IWD has become a well-established feature of Swindon’s community calendar and this year’s celebration promises to be the biggest yet, with the arts and culture, business, communities and charities, and design and technology as the focus.

The aim is to enlighten, stimulate and inspire women and girls of all ages, bringing as many as possible together at Central Library on Saturday 5 March, 10am to 3.30pm, and an evening performance and talk at Swindon Dance on Friday 11 March.

Explaining this year’s themes, co-organiser Karen Roswell said: “Our motto this year is all about Equality for Women in the Age of Technology. Research shows that there has been a marked decline of women in computing since the 1980s and there are still too few girls and women entering the industry.

“We want to encourage and empower girls and women to engage with coding and computing; we will have some inspirational experts to share their knowledge and insight.”

On 5 March a talk and panel discussion will provide information on technology and women in business, with advice on offer to women of all ages – from business clubs to local charities and community group.  A variety of workshops and performances will feature coding for girls, arts and crafts, website building, poetry, song and dance. Free health checks will also be available.

A three-venue exhibition titled ‘Dress:Code’ at ArtSite’s Number 9 Gallery, the Museum of Computing and Central Library from 4 to 31 March will address the topic of women and girls in technology, through a mix of contemporary art, information and museum exhibits. There will also be workshops and special events throughout the month.

IWD Swindon 2016 is a partnership with ArtSite, Swindon College, Swindon Dance, Swindon Library and The Museum of Computing.

See the full programme at: www.iwdswindon.org or Facebook: swindoniwd