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International Women's Day 2023

7 March 2023

8 March 2023 is International Women’s Day, an annual celebration of women’s achievements raising awareness of issues affecting women and girls.

International Women’s Day began in 1908 when 15,000 women marched through the streets of New York demanding shorter working hours, better pay and the right to vote. It was then Clara Zetkin, an activist and advocate for women's rights, who in 1910 suggested the creation of an international day which was first celebrated in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.

Watch a short video to learn more about International Women's Day.

This year’s theme ‘Embrace Equality’ reminds us to work towards a gender equal world, free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. The International Women's Day website has more about this year's theme.

DCC Women's Network

Did you know that you can access employee networks while working for Derbyshire County Council? One of the networks, the women’s network, began a few years ago to promote equality for female employees by sharing information, identifying learning opportunities, supporting peers and raising awareness of women's issues.

The network is open to all employees and new members are always welcome. We welcome ideas and suggestions from employees to help the development of the network, so please feel you are able to contribute. The network meets monthly for one hour and shares a Teams channel to communicate with members.

For more information, please email:

International Women’s Day at Chatsworth

Visit Chatsworth on Friday 10 March 2023 between 10.30am and 4pm to celebrate International Women's Day as they showcase local Derbyshire women from a diverse range of backgrounds through their small businesses, art and services to the communities of Derbyshire. This is a free event.

International Women’s Day Derby Festival

Between 8 and 12 March 2023, the annual International Women’s Day Derby Festival offers a range of inspiring, uplifting and change-making community events to mark the occasion, organised by volunteers and the community for the community.

Free events at Alfreton Adult Community Education Centre

Alfreton Adult Community Education Centre is also holding some free events on Friday 10 March