Frankly, we don’t need a day to tell us that women deserve more. We know that. But it’s still good to have a day to remind the rest of the world about that, right? And if there’s female-centred fun to go along with it? Why not? To clarify, we’re not complaining. So gather your gal pals, your boss babes, your femme squad, your soul sistahs, and go all out to celebrate yourselves this IWD 2023. You’re certainly worth it. Happy International Women’s Day!
Strong Female Characters on BBC Player
Draw inspiration from female characters on BBC Player’s special all-women lineup this IWD 2023. From a deadly assassin to a police bomb disposal expert and a hilarious, crime-solving nun, there’s a whole bevy of kic-ka** belles to watch and learn from. Available on BBC Player from 8 March.
Wonder of Women
Women and food — have you ever known a more beautiful friendship? This year, for its third iteration, [email protected] presents Wonder of Women (WoW) 2023, that celebrates women and our relationship with food and how we use it to show our love for others. Grab a bestie and move with Beat Fit and Zumba, learn about sustainable growing, create a bouquet that you can use to make a healthy, yummy Nasi Ulam with, make an edible Kokedama, and more. You’ll be doing your part to help as well, as 50% of ticket sales go towards supporting not-for-profit organisations that empower women in Singapore. There’s even a WonderFOOD Market (free admission) where you can buy edible plants to include in your next culinary creation! 12 March, 9am–2pm, 5 Simei Lane. Find out more here.
Chimi’s IWD Run
Grab your running mates and join a charity run with Chimi’s Marina Bay. The 3.5km charity fun run around the bay is open to everyone! Plus, the registration price ($35) includes two drinks and 50% of ticket proceeds will go towards supporting United Women Singapore (UWS). Not up for a run? You can still drink for a good cause. From 8 to 31 March 2023, 50% of the proceeds from sales of the specially crafted @xrated_liqueur cocktails at Chimi’s Marina Bay and Somerset outlets go towards supporting UWS. 8 March, 6.30pm, at Chimi’s Marina Bay. Sign up at iwdfunrun.eventbrite.sg
(See also: Best 30-minute Workouts for Busy Mums in Singapore)
Women’s Wellness Festival
This three-day event is dedicated to empowering and uplifting women through wellness activities, talks, and goods. With a focus on self-care and personal growth, this festival offers a safe space to connect, learn, and rejuvenate with activities such as yoga, mother and child HIIT, colour analysis, and more. Sign up for FEMME FIRST on 4 March through the RIDEnjoy app and stand the chance to win a pair of tickets to the Blackpink concert in Singapore! 4 to 5 March, at AIBI Maxwell. See the full schedule and get tickets at $45 (1-Day Pass) and $60 (2-Day Pass) inclusive of a goody bag worth $180 here.
DiscovHER “Inspiring the NeXXt Generation”
Make it a mum and kids day out at DiscovHER – “inspiring the NeXXt Generation”, the Science Centre’s newest exhibition that showcases women and girls in STEM. Take part in activities like a gallery hunt featuring pioneering women in STEM, learn more about STEM-related jobs, and go on a Gallery Hunt and discovHer females who have made their mark in science. There are prizes to be won as well! 8 to 19 March, 10.30am–12:30pm & 2.30–4:30pm, various galleries at the Science Centre Singapore. Complimentary with Science Centre Singapore Admission ticket. More details here.
Building Inclusive Workplaces where Women Thrive
Listen as panellists share insights about women in the workplace, including flexible work arrangement job opportunities. In addition, find out about financial planning at different life stages, and have a one-on-one personalised financial health clinic session. Note: this event is open to Singaporeans and Singapore PRs only. 10 March, virtually (12.45–3pm), or in person at the Lifelong Learning Institute (12.45–5.30pm). Register here.
(See also: #MothersOfSingapore — A Lookback at 18 Amazing Women We Love)
The Marmalade Pantry IWD Tea
Commemorate IWD 2023 with the Lavender Bloom Afternoon Tea Set, an elegant two-tiered affair for two that offers photogenic purple-themed sweet and savoury treats. Exclusive International Women’s Day treats in the spread include Mini Honey Blueberry Cupcakes, Petite Raspberry Cheesecakes, Blackcurrant Macarons, Meringue Lollipops, Purple Mashed Potato Croquettes, Lavender Chicken on Rice Cracker, and Prawns with Blueberry Feta on Purple Potato Chips. It’s also available via takeaway and delivery in a patented foldable two-tiered stand that can be folded to create a display for the treats! $78++ for two persons. 1 March to 30 April, for dine-in at The Marmalade Pantry Downtown (3–6pm daily); ION (2–6pm, Monday to Thursday), and online for takeaway and delivery.
Afternoon Tea Buffet at L’Espresso
Feast on something different at Goodwood Park Hotel’s L’Espresso, with the lady diner paying only $38++ (with one full paying adult) for the Afternoon Tea Buffet on International Women’s Day. The buffet, themed in conjunction with St Patrick’s Day, features Irish-themed delights such as Oven-roasted Irish Duck with Griottines Cherry Sauce; Irish Guinness Beef Stew; and Irish Colcannon Lamb Shepherd’s Pie. There are local favourites such as Laksa; Chicken Curry with Roti Prata; and Singapore Chilli Crabmeat too. 8 March (IWD 2023 promotion), at L’Espresso, Goodwood Park Hotel. ‘A Sense of Ireland’ Afternoon Tea Buffet is available till 17 March. More details here.
Purple Afternoon Tea
Bite into a symphony of handcrafted creations adorned with edible blossoms and purple hues, with savoury and sweet combinations designed to taste as good as they look. This annual initiative contributes to fund-raising efforts for United Women Singapore, a non-profit organisation that aims to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment by promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) for girls. Come dressed in any shade of purple and receive a complimentary Purple Bloom cocktail. From $51* at The Courtyard at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, and from $60* at The Landing Point at The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore. Get more details here.
All-women Bartender Takeover
Say “cheers” to an all-women bartender takeover at Cook & Brew as four female mixologists battle it out in a friendly bartender face-off. Each spirit expert will showcase two unique, limited edition creations that ladies in the audience get to enjoy. $38++ for three drinks as part of Singapore Dining Week. 8 March, 5.30pm till late, at Cook & Brew, The Westin Singapore.
Go on a flight, a tasting flight that is, of five specially-created gin-based cocktails. Served in shot glasses, the cocktails cover a range of botanicals and paired tonics, and are available Sundays to Thursdays — not just Wednesdays! $28++ per person for five shooter cocktails. Available 11am to midnight (Sunday to Thursday); 11am–1.30 am (Friday and Saturday) at Crossroads Cafe, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel.
W Singapore – Sentosa Cove
Embrace unabashed femininity and irreverent glamour in a lush coastal setting at W Singapore, where a free glass of chilled bubbly will be offered to all ladies as part of High Tease afternoon tea experience at Woo Bar. Accompanying that are dainty sandwiches and cakes, select free-flow TWG teas and coffee. $88++ for two on 8 March, at Woo Bar, W Singapore.
Raise a glass and toast to a two-hour free flow drinks package for IWD 2023 at the world’s highest urban microbrewery. This deal includes unlimited pours of LeVeL33’s fresh, house-brewed beers such as perennial crowd favourite Blond Lager, cocktails, house wines, rosé prosecco, and soft drinks. 8 March, 12pm–10.30pm (last order for free-flow at 8pm). $88++ per person, at LeVeL33. For reservations, call 6834 3133.
Women’s Day retreat at Auriga Spa, Capella Singapore
Immerse yourself in bliss and relaxation at this full day programme that’s curated as a holistic wellness journey. You’ll go through guided meditations and breathwork, HIIT sessions, a tea blending workshop, and a crystal astrology sound bath. Organic meals (breakfast and lunch) are included too. After that, continue the pampering (because you deserve it!) with Auriga Spa’s Purification Water Experience and/or a spa treatment (enjoy 25% off). See the full itinerary here. 11 March, 7.30am–7.30pm, Auriga Spa at Capella Singapore. $750++ per person. For reservations, email [email protected] or call 6591 5075. More details here.
Gather two friends for a relaxing spa journey at the Heavenly Spa by Westin. This three-hour spa-tea includes a 60-minute body massage, a 60-minute facial, a 30-minute body scrub, and a 30-minute body wrap. What’s more, you can enjoy a seafood afternoon tea at the Westin Singapore’s Lobby Lounge after that. $650 for three persons. Email [email protected] to book. This offer valid for weekdays only.
Free Entry at Polliwogs
Play free with your little one at The Polliwogs from 6 to 10 March, as the indoor playground celebrates mums and mummy figures this IWD. All women accompanying their kids enter free at the Vivo City and Clarke Quay Central outlets! Book your slots here (Vivo City) and here (Clarke Quay).
Here’s an IWD 2023 gift idea for a tween/teen daughter: the Pandora Moments Studded Chain Bracelet, with one charm. Consequently, get her a new charm on International Women’s Day each year, just to celebrate her. This current collection is a good one to start with. Inspired by nature, it features swallow motifs with brilliant-cut blue man-made crystals, as well as feather charms crafted in a pretty 14k rose gold-plated finish. From $69, at all Pandora stores and online.
(See also: 4 Ways to Empower your Daughters)
Apple Watch Series 8
If you have periods, count yourself fortunate. That’s because menstrual cycles, messy as they can get, are windows to our health. As Dr. Sumbul Desai, Apple’s Vice President of Health notes, they can even lead to the detection of many conditions, both gynecologic and systemic. That’s why, if you are using and iPhone and Apple Watch, you should use your Cycle Tracking feature and empower yourself to better understand this aspect of your health. (And if you don’t have the Apple Watch yet… IWD 2023 gift to self, perhaps?)
What’s more, the Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch Ultra also have new features such as temperature readings and ovulation estimates. While these are not meant to replace official medical analyses, they are incredibly helpful for women who are trying to conceive. If they seem to be mindblowingly accurate, that’s thanks to the Apple Women’s Health Study. This was conducted with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to improve understanding of menstrual cycles and their relation to health conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and infertility. The best part? You’ll be notified if your cycle deviates, when your fertile window is coming up, and even your predicted period start date, so you’re always ready for babymaking, or Aunt Flo.
Featured image: Women’s Wellness Festival