International Women’s Day

Join us as we celebrate the 1,190,248 women and girls of West Yorkshire. To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, the Mayor of West Yorkshire is hosting a week of events to celebrate the achievements of girls and women across the region.

About International Women’s Day

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 and fundraise for female-focused charities.

The campaign theme for International Women's Day 2022 is #BreakTheBias. Whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it difficult for women to move ahead. Knowing that bias exists isn't enough. Action is needed to level the playing field.

What are we doing?

The Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin, and Deputy for Policing and Crime, Alison Lowe, are proud to support International Women’s Day, with not just one day, but an entire week of activities highlighting the achievements of women of West Yorkshire.

Nicola Adams OBE Boxing Workshop

Monday 7th March 2022 will see local legend and Olympian, Nicola Adams OBE lead a boxing workshop with aspiring girls in the same area where Nicola trained as a young athlete. Supported by students from Leeds Beckett University, girls will learn about boxing and can also talk to Nicola about her road to success.

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Online case studies

Throughout the week, we will be sharing a series of online case studies which will promote stories of everyday women of West Yorkshire; women who have succeeded in

their careers and personal lives. Viewers will hear from women in innovative businesses, the pioneering third sector, and resilient women who have rebuilt their lives after being the victims of crime and abuse.

Women of West Yorkshire Event

Women of West Yorkshire’ is our first event dedicated to showcasing some of West Yorkshire’s most inspirational women. From filmmakers to entrepreneurs, we have secured 16 fantastic speakers who are set to share their experiences, educate and empower our audience.

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  1. Women of West Yorkshire

    Join us on Saturday 12th March as we conclude the International Women's Day celebrations with our very first event dedicated to showcasing some of West Yorkshire’s most inspirational women.

    Read more about Women of West Yorkshire