IWD 2015


International Women's Day theme

International Women’s Day 2015 will take place on Sunday the 8th of March from 1:30- 5pm at the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church on Nicholson Square (EH8 9BX)

The theme for International Women’s Day 2015 is #MakeItHappen

We want things to happen and women to make it! There will be various stalls of interest, workshops for women (and children), refreshments, an awards ceremony giving recognition to women who #MakeItHappen in Scotland. The day will conclude with an afternoon tea reception (for the winner, nominees, their families and invited guests).


Participating groups and organizations at this year’s IWD celebrations include: Beyond the Veil, Police Scotland, ELREC, Sikh Sanjog, LETS Edinburgh, Brahma Kumaris of Edinburgh, REMADE,  I-Women and many more!

REMADE will be holding ‘rag rug weaving’ demonstrations and ‘Accordion Book-making’. See how easy and satisfying it is to make your
own rag rug from scraps of materials, or use the same techniques to make a decorative Spring wreath! And for the book-making, you will learn to use
squares of scrap paper and an origami folding technique to make small notebooks.


Our Keynote speaker will be Kate Barratt who is the great-great grand daughter of  Alice Hawkins, a suffragette. Alice formed the Leicester movement and was in Holloway numerous times with the Pankhursts.


1) Run a Workshop for Women…or Children (boys and girls!)
This could range from workshops related to the arts, crafts, religion, health, positive thinking, meditation… the possibilities are endless! If you have an idea for a workshop that can EMPOWER WOMEN to MAKE THINGS HAPPEN, then we want to hear from you!

Send us your idea/proposal by the 25th of January for consideration. Workshops can be hosted/led by an individual or a group.

2) Volunteer for the day

If you can spare just 1 day – the 8th of March 2015 – to volunteer at our event which is about empowering and celebrating women, then this is an opportunity for you, not to be missed!  We WELCOME both MALE and FEMALE volunteers! We are looking for volunteers to: usher people in and direct them to the relevant spaces, take photographs, and volunteers to help at the afternoon tea reception.

3) SPREAD the word! Link your friends to this page. And once marketing materials are available, help us circulate those! Nomination forms for the IWD 2015 Awards Ceremony will be available soon. You can help advertise that and nominate a local woman you believe should be celebrated!


To get involved, or for more info, contact Nur Sakina Kader at sakina@eifa.org.uk

Let’s MAKE IWD 2015 happen together like never before!

International Women’s Day 2014 was a blast! We had talks, stalls, food, live music performances, the awards ceremony and the afternoon tea reception.

Here’s a summary of what took place:

We had the following talks/worshops:-
1) Women and Politics, by Ann Henderson from STUC
2) Upcycling’ with Sophie, Katy and Marion from REMADE
3) Women and Faith panel (Rachael Dunsmore (Daoist), Sukhpreet Kaur (Sikh) and Saadia Usmani (Muslim)
4) FGM workshop (Dignity Alert Research Forum)

Organizations with Stalls:
Sikh Sanjog
Beyond the Veil
Whitmuir Organics
Edinburgh LETS
Waverly Crafts/IWC
iWomen Scotland
Confucius Institute
Edinburgh Hope not Hate

We also had individuals with stalls on/for:
1) Modern Arabic Calligraphy
2) Handmade Jewellery
3) Henna design painting
4) CV writing help

Nasim Azad of Beyond the Veil won the International Women’s Day 2014 Local Scottish Woman Award.
Other shortlisted nominees who were celebrated and given recognition on the day were (in no particular order):-
Janet Purdie, Nim Kibbler, Shabana Diouri, Trishna Singh, Carol Morton, Cathy Ahmed and Lesley Duncan.

You can read more about IWD 2014 in the 25th Anniversary Issue of Inter-Faith Matters that was published in the Summer of 2014.