6 ways to celebrate International Women’s Day in Hackney

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Climbing gym
(Photo: Flickr/Michael McCullough)

Stuck for ideas for what to do on International Women’s Day this Sunday? Fear not, the Hackney Post has put together a list of all sorts of different things you can do in Hackney to celebrate.

Feminist (or is it?) Stoke Newington walking tour

(Photo: Flickr/A. Garden)
(Photo: Flickr/A. Garden)

Feel like educating yourself this Women’s Day? The day promises to be warm and sunny, so why not traipse around Stoke Newington whilst learning about the historic women of Hackney – from original feminist legend Mary Wollstonecraft to today’s Occupy movement.

“Is this a ‘Feminist’ tour because the characters happen to be (mostly) women? Should women shun conventional tours that involve mostly men (General X and Admiral Y etc)?”

Just show up at the main gates of Abney Park cemetery at 10.30am. The tour costs £8, and half of the proceeds will go to fund a statue of Mary Wollstonecraft in Newington Green.

Get cultural with a special screening of Difret at the Hackney Picturehouse

Okay, first of all any reason to curl up in the Picturehouse’s comfy seats with a hot chocolate is a good one. That they’re celebrating Women’s Day by hosting a special screening of Difret, described as “a compelling film” about 14-year-old Ethiopian Addis Ababa, is just a bonus.

Something about bodies

The brutal practice of female genital mutilation shows how far we still have to go to reach equality. ForwardUK’s art exhibition exploring the topic opens on Tuesday, and is their way of marking International Women’s Day.

Emma Watson answers your questions about equality on Facebook

Okay, strictly speaking this isn’t happening in Hackney, but in cyberspace. Kick back in the comfort of your home and chat with the “Harry Potter” actress and UN goodwill ambassador about Women’s Day. Watson, who launched her #HeForShe equality campaign last year, announced the Q&A chat via Facebook.

Emma Watson
(Photo: Flickr/Marco Bond)

“I’m also hoping you might want to be a member of the audience. If you would like to be a then there is a form on my Facebook page, which you can fill out telling me how you are advancing gender equality.”

A taste of bouldering (women only)

Climbing gym
(Photo: Flickr/Michael McCullough)

Reach new heights (literally) this Women’s Day. Even if you’ve never tried climbing before, The Castle climbing centre (and yes, it really is a castle!) by Clissold Park is offering introductory sessions for beginners. Normally they cost £30, but in celebration of International Women’s Day a special women-only session is offered for £5.

Who runs the world? Girls!

Why not keep Women’s Day celebrations going all the way into next week and spend next Friday mingling with women movers and shakers in the media and tech industry? This free evening at Google Campus in Shoreditch promises to be inspiring.