A group of primary aged children stood in front of a bus with the words 'WOW' on

Published: Monday, 19th February 2024

Get inspired in Royal Greenwich this International Women’s Day at the council’s free community event on Friday 8 March.

Running from 12 noon to 8pm in General Gordon Square, the event will kick off an exciting calendar of Woolwich Lates events for 2024. The jam-packed day will include arts and lifestyle workshops, sporting activities and live entertainment. 

Don’t miss your chance to hop on board the WOW - Women of the World Bus on the last stop of its national tour before its final destination, Buckingham Palace.  

Touring as part of the inaugural WOW Girls Festival, the bus takes WOW workshops and activities to all corners of the UK, reaching young people in the heart of their own communities. While in Woolwich, it will welcome local school children as well as the general public. 

With a focus on girls, but including all young people, activities are designed to build resilience, wellbeing and good mental health. Inside, you can take part in a creative exploration of gender equality, through play, reading, digital experiences and a recording studio. 

Councillor Adel Khaireh, Cabinet Member for Equality, Culture and Communities, said: “I’m thrilled to welcome the WOW Bus to Woolwich on its final stop before it heads to Buckingham Palace. If you're passionate about gender equity and have ideas to make your community a better place, climb board and get involved with a host of fun and creative activities.” 

“International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the women within our communities and take action towards gender equity. The day’s focus for 2024 is to ‘inspire inclusion’ something we can all do, all year round. 

Councillor Averil Lekau, Deputy Leader of the Council, said: “In our borough, we want everyone to be able to reach their full potential. 

“From our women only swimming sessions to our pre-apprenticeship scheme for women in construction, the council is committed to making sure the needs, interests and aspirations of women and girls are valued and included in everything we do.” 

Councillor Ann-Marie Cousins, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Enforcement, said: “We’re a borough full of inspirational women and we want everyone in Royal Greenwich, especially women and girls, to be and feel safer – on International Women’s Day and everyday. 

“That’s why we’ve introduced initiatives such as our recent Public Spaces Protection Order to tackle gender-based misogyny and harassment, which can result in a £100 on-the-spot fine to anyone caught making unwelcome comments or demonstrating misogynistic behaviour towards women and girls in our borough.” 

What’s on in General Gordon Square 

  • Get creative with GCDA’s Iranian Women’s craft workshops 

  • Have a go at boxing with Power Mobile Gym 

  • Find out more about counselling services available through Mums Aid 

  • Feel empowered with confidence building workshops from Galeforce Global 

  • Get inspired to pick up a racket with Abbey Wood Tennis Club 

  • Meet the Royal Borough of Greenwich Safer Spaces team and learn more about how the council are tackling violence against women and girls 

  • Access advice and support to improve tour wellbeing with Health Watch Greenwich 

  • Explore local employment and training opportunities with GLLaB 

Other events in the borough 

International Women’s Day at the HER Centre: Mother & Other  

Monday 4 March 2024 | 11am to 1.30pm 

Clockhouse Community Centre, SE18 5QL  

Hear top speakers from Mum’s Aid, Pause & Safe Core, Amour Destine, East Children’s Centre and the HER Centre, plus entertainment from Global Fusion. 

Find out more

Her Voice 

Thursday 7 March | 7.30 to 10.30pm 

Mycenae House, 90 Mycenae Road, SE3 7SE 

A concert in aid of the HER Centre featuring local women artists, musicians, poets, storytellers and speakers – Jaelee Small, Dayo Ade, Louise Hatch, Clara Gatti Comini, Linda Moylan, Blues Spirit Blues, Jo Girdlestone, Jade Ruby Foremen and Shy Poets. 

Get tickets 

Amour Destine Sunflower Circle Inspire Inclusion event 

Friday 8 March | 10am to 8pm 

Kidbrooke Community Hub, 8 Pegler Square, SE3 9GR 

This event is for all women and girls from across the borough and will provide a lovely opportunity to come together, to take part in creating a wonderful piece of art in solidarity with other women and amplify collective voices in the borough. 

Get free tickets 

Vintage Voices present a Celebration of Women  

Friday 8 March | 9am to 9pm 

Mycenae House, 90 Mycenae Road, SE3 7SE 

Vintage Voices present a celebration of Women for International Women’s Day 2024 featuring 
workshops, discussions, exhibition and networking. 

Reserve your free spot 

Further events across the borough will be added here, so please check back to stay updated.

Is your organisation holding a public event this International Women’s Day? Let local people know about it by adding the details to our online events calendar. 

If you represent a local organisation, you can also show your support by signing our Equality and Equity and Women’s Safety charters.  

As part of the council’s celebrations, we’ll be spotlighting some of the talented women who have won Business Awards across the borough. Follow us @royal_greenwich