This Thursday, International Women’s Day 2018 takes place globally assembling a platform for dialogue, debate and ambition towards a more equal future. The theme; Press for Progress, encourages women to join forces, push forward and take action to support and accelerate gender parity.
2018 has been a particularly exciting year for women; we celebrate the centenary for first time votes for women in Ireland, the government has agreed to hold a referendum to repeal the Eight Amendment and the voices of women who have so long been silenced, have come to the fore through the presence of #MeToo.
On the other hand, the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report states that gender parity is over 200 years away -proving that there has never been a more important time to push forward and Press for Progress.
To celebrate the occasion, there are plenty of talks and events taking place throughout Dublin and we’ve narrowed it down to our top five showcasing art, design and creativity.
The team from IAPI have set the bar high with an afternoon of talks aimed at addressing the lack of females in senior positions, creative departments and technology disciplines. The event will be joined by the likes of; Ali Hanan, founder of Creative Equals and Charlotte Barker, deputy MD at Dynamo.
When? 14-17.30 March 8 Where? Richmond Barracks, Inchicore
Since Kim Mackenzie Doyle’s inauguration as the president of the IDI last year, she has made a significant attempt to align the gender gap in the design workforce (a ratio that currently sits at 75:25). So it came as no surprise when the Why Design initiative popped into our radar. Aimed at second level students, Why Design will present females from various design disciplines to inspire and encourage students to pursue their passion regardless of their gender.
When? 19-22.00 March 8 Where? Greenway, Iconic Offices
Co-ordinated by Margaret Fitzgibbon, this event will combine speaker presentations, a film screening and an exhibition by transition year students from Stratford Rathgar, in remembrance Evie Hone. Hone was a Dublin born painter and stained glass artist who is remembered for exploring innovative methods of art from abstract to cubism.
When? 14.30-17.30 Where? Cathal Brugha Barracks
Hedy Lamarr was the bomb! Considered as one of Hollywood’s leading starlets, Lamarr was a talented scientist and inventor who designed the basis for Bluetooth technology. Of course, she is remembered for her input to Hollywood cinema trumping her legacy as a creator and innovator. This film is intending to change that, by paying tribute to the brains behind the bombshell.
When? 18.30 March 9th Where? The Lighthouse Cinema
We couldn’t write an article about International Women’s Day events without a shameless plug for our own event. coffee|culture presents a monthly instalment of coffee and creativity, hosted in collaboration with Dublin’s independent coffee shops and creative spaces. For the final event of this series, we’re popping up in our favourite ceramic studio to present a morning of talks featuring Rae Moore, Anna Cosgrave and the creative team behind Arran Street East.
When? 8-10.00 Where? Arran Street East