International Women's Day Festival 2020

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On 9th March 2019, the Fylde Coast experienced its first International Women’s Day Festival, held at Blackpool Sixth Form College. Developed and facilitated by The Washington Group and partners, the Festival aimed to inspire participants by addressing gender parity and raising the aspirations of 250 young women aged between 10 -19 who attended schools from the Fylde coast.

What the festival achieved went much deeper than offering participants the opportunity to explore careers and pathways available to them, it provided young women with a place to develop their knowledge and the confidence to explore what is available to them in their life choices and develop their social mobility.

The Festival aimed to:

  1. Develop opportunities for young women through more diverse experiences i.e, sport, the environment, STEM, social welfare, entrepreneurship and volunteering etc.
  2. Offer work experience and opportunities from a more diverse business and community sector
  3. Offer a link to young women to reduce social isolation and support mental health issues which included: volunteering, peer mentoring, engaging in participation activities, and developing youth led groups.

So what is happening in 2020!

On Saturday 7th March 2020 we are coming back to Blackpool 6th Form, with a bigger and brighter Festival, developing and enhancing the 2019 Festival, based on the amazing feedback. We have 30 role models each with their own unique story to tell. The role models are our Living Libraries. Each of their stories will be linked to a particular field and displayed all day for people to read their journey.

The Green Field – Sponsored by: Fylde Council

Everything you ever want to know about how you can save the environment and so much more. From interactive workshops, making your own environmental bath bombs to up-cycle and recycle clothes show.   

Rainbow Field – Sponsored by: Wyre Council

A Field encompassing all the colours of the world!  Let’s talk being the best we can be, believing in yourself!  Interactive workshops including special effects make up artists, self-defence, video and photography

Innovation and Creative Field – Sponsored by: Blackpool Transport

Science is a woman’s best friend!  A field filled with imagination, exploration, innovation. Workshops ranging from STEM activities, coding interactive sessions and science with a ‘kick’

This Woman Can  Field – Sponsorship Available

 The active field supporting young women to have a go at what they like. Find out what’s right for you!  Get to meet and talk to Team GB female athletes. Interactive workshops ranging from training to be a lifeguard, archery, lazer shooting, outdoor survival, army assault course, climbing wall and many more

Happiness Field – Sponsored by: Lancashire County Council

Happiness and kindness make the world go round. A field providing workshops including, teach yourself kindness, positive affirmations,  perfect bra fitting, Pilates, period poverty, social action,  gender identity, keeping yourself safe and exploring music.

Heres how you can get involved!

Sponsor a Field – £999

Be one of our headline sponsors. Have your business name in lights across the Field. Feature in the Festival Programme and accompany The Washington Group to interviews with BBC Radio Lancashire, Lancashire TV and Lancashire Life. Be fully involved in all social media campaigns

If you want to sponsor the This Woman can please email

Sponsor the Festival programme and interactive wristbands – £350

Sponsor the printing the Festival programme and interactive wristbands.  Each young woman will wear the interactive wristbands which show a unique insight in each field and the workshops. You logo will show on each programme and wristband.  Your business will be linked to all social media and there is opportunity to accompany The Washington Group to BBC Radio Lancashire and Lancashire Life features.

If you want to sponsor the Festival programme and interactive wristbands please email

Corporate Volunteers

We are actively looking for corporate volunteers, would your staff want to help out for the day, get in touch with

International Women’s Day 2020 campaign theme:


An equal world is an enabled world.

Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.

We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements.

Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.

Let’s all be #EachforEqual.

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