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International Women’s Day 2018: What’s on around Ireland

#PressforProgress is the theme of International Women’s Day 2018 as report finds gender parity is over 200 years away.
According to the global campaign organisers, the theme was chosen as a call to action to press forward and progress gender parity.

“With the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away – there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. And with global activism for women’s equality fuelled by movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp and more – there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity.

International Women’s Day is not country, group or organisation specific. The day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. So together, let’s all be tenacious in accelerating gender parity. Collectively, let’s all Press for Progress”.


Here are just some of the key events happening around Ireland this week. Get involved and #PressforProgress.



Ban Ban at The Sugar Club, (07/03)

To celebrate the centenary year of women’s suffrage in Ireland, BAN BAN are convening to “challenge, inspire and engage around the question of female empowerment and equality”.


Votes For Repeal – International Women’s Day March organised by the Coalition to Repeal the Eight Amendment (08/03). Supporters calling for Repeal of the Eighth Amendment will march from the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square East to Leinster House at 5.30pm.


Dublin Chamber Event, (08/03)

The Dublin Chamber International Women’s Day celebration brings over 250 of Ireland’s most successful business leaders and female entrepreneurs together. Keynote speaker (Geraldine Swarbrigg of Inglot Cosmetics Ireland) and panel will discuss their careers, the challenges they have overcome and offer advice to other female leaders.


Women Leading Progress 2018, The Project Foundry, (08/03)

Former Emmy-winning CNN Anchor, Gina London in conversation with Regina Doherty TD – Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Geraldine Roche – Director The Project Foundry, Roseann Heavey – President Network Ireland, and Helen O’ Dea – Interim IT Executive KBC.


DLR Chamber Women In Business Alliance “Confidence Call” (08/03)

Chamber President Pat Neill in conversation with Christina Noble – Christina Noble Children’s Foundation, Dr Rhona Mahony – First Female Master of National Maternity Hospital, Sophi Spence –  Women’s International Rugby Player & B.O.I Brand Ambassador, Mary Mitchell-O’Connor – Minister for Higher Education, Triona Ferriter – Chief People Officer at AIB.


Network Ireland Celebration of International Women’s Day 2018, in aid of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre. (08/03). Stand Strong, Stand Tall.

MC Clodagh Walsh from RTE Radio 1, and 200 of Ireland’s leading business women, discuss Women’s voice in Politics, Women’s Health, as well as Gender Pay Gap & Diversity.


NCCWN, National Collective of Community Based Women’s Networks, Dublin Region – A morning of Health, Wellbeing and Respite (07/03) at the Aras Chronain Irish Cultural Centre, Clondalkin. Holistic therapies on the day include yoga, mindfulness and Indian head massage.



Empowerment: Overcoming the Promotion Paradox with Bank of Ireland (07/03)

With Guest Speakers Joy Neville – IRFU Referee and International Referee of the Year 2017, Niamh Bushnell – Founder and CEO TechIreland and Comdt., Eoghan Mc Dermott – Gender, Equality and Diversity Officer for the Irish Defence Forces.


Local Enterprise West Cork – International Women’s Day Event, (08/03)

The “Push for Progress” event will focus on how women can excel in business while achieving a balance, and learn new techniques to deal with stressful times. Join Marissa Carter, Terry Prone, Jennie McGinn, Rachel Sarah Murphy, Jess Hatchett and Deirdre O’Shaughnessy.


Cork March for Repeal, (08/03)

Cork Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment march from Cork City Libraries, 12.30pm.


Network Ireland Cork, Media Mavens – On Air, Online, On Print, On Screen, On Set. (07/03). This event will focus on the stories of successful women working in various fields within media followed by a short panel discussion on the future of female career paths in these arena.


International Women’s Weekender to benefit the Cork Rape Crisis Centre. (08/03). Four day event starting 08/03.



RHIFF Present Women In Film (08/03)

In association with Limerick City and County Council & Friars Gate Theatre. Celebrating the achievements of women in film on International Women’s Day.



Kerry Business Women’s Network, Morning Conference on Cultural Transformation. (08/03). The event will cover topical issues such as inclusion, diversity and equality. MC & Panel discussion chaired by Fiona Stack – General Manager Radio Kerry. Panellists include Orla Coughlan –  30% Club, Joanne O’Riordan – No Limbs No Limits, Sinead Devlin – Emergenetics, Tammy Darcy – The Shona Project, Lisa Fingleton – NEWKD.



Citizen Woman: 1918/2018 – Maynooth University (07/03).

A Symposium to mark International Women’s Day.



Women’s Black & Minority Ethnic Group Celebrate IWD in Donegal, (08/03)

NCCWN-Donegal Women’s Network in collaboration with Donegal Women’s Centre and the Donegal Intercultural Platform have come together to establish a Women’s Black & Minority Ethnic Support Group in Letterkenny.


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