Some of our history
2007 'The Holistic Women' at Tamarisk Centre, Littlehampton
Keynote speaker was Annabell Alexander, founder of The Goddess Foundation and Secretary of Arun International Women's Day Group, who spoke of the importance of holistic living and the gender balance in our society
2008 Website created for Arun International Womens Day''
Our website goes live in January 2008 just in time to start promoting the 20008 event.
2008 'Bread & Roses' at Laburnum Centre, Bognor Regis
1908 – 2008; 100 years since 15,000 women marched for better conditions
Why bread and roses?
Great unrest and critical debate was occurring amongst women. Women's oppression and inequality was spurring women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change.
On March 8, 1908, 15,000 women workers from the garment and textile industry marched, echoing the demands of their sisters 50 years earlier: shorter working hours, an end to child labour; safe working conditions, and equal pay.
Their slogan- " Bread and Roses" sang through the streets: "Bread", the symbol of economic security, and " Roses", the symbol for a better life.
Within a few years of their "Bread and Roses" campaign, the first women's labour union in America was organized.
2009 'Women in Activism' at Tamarisk Centre, Littlehampton
The day focused on some of the amasing women who have moved the gender balance forward.
2010 'Africa' at Laburnum Centre, Bognor Regis
A day of African food, African dance, African stories and music.
2011 Website changes its name to Sussex International Women's Day and takes www.siwd.org.uk as its core address
2011 'One Hundred Year Centenary of International Women's Day at Laburnum Centre, Bognor Regis
With three Lady mayors, theleader of the council in West Sussex and the High Sheriff, this was always going to be an amasing celebration of 'sisterhood'
2012 'Are we Winning ?' at Laburnum Centre, Bognor Regis
Watch this space for yet another celebration of sisterhood