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What IWD events are happening this year?


Here are the public events that we’re currently aware of that are in celebration of International Women’s Day this year (Friday 8 March 2024).

If we’ve missed anything, just email and we’ll add it.


**NEW** Guernsey Press Sports podcast

International Women’s Day special


Lucy Rouget from the Guernsey Press is joined by Guernsey Sports Commission’s Nicky Will, cyclist Andrea Nightingale and climber Anja Jones to talk about women’s sport in Guernsey in 2024 — the obstacles and opportunities.


Listen now here:


**NEW** The Principal’s Office podcast from the Ladies’ College.

Inspiring inclusion with the CEO of GROW, Karen Blanchford.


In this episode, Head of Innovation at Ladies’ College, Nick Dyson, discusses Karen Blanchford’s work towards the introduction of The States of Guernsey Discrimination Ordinance and some of the pressures of being a CEO.

Hear all about Karen’s work on equality, what motivates her and how we can be more inclusive as part of this year’s International Women’s Day focus.

Listen now on Spotify:


**NEW** International Women’s Day DJ Night at Thomas de la Rue

Friday 8 March at 8pm. Free entry.


Be treated to a night of wonderful music by an all-woman lineup to dance the night away – headlined by none other than the Lo-Fidelity Sparkle Bitches.

Come along if you want to support the Vale Earth Fair and have a great night.

Find out more on Facebook


7Women – exhibition of portraits by Olympia McEwan – Royal Court foyer

Launches Friday 8 March, weekend viewing on Saturday 9 March, then open during working hours until 21 March. Free.


Seven inspirational women, from many walks of life. All have changed the world we live in, through a variety of fields. Together they form this celebratory collection of portraits by Olympia McEwan.

Olympia says: “The aim of this project is threefold. Firstly, it’s a showcase for my latest portrait paintings, in my series of amazing women, which first began in 2018. Secondly, I’d like the space to be used for various local groups and schools to gather and discuss how to inspire women of all ages to realise their potential. And finally, to promote the need for portrait paintings of notable women, in public spaces in Guernsey. This is a personal campaign, as well as a public art project.”

Follow Olympia on Facebook.

The exhibition is open to the public on 8th March, International Women’s Day, Saturday 9th March 11am – 2pm, and will be open Monday to Friday thereafter, during working hours until Thursday 21st March. It will be held in the Great Hall foyer of the Royal Court.

Thanks to Deloitte’s sponsorship, it is a public exhibition with no entry charge and is fully accessible to all.


International Women’s Day at the Fermain Tavern

Saturday 9 March, doors at 7.30pm. Tickets £10.


This chilled and eclectic celebration of Guernsey’s female creative talent first debuted at St James in 2023.

This year there are musicians, poets, artists… and a bubbleologist.

Tommy Girard said of the 2023 debut: “While this event only showed off a taste of the female talent making music and art in Guernsey, it served a great purpose in showing the breadth of styles being created by women in the island … Everyone brought such different things to their performances it didn’t feel like comparisons were really possible.”

Tickets on the door or in advance from

Find out more about the artists on Facebook.


Notable Women of Guernsey exhibition – Guernsey Museum at Candie

Open 10am – 4pm until 14 April. Normal admission applies. Discovery Pass holders go free.


‘Notable women’ features more than 30 women who helped shape Guernsey’s heritage, implemented political change, inspired others though the medium of art and achieved great sporting and scientific feats.

You can also walk in their footsteps with a free tailor-made self-guided town walk, available at the Guernsey Museum at Candie or online here.

Follow Guernsey Museums on Facebook.

[PS: Look out for the ‘HerStory Fest’ at the Guernsey Museum at Candie on 13/14 April].


Notable Women of Guernsey exhibition – Priaulx Library

Open 10am – 5pm, except Sundays and public holidays. Free.

Once you’ve taken in the Candie Museum Notable Women exhibition, head up the hill to the Priaulx Library for even more celebration of Guernsey’s many notable women.





Notable Women of Guernsey guided walk

Friday 8 March 12pm – 1pm. Fully booked.

**New due to popular demand: second walk from 1.30pm – 2.30pm**


A guided walk around the town to places associated with Notable Women of Guernsey. Includes a visit to the Royal Court to see the new ‘7 Women’ exhibition and meet the artist, Olympia McEwan. Meet on the Guernsey Museum at Candie terrace, outside the Victoria Cafe. Finish at the Weighbridge.

Free tickets from Eventbrite.



Guernsey’s iconic women of the future?

Thank you for nominating a young woman or girl for our future iconic Guernsey women campaign to celebrate International Women’s Day!

Nominations close on Sunday 6 March at 17.00.

Please fill in the details below.


Miriam Makeba - South Africa

Nominated by: Christine James

Zenzile Miriam Makeba (1932 to 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. In 2020 she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 women of the century. 

South Africa is ranked 12th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 45.8% (source: 

Are you from South Africa? Please email if there is a social or cultural group for people from South Africa in Guernsey.

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The original image “The Hague Jazz 2008 – Miriam Makeba” by Haags Uitburo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. 


Jacinda Ardern - New Zealand

Nominated by: Martin Lock

Jacinda Ardern (born 1980) has served as prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party since 2017. In 2019, she led the country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, rapidly introducing strict gun laws in response, and throughout 2020 she directed the country’s widely praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern was the world’s second elected head of government to give birth in office when her daughter was born in 2018. ‘An inspiring Prime Minister who brought a nation together with true leadership, empathy and compassion.’

New Zealand is ranked 4th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 48.3% (source: 

Other iconic women: Dame Whina Cooper, nominated by Claire Fisher, and Kate Sheppard, nominated by Anna Cooper.

Are you from New Zealand? You may be interested in joining the ANZACs in Guernsey Facebook group

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