(FEBRUARY 27th – MARCH 14th, 2021)

Since the Oxford International Festival began in 1989, it has not only focused on Women’s International Day, March 8th, but has also covered a wide range of topics ranging from the arts to the sciences, as well as women’s creativity and initiating and supporting campaigns on women’s rights.

The 2021 Festival will focus on women’s creativity, particularly their contributions to a variety of landscapes.  Landscape can be interpreted in a numerous ways, for example it can be natural or imaginary.  It can be designed, changed and recorded by both individuals and groups of people. In all these interpretations women have played major roles in transforming and adapting to landscapes, although they are often forgotten or ignored.

This Festival seeks to recognise women’s role in helping to change and adapt to all kinds of landscape, particularly in the last two hundred years, when industrialisation, urbanisation, technological changes, the expansion in education, health, politics, changes in domestic life and responses to climate change, have transformed women’s lives. More and more women are contributing to the arts and the sciences in many areas specifically connected in transforming and helping us understand the importance of landscape such as gardening, architecture, music, botany, agriculture and engineering.


The Festival is a positive celebration of women’s strengths, successes and solidarity, whilst also reminding us that there are many hills still left to climb.

Anneliese Dodds

MP Oxford East

Who we are

The Oxford International Women’s Festival (OIWF) exists to celebrate women’s achievements and solidarity and to highlight local, national and international issues. It is organised by local women to reflect a wide range of backgrounds and experiences – and has played a significant part in the community for over a quarter of a century.

Get involved and help

Whether it’s contributing on a regular basis to the committee, helping to organise an event or simply handing out flyers, there’s an opportunity for everyone to get involved.

Women on the March – a suffrage walk around Oxford City centre

By Dr Katherine Bradley, Historian.
£6 per copy, including P&P
email oxfordwomen@gmail.com