In the wake of movements such as Time’s Up in recent months, it’s no surprise that now is the time, more than ever, to stand together and #PressforProgress. And that’s what this year’s International Women’s Day is all about – progress. So, with the date fast approaching (falling on Thursday, 8 March), we’re rounding up the best events in the city to inspire, empower and unite us all. From female-led wine dinners, to girl power inspired get-togethers, and celebrations in honour of the lesser known Hong Kong women, we’re well and truly set to get together and celebrate the kick-ass ladies out there – are you with us?
Kick off IWD events this year with Mentor Walks Hong Kong. Welcoming the TEDxTinHauWomen community, the event will connect emerging female leaders with a range of career-experienced women from a diverse professional community for a one-hour walk and talk in the fresh air. The perfect start to the day for ambitious women looking to walk and talk for career success.
When: Friday, 2 March, 7:45am to 9am
Where: Meet at Central Ferry Pier, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $100 – sign up here!
Get truly inspired this Women’s Day with a series of short films celebrating the fantastic women around us who are doing extraordinary things. With a focus on adventure, the environment and heart-warming stories, the films shown have been selected from the Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado, and this is one evening that’s sure to empower us all!
When: Sunday, 4 March, 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Where: Leo Lee Arts Centre, 38 Nam Long Shan Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
How much: $150 – get your tickets here!
Have a little fun and support girl power, with Make and Do Hong Kong’s Wednesday’s at The Winery! Grab your girls and toast to an evening surrounded by your faves, whilst honing the art of embroidering, with a seriously bad ass quote, of course. The event will also include free-flow prosecco between 7:30pm and 10:30pm, so it’s definitely one to enjoy with friends.
When: Wednesday, 7 March, 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Where: The Winery, G/F Kwan Yick Building Phase 3, 158A Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
How much: $495 – RSVP by emailing email@example.com
To commemorate International Women’s Day and this year’s charge to #PressForProgress for gender parity, join us and Garage Academy for a breakfast roundtable with the founders of Green Queen and Saij Elle on how women can harness the power of digital and financial knowledge to build a better future for themselves, their businesses and communities. Breakfast and refreshments will be served, and all proceeds from this event will benefit Teen’s Key, a local NGO providing counselling, skills training and mentorship for young women and girls who were or still are in the sex trade to go back to school or start a new career.
When: Thursday, 8 March, 8am to 9:30am
Where: Garage Society, 19/F, 299 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: $100 (in advance) / $150 (on the door) – get your tickets here!
Wine and dine with the very best this International Women’s Day at this one-off dinner at Le Bistro Winebeast, featuring a specially prepared four-course menu with paired wines, and a special surprise from John Masters Organics! Women of wine, Ayana Misawa from Grace Winery in Japan, and Amélie d’Hurlaborde from Mas d’Amile in France will also be on hand to further discuss with those of you looking to learn more about their experiences as female winemakers.
When: Thursday, 8 March, 6pm
Where: Le Bistro Winebeast, G/F & 1/F Tai Yip Building, 141 Thomson Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: $458 (+10% service charge) – get your tickets here!
We’re big fans of HK podcast, Better in Bed, so we’re set to join them at Picada for a live recording in celebration of IWD! The recording will discuss “Secrets of the Bedroom”, with a panel of Better in Bed’s favourite guests leading the discussion. Setting out to encourage us to take control of our knowledge and use it to embrace and celebrate women, this is an event you won’t want to miss!
When: Thursday, 8 March, 7pm to 10pm
Where: Picada, 2/F 29 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $96 – get your tickets here!
Celebrating lesser known Hong Kong women who campaign daily to bring change to their causes and communities, this event is sure to be empowering and inspiring. Showcasing Rachel Peng, founder of Free Water HK and Christy Chow, artist and winner of the 2017 Hong Kong Human Rights Art Prize, amongst others, the event will also feature a Pierre Hermé macaron and chocolate station, along with a wine bar wine by female winemakers, Jane Hunter of Hunter Wines and Ayana Misawa of Grace Winery as well as the chance to win two tickets to Sonar festival!
When: Thursday, 8 March, 7:30pm
Where: Eaton Workshop, 380 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
How much: USD$20 – get your tickets here!
Coinciding with Art Month, Hong Kong Conversations is celebrating women in art this IWD. Organised in collaboration with the New Hall Art Collection, the 2018 edition of Hong Kong Conversations is bringing together artists, researchers, and art practitioners to discuss how the status and representation of women artists in Hong Kong have changed from the 1960s. Addressing questions such as “What does it mean to be a woman artist?” and considering the representation of women artists from three different art institutions, it’s sure to be a thought provoking evening.
When: Saturday, 10 March, 2:15pm to 5:45pm
Where: The Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Free! Register here!