Don’t Miss Portsmouth’s International Women’s Day Celebrations, 6-10 March

Portsmouth is celebrating International Women’s Day with a week of events around the city. Get the dates in your diary, get your tickets and get involved!

Tuesday 6th March, 7:30pm, FREE, Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue

Portsmouth Film Society (at Eldon Building) presents Letters from Baghdad

Letters from Baghdad tells the extraordinary and dramatic story of Gertrude Bell, the most powerful woman in the British Empire in her day. She shaped the destiny of Iraq after World War I in ways that still reverberate today. More influential than her friend and colleague Lawrence of Arabia, why has she been written out of the history she helped make?

Supported by University of Portsmouth, Equality & Diversity.

117min | PG | US | 2016

Free screening to public.

Get your tickets here via Eventbrite.

Wednesday 7th March, 12pm to 2pm, FREE, Friendship House, Elm Grove

Various activities

Speakers, activities and food celebrating 100 years of women gaining the vote, and a singing workshop with Portsmouth legend Janet Ayers.

No booking necessary.

Wednesday 7th March, 7pm to 11.30pm, £5 (advance), £8 (door), The Rifle Club, Goldsmith Avenue

All Female Gig Night, Raising money for Southern Domestic Abuse Services (SDAS)


  • Nicole McNally
  • Michelle Price
  • Hannah Jacobs
  • Sunstreets
  • Cantando FVC Choir
  • Paige Monroe
  • Hanna Gypsy Wicks

Buy your tickets here for £5 or get them on the door for £8

Thursday 8th March, 11am to 1pm, FREE, Victoria Park
Women cycling

UPDATED: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the meeting point is now Victoria Park, at the Cafe in the Park, not the Coffee Cup as previously stated in the official International Women’s Day Portsmouth programme (download below).

Thursday 8th March, 12.30pm to 2.30pm, FREE, Havelock Community Centre (off Albert Rd)

International Women’s Day Event and Prep for IWD March

Speakers, t-shirt printing and poster-making with amazing local artist Mandy Webb in preparation for the Portsmouth International Women’s Day March on Saturday 10th. Bring your own t-shirt (not white).

Mandy Webb will also be displaying art installations demonstrating women’s hidden history – not to be missed!

Food and other activities taking place, find out on the day!

Saturday 10th March, 10am to 12pm, FREE, St Mary’s Church, Fratton

For the Love of Portsmouth, Go Green Climate Coalition

From the Go Green Climate Coalition, and organised by the Portsmouth Christian Aid Action group and St Mary’s Church – family friendly activities, displays, stalls and refreshments. And the chance to climb the church tower and see Portsmouth from a whole new angle!

Climate Change is already having an impact on the world, and disproportionately impacts on women and other marginalised groups.

Join us as we show our love for our city and stand up for our joint future.

Saturday 10th March, 12pm – 4pm, FREE, Charles Dickens Centre, Lake Rd

Young Women’s Day of activities

Including activities of sports, arts, science and more. There’s a flash mob, a chance to work with Aspex art gallery, and a Bake Off! Don’t miss this inspiring day of activities for young women.

Call 023 9268 8252 for more information, or see the poster on the right.

Saturday 10th March, 1pm to 3pm, FREE, Meet at Guildhall Square

100 years of Women’s Suffrage March and Rally

Wear purple, green and white and bring banners and placards!

Our line-up are women currently campaigning for equal rights for women and human rights:

Find out more at the International Women’s Day Portsmouth Facebook page or download a flyer for the events programme here.

For more information contact Sue Castillon 07767 364517.