#IWD2021 Monday March 8th, 2021.

25th February 2021

The theme for IWD2021 is #ChoosetoChallenge – A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. Below we have put together some events taking place online in celebration of International Women’s Day.


Network Ireland

Monday March 8th –7-9.30pm

Join Network Ireland for a dynamic, interactive meeting allowing the voices and faces of all its branches to be seen and heard!

Network Ireland’s charity partner this year is Focus Ireland, an inspirational organisation challenging homelessness in Ireland and working tirelessly to end homelessness. As part of the event, there will be a special address from Sr Stan.

On the night, the winner of Network Ireland’s Fittest Branch will be announced.  The ‘breakout room function’ will give attendees a couple of opportunities to meet and chat to other attendees, one-to-one! The event will close with the official launch of the Network Ireland National Businesswomen of the Year 2021 Awards – an opportunity to shine a light on the amazing work of members!

All proceeds from this event will be donated to Focus Ireland. Book here>>


An Post #ChoosetoChallenge

Thursday March 4th at 1.15pm

An Post is hosting a special virtual lunchtime event, centred around this year’s IWD theme of #ChooseToChallenge.

A special new stamp will be unveiled celebrating the Irish Nationalist writer and campaigner Jane, Lady Wilde, also known as Speranza, a woman who was ahead of her timing in fighting for women’s rights in the 1800s.

Debbie Byrne, Managing Director of An Post Retail will also be chatting with Dr Norah Patten, Aeronautical Engineer, Scientist-Astronaut Candidate and STEM advocate, while award-winning writer Martina Devlin will tell us more about Jane, Lady Wilde.

Music from singer songwriter Loah, will wrap up the event with her new song ‘Your World.’ Visit here>>


UN Women Celebrates IWD

Monday March 8th – 3.00-5.30pm (GMT)

UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. Their theme for International Women’s Day is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world” and celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. and highlights the gaps that remain. The United Nations Observance of International Women’s Day will take place virtually.

To find out about their programme, the speakers and to register visit here>>


Local Enterprise Office, Dublin & Dublin Chamber

Monday March 8th – 12.00-1.30pm

The Local Enterprise Offices in Dublin and the Dublin Chamber  will bring over 200 of Ireland’s most successful business leaders and female entrepreneurs together for inspirational talks and some virtual networking.

The Keynote speaker will be Catherine Moroney, Head of Business Banking, AIB.  The entrepreneur panel will be made up of three women who have set up successful businesses in Dublin City: Dobrawa Brach, Arran Street East; Nuala Canning, Brandfire and Sharon Keegan, Founder CEO, Peachylean Ltd. Attendees will be welcomed to the virtual event by Mary Rose Burke, CEO, Dublin Chamber and Mary MacSweeney, Deputy Head of Enterprise and Economic Development, Dublin City Council.   Broadcaster Ruth Scott will be the MC. The talks will be followed by virtual table based networking.

Please book your place through the link here>> or contact Dublin LEO  or Dublin Chamber to find out more.


An Cosán

Friday March 5th – 12.30 to 2.00pm

For 22 years, International Women’s Day (IWD) has been a huge day of celebration for An Cosán where the organisation shares its vision for a brighter future, achieved through the empowerment of women through education. This year, An Cosán will host an online event in the run in to International Women’s Day and share the organisation’s #OneGenerationSolution to Poverty.

Miriam O’Callaghan will MC this special event – you will hear from inspiring women who have been empowered through education to overcome adversity and transform their lives while raising up their communities toward a brighter future.

Tickets for this event are by donation and the proceeds go to supporting An Cosán’s vital work providing education to the most marginalised.

For more information, or for alternative methods of making a ticket or table donation, please contact: info@ancosan.ie


National Women’s Council of Ireland

Monday 8th March at 7pm

As part of the National Women’s Council’s ‘Celebrate the Changemakers: The Future is Feminist’ event series to mark International Women`s Week 2021, NWC are hosting six very special guests to showcase their work and to hear in their own words what has inspired them and how we can strive for a feminist future.

#FutureisFeminist: Celebrating Women in the Arts 

Guests include:

Isolde ÓBrolcháin Carmody, Writer & performer

Kerri ní Dochartaigh, Nature writer & essayist

Katie Richardson, Musician, composer & facilitator, musical director, and events producer

Ola Majekodunmi, Irish radio presenter, Irish language activist & film-maker

Rita Ann Higgins, Award-winning Irish poet.

Hosted by Journalist, Author and Broadcaster Louise McSharry

The event is free. However, if you are in a position to contribute towards the costs , NWC would greatly appreciate a donation >> https://www.nwci.ie/donate/now

You can register for the event here>>


Women for Elections

Monday 8th March at 2.00pm

Women for Election are delighted to welcome An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, for a special edition of their In Conversation With… series. An Taoiseach will be speaking to broadcaster and journalist, Dearbhail McDonald.

Dearbhail recently tweeted: “If we want #MoreWomen we need to talk to men. Looking forward to interviewing An Taoiseach @MichealMartinTD on #IWD2021 in what I believe is the first male politician to be interviewed for the @women4election ’In Conversation With’ series.”

You can book here>>


Dress For Success Dublin

Monday, 8th March – 3.00pm-4.00pm

An Post CEO David McRedmond, Irish International canoeist Jenny Egan and broadcaster Sonya Lennon will feature as part of the line up for a free online event that will examine the challenges to gender equality in Ireland, and provide practical steps to overcome them, on Monday, 8th March 2021 from 3pm to 4pm.

The event, which is being hosted by Irish charity, Dress for Success Dublin, to mark International Women’s Day 2021, will consider the responsibilities for addressing gender inequality from a personal, professional and societal perspective, and feature practical insights from the experience of industry leaders on implementing change.

The event line-up includes:

Jenny Egan, Team Ireland Marathon and Sprint International Canoeist;

Allison Keating, Author, Columnist, Chartered Psychologist and owner of bWell Clinic;

Aoife Davey, Senior Marketing Director at One4all; and

Tracey Carney, Managing Director of Business and Finance Media Group.

There will also be special contributions from Margot Slattery, Global Diversity and Inclusion Lead at Sodexo and Deirdre Mortell, CEO of Rethink Ireland.

The event is open to all but registration in advance is required here>>


Irish Psychologists Perspectives Ireland

Monday 8th March at 1.00pm

Irish psychologists Perspectives Ireland will host a free webinar with special guest Senator Lynn Ruane on International Women’s Day.

With a combined 30 years of experience under their belts, Yvonne Barnes-Holmes and Ciara McEnteggart have invited Senator Lynn Ruane to join them and talk about life lessons, what advice she’d give her younger self, and the many challenges and obstacles women face daily.

Speaking ahead of the webinar, Senator Lynn Ruane said; “International Women’s Day is such an important day for women to reflect on their success and strength, and for women’s voices to be amplified. I have worked with, been helped by, and am inspired every day by the women in my life. I’m looking forward to joining Perspectives Ireland for this special webinar to share my experience and hopefully inspire some women to find their strength at such a challenging time for everyone.” Perspectives Ireland has the following advice for women all over Ireland to have the confidence to follow their dreams:

•Get the confidence to achieve from female role models.

•Identify the challenges and obstacles to your achievement.

•Help each other achieve.

You can register for the event here>>