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International Women's Day Derby

Derby Celebrated International Women's Day on March 11th in Market Sq. The annual event is organised and hosted by Women's Day Derby. Hundreds of people milled in and out of the various marquis enjoying a programme of on stage entertainment, talks and workshops across the Square (including at the Quad).

The large marquis which was central to the event housed a myriad of over 40 diverse stalls from charity and other Third Sector organisations and small business sellers, Yoga Yurt, local HERstory Derby exhibition (100 Years of International Woman's Day in Derby, Scallywags Playbus, food and gift stalls and a fee crèche.

Vox Feminarum: Women's Voices was very much present, showcasing all its programmes and fundraising but the emphasis was on The Deeds Not Words Towards Liberation Project.

Our Stall

PussyHat being modelled by Julie

More PussyHats.....symbols of defiance worn with joy

We especially encouraged people to cast their vote for Derby and Derbyshire woman of a century.

The shortlisted nominees (see bios in the Derbyshire 100 Women List) are:

Barbara Castle

Hannah Mitchell

Florence Nightingale

Alice Wheeldon

Olave St Clair Baden-Powell

and an open option where individuals could add a woman of their choice

The vote opens online on March 8th and will end on October 15th 2017

More than 353 votes were cast in just over 4 hours!

Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa casts his vote for Derby and Derbyshire Woman of a Century

The second main focus for VF was to network with individuals and organisations about the Deeds Not Words Towards Liberation Project and to encourage contributions to the Commemorative Quilt. Hundreds of votes were cast and we managed to add to the growing list of poetential contributors to the quilt.

It was a wonderful celebratory event and a very busy day of ourtreach for the team. Thank you to Vanessa Boon and the Women's Day Derby Team (especially for the lovely tribute paid to the VF Team) xx

See More pics from the Women's Day Derby Celebration below:

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