Celebrate International Womens Day in Utrecht

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There is so much to celebrate at the end of this week as Utrecht marks International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe.

Since those early years, International Women’s Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike. The growing international women’s movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women’s conferences, has helped make the commemoration a rallying point to build support for women’s rights and participation in the political and economic arenas


Come and celebrate International women’s day in Culumborg. The theme is “Heroine ” for women who do good things to help in their community and in the World.
Stichting DIVC have selected a number of women who are Heroines from different backgrounds because Culumborg has more than 75 Nationalities living there.

Eliane Becks Nininahazwe will be bringing a taste of Burundian culture with her  singing and dancing.


On March 9 the first edition of the annual event YOUNITY will take place at Karibu Café Utrecht in honour of International Women’s Day. During YOUNITY you can experience all the possibilities and opportunities that arise if you dare to be YOU. Join one of our workshops listed below and get inspired by many amazing performances and lectures. By women, for women.
Confidence Workshop – Shanity Alvares
Women’s Well-Being Yoga – Iris Verstappen
Poetry – Yael van der Wouden
Vulva Schilderen – Mirjam Anusama
ABC x Blossom Books (FREE) – Sayonara Stutgard
World of Afro
Cheroney Pelupessy & Yahaira Gezius
Yoni Art – Mirjam Anusama
Live Painting – Lou Hoekstra & Feadan McCall
Various Artists (Hosted by Sayonara Stutgard)
Massage – Ankie Thuis
Braids – Cherelle Alvares
Henna – Fatima
Haircuts – Kindredkuts & Precious Alvares

Celebrate International Women’s Day at the Utrecht Mama Cash Feminist Festival!

The feminist year starts on March 8th, right? Every year, Mama Cash celebrates International Women’s Day by highlighting and celebrating the artistic and creative contributions women make to our societies. They invite you to join them at the Mama Cash Feminist Festival in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and the Hague.

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But wait a minute: isn’t art, abstract and immaterial, the opposite of real political change? Isn’t art the realm of the elite? How exactly does a focus on art go with Mama Cash’s mission to support women, girls, trans people and intersex people who are fighting for their rights?

The activists we support have shown us that there’s a different side to art than the glamorous, elitist world that may first come to mind. They organise screenings of movies that change gender roles. They use art therapy as a way of building community and healing from violence. They turn real-life experiences into story-telling performances that spark necessary dialogues in their communities.


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Art isn’t always just for art’s sake: it can be a means of bringing people together and breaking down boundaries, of challenging dominant norms and stereotypes, of creating a culture of change that can facilitate other forms of change (like in policies or laws). Music, theatre, spoken word, photography, film, literature, dance, and art in all its many forms have the ability to speak to us and move us in ways that a news report or online petition can’t.

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Determination, resilience and creativity: these are the qualities of artists, activists and feminists alike.

With the Mama Cash Feminist Festival, we celebrate not only this political potential of art, but also the often-overlooked contributions women have made to this field. Like most other industries, the art world is male-dominated. Women who are artists often don’t get the same chances as their male peers, experience sexual harassment, and have their work judged through limiting stereotypes of femininity. So if we can more easily think of famous male artists throughout history, it’s not because women have lacked talent, passion or ambition, but because they were not invited or allowed into the boy’s club. Despite this, women have found ways to express themselves. Because that’s what artists do.

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Determination, resilience and creativity: these are the qualities of artists, activists and feminists alike. We can’t wait to engage with you all on these themes with diverse programs in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam and the Hague. Join us at the Mama Cash Feminist Festival, and let’s celebrate International Women’s Day together.


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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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