By: Rebecca Simpson
Did you know… International Women’s Day started back in 1975, during the United Nation’s International Women’s Year. Are you ready to celebrate International Women’s Day in Hong Kong? It’s become quite a festival, so you’re in luck! This weekend, you can get involved and celebrate in a few ways.
“I Am Woman” Solo Art Show by Kate Sparrow
In this special exhibition to celebrate women in Hong Kong, artist Kate Sparrow will be showcasing a series of paintings featuring strong, inspirational women from our city.
Where: Anita Chan Lai-ling Gallery
When: 7 to 9 March
Yoga and inspiring women, by the sea
This Saturday, try a sea change and fill up on the energy of some inspiring women over in Discovery Bay. YogaUP are hosting a special event at their studio in Discovery Bay’s North Plaza. Unwind the mind with a one-hour yoga session, hear how three inspirational women have made a difference in their communities, and connect with entrepreneurial women who will be showcasing their talents and businesses.
Where: YogaUP studio, Discovery Bay North Plaza
When: 9 March, 4pm
The Women’s Adventure Film Tour 2019
Following last year’s success, the adventure film tour returns to Hong Kong for one night only, featuring a series of short inspirational films about women doing extraordinary things outdoors. Witness the journey of a snowboarder in Iran, the youngest Australian to summit Mount Everest, 13 women travelling across Mongolia in aid of women survivors of war and many more inspirational stories.
Where: Leo Lee Arts Center, Wong Chuk Hang
When: 10 March, 5pm to 7.30pm
Women’s Workshop: Tell Better Stories
Learn how to influence and inspire through storytelling at this exclusive workshop. Women tell stories every day but how many of us can captivate our audience and create a lasting impression? Corporate veteran and startup hustler, Christina Teo, guides participants in the essential skills to tell a great story.
When: 9 March, 10am to 5pm
#Ownit Women’s Day Event
Join an afternoon of talks and activities in support of Women’s Day and Endometriosis Awareness month. Explore the myths, misconceptions and misinformation surrounding modern womanhood. Network with other like-minded women, and enjoy drinks and snacks while you browse curated items by female-led companies. All profits from ticket sales will go to endometriosis support and research.
Where: LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street
When: 9 March, 12.30pm to 5pm
More: Tickets from eventbrite.hk
Delight your daughter with a feminist purchase
Empower your daughter (and support a Hong Kong-based mumpreneur) with a friendly, feminist t-shirt or cap from Our Girls Gang. We believe girls do rock and all young ladies should be encouraged to slay their our own dragons. Oh, so many cute options.
Campfire Women’s Empowerment Series: She Can. So She Did
In celebration of International Women’s Day, Campfire have curated a month-long line up of events for women including worskshops, screenings and panel discussions with special topics and collaborations by women for women.
Where: Across all Campfire locations
When: Throughout March 2019
Celebrate fabulous women with bubbles made by a woman!
If you’re looking for a way to say ‘you’re incredible’ to a special female in your life, buy her a bottle of Nyetimber bubbles. Nyetimber’s Head Winemaker, Cherie Spriggs, is the first female winemaker to win Sparkling Winemaker of the year, PLUS she’s the first non-French winemaker (male or female) to snatch the title. Inspired! Nyetimber is an English sparkling wine that is giving French Champagne a run for its money, so it’s a great gift. You can buy a bottle in Hong Kong from Watsons Wines now, or look at for it at luxury bars like M Bar at the Mandarin.
Where: Watsons Wine or luxury bars like M at the Mandarin
In 2020, be sure to watch out for some of the city’s iconic International Women’s Day events, which may not happen on 8 March. AUSTCHAM host an annual debate. This year’s topic was Men Divide, Women Unite. It always provides some good entertainment. The Women’s Foundation host a IWD lunch with inspiring female speakers. These events often happen before 8 March so watch out for them next year.
See more events in our weekly What’s On round up and check out the latest on the food scene in our Wine + Dine round up. If you’re looking for activity inspiration see our list of Top Things To Do In Hong Kong.