Clothes Swap Fundraiser


Our wonderful volunteer, Amanda, is organising this thrifty eco clothes swap fundraiser and friendly chill-out space to escape the chaos of the world – come join us! 🤩👕👖👗🧤👢

12 – 3pm Saturday 21st October at Dubrek – the bar will be open for refreshments and the Rebel Women’s Choir will sing (come early!)

Suggested entry donation of £1 per adult / family

Bring new or pre-loved clothes/accessories that you think women* may like and swap them for something new-to-you or simply buy items £1 each

Accessible venue, family-friendly, all genders welcome with a focus on the sisterhood. Trans sisters warmly welcome.

Funds raised will support the work of volunteer-run International Women’s Day Derby

* (yep, we know clothes shouldn’t be rigidly gendered but also not helpful to have stuff less likely to be snapped up when fundraising and disrupting limiting societal norms is long-term work, y’know?)

Image description: event details, as above, on autumnal background with leaves, hedgehog, deer.

Our HERstory to be in Derby Museum exhibition


We are excited to contribute discoveries from our HERstory Detectives’ research into over 100 years of International Women’s Day Derby to this exhibition. Our display will feature a timeline, artefacts, giant puppet HERoes, our documentary film made with Relish Video Production and an animation co-produced by Mair Perkins Animation and Illustration together with local kids (their character designs and voiceovers are brilliant!). A big thanks to National Lottery Heritage Fund for backing our project. We look forward to discovering all the other creations in the wider exhibition too. May these steps change the prior absence of women, in all our wonderful diversity, in the telling of local history; who we depict as making a valued, respect-worthy contribution to society shapes who gets treated with respect. Representation matters ✊

From Derby Museums >>>
📣EXHIBITION ANNOUNCEMENT 📣 July 2023 – March 2024
History Makers: Unfolded is a follow up exhibition to ‘History Makers: A Celebration of Derbyshire Women and Gender Diversity’ – our 2022 exhibition curated in co-production with volunteers, museum staff and community groups.
This exhibition builds on conversations started last year when we invited audiences into our gallery spaces to reflect upon the histories being told, to share stories as History Makers in their own right, and to contribute thoughts and memories around important historical moments.
This new exhibition includes a continuation of the project lab, inviting even more people to share their thoughts around representation in museum spaces and asking what is needed to support current and future History Makers across Derbyshire.
Opens 22 July 2023 at the Museum and Art Gallery.
Find out more here:

Difference-Making Design Opportunity: Derby v. Misogyny Project


Illustrator/Graphic Design and Web Design opportunity: Derby v. Misogyny – fear is not freedom project – combine design with change-making!

We are looking for a freelancer or supplier/s for this project. Ideally, one supplier to deliver both the branding design and website design, however, we would consider two different suppliers for these tasks if that looks like the strongest approach to take. We are open to receiving a collaborative proposal from two freelancers/suppliers. There may also be opportunities to work with us on similar upcoming projects – we have exciting plans in the pipeline!

Download all the details here and send proposals, following the instructions, by midnight 31st July 2023 (text also available below)

Get a flavour of the project from this video…

What we are looking for

Essential Desirable
Experience of designing logos, branding and/or website for values-driven projects or causes with the aim to educate, with open-source materials and a call to action (not a sales website) Design experience on a feminist or women’s rights charity/project and familiar with the relevant language, colour schemes and messaging
Proven effective, successful designs e.g. happy clients, strong SEO, targets met, good outcomes Testimonials and evidence of results achieved to demonstrate effectiveness
Strong commitment to accessibility and diversity Examples of designs reflecting accessibility and diversity; diverse team and/or led by person/s with lived experience of oppression
Able to tailor a project to the context and place-based approach (Derby v. Misogyny) Derby-based or good familiarity with Derby

Some understanding of misogyny

Comfortable handling content addressing sensitive issues such as toxic masculinity, sexism, domestic abuse, consent, healthy relationships, survivor stories, incels and misogynist violations against women and girls Experience working with sensitive subjects with good support/supervision and self-care practices regarding sensitive content (we care).

For the website design – experience with safety features e.g. quick exit / delete browser history

Match with our values of working with respect, integrity, enthusiasm, inclusion, planet-care and taking pride in the work created Testimonials / work examples reflecting values
Able to deliver within agreed timescales (estimated 1-2 month period, to be agreed, concluding by end of September 2023) and total budget of £1,000 all-inclusive Experience delivering similar work within such time periods and budgets


Tasks required:

  • Logo design and basic social media branding kit (templates) for Derby v. Misogyny – fear is not freedom project
  • Website design for Derby v. Misogyny project to include good disability-positive accessibility features, easy navigation, diversity and a searchable library of ‘toolkit’ resources e.g. videos, education materials, documents, How To guides, etc which can easily be added to in future and maintained by our team

Please submit a proposal addressing the criteria above, your initial ideas on how to approach the project with costings, at least 2 testimonials and files/links for at least 2 relevant samples of your work, a maximum of 3x A4 pages by email to by midnight Monday 31st July 2023. We will follow up with shortlisted suppliers soon after this date and will provide feedback regarding proposals that are not taken forwards on this occasion. Thank you, let’s design for change!



Hey sisters! Here are the eventbrite links to all online workshops for Self-Care Sunday 12th March 2023. Be sure to book your space soon before tickets sell out.

11am Laughter Therapy with Ishi Khan…

2pm Positive Affirmations with Amanpreet Kaur…

3.30pm Strengthen your Mental Wellbeing with Clarisse Elysee…

5pm Tamalpa Life/ Art Process with Katherine Mckenzie…

Image: self care is giving the world the best of you instead of what’s left of you, on purple-blue paint strokes

IWD Derby Festival 2023


International Women’s Day Derby Festival 2023 will run from Wednesday 8th – Sunday 12th March

Our volunteer-powered programme brings uplifting, diverse and liberating activities – activism, workshops, community connection and creative expression. To donate to help us make it all happen, here’s the link > thanks for your support! Check out the festival programme below…

Wednesday 8th March‘The Big Conversation: Fear Is Not Freedom’ – Derby v. Misogyny dialogue and development of a toolkit to equip change-makers; launch of our HERstory animation and documentary film showing. Follow @WomensDayDerby on social media and YouTube:

Thursday 9th March: Real Talk host their regular open mic with an IWD theme at Bar Social, Victoria Street with writing workshop 6pm, open mic from 7pm; no bookings, just come along

Friday 10th March – Feminist Friday Open Mic Night – powerful poetry, spoken word, sisterhood songs & Rebel Women’s Choir 7pm-11pm at Dubrek, 67 Bridge Street, Derby, DE1 3LB in partnership with BexStar Entertainment Productions; free/donate what you can tickets via or on the door

Saturday 11th March – Big FREE community festival day with marching for women’s liberation worldwide with our giant protest puppet HERoes (10am at The Spot, heading to the Museum of Making), then drop-in event – arts & crafts, stalls, causes, support, performances, family activities and exhibition, with BSL Interpreter at Museum of Making (Silk Mill) 11am-3pm; stalls can be booked via

Sunday 12th March – Self-Care Sunday online wellbeing sessions; donate what you can tickets via

Image: note card pegged to a string line ‘save the date’ with glowing golden illuminations behind

Can you deliver a women’s self-care session?


Paid opportunity! Be part of Self-Care Sunday 12th March 2023 as part of International Women’s Day Derby Festival. We are seeking passionate facilitators who can add to our mix of wellbeing related online workshops e.g. yoga, menopause care, nutrition, mindfulness, creative de-stressing, boundaries v. burnout, self-care for empaths – we are open to your ideas; the sessions are for women and girls (please advise of any age appropriate guidelines), of 1 hour each to be delivered online, initially, with our support via our zoom account. In the busy world we live in today we all need to be reminded to pour into our cup of self-care regularly. If you are able to facilitate a session read below for more info and how to apply…

Image description: 3 women, with diverse outfits, hair and skin tones, beneath a banner labelled Self Care; a black woman in the middle has an arm raised with a power fist

Each facilitator will deliver one workshop once, but we may also have opportunities throughout the year. Tickets for the workshops will be sold by via our eventbrite page on a pay if/what you can basis with 50% of proceeds paid to the workshop facilitator/s, so co-promoting pays! If you have a session to propose, please e-mail us the following info by 10th February 2023 to or contact us if you need help with this:-

* your experience of running similar workshops and the feedback you got, or if you are taking a new step tell us about your skills to make this happen – how would you make it a great session?

* how you will make the session interesting, inspiring, interactive and inclusive e.g. thinking about disability access

* short workshop description Under 60 words), facilitator name/s and a photo/image to promote the session

* links to your relevant website and any social media links e.g. linkedin, facebook, insta etc

* maximum number of participants you would work with (up to 90 max)

* any guidelines on who the session is or is not suitable for e.g. for children of certain ages to join in too

* how you will help to promote the workshop – remember you get 50% of the proceeds!

* any access or individual requirements you need us to arrange – we like to be inclusive good hosts e.g. BSL Interpreter

We are aiming to have a diverse team of facilitators to inspire our diverse participants. Please ensure any content you aim to deliver is respectful and accessible for women of all backgrounds and identities; this means removing barriers and amplifying women facing multiple oppressions, e.g. relating to racism, disability, LGBT, class, and/or age discrimination – so tell us if that’s you and any support you need.  

We want a good mix of workshop topics; if we are unable to offer you a slot for the festival we may be able to offer you other opportunities during the year to bring more great events to the women of Derby/shire. 

We look forward to receiving your ideas!

Reclaim The Night Derby 2022


Saturday 26th November 2022: Join the women’s march against misogyny – break the silence – end the violence – feel the power of roaming free from fear. Our collective march represents a lone woman’s journey through the night streets – learn more about the HERstory of Reclaim The Night via:

Part of Vox Feminarum’s local programme for the global #16days of activism to end gender-based violence 25th Nov – 10th Dec.

March, chant, sing, bring banners, whistles / rattles, glow in the dark, speak up, chalk to express yourself, feel the solidarity and uplifting empowerment of joining together on the night streets to demand change.

Join us at any point along the route which is accessible and suitable for anyone using a wheelchair, pushchair, or mobility scooter, and with dropped kerbs at crossings:

7.00pm-7.30pm Gather & Sing at The Spot (Rings Sculpture, where St Peters Street, London Road & Osmaston Road meet) DE1 2NZ speeches, chalking action & Rebel Women’s Choir) before onwards march through city centre heading to >
8.15pm-9.00pm Rally outside the Council House DE1 2FS with inspiring speeches, causes and poems

This women’s march is inclusive of trans sisters; non-binary siblings who feel affinity with the struggle against misogyny are welcome; children of all genders welcome to join marching adults; friendly safety stewards, first aiders & women’s charities/groups will be present to support marchers.

We invite supportive brothers / allies whose presence would not cause discomfort to join a Solidarity Vigil from 8pm outside the Council House clock, supporting without detracting, from a respectful distance, centering sisters’ voices. Men do not march as the whole point of Reclaim The Night is for women to take the journey and to challenge narratives like “why didn’t she have a man escort her home?”

In the build up to the night time march women and children will be banner-making from 1-4pm and warming up voices, practicing chants and protest songs from 5pm at Derby Women’s Centre

Cherish everyone’s lives: please be mindful Covid-19 is still affecting and taking lives – please give people space and consider a mask; please don’t attend if you or someone you have had recent contact with has symptoms or a positive test result.

Please note that photos and films will be taken at this public event and there may be a media presence. If you do not wish to be pictured please inform journalists / stewards.

This is a positive march unified in the beauty of diversity and rising for intersectional liberation; we resist divide-and-rule. Any people/groups trying to hijack our event and unpaid labour for their own divisive agenda / hate speech will not be tolerated – stay away, do your own events (if you really have to).

[event image description: text with event details as above; black background like a night sky with moon and stars; graphics depicting diverse women protesting – women of various ages, cultures, identities – woman with baby, woman with children, two women as a couple, Black women, Asian women, women using wheelchairs, women with a prosthetic leg, woman using a walking cane, woman wearing a headscarf / hijab, woman with a LGBTQ+ rainbow megaphone, women with power fists held up, women holding banners with text – safe streets, my body my rules, no means no, respect your sisters, I want to walk without worry, End V.A.W.G, #MeToo, stop victim blaming, young girl with megaphone]

Derby’s International Women’s Day Festival 2022


We look forward to celebrating #IWD2022 #Derby with you! Book your stalls / open mic & workshop tickets at: Download our Poster (PDF) here – please share around!

Scroll down for workshop & open mic night weblinks for tickets – FREE / donate if you can

[image description: ‘International Women’s Day Festival 4-8th March 2022’ (paintbrush style white paint on purple background. FREE / donate if you can. Illustration based on picture of Frida Kahlo with a diversity symbols of LGBT+ flag colours on flowers in her hair and multiple skin tones as a jigsaw, a feminist Venue symbol earring; image of 2 women with feminist fists held up high, one white woman with long dark hair and one Black women with natural Afro-textured hair; BSL logo for Saturday 5th March community event and CC captions logo for online sessions; social media @WomensDayDerby with tickets & listings of programme for each day of the festival available at ]

International Women’s Day Derby Festival 2022:


4th March: Feminist Friday Open Mic night 7-11pm at The Maypole, Brook street, and online.
Join us for powerful poetry, singing and creative expression. Come along on the night (subject to availability) or book tickets to be sure of your seat >
Book a place at The Maypole:
Or to join us online:


5th March: Saturday Community Day
11am The Spot, meet us for a women’s rights march with giant puppets of HERoes, heading through the city centre to Derby Museum (Wardwick, former library) 12.30-4.30pm for live music, family fun, crafts, stalls, HERstory Lab & local support services. Drop-in.


6th March: Self-Care Sunday – online sessions to nurture body, mind and soul and sisterhood >>>

11am – 12.30pm Movement Medicine with Katherine McKenzie
Book via Eventbrite:

1.30pm – 2.30pm Joyful Journalling with Bhee
Book via Eventbrite:

3pm – 4pm Positive Affirmations with Amanpreet Kaur
Book via Eventbrite:

4.30pm – 5.30pm Laughter Yoga with Ishi Khan
Book via Eventbrite:

6pm – 7pm Sexual Health Empowerment with Char Dickins
Book via Eventbrite:

7.30pm – 9pm Wit, Wisdom & Words of Women: Power in Poetry – hosted by WEP (Women’s Equality Party) Derbyshire
Book via Eventbrite:

#BreakTheBias #IWD2022

8th March: 6-9pm online Global Sisterhood Panel with inspiring women around the world and Derby women involved in international projects, sharing challenges, solutions and change-making ideas.
Book via Eventbrite:

Feminist Friday Open Mic Night


Book tickets to join us in person at The Maypole here >>>

Book tickets to join us online for a virtual night here >>>

Celebrating with womxn and girls and non-binary allies in the spotlight, and at the mic, with supporters of all genders welcome in solidarity.

[event image description: [purple background] Feminist Friday Open Mic night at the Maypole, date and time as per event info; a fist holds up a microphone; two women, one white woman with long dark hair and one Black woman with natural Afro-textured hair, raised feminist fists; hashtags #SpeakOut #TakeUpSpace #BreakTheBias]
  • powerful poetry and spoken word from Aoife O’Connor who will also lead a She Speaks UK special featuring local artists with something to say
  • the mighty vocals of award-winning Donna Briscoe-Greene singing songs in honour of iconic black women in music and hosting an EMBAA (East Midlands Black Arts Associated) showcase
  • variety acts and performances from local young people and emerging artists hosted by Rebecca Muir of Bex Star Entertainment Productions
  • liberating lyrics and sing-along with our Rebel Women’s Choir
  • if you feel like a spot to dance, sing, rap, share a poem or spoken word piece, etc get in touch with any of the programming partners and there may even be some spots available to go for it on the night too
  • +disco, refreshments on sale at The Maypole with joyful inclusive feminism and good vibes!

Whether you’re at The Maypole or joining us from home online, feel free to dress up or come comfy, treat yourself in radical self-love and be ready to enjoy a much-needed uplifting shared experience.

Programmed by IWD Derby in partnership with She Speaks UK, EMBAA (East Midlands Black Arts Associated) & BexStar Entertainment Productions and with thanks to The Maypole.

Kids welcome accompanied by a responsible adult: The first half is generally family friendly, though some poets etc may explore mature themes – care notes will be announced as necessary; there is a 9pm interval and at 9.15pm it’s the Rebel Women’s Choir great for adults and kids alike; later on there are more mature themes and a body positive burlesque artist; lots for youngsters to be inspired by but you know your kids best.

Access: Auto ‘Live transcript’ captions will be available. We are seeking a BSL Interpreter, subject to their availability, to be confirmed asap.

Financial hardship? Need free tickets? If you can’t spare money to donate at the moment we want to help – free tickets are available via the Register button on eventbrite – we are also issuing free tickets via various local women’s charities as always to reduce barriers to participation. If you are in a position to make a donation this will help us cover the costs of this volunteer-organised non-profit festival, and if you enjoy relative comfort and a good income we hope you’ll be generous, thank you! Love and solidarity x

This event is part of the wider International Women’s Day Derby Festival with events from 4th-8th March 2022, all organised by volunteers, in community spirit, aiming to create an inclusive, supportive and positive atmosphere – anyone who behaves contrary to these values, making the space less safe, will be removed without a refund and may be engaged with for appropriate further action.

Covid Care: Cherish everyone’s lives: Covid is still affecting and taking people’s lives, especially people who are most at risk of the harshest effects. Please be caring at in-person events by using hand sanitiser, wearing masks in reception areas if possible, social distancing and understanding that we will have windows open for ventilation. Please do not attend if you have Covid symptoms, have been advised to isolate, have had a positive test result or recent contact with someone with Covid. We have virtual parts of the festival for you to enjoy if you are isolating or prefer to join in from home. Thank you.

[event image description: [purple background] Feminist Friday Open Mic night at the Maypole, date and time as per event info; a fist holds up a microphone; two women, one white woman with long dark hair and one Black woman with natural Afro-textured hair, raised feminist fists; hashtags #SpeakOut #TakeUpSpace #BreakTheBias]

Help us Make Giant Puppets to Celebrate Women and Girls


Join our free family-friendly drop-in workshops during February-March to make giant puppets to celebrate women and girls and our right to #TakeUpSpace ready for International Women’s Day Derby Festival (4th-8th March) – download the flyer and discover all the session dates via eventbrite or listed below…

More info:

Join any of our FREE creative community & family drop-in workshops during February-March led by local artists to create five giant protest puppets ready for International Women’s Day Derby Festival (4th-8th March, with the puppet procession and women’s rights march at 11am Saturday 5th March from The Spot).

Women and girls often face pressures and expectations to be small, with a lack of representation in public statues and monuments, but we say we stand on the shoulders of giants, we will not be diminished or erased, #TakeUpSpace and unleash your inner giant!

Five different giant puppets will be made with your help at the various sessions in honour of inspiring women & girls; the puppets will be Derby Suffragist Alice Wheeldon – with artist Elizabeth Blades, eco activist Greta Thunberg and a Pandemic Nurse – with Spiral Arts, a diverse pyramid of Empowerment Dolls – we lift each other up – with Rita Kappia, and a Gulabi Warrior – with Surtal Arts, with thanks to New Art Exchange colleagues in Nottingham for sharing their Gulabi Warrior wicker giants project.

Supporters of all genders, families and communities welcome; under 16’s to be accompanied by a responsible adult. No booking required, just come along.

Venue: Derby Women’s Centre, 4 Leopold Street Derby DE1 2HE – there is pay and display street parking outside, free after 6pm. The venue is close to the city centre and bus routes, with accessible ramp entrance.

The drop-in session dates at Derby Women’s Centre are:

5-8pm Tuesday 15th February

9am – 12pm Friday 18th February

11am – 3pm Saturday 19th February

5pm – 8pm Monday 21st February

5pm – 8pm Thursday 24th February

11am – 3pm Friday 25th February

2.30pm – 5.30pm Saturday 26th February 

5pm – 8pm Thursday 3rd March

In addition to the sessions at Derby Women’s Centre, you can also take part in the following sessions:

12pm – 4pm Sunday 20th February, Spiral Arts, Grove Lodge, Derby Arboretum DE23 8EL

11am – 3pm Wednesday 23rd February at Museum of Making, Silk Mill Lane, Derby DE1 3AF

11am – 3pm Friday 25th February at Loudon Lodge on Derby Arboretum, Arboretum Square, Rose Hill St, Derby DE23 8FR; there will be puppet making at this site and Derby Women’s Centre at the same time on this day and you are welcome to come to either or pop by both to work on different puppets!

Cherish everyone’s lives: Covid is still affecting and taking people’s lives, especially people who are most at risk of the harshest effects. Please be caring by using hand sanitiser, wearing masks in reception areas if possible, social distancing and understanding that we will have windows open for ventilation. Please do not attend if you have Covid symptoms, have been advised to isolate, have had a positive test result or recent contact with someone with Covid. Thank you.

Image: pictured below – the diverse team of local artists with willow weaved into spheres/heads for puppet making

Image description: diverse team of 8 women, local artists, smiling, holding willow weaved into spheres for puppet heads