Women’s Day remembers the woman burned at the stake In Bishop Street in 1725

An event to remember Cecily Jackson.
An event to remember Cecily Jackson.

A vigil to remember a woman burned at the stake in 1725 after she was accused of murdering her baby will take place on Tuesday night.

This is just one in a number of events which are taking place this week to mark international women’s day.

On Friday at 1 p.m. an amazing production of a play written by a group of young female activists from Derry will take place in the Waterside Theatre. This is a heart wrenching story of escalating domestic abuse and a group of young women determined to help their friend. Performed by members of Youth First. For information contact Clare on 02871 366099

At 6 p.m. on Friday young women from the Triax area take time out to appreciate the women who inspire them with the screening of a short DVD ‘Inspirations’ they have put together at St Mary’s Youth Club, Fanad Drive, Creggan. Followed by complimentary therapies. For information contact Clare on 02871 366099.

At 6.30 p.m. everyone is invited to “This Woman’s Day”. This is an eclectic showcase of women in the arts, celebrating local and international professionals performing drama, dance, music and spoken word poetry. The theme of this International Women’s Day is ‘Making It Happen’ with the invaluable support of Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company.

There will be fun, frolics and something for everybody! Come early, as doors open at 6.30pm, and space is limited.

Tickets are £7 full price and £5 concession.”

On Saturday at 8.30 p.m. at Cafe Soul there will be an International Women’s Day Dance Along. Enjoy amazing performances from some of Derry’s finest and then dance the night away with DJ duo Kitchen Disco. The social highlight of the programme. Bring your own event. Door tax £5. For information contact Catherine 02871 261916 Café Soul, Shipquay Place, Derry.

On Monday March 9th the North West Volunteer Centre will be holding an open day in conjunction with International Women’s Day, form 10am-2pm, 22 Bishop Street, Derry.

Are you interested in volunteering? Do you enjoy learning and sharing your knowledge? Do you like to help others? Then drop into the North West Volunteer Centre on March 9th from 10am - 2pm.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, the North West Volunteer Centre will be hosting an open days to showcase the work of the volunteers, volunteer roles available, and how volunteers contribute to our society.

You’ll have the opportunity to chat to key people, get further advice about volunteering and information on the application process.

On Tuesday evening at 6.30 p.m. there will be a special event to remember Cecily Jackson at Bishop Gate. Cecily worked as a cook in the household of a Bishop Nicholson and when her baby was found dead she was accused of its murder. Guilty or innocent she was sentenced to death and burned at the stake on Bishop Street in 1725. Historians argue that she was very much the victim of a cruelly punitive and repressive patriarchy. A vigil will be held in her memory and in solidarity with women still suffering the oppression and the injustices perpetrated by patriarchy. For further information contact Catherine 02871 261916

Bishop’s Gate

On Tuesday at 7 p.m. there will be a screening of “Vessel” by Alliance for Choice. It focuses on Dr Rebecca Gomperts’ work with her organisation ‘Women on Waves’, as she sails a ship around the world and provides abortions at sea for women who have no legal alternative. Winner of the South By Southwest Film Festival Audience Award for Documentary Feature and the festival’s Special Jury Recognition for Political Courage, VESSEL has also been honoured with the Adrienne Shelly Excellence in Filmmaking Award and the Peter Wintonick Award for Activist Filmmaking.

This takes place at Nerve Street, Magazine Street, Derry.