There are so many reasons why we need to celebrate International Women’s Day: here’s how we’re doing it here in Singapore this year. Yaas queens.
Calling all women in Singapore! We’re part of something big, and this is our moment. Each year on March 8, the world celebrates the achievements of women through International Women’s Day, and of course, there’s a lot happening in Singapore too. Kickstart the celebrations by getting to know these inspiring ladies who are leading players in their fields, or be an inspiration yourself by volunteering at charities and social enterprises that resonate with you. Looking for more? Get on board with these fun yet meaningful events happening right here.
Super Sheroes 2019 at Publico
7 – 8 March
What’s better than a four-course dinner? A four-course dinner prepared by some of the top female leaders in the culinary and bar scene. Enjoy Italian-fusion dishes, a theatrical dessert and cocktails prepared by Symphony Loo (Campari’s brand ambassador for SEA) along with chefs Heidi Flanagan, Sujatha Asokan and Bettina Arguelles from Publico, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore and The Garage. The theme of this four-course dinner? #BalanceforBetter in line with International Women’s Day, duh!
Super Sheroes 2019, 5pm-11pm, Publico, 1 Nanson Road Level 1, Singapore 238909
She Works (Really) Hard For the Money
In honour of International Women’s Day, 1880 is celebrating women who are championing women. This spectacular members club will open its doors to the public on Friday, 8 March for a special salon session – She Works (Really) Hard For the Money. From Third World to First, women are united in a battle for greater equality. Female microentrepreneurs in developing countries face mindsets that limit their chance of success. At the very highest echelons of the tech world, many women confront social obstacles that limit their potential.
Join in the conversation with panel of successful women to debate the conventions that need to be challenged and how can we rewrite the rules to build a more equitable world. 1880 has brought together Joanna Flint, managing director for strategic agency partnerships & innovation (Asia Pacific) at Google, Anna Haotanto, CEO and founder of The New Savvy, Mel Lim, keynote speaker, author, and president of Maspira Groupe and Virginia Tan, founder of Lean In China, founding partner of Teja Ventures. This is a free event but for the public is strictly by RSVP and subject to availability. This is one discussion you want to be in on, so email email@example.com.
She Works (Really) Hard For the Money, 7.30pm; 1880, 1 Nanson Road, Level 3
Fearless Females: Queens of Their Craft by WeWork
Rub shoulders with the most creative females in town. Spend your evening with artists, creators and entrepreneurs as they bring you cutting-edge fashion and interactive art installations along with Nu-disco beats and crafty bakes. Are you an entrepreneur in the making? Join these creatives for an exclusive panel discussion as they take you through their journeys.
Fearless Females: Queens of Their Craft, 7pm-10pm, WeWork (Suntec Tower 5),5 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038985
Organised by Women in Art, this event gives you a chance to build connections and friendships with like-minded women in the industry. Experience an intimate pot luck dinner followed by an exclusive networking event (at a secret location) with women from the arts. It’s all happening at secret locations so expect a night full of surprises!
Bloom, 6.30pm-11pm, held at a secret venue
International Women’s Day Bazaar at Distrii Singapore and Sheroes Photo Exhibition
Got time to squeeze in for some retail therapy on a Friday? Get your hands on bags, jewellery, personalised crafts, eco-friendly items and beauty and wellness products at this bazaar by Distrii Singapore. Brands like Ling Wu bags, The Heart Enterprise, Manjiriel Jewellery, Doterra Essential Oil, Mary Kay will be showcasing their items. Got more time? Pay a visit to the Sheroes Photo Exhibition, a celebration of inspiring women who are serving the special needs community in Singapore. The exhibition is co-curated by The Heart Enterprise, in collaboration with Up Your Game Community.
International Women’s Day Bazar and Sheroes Photo Exhibition, 10am-3pm, Distrii Singapore Level 2 Auditorium, Republic Plaza 1, 9 Raffles Place, Singapore 048619
Merci Marcel: Notes to Women
Make someone’s day by writing words of affirmation to women at Merci Marcel’s ‘Women’s Wall’. The multi-concept boutique is joining hands with Aware and will be donating $3 for every photo of a note taken at the Tiong Bahru outlet. Simply post the photo on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #notestowomen and tag Aware’s social pages, @awaresingapore. The proceeds will go to Aware’s initiatives like support services, public education, and research and advocacy. What a lovely initiative!
Notes to Women at Merci Marcel, 8am-9pm, Tiong Bahru, 56 Eng Hoon St, #01-68, Singapore 160056
Salon Social Spirit Tasting – Whisky & Women at The Proof Flat
Women’s Day doesn’t have to be all about the serious stuff. For a change, kick off the weekend with a fun whisky tasting at The Proof Flat. You’ll learn all about the spirit together with movers and shakers in Singapore’s bar scene. Trivia: this female-only event is specifically priced at 76.5% of its regular price to emphasise the gender wage gap. Clever.
Salon Social Spirit Tasting – Whisky & Women, 6-8pm, The Proof Flat by EC Proof, 43A Hongkong Street, Singapore 059682
International Women’s Day Special feat. Crystal Q at Bang Bang
In a male-dominated industry, we love that DJ Crystal Q’s turning heads with her infectious vibes and sick electric dance hits all around Asia. In case you didn’t know, she’s played for major fashion events like Coach’s A/W launch party and the Adidas Adicolor launch. Bring your posse (ladies get two drinks on the house and priority entry) and show how it’s done on the dance floor with DJ Crystal Q on deck.
International Women’s Day Special feat. Crystal Q, 10:30pm-6am, Bang Bang, 7 Raffles Blvd, Pan Pacific Hotel, Marina Square, Singapore 039595
Celebrate International Women’s Day: A Khmer Dining Edition
For the last two months, the culinary extravaganza, Sprmrkt Cambodia has been celebrating Cambodian cuisine, produce and art. As part of its final month and International Women’s Day, the legendary Kimsan twins, along with their all-female team from Embassy restaurant in Siem Reap will be preparing a seven-course dinner menu. Tuck into Khmer gastronomy like scallops with locally-grown La Plantation Kampot green pepper corn, grilled duck, ‘Kromaothorng’, a green glutinous rice snack, and passion fruit and caramel ice-cream. Can’t make it for dinner? Embassy will also be serving a Cambodian grazing table for brunch on 9 March.
Celebrate International Women’s Day: A Khmer Dining Edition, 7pm, Brunch is on 9 March from 11am-3pm, Sprmrkt at STPI, 41 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238236
International Women’s Day Online Race 2019
8 – 17 March
Do you like to run? Do your part this International Women’s Day by running anywhere, any time with your family and gal pals. All you need to do is register for your preferred 3.8km, 10km or 21.1km distances, track your run or walk with a GPS-enabled running app or sports device during the event period. Finisher medals and shirts will be sent to you once it’s been validated by the organisers. Speaking of which, Spacebib will be donating $1 and $3 to Aware for everyone that finishes the ‘basic’ and ‘classic’ categories. Psst.. we’ve put together some cool nature trails in case you need a change of scenery.
International Women’s Day Online Race 2019, anytime, anywhere from 8-17 Mar, register online
Book Date at The Moon
This book date may not be labelled as an International Women’s Day event but it’s hosted by female author Suzannah Chua and at our fave The Moon Bookstore and Cafe (FYI: at least half of its collection feature female authors) – so why not add this book date to your agenda? Meet local authors Chen Wei Teng, Far’ain Jaafar and Ben Lai, hear all about their writing journey and network with like-minded folks in a friendly setting.
Book Date, 12pm-2pm, The Moon Bookstore and Cafe, 37 Mosque Street, Singapore 059515
She Says SG – International Women’s Day Festival 2019: Balance for Better
Panel discussions, workshops, a recruitment drive and festival booths – SheSays SG’s first-ever festival, Balance for Better has quite the line-up. Learn how to create your network or negotiate your salary with panel speakers Chery Guzman Ng from CrazyCat, Bianca Stringuini from Visa, Ben Glynn from Braze, Tasha Abdul Mutalib from Girls In Tech, Tim Kelsall from Kantar and more. There’s also a pop-up Library by indie bookstore, The Moon and an art exhibition by ProjectX featuring the voices, dreams, fears and anxieties of sex workers.
SheSays SG – International Women’s Day Festival 2019: Balance for Better, 10am-5pm, Accenture Innovation Hub, South Beach Tower, 38 Beach Road, Level 3 Singapore 189767
What you missed
Inspiring Women panel discussion at PoMo
Wanna know how you can foster equality in your workplace and life? Join the Embassy of Ireland and the Irish Chamber of Commerce as they strive for a #BalanceforBetter environment. Have a chat with a powerful line up of inspirational women and network over drinks after the event.
Inspiring Women, 6.30-9.30pm, Kaplan, PoMo, Floor 7, 1 Selegie Road, Singapore, Singapore 188306
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