To celebrate International Women’s Day, we caught up with fabulous females over at Wearside Women in Need to discuss their plans this March, the various events going on around the city and what IWD means to them.

Wearside Women in Need (WWiN) Director, Becky Rogerson:

“International Women’s Day on March 8th is a global event; celebrating the progress made, and highlighting the changes still needed moving forward. In the UK, campaigns for women’s rights range from equal pay, to the Right to Life, and this year we acknowledge the women who lost their lives at the hands of violent men in 2019, a sombre reminder of the grim statistics: in the UK over 100 women were killed last year as a result of male violence, and over 2 women die needlessly every week.”

“Wearside Women in Need will be ‘out and about’ over the weekend at various events celebrating International Women’s day. Our refuges are full, and our outreach services busier than ever. We received over 3000 referrals in 2019 – mothers, sisters, daughters, friends and neighbours – we need to work together to end this – please stand with us to support this day and highlight the reality of women and children at risk of harm.”


Wearside Women in Need (WWiN) will be attending a number of different events around Wearside to celebrate International Women’s Day. Multiple staff members will be taking part in the IWD Park Run at Herrington Country Park on Saturday 7th March, to a sunrise swim at Seaburn beach on Sunday 8th March. Not only are the team getting involved in events around the city, but WWiN are also hosting their own event too! They’ll be walking from their office at Bridge House all the way Roker Beach, acknowledging the lives of women who were killed by men last year.

If you fancy celebrating International Women’s Day with Wearside Women in Need, have a look at the following events taking place around the city.

Life Stones Walk

10 March

Take part in an inspiring walk acknowledging women who lost their lives in 2019 to men they knew.  Starting from 28 Bridge House and finishing over at Roker Beach, WWiN will be marching in unison, following the Riverside Sculpture trail to help push change for women around the world.

Participants are invited to lay the 111 stones, showing the names of each woman murdered, in the sand. A poignant tribute to women across the globe, follow the hyperlink for more details:

International Women’s Day Park Run

7 March

All the women, who are independent! Throw your hands up at me! To celebrate IWD (International Women’s Day) Herrington Country Park and Wearside Women in Need are inviting all the strong independent women to fasten their laces and hit the paths in celebration of women.

More details can be found here: /

Sunrise Swim at Seaburn Beach

8 March

Fausto Bathing Group are holding a sunrise swim as a fundraiser for WWiN this March. Join staff members and women from across the city in this inspiring seaside event. You can support WWiN by sponsoring a swimmer or donating direct here:

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