physical movement to achieve balance in mental health. Dancing represents feminists joys while also challenging biases that put constraints on Women for expressing these forms of joy in their lives.
The Heal and Chill workshop is a safe space for survivors and supporters who want to help victims of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) find a journey to healing, through group therapy, while educating everyone else on the importance of safe spaces, consent and issues of gender based violence.
An interactive session on the context of Sexual and Reproductive Health in Ghana; exploring the policy environment, the socio-cultural influences on access at both supply and demand side, and Marie Stopes International’s mission in Ghana.
Here, online participants speak to queer realities and ways they navigate cis-hetero patriarchal systems and hegemonies.
This session highlights ways in which African feminists are imagining unbiased technology, and providing frameworks for making the internet feminst-friendly.
Wine Life; afro-house and highlife music, with wine, and other alcoholic / non-alcoholic drinks*. Here, feminists get to know each other, share stories and have fun
*please note that attendees will have to pay for their drinks at Wine & Whine