Aiming to promote a collective unity through conversation The Mac, Belfast is celebrating International Womens Day with its week long online festival. The Jam-packed programme of events will bring together academics, community organisers, activists, artists and you – the audience to discuss a range of topics affecting women today.

The festival will take place online from the 4th – 11th March and don’t worry If you’re feeling the financial squeeze at the minute, you won’t be excluded. The events aren’t free, but they are all ‘pay what you can afford’ with an option to pay nothing.The programme content was coordinated in response to what the audience wanted to discuss and will cover a host of topics including maternity rights, assisted fertility and alternative routes to parenthood, mental health and wellbeing, hormones, race, sex and trauma.

According to themaclive.com the ambition of the online event “…is to discuss nuanced subjects with empathy and acceptance at their heart (and to have some fun too) … At a time of such uncertainty, our digital events will be a source of inspiration and motivation, as well as comfort and reassurance.”

Conversations over the week will cover subjects such as Overcoming Period Pain and PMS, Cultivating our Wellbeing and Mental Health and Gender Representation in the Arts. The festival are also proud to presentactivist, model, and writer Munroe Bergdorf in conversation with Dr. Yassin Brunger, alecturer in Human Rights Law. Munroe was recognised as a United Nations Woman UK Changemaker in 2020. Munroe’s first book, Transitional, is due for release this autumn and drawing on her own life experience, including growing up in a mixed-race family, attending an all-boys school, and starting her transition at age 24.

There are plenty of opportunities for you to seek advice throughout the week, for example If you have experienced pregnancy or maternity discrimination, then don’t miss ‘Pregnant then Screwed’  a talk by the Maternity Rights Clinic on 10th March.

Most events will take place via zoom. For events times, more programme details and to book your place on any of the festivals events visit www.themaclive.com/international-womens-day-2021