Tower Hamlets celebrates Women's History Month 2023

Women's Football

One of the images showcased in the Women in Sport photography exhibition

Tower Hamlets Council, with partners, is hosting a series of exhibitions, discussions, sports sessions and more throughout March to mark Women’s History Month.  

The month includes International Women’s Day (8 March) and International Women’s Week (6-12 March). 

During the programme there will be a series of art exhibitions in the borough including Women & Sport, the Women's History Month Photography Exhibition at the Brady Arts Centre; and Living in Fear of Quicksand at the Nunnery Gallery and Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives, exploring curator Maria Amidu’s fragile relationship with home. 

Other highlights include a series of courses and workshops at Bishopsgate Institute including an afternoon discussion; and screening from the 'People Make Television' exhibition at the Raven Row Gallery. On 24 March, All you Need is Love, a concert with Sarah Jane Morris and the Sollis String Quartet performing songs by the Beatles, will take place at St Mathias Church, Poplar. 

To mark International Women’s Week (6-12 March), the council’s Sports Development team is running a free programme for women and girls. Sessions include: a walking netball tournament for participants aged 50 and over; self-defence and boxercise sessions; and a badminton tournament for ages 16 and over. Other sports sessions include free climbing, canoeing, caving, cycling, and football. 

On Thursday 16 March, Tower Hamlets Homes and the council will host Embracing Equity, an event to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements and contributions of women in our borough. A panel of speakers will provide inspiration and highlight opportunities for growth. 

There will be a variety of stalls run by employers and training providers. 

Lutfur Rahman, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “Women’s History Month reminds us of our responsibility to uphold and protect equality for all. I am pleased that the council is hosting and supporting a wide-ranging series of events to celebrate women's achievements and their contributions to history, culture and society.  

Councillor Iqbal Hossain, Cabinet Member for Culture and Recreation, said: “We are delighted to partner with a host of community organisations to celebrate cultures, and promote wellbeing, and togetherness, for girls and women across the borough. I am particularly pleased that we are hosting a week of sport activities during International Women’s Week, highlighting opportunities for more women of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in a variety of sports.” 

Further event information: 

Visit the events page on our website for International Women’s Day health and wellbeing sessions listings and joining instructions. 

Posted on Tuesday 7th March 2023