International Women’s Day Festival | 06 to 11 March 2023


This is the second year Govanhill Baths Community Trust is marking International’s Women’s Day. We’ll be running a week-long programme from the 6th to the 11th of March, including events such as workshops, talks, film screenings and exhibitions. For information on individual events please look at the programme below. 

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Historically it has been tightly linked with women’s activism and labour. The event was born from the belief in the revolutionary potential of working women, and the importance of improving their lives. International Women’s Day is the perfect occasion to reflect on women’s labour, activism and collective power. 

Our celebration will culminate with a march so join us on the 11th March at Govanhill Park at 12pm. We’ll be taking to the streets with other activists who are challenging stigmas in their communities, their workplaces and in their everyday lives. We are marching for a more equal world; a world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. Together we can celebrate women’s achievements and take action for equality. Join us!

Our use of the word ‘women’ is inclusive of Trans and Intersex women, as well as any non-binary people who are comfortable in a space that centres the experience of women.

Thank you to our partners: Romano Lav, Unity Sisters, GAMIS, FEN, Print Clan, Women on Wheels, SAWA, Glasgow Zine Library, Fanny Riot.

Black and white image of 20 women looking to camera celebrating with one woman raised onto the shoulders of another two, the setting is a large factory.

Exhibition Launch and Panel Discussion: Women, Activism, Archives & Heritage

Monday 6th, 6:00 – 8:00pm | Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Street, Glasgow, G41 2PZ

Join us at the launch of our exhibition for a panel discussion with Q&A on Women, Activism, Archives & Heritage. Speakers include Jenny Brownrigg (GSA Exhibitions Director, Curator of Glean & Frankie Raffles), TS Beall & Clare Thompson (Protests & Suffragettes), Christina McBride (Glasgow Gweedore Archive), and Beulah Ezeugo & Joselle Ntumba (Éireann and I), Rhia Laing (Rig Arts – Lee Jeans Sit-in, Greenock, Documentary film). The event is free and drop in.

Exhibition: Women in the Archive

Tuesday 7th to Friday 10th, 12:00 – 6:00pm | Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Street, Glasgow, G41 2PZ

An exhibition in celebration of women’s lives that intertwine with the history of the Govanhill Baths. Featuring highlights from past projects: Talk of the Steamie, Govanhill Suffrage Project, Occupy! Occupy! Occupy! and more. With original artwork, moving image, oral histories, reading materials and artefacts from our community archive. There will also be a continuous loop of films projected at the exhibition including films from Unity Sisters, ‘Hung Out to Dry’ by Donna Rutherford and we are extremely pleased to be showcasing for the first time in Glasgow ‘Sitting Tight’, a documentary about the Lee Jean’s Sit-In in Greenock led by Helen Monaghan and the women of Inverclyde. The event is free and drop in.

A woman in a long red dress wearing a lace eye mask stands outside with a girl dressed in red smiling at her.

Roma Sisters Together celebrate International Women’s Day with Romano Lav

Wednesday 8th, 11:00am – 3:00pm | The Ark, 70 Coplaw Street, Glasgow, G42 7JG

Bahtalea! We are celebrating this important day by bringing you a restorative and uplifting free event! The event will feature a photography exhibition of inspiring Roma women, relaxing massage and facials, henna, makeup, hair and nails and craft workshops. Refreshments provided. Mothers with small children are welcome. Unfortunately this venue does not have disabled access. Note – this event is for Roma women only.

Română: Bahtalea! Sărbătorim această zi importantă aducându-vă un gratis eveniment restaurator și înălțător! Evenimentul va cuprinde o expoziție de fotografie cu femei Rome inspiratoare, masaj de relaxare și tratamente faciale, henna, machiaj, păr și unghii și ateliere de meșteșuguri. Băuturi răcoritoare oferite. Mamele cu copii mici sunt bine venite. Din păcate, această locație nu are acces pentru persoanele cu dizabilități. Notă – acest eveniment este destinat exclusiv femeilor Rome.

Čeština: Bahtalea! Tento významný den slavíme tím, že vám přinášíme regenerační a povznášející zdarma událost! Součástí akce bude výstava fotografií inspirativních romských žen, relaxační masáže a ošetření obličeje, henna, make-up, vlasy a nehty a řemeslné workshopy. Občerstvení zajištěno. Maminky s malými dětmi jsou vítány. Bohužel toto místo nemá bezbariérový přístup. Poznámka – tato akce je pouze pro romské ženy.

Contact Details and website:, 0141 433 2999,

The event is free and drop in.

Bright-coloured illustrations of 6 women's heads in a circle with text in the middle saying: Unity Sisters, our rights, our communityWorkshop: Stories of Empowerment and Change with Unity Sisters

Wednesday 8th, 10:00am – 12:30pm | Queen’s Park Govanhill Church of Scotland, 170 Queen’s Dr, Glasgow, G42 8QZ

Join Unity Sisters to share stories of women’s empowerment and standing up to oppression. We will explore how stories can help us build power in our communities. Unity Sisters is a self-organised support group for asylum-seeking women, refugees and their children. This event is open to women with lived experiences of the asylum seekers, and members of the local community. Tea and coffee will be provided, as well as lunch subject to availability.

Contact Details and website:,

The event is free and drop in.

Text reads: parenthood of the southsideScreening: Parenthood of the Southside with GAMIS and FEN

Thursday 9th, 7:00 – 9:00pm | New Phoenix Cinema Niddrie Road Glasgow G42 8PR 

For International Women’s Day 2023 Feminist Exchange Network have commissioned Meray Diner’s film project “Parenthood of the Southside”. Meray is working with local participants including transgender, non-binary, intersex and migrant women to explore parenthood in Glasgow’s Southside community. They will discuss opportunities and barriers to becoming a parent in the current economic and political climate. The resulting film will be screened during IWD 2023 in collaboration with GAMIS as part of a programme of artists’ moving image looking at broad interpretations of the idea of family.

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A woman in paint-splattered overcoat holds aloft a stencil for silk screen printingScreenprint your own T-shirt with Print Clan

Friday 10th, 6:00 – 8:00pm | Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Street, Glasgow, G41 2PZ

Come and with the support of Print Clan screen-print your own personalised T-shirt for the Govanhill Women’s March. You can complete the sentence “A woman’s place is in the…” and design your own stencil for the back. You can bring your own t-shirt to upcycle, but we will have some available too. This free drop-in style printmaking workshop is open to everyone, including children if accompanied by an adult. Then join us on Saturday to march through Govanhill and show off your t-shirt!

Contact Details and website:

The event is free and drop in.

Nine women stand in a park smiling at us holding placards supporting women's rightsInternational Women’s Day March

Saturday 11th, 12:00 – 1:00pm | Govanhill Park

Our celebration will culminate with a march so join us on the 11th March, meeting at Govanhill Park at 12pm. We’ll be taking to the streets with other activists who are challenging stigmas in their communities, their workplaces and in their everyday lives. We are marching for a more equal world; a world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. Together we can celebrate women’s achievements and take action for equality!


The event is free and drop in.

Two women with bikes, one is about to mount hersWomen’s Cycle Festival with Women on Wheels

Saturday 11th, 11:00 – 5:00pm | Queen’s Park (Victoria Road Entrance)

Women on Wheels are holding their 2nd Women’s Cycle Festival this time coinciding with International Women’s Day. There will be lots of cycling activity to offer to complete beginners, those getting on a bike after an age and also existing cyclists. Women on Wheels will offer group beginners cycle lessons, Confidence Building led rides exploring the local surroundings, maintenance classes teaching you how to do simple repairs such as fixing punctures, Dr Bike as well as arts and crafts to keep the wee ones occupied. Plus lots of the team will be on hand to chat through your specific barriers to cycling and most importantly how they can help overcome them. All activities will be held in the Victoria Road end of Queens Park except the led ride. Bikes and accessories will be available to borrow. 

Contact details and website:,


07927 357140

The event is free and drop in.

A small group of women wearing headscarves stand outside by tables eating and talkingPost-March Socialising and Food with Scottish Arab Women’s Association

Saturday 11th, 1:30 – 3:00pm | Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Street, Glasgow, G41 2PZ

Join us at the Deep End to warm up after the march and socialise with other activists and community groups. Delicious Palestinian and Syrian flatbreads and savoury pastries be provided by Scottish Arab Women’s Association. 

The event is free and drop in.

A pair of hands holds a small handmade booklet with pictures cut from magazines pasted in, beyond is a table top covered with these magazines.International Women’s Day at Glasgow Zine Library

Saturday 11th, 12:00 – 6:00pm | Glasgow Zine Library, 636 Cathcart Road, Glasgow, G42 8AA

Come get warm after the Govanhill International Women’s Day march. There will be a curated selection of feminist, trans and women’s zines from our collection to read, drop-in zine and badge making, and free tea, coffee and hot chocolate. All welcome.

Contact details and website:,

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A woman dressed in pink with arms spread stands at the door of a large tent, facing the camera she smilesGrrlz Night in with Fanny Riot

Saturday 11th, 6:00 – 8:00pm | The Wee Retreat, 2 Myrtle Park, Glasgow, G42 8UQ

A pyjama party of feminist bedtime stories & activist self care, for women* and non binary folks (inclusive of trans women) at the Wee Retreat. Pyjamas not compulsory. We encourage you to wear something comfy and coorie in with us after marching for IWD, biking with Women on Wheels or however you’re spending your Saturday. There will be self care bits n pieces provided by our fannies, but we welcome you to bring whatever favourite cosy things you would like!

This space is wheelchair accessible. Please let us know if you have any accessibility requirements prior to the event via social media or email and we will do all we can to accommodate you.


This event is running on a Pay What You Can basis. Tickets available on a sliding scale. Book tickets on Eventbrite.