International Women’s Day is the world’s alarm clock to remind all of the countless past achievements of women around the world, and to recognise the struggle for women today. Gender inequalities still riddle our society, and while you’ll hear the odd alpha male baboon crying, ‘Why is there no day for men?!’ think of March the 8th as more a day to talk about what we can do to create a fairer, more balanced world.
Here are 9 events happening across Vienna at which to learn and celebrate the meaning of International Women’s Day:
Vienna’s city hall celebrates International Women’s Day 2019
When: FRI, March 8, 3pm–7:30pm
The Rathaus will be transformed on Thursday as it becomes a temple dedicated to women. You’ll find a bunch of information there about your rights as a female living in Vienna, and workshops on all things women and women’s rights. Also, the gallery “Wien. Stadt der Großen Töchter” (Vienna. City of great daughters) will be presenting the work and stories of two exceptional women and celebrating 100 years of women’s right to vote in Austria. Also, there will be a live concert by Clara Luzia happening later on in the evening.
Recommended if you like: events at the Rathaus, being a woman, learning something new, remembering how important it is to stand up for your rights, meeting other great people, history
Hit the streets and demonstrate for women’s rights
When: FRI, March 8, 5pm–9pm
Where: Wien Mitte – Landstraße
All kind of women’s rights issues come to the fore on International women’s day, and many of them will be shouted from the streets and shown with people hitting the pavement on Thursday From a rejection of the patriarchy system we live in to sexism, to people protesting the crappy rights for single mothers out there. If you can relate any of this, you can join in (with your kids if you like) on this demonstration that will be kicking off at 5pm from Wien Mitte – Landstraße. Even if you’re not a woman or a single parent, this event will inform you on the institutionalised challenges facing those that are.
Recommended if you like: demonstrations, fighting for your rights, marching the streets, uniting with other great people who want the world to be a better place, after work rallies,
Take part in shaping the future
When: FRI–SAT, March 8–9, 9am–5pm
Entry: free! Register here
The Female Founders organisation want to foster female entrepreneurship and leadership. This weekend, they wanna do this with a very special International Women’s Day event at the weXelerate space, where they’ll bring women on stage. In this 18-hour programme, you can expect keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops, career talks and a lot of networking opportunities.
Recommended if you like: the idea of starting your own business, getting all your As to all your Qs, feminism and equality, female empowerment, inspirational events, meeting great people, talks and discussions, learning something new, being part of the movement trying to drag the world into the 21st century and into the future, fostering female entrepreneurship
Celebrate kick-a** women!
When: FRI, March 22, 7:30pm–9:30pm
Where: Weltmuseum Wien
Entry: 19€, get tickets
This event is so freaking empowering for women it’s hard to know where to start. Every second Friday of the month (more or less) is FemFriday at the Weltmuseum. This event’s guests will beRaja Kumari, an Indian-American Rapper, Singer, Songwriter and Dancer, and Singer-Songwriter Zion Flex from Bristol. Before their concert, they will hold an open talk and a screening of the documentary, Hip Hop Hijabis. Talk about girl power!
Recommended if you like: celebrating women, widening your world views, the leading ladies of this world, celebrating all things feminine, intimate gigs, shows in odd locations, Hip Hop, female empowerment
Dance all night long and celebrate International Women’s Day
When: FRI, March 8, 9pm–6am
Where: Aux Gazelles
Entry: 10€ (5€ with RRRiot festival pass)
With Aux Gazelles being one of the few venues that is owned and run by a woman, it’s no surprise that there’ll also be a RRRiot party there! (If you don’t know yet what the RRRiot festival is, be sure to check out the programme!). A bunch of cool female DJs will turn the tables at Aux Gazelles this Friday. For details see the lineup on Facebook.
Recommended if you like: live DJs who all happen to be female, bopping your head to the beat, female empowerment, rioting
Watch some awesome women on the big screen
When: FRI, March 8, 3pm–11pm
Where: Votivkino / De France
Entry: reserve your tickets here
The Votivkino and De France cinemas are dedicating their big screens to International Women’s Day. To celebrate and contribute to the awareness the day aims to bring, they’ll be showing films that have strong women in focus. From 4pm–11pm this movie marathon will be happening, and will include these exceptional films: Votiv: Suffragette (4:45pm), Hanna Arendt (6:45pm), # Female Pleasure (9pm); De France: Joy (4pm), Die Frau des Nobelpreisträgers (6pm), Die Berufung (8pm). A good way to get inspired on this special day.
Recommended if you like: cinemas, movie nights, staying at the cinema to watch three different films in a row, getting inspired by great women, leaving work early to be inspired instead, girl power, learning things through film and fiction
A guided tour that shines a light on strong Jewish women
When: FRI, March 8, 5pm–6pm
Where: Jüdisches Museum Wien, Dorotheergasse
Entry: 12€ museum entry, tour is free
Take a guided tour through the Jewish Museum which shines a spotlight on different Jewish women who fought for a new and better society. You’ll hear the stories of Hilde, Lilly, Margit, Miriam, Fanny, Julie, Käthe, Bertha und Marie, and how they tried to conquer the social and political terrain of the past.
Recommended if you like: special guided tours, Jewish Museum Vienna, learning about the past, awesome women that inspire you, art and exhibitions, afternoons at the museum, being inspired by inspirational people of the past
Check out this performance of monologues
When: FRI, March 8, 7pm–9pm
Where: VHS Ottakring
Entry: 15€ / reduced price: 10€, reserve a ticket via firstname.lastname@example.org
V-Day Vienna is a group of passionate individuals who will put something special on the stages of the VHS Ottakring on International Women’s Day this Friday. With their performance, A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer, they want to contribute to the global movement to stop violence against women and girls.
Recommended if you like: female empowerment, learning something about the vagina, dressing up to go to the theater, learning something from art, woolen sweaters, wearing spectacles even though you don’t need them and calling them ‘spectacles,’ human stories
An 8-day festival dedicated to the feminist fight
When: March 1–8
Where: various locations
Entry: free! Some events require a ticket or registration, check here
The festival focused on the good feminist fight is happening from the start of the month until the following Friday, with more than 70 events happening in locations all over town! The unique Rrriot festival is all about heating up the discourse around feminism and sexism. Museums, galleries, cinemas, clubs, co-working spaces, as well as other cultural-political and feminist initiatives, will be playing host to a broad spectrum of talks, workshops, panel discussions, tours, and shows – all about feminism. Find more info and the full program, here.
Recommended if you like: feminism and equality, fighting for your rights, inspirational events, meeting great people, talks and discussions, learning something new, adding a few solid arguments to your feminism discussions being part of the movement trying to drag the world into the 21st century and into the future