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International Women's Day 2015: What's on in Huddersfield

International Women's Day is this Sunday — here's what's happening near you

International Women's Day
International Women's Day

This Sunday is International Women's Day — a global celebration of the achievements of women and a day of action to call for greater equality.

Held annually on March 8, International Women's Day began in 1911.

This year's theme is Make It Happen, and hopes to inspire the advancement and recognition of women and their successes around the world.

The University of Huddersfield, dance groups, women's organisations and even a brewery are hosting events to mark International Women's Day.

Celebrate women in and around Huddersfield this weekend:

Friday March 6

Sound Women 3: a celebration of women in music

Barr 1:22, New Street, Huddersfield, doors open 8pm

WomenCentre is hosting its third annual celebration of women in music at Bar 1:22, Sound Women 3. Enjoy live entertainment and inspiring performances from 8pm. Tickets cost £6 (£3 concessions) and are available from WomenCentre.

Saturday March 7

This Girl Can: Sportz Factor with Us Girls Rocks

Huddersfield Sports Centre, 1.30pm-6pm

You've probably seen the inspiring This Girl Can advert (above), which celebrates women in sport who push themselves to the limit no matter how they look or how sweaty they get! This Sunday, Huddersfield Sports Centre is hosting a day of FREE activities for girls aged 11 and above, including Trampolining, American Football and Kickboxercise.

What's on: Fun swim, main pool, 1.30pm-3pm; Arts and crafts, t-shirt printing, Henna and beauty treatments in the downstairs Dance Studio, 2.30pm onwards; Girls over 13 can use the gym between 3pm-6pm; and in the Right Hand Sports Hall, girls can try American Football 3pm-4pm; Roller Derby 4.15pm-5.15pm, Netball 5.15pm-6pm, Climing Room 3pm-6pm, Trampolining 3pm-6pm and Martial Arts 3pm-6pm.

Sunday March 8

International Women's Collboration Brew Day

Riverhead Brewery, Peel Street, Marsden, 10am-5pm

Brewers around the world will be brewing the same beer on Sunday to celebrate International Women's Day and raise money for charity. Women of all ages are invited to the Riverhead Brewery in Marsden by Brewster Lisa Handforth to brew United Red Ale 4.6%, and £1 per pint of the finished brew will be donated to Huddersfield Women's Aid. The ale will be launched at the Riverhead on Sunday March 29 at 2pm. (Women that want to take part in brewing need to wear sensible footwear.)

Riverhead brewster Lisa Handforth
Riverhead brewster Lisa Handforth

Community afternoon with the Annapurna Indian Dance Company

Orangebox, Blackledge, Halifax, 2pm-4pm

The company is marking International Women's Day with the launch of its new project, The Unknown Becomes Known, commemorating the 100 anniversary of India's service in the First World War. The community afternoon is open to all to take part in activities — call Shantha Rao on 07737759783 for more information.

Monday March 9

International Women's Day at the University of Huddersfield

R1/12, the Ramsden Building, University of Huddersfield, 1pm onwards

The University is teaming up with the WomenCentre Kirklees and Calderdale on Monday for a series of FREE presentations and discussions on issues including why feminism is relevant today, childhood sexual abuse, female genital mutliation (FGM) and more.

What's on: Why feminism is relevant today presented by Surya Munro, 1pm; 'I died as a child' WomanCentre digital story of childhood sexual abuse, 2pm; Celebrating Women's Lives with Janet Hargreaves (including ice cream sundae making), 3pm; The Cruel Cut documentary on FGM with Kate Smith, 4pm.


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