International Women's Day 2010

International Women’s Day Events Southampton Civic Centre

1st-12th March Foyer Exhibition FREE
International Women’s Day
* Come and learn more about International Women’s Day and see a photo exhibition of Southampton women
* Civic Centre Foyer

8th March Visit to Mayor’s Parlour, Civic Centre FREE
2pm Tour lead by a Town Sergeant.
* The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Southampton Councillor Elizabeth Mizon, will be at the event.
* To book one of the limited spaces, please contact Lepsa 023 8083 2865

30th March Women’s Dialogue Event FREE
from 12noon – 4pm
* Workshops on Domestic Violence and Forced Marriages and talks by Roxanna Whittaker (Forced Marriage Unit, Home Office), and Melani Morgan – Police
* To book a place please contact Lepša: 023 8083 2865
* Conference Rooms 3 & 4, Civic Centre

The Violence of Poverty – The cost of human trafficking – Bradford

Posted in 2010 03 04, Yorkshire & Humberside by womeninlondon on 22 February 2010

Thursday 4th March 2010 from 6.15pm to 8.15pm

Impressions Gallery, in collaboration with Autograph ABP, present a special evening of film screenings and talks to support our exhibition not Natasha, discussing sex trafficking from a national, regional and global perspective.

Speakers and screenings include
• Diana Wallis MEP for Yorkshire and Humberside and the first British woman to be elected Vice-President of the European Parliament in twenty years.
• Ruth Beni, Film Director, will present an animated short film, Two Little Girls, a powerful cautionary tale about the sex trafficking trade.
• Professor Gary Craig, Visiting Professor at the University of Durham, who has extensive knowledge of social justice and slavery issues.
• Emma Boyd, Autograph ABP will present the film, Torture by Any Other Name featuring Emma Thompson and produced by the Helen Bamber Foundation.

There will also be the opportunity to join in a discussion and view the exhibition not Natasha by Dana Popa. This hard-hitting and harrowing project documents the experiences of sex-trafficked women from Moldova.

Free event.
Booking advised.

If you would like further information to book please contact our Welcome Desk on 08450 515 882 or email

In support of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2010.

Impressions Gallery
Centenary Square
Tel: 08450 515882

International Women’s Day Celebrations 2010 Lancashire

This year Women at the Gregson (WAGs)**, with help from with The Dukes, the Gregson, Lancashire County Council and Diversity Radio, have put together an amazing series of women-only and mixed events through February and leading up to IWD on 8 March (or rather the Saturday before – 6 March!)

Events In Lancaster

4 – 27 Feb My Mother Said I Never Should
The Dukes, Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 1QE
See the Dukes’ website for info on times and prices.
A touching, funny and moving drama telling an intimate tale of mothers, daughters and how the world changes, people move on, but feelings remain the same.
Recommended for ages 11+
What did your mother say you never should? View our blog and submit your story.
Box Office: 01524 598500

12 Feb – 8 March. 10am – 10pm Women’s Art Exhibition: Things My Mother Didn’t Tell Me
The Dukes Gallery, Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 1QE
One of three free exhibitions for International Women’s Day
Mothers are always telling their children what they should or shouldn’t do and, for many of us, our Mums are storytellers, giving us an insight into our family history. What didn’t your mother tell you? Are you glad she didn’t tell you certain things and left you to find out for yourself, or are there things you wish she had told you? Perhaps she kept secrets from you or only partially told you things because she wanted to protect you.

12 Feb – 12 March. 11am – 11pm Women’s Art Exhibition: Women at Work and Play
Gregson Centre, 33 Moorgate, Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 3PY
One of three free exhibitions for International Women’s Day.
Women undertake a huge variety of paid and unpaid work and many of them work hard as well as play hard.

18 + 27 Feb, 2-4pm Recycled Fashion Workshops
4 March. 7.30-9.30pm Recycled Fashion Workshops
Gregson Centre, 33 Moorgate, Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 3PY
Bring along all your recyclable (clean) rubbish; old clothes, curtains, newspapers, crisp packets, string, wire, ribbon, bubble wrap, etc ….. and make a stunning, wearable creation to be a part of the RUBBISH FASHION SHOW on March 6th which will form part of the celebrations for International Women’s Day 2010.
Admission: £2 per workshop. For further details contact Carole on 07951 459 879 or e-mail: carolehunt@fsmailnet
Women only event.

1 – 15 March. 10am – 4pm Women’s Art Exhibition: Women and Food
The Whale Tail Cafe, 78a Penny Street, Lancaster LA1 1XN
One of three free exhibitions for International Women’s Day.
Theme: The relationship women have with food, whether through producing, growing, preparing, cooking, eating or sharing it.
(This exhibition is upstairs. Unfortunately this building has no lift.)

1 March. 1.30pm + 7.30pm Half Moon presents ‘Begin / End’
The Dukes DT3, Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 1QE
Sometimes things just end, not like in films and on TV, not with explosions and music and fights; they just dissolve and disappear.
A gang of two inseparable friends breathe freedom and possibility during two heady years of adventure, but something unspoken grows between them. As relationships form and dissolve, it is the beginning and the end of everything.
Suitable for ages 14+ /
£9 / £5 A limited amount of FREE Tickets available for Under 26s. Visit for more information. Box Office: 01524 598500

6 March 10am – 4pm IWD Women’s Information Day
Women Only.
International Women’s Day Celebrations
Gregson Centre, 33 Moorgate, Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 3PY
There will be a wide range of stalls offering:
* Info and advice on local services and activities for women
* Info on international issues affecting women
* Cultural links between women
* Alternative therapies (inc free taster sessions)
* Natural toiletries and treats to buy
* Craft demonstrations
* Food + Refreshments
12 – 2pm: live music and dance entertainment.

6 March. 8pm Women’s Rubbish Fashion Show
Women Only.
International Women’s Day Celebrations
Gregson Centre, 33 Moorgate, Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 3PY
For your amazement and delight! Stunning costumes made from recycled rubbish will be showcased on the catwalk.
the fashion show will be followed by dancing to tunes provided by Diversity Radio’s very own DJ Sheelagh Hoolihan.
Tickets: £4.50 / £3.50 from the Gregson Bar or the WAGs stall at the Women’s Information Day earlier.
The fashion show is preceded by three Recycled Fashion Workshops for entrants on 18 + 27 Feb (2-4pm) and 4 March (7.30-9.30pm). (See listings above)

7 March. 9.45am – 12pm Women’s Breakfast at the Whale Tail Cafe
Whale Tail Cafe, 78a Penny Street, Lancaster LA1 1XN
Ist floor, no lift, sorry.
Whether you like to start your Sunday morning with just a coffee, a bowl of cereal, or a full cooked english, join us for a leisurely breakfast, relaxing morning and interesting company in the aftermath of the International Women’s Day celebrations.
Free entry – buy your own breakfast!

7 March. 8pm Lucy Porter: Fool’s Gold
The Dukes, Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 1QE
“Porter’s inspired silliness puts a smile on everyone’s face” The Guardian.
Lucy Porter’s latest solo show is a witty romp through the history of gold.
In these times of recession when other forms of currency grow worthless, gold is prized more highly than ever. What’s so special about gold, and why is it that human beings have long been obsessed with the yellow, shiny stuff? The show will feature live alchemy, a tribute to Mr T. and a very valuable, big gold thing with security guards and everything!
£13 / £11

8 March. 8pm Women’s Informal Get-Together
Gregson Centre, 33 Moorgate, Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 3PY
Following on from the International Women’s Day Celebrations, a get together for women in the Gregson bar for a drink, laughs, chat and talk about what you did and didn’t like about the IWD events.

11 March. 7.30pm International Women’s Peace Service – Non-Violence in Action
Gregson Centre, 33 Moorgate, Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 3PY
In the Gregson Cinema, talk by Alys Jenkins about the work of the IWPS in the West Bank, Palestine.
Free Entry – donations welcome.

12 + 13 March. 7.30pm Handful of Henna
The Dukes, Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 1QE
Friday + Saturday 12 + 13 March 2010
Written by Rani Moorthy
Directed by Karen Simpson
13-year-old Nasreen is plucked from the life that she knows and dragged back to the family village thousands of miles away. As the monsoon rains pour down, Nasreen is surrounded by the wagging tongues of relatives, about to discover some unexpected truths. Based on real stories from Muslim women, this is a joyous and touching story about the mystical power of henna and one girl’s journey to understanding her mother.
Rasa last came to The Dukes with the fantastic one woman Curry Tales starring Rani Moorthy, writer of this moving and visually stunning show.
£12 / £9 A limited amount of FREE Tickets available for Under 26s.
Visit for more information
Box Office: 01524 598500


** Women at the Gregson (WAG)

Although International Women’s Day has been an annual celebration for almost 100 years, in recent years little has taken place in the Lancaster and Morecambe district to mark this event.

On 8th March 2009 six women got together at The Gregson to informally mark the day. As a result of this, it was agreed to meet on a monthly basis and make the group open to any woman in the district who wished to attend. Initially, the group met to discuss a range of issues and topics but, after meeting 2-3 times, and more women becoming involved, it was decided to also organise an event for International Women’s Day 2010.

The group meets on the second Sunday of each month to discuss topics, issues and ideas. Additionally, further meetings take place to organise the International Women’s Day event for 2010.

Oxford International Women’s Festival 2010 – Grass Roots and Glass Ceilings – 28 Feb-14 March

The Oxford International Women’s Collective organises an annual festival taking place from February to March celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March.

The Festival celebrates the creativity of women through theatre, music, talks, exhibitions and workshops, while recognising the struggles for equal rights at work and at home, for trade union recognition, improved working conditions, good childcare facilities and for women’s voices to be heard.

The Festival celebrates Oxford women’s achievements in the arts, sciences, workplace and home. It aims to highlight women’s local, national and international issues and support individual women and organisations who are campaigning for equal rights. The Festival includes women of all races, backgrounds and interest groups. The Festival celebrates the many ways women contribute to Oxford’s social, economic, political and cultural life. This includes their contribution to women’s national and local issues.

Festival 2010 – Grass Roots and Glass Ceilings


For further information about the Oxford International Women’s Festival contact:

Debbie Hollingsworth – Chair
Tel: 07812 350 892

Anne Mobbs – Treasurer/Fundraiser
Tel: 01865 553755

Christine Eady – Secretary/Co-ordinator
Tel: 01865 245793

Celebrating Women Filmmakers – Birds Eye View Film Festival 4-12 March 2010

Posted in 2010 03 04, London by womeninlondon on 17 February 2010

BFI Southbank, ICA and Barbican

Birds Eye View is back for its 6th annual Film Festival of celebrating, championing and showcasing women filmmakers.

Nine jam packed days, 8 inspired features, 7 penetrating documentaries, 21 visionary shorts, 22 retro movies starring iconic blondes, a masterclass from one of Europeans most consistently adventurous filmmakers – Susanne Bier, vocational training events, cutting-edge fashion and music films plus BEV’s already-famous commissions of new scores by hot female talent to classic silent films. Expect a glittering bevy of celebrities and filmmakers, parties, special events and much more. This year we’re at the ICA, BFI Southbank, Curzon Renoir and Brixton Ritzy. See you there!

For more festival info please see

OPENING NIGHT – NFT1, Thu 4 Mar, 8.10pm

Multi-talented actress Jane Horrocks will officially open the festivities on 4 March, and present to you a special taster of our Sound and Silents events with Jane Gardner scoring a choice cut from the riotus Her Sister From Paris which will be followed by our trademark showcase of the world’s best new shorts by women before we all gather to discuss our favourites in the BFI bar.


Plus Director Q&A Dir.
Paola Mendoza, Gloria La Morte, USA
ICA Cinema 1, Fri March 5, 8.30pm
ICA Cinema 2, Sat March 6, 8.30pm

Stunning acting and compelling story come together in this true story of a Colombian family’s survival on the streets of New York.

Abandoned by their husband/father, young Colombian Mariana and her two children are thrown out onto the hot Summer streets of Queens, NY. This gripping and tender, superbly acted drama is based on a true story of one family’s weeks of threadbare living and fighting together to survive in a dangerous and foreign world. Mariana’s maternal imperative to keep her son and daughter safe and innocent of the fear she feels is the emotional backbone to this film, supported by the world-famous Tribeca Institute.

Paola Mendoza and Gloria La Morte Colombia-born director/actress Paola Mendoza plays Mariana in the film and was also the lead in 2007’s Padre Nuesto, while filmmaking partner Gloria La Morte has worked chiefly as an editor. Mendoza’s other directorial work includes 2006’s short Still Standing, about Hurricane Katrina’s destruction of her New Orleans-dwelling grandmother’s home.

Plus Director Q&A Dir.
Wanuri Kahiu, Kenya 2008
ICA Cinema 1, Wed March 10, 6.30pm
ICA Cinema 2, Thu March 11, 8.30pm

Winner: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Soundtrack, Best Screenplay, African Movie Academy Awards 2009

Deeply affecting, multi-award-winning drama exploring emotional recovery from the impact of Nairobi’s terrorist bombings of 1998.

A family is torn apart by the terrorist bombing of the US Embassy in Nairobi in 1998, in which over 250 people died and the aftershocks of which still tremble today. Years after the horrific event, a teenage girl is still searching for her mother, through radical art and less than legal adventures. Kahiu’s emotionally powerful drama swept the board at last year’s African Movie Academy Awards, we say rightly so!

Wanuri Kahiu is one of Kenya’s most talented young filmmakers. Having trained in the US and worked on The Italian Job and Catch A Fire, Wanuri is now back in Kenya and working on several new projects. Look out for her highly-anticipated sci-fi short Pumzi at festivals later this year.

Screening in partnership with Africa in Motion funded by The Commonwealth Foundation


Plus Skype Director Q&A Dir.
Celeste Carrasco & Gemma Cubero del Barrio, USA 2009
ICA Cinema 2, Fri March 6, 6.30pm
ICA Cinema 2, Sat March 7, 6.30pm

WINNER: Best Doc, Cuenca Film Festival

Fascinating insights into the role of the matador in Spanish culture, and the women who dare to face the bull.

Bullfighting. Whether you admire or despise it, Spain’s passion for its national sport/art remains phenomenal. Ella Es El Matador plunges expertly into the history of female matadors, fighting for recognition until a 1908 law barred women from the sport.

Celeste Carrasco & Gemma Cubero del Barrio run the Talcual Films production company and She Is The Matador is their joint directorial debut. Gemma moved from journalism into production, and has worked with Julio Medem on Spanish docs What’s Under Your Hat and One Percent: Schizophrenia.

Plus Skype Director Q&A Dir.
Kim Longinotto, UK 2009
ICA Cinema 1, Sat March 7, 2.30pm
ICA Cinema 2, Mon March 9, 6.15pm

WINNER: Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival 2009

A celebration of the strength and compassion of the ‘Rough Aunties’ who care, and fight, for South Africa’s abused children, from one of the world’s best documentary makers.

Caring for Durban’s abused children and fighting for their rights in equally fierce measures, the women behind Bobbi Bear are a force to be reckoned with. Strong, passionate and fearless, they show an unbounded capacity for love and empathy in the face of harrowing work and personal tragedies. Rough Aunties handles painfully raw subject matter with honesty and respect – a testament to the unerring wisdom and compassion of the ‘Rough Aunties’ of Bobbi Bear. Kim Longinotto’s films are the benchmark for heartfelt, but never patronising, social issue documentaries

Screening in partnership with Branchage Film Festival, kicks off a campaign to raise awareness and funds for Bobbi Bear.

Plus Skype Director Q&A Dir.
Jenna Rosher, USA 2009
ICA Cinema 1, Sat March 6, 6.15pm
ICA Cinema 2, Mon March 8, 6.30pm
RITZY, Fri March 5, 11.00am + Bring a Baby to see Junior

Winner: Audience Award, Doc/Fest

Mum (98) and son (75) share a home, and with that the joys and frustrations of domestic life. Laugh and weep at this brilliant, award-winning doc.

Junior is a documentary on the generational divide between a mother and son, but trust us, you haven’t seen its likes before! 75-year old, previously hot-blooded Eddie Belasco moves in with his 98-year old Ma, the formidable Josephine, and the equally dynamic duo have to learn to co-habit. You will laugh with glee at the pair’s lovingly vicious ripostes across their domestic battlelines, and cry at the inevitable rite of passage one must suffer.

Jenna Rosher started out as a documentary producer, and during a trip to Senegal making the music doc Dave and Trey Go To Africa, found her passion for cinematography was leading her in new directions.


For a full programme and booking information, visit

The festival offers Skillset subsidized training across numerous areas of film.

This is a great opportunity to hone skills for a snip of the normal price.

See for further details.