SWINDON will mark International Women’s Day in and around the Central Library tomorrow, with workshops, displays, activities and discussions surrounding the topics of respect and empowerment.

The event will launch tonight with five individual art exhibitions at Post Modern, Artsite and the library.

Tomorrow, women will be offered makeovers and will be able to take part in journal-writing, crafts, henna painting, story-telling and sari tying sessions.

These will be followed by a panel discussion on women in business, hosted by Elaine Godley, founder of VitalityMax.

Central to this year’s IWD celebrations is the Respect Not Violence campaign, which highlights the vital role of men in putting an end to violence against women.

There will also be a white balloon launch tomorrow to mark the event, with dozens of Swindon’s ‘good guys’ taking part.

The day will end with a large finale party.