3,000 women braved the snow and travel disruptions on Saturday 3 March to attend a Bristol Women’s Voice (BWV) event celebrating International Women’s Day. The event took place at City Hall and audiences enjoyed more than 40 free events that included talks on Suffrage history, debates, performances and workshops, with many events standing room only.
A highlight from the day was BWV Wonderful Women’s Award, which celebrated over 50 women from Bristol’s communities who had been nominated for their contribution to the community.
Penny Gane, Chair of BWV said of the event: “It was brilliant to see so many women come together to celebrate International Women’s Day and have their say in shaping the future for women’s equality in Bristol. More women than ever came to debate, dance, sing, listen to inspirational speakers, meet other women and so much more at our huge range of events. We are pleased to see that we are reaching more women across Bristol. A great day at City Hall.”
This International Women’s Day event was the second in a year long programme by BWV called ‘Deeds Not Words’ that launched with a spectacular Lantern Parade in Bristol in which thousands of women took part.
This year, as the 100th anniversary of votes for (some) women, promises a year of interesting events, talks and debates around Bristol. A full programme of centenary events in Bristol by BWV throughout 2018 can be found here.