International Women’s Day (IWD), falls on 8 March and is a global day, with a shared goal, to break the bias on gender inequality. It is also the ideal opportunity to amplify the voices, celebrate the achievements and support the causes for women across East Sussex (and beyond!)


Wayfinder Woman book launch

Wayfinder Woman is a local charity, run by and for women, to help improve their lives by building self-confidence and skill sets. On 8 March, they are celebrating IWD with the launch of their book, ‘Our Women in Lockdown’, which looks at  stories of women throughout the pandemic.

Our Women in Lockdown book is now available at all East Sussex libraries and for reading groups. On 8 March, Wayfinder Woman will be at the central library in Eastbourne to celebrate women and share some of the stories from the book.

When: 8th March 2022, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where: Eastbourne Library, Grove Road, Eastbourne, East SussexBN21 4TL United Kingdom

Find out more about the Wayfinder Woman book launch.

Join the Suffragette march 

Hastings Women’s Voice, a local non-profit charity for women, is holding an event on 13 March. This will begin with a suffragette and suffragist march and speech which starts at Claremont (TN34 1HA) at 11:30am. The event will then move on to the Common Room (Cambridge Road, TN34 1HG) for talks and free tea and cake.

Find out more about Hastings Women’s Voice March.

International Women’s Day across the four nations

Four leading feminist charities will be taking part in a chain of events across the UK to help #BreakTheBias. This (online) event will start at 3pm on Tuesday 8 March and will last until 7pm. The four sessions, each hosted by a different nation, will cover:

  • Gender stereotypes in the world of sport
  • Discussions around diverse and equal representation
  • ‘To Exist is to Resist: Exploring Black Feminism in Europe’
  • A Northern Ireland that works for women

For more information on this chain of events for IWD.

Attend a virtual IWD event

After two years of Zoom meetings and video conference calls, we are now all seasoned pros when it comes to attending events online. So, if you are unable to make an event in person but still want to help #BreakTheBias – consider attending a virtual event this IWD from the comfort of your own home.

See list of virtual IWD events.

Support and resources for women

OASIS Women’s Recovery Service

Oasis Women’s Recovery Service (OWRS) is a gender specific service for women using, or recovering from addiction to, drugs or alcohol. OWRS offers one to one help as well as support groups, in a woman only environment.  The Oasis Project also offers a range of other vital services to help support women of all ages, such as peer support and the Sex Workers’ Outreach Project.

Find out more about OWRS.

Change Grow Live Women’s Hub

The Change Grow Live (CGL) Women’s Hub is a trauma informed service open to all who identify as female. CGL work in collaboration with Seaview and other services, including sexual health nurses and complex needs workers. They offer:

  • Advice, information, and assessment
  • A clothes bank
  • Access to hygiene products
  • Support with rehab referrals
  • A creative group
  • Wellbeing services such as acupuncture and yoga

Find out more about the Change Grow Live Women’s Hub.

Women’s Only Recovering Creatively

Women’s Only Recovering Creatively (W.O.R.C) is a recovery service for women offering a creative safe space to relax in. The service helps support women who are:

  • In recovery from alcohol and drug addiction
  • Veterans
  • Struggling with mental health issues
  • Suffering domestic violence

Find out more about W.O.R.C

Join in the conversation around International Women’s Day by following the hashtags #IWD2022 and #BreakTheBias