Celebrating together while apart has become very important in the last year. While we cannot attend physical events for International Women’s Day 2021, here are some virtual options being hosted as part of the annual movement.

National Women’s Council (NWC)

The National Women’s Council is hosting a Zoom event entitled Women Doing Politics Differently at 11am on Thursday 4 March.

In 2020, the NWC examined the representation of women at local government and those findings will be released and discussed during this year’s webinar. The National Women’s Council has found that women are still underrepresented in local government, making up just 25% of all councillors. Speakers at the event will include Claire McGing (gender and politics researcher), Peter Burke (Minister of State for Local Government and Planning) and Perry Artitua (executive director, Women’s Democracy Network Uganda Chapter).

A panel discussion with a range of guest speakers will follow. The event is free. To receive a Zoom link to the webinar before the event and find more information click here.

The Wheel

The Wheel is Ireland’s national association of community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises. It is hosting a live event focusing on the role of female leaders in the community, voluntary and charity sectors on 11 March. As this year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #choosetochallenge, organisers hope to challenge the concept of gender and share ideas about extending gender balance in society. The event will focus on women sharing their personal journeys and reflecting on how gender has impacted their experience as a leader within different sectors. Panel members for the event include Holly Cairns TD (Social Democrat spokesperson on agriculture, food and the marine) and Sara R Philips (Transgender Equality Network Ireland). The online event is free and you can register online here.

Network Ireland

This year Network Ireland is hosting an interactive virtual event with 100% of proceeds raised going to Focus Ireland. Taking place on 8 March from 7:00-9:30 pm, the theme for this year is the power of Network Ireland. As many people are currently missing the opportunity to connect with others, a breakout room function will be enabled to give attendees the opportunity to speak to each other. There will also be a special address from Sister Stanislaus Kennedy. The event will close with the official launch of the Network Ireland National Businesswomen of the Year 2021 awards. To say thank you, all donors will be entered into a raffle for hotel breaks across Ireland. All details and tickets for the event are available on Eventbrite.

International Women’s Day Festival

Louise Kane Buckley and Tracy McCarthy, organisers of last year’s International Women’s Day Festival in Kinsale, are returning for a full-day event of talks, workshops and panel discussions. Taking place from 11am to 5pm on 7 March, the festival aims to showcase a marketplace of local businesses that are supportive of women as well as hosting a variety of workshops. After the success of the event last year in Cork, the organisers want to show they are taking action in supporting women locally and globally as well as men and their families. All information is available here.


Recruitment platform Indeed is getting involved this International Women’s Day to support women in the workplace. Women@Indeed is an inclusion resource group that hopes to champion inclusion and provide a platform for advocacy and development for women. On 8 March at 1pm, Indeed will host a virtual event with panel discussion highlighting gender inclusion within the workplace. Topics will include the impact of COVID-19 and women in the workplace, breaking the glass ceiling and the economic gender gap. Register for the webinar here.

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