International Women's Day 2010

Celebrating International Women’s Day in Haringey

Posted in 2010 03 06, London by womeninlondon on 28 February 2010

Saturday 6 March 2010 sees Haringey’s annual free celebration for International Women’s Day from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CHENEL), Tottenham High Road, London N15.

The theme for International Women’s Day 2010 is “Laughing about life to help and heal women”.

On offer are stalls and workshops on fashion, carpentry, yoga, salsa, wellbeing and fitness sessions. This year in partnership with Funny Women we will be holding workshops on Stand Up Comedy with the best three women performing at the afternoon ceremony.

The highlight of the day is the presentation of the annual Haringey Unsung Women awards which recognise the achievements of women in the borough and the vital role they play in the community.

The event is organised by Haringey Women’s Forum, Haringey Council, local women’s groups and CHENEL.

For more information call 020 8489 2576.

Scottish Women’s Convention International Women’s Day 2010

Posted in 2010 03 06, Scotland by womeninlondon on 28 February 2010

The Scottish Women’s Convention would like to invite you to attend the SWC International Women’s Day event on Saturday 6 March 2010.

They are holding this event in the Scottish Parliament with permission of the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body.

The event will begin around 12.30p.m to allow for registration and lunch.

Delegates will take their seats within the Debating Chamber at 2 p.m. where they will be joined by the event’s speakers.

A small reception will follow in the Garden Lobby of the Scottish Parliament which will offer the opportunity for networking.

Should you wish to attend this free event and know of other women who would be interested then please could you register by either emailing: or contacting the staff on 0141 248 8186.

International Women’s Day celebrations – Hillingdon Women’s Centre

Posted in 2010 03 06, London by womeninlondon on 28 February 2010

Saturday 6th March 2010 from 1pm to 6pm

2.00pm Welcome to international Women’s Day Centenary celebrations and the Herstory of the day-Lynda
2.15pm Poetry Reading
2.45pm Food demonstrations-Svetlana, Paramjit and Diane in garden
3.45pm Henna (£1 donation accepted)
5.30pm Raffle-wine, toys and other gifts (tickets donation of £1 a strip of 5)
5.45pm Bhangara dancing
6pm onwards Karaoke and social

Throughout event:
* Massage (donation of £3-£5)
* Caribbean food available at a donation of £2 a head and
* Tarot reading (donation of £3-£5).
* Art work by local women and centre archives on display.

Please can women bring food and drink to share with others?

All donations and funds raised will go towards the running costs of Hillingdon Women’s Centre

333 Long Lane, Hillingdon Middx UB10 9JU
Tel: 01895 259578


International Women’s Week Events in Tower Hamlets, London – 6-14 March 2010

Posted in 2010 03 06, 2010 03 07, 2010 03 08, 2010 03 09, 2010 03 10, 2010 03 11, 2010 03 12, 2010 03 13, 2010 03 14, London by womeninlondon on 27 February 2010

Supported by Tower Hamlets Council and Tower Hamlets Partnership

VOICE – Votes for Women – looking at the past and to the future

During International Women’s Week in Tower Hamlets a diverse range of community and women’s groups across the borough will be focusing their celebrations on Women and the Vote. Events will explore the history of women’s involvement in politics – from the struggle for emancipation to 2010 – and a look at what the future holds. The underlying aim of the events will be to inspire those unheard women’s voices in our communities to be heard and encourage women to use their vote.

Saturday 6 March

Women’s Appreciation Day
ELM Women’s Link, Muslimaat UK, Rainbow House Children’s Centre London Muslim Centre, 46-92 Whitechapel Road E1 1JX
10.30am-3pm FREE 020 7650 3000/3022

Exhibition about Women in Politics throughout history focusing on key women of achievement, the Suffragette movement, recent women Prime Ministers, and emerging figures. Invited guest speakers will discuss issues affecting local women and how they have made changes happen, stalls with information providing support and advice, and refreshments.

Monday 8 March

International Women’s Day Tea Party
The Teasmith
6 Lamb Street, Spitalfields E1 6EA
2pm-4pm FREE 020 7247 1333

Come and enjoy a wide range of teas with special tea tasting sessions and cakes to celebrate International Women’s Day.

‘Fragments’ exhibition of drawings by Juliette Vivier
Open 6 March – 4 April 11am-6pm each day.

Discover London
Lincoln Area Regeneration Group
The Linc Centre, 70 Fern Street, Bow E3 3PR
10am-3.30pm Tkts £1.00 020 7538 2553
In collaboration with Belton Way Children’s Centre, Taakulo Somali Organisation, Bow Common Bangladeshi Cultural Association.

Coach Trip to the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street to take a look at the past, present and future electoral journey of women against the back-drop of some of London’s historical and present houses of power. There will be a special tour guide and translators. Event open to all. Tickets allocated on a first come first served basis.

Tuesday 9 March

Culture Kitchen
Women’s Environmental Network (WEN), Zacchaeus Project,
Walter Newby Centre, Bethnal Green Methodist Church,
Approach Road, E2 9JP
10.30am-3.30pm FREE 020 7481 9004

Event highlighting the need to give women a voice about climate change. Workshops and activities will offer women the opportunity to learn more about the issues and how to express themselves creatively about their own experiences in relation to climate change. The event will be fun with positive, practical ideas of what women can do around food and food growing and provide a showcase for what has already been achieved. The aim is to raise awareness of gender and climate change issues. Includes tour of community garden and refreshments.

Training Workshops For Chinese Women
East London Chinese Community Centre
Trussler Hall, 78 Grundy Street E14 6DF
1pm-3pm FREE 020 7538 5528

Training workshops on 9, 10 and 11 March for women in the Chinese Community to discuss the nature of democracy and provide a basic understanding of political ideologies and voting rights. The workshops are aimed at Chinese women in Tower Hamlets to encourage them to vote and understand British government and will be conducted in Chinese so that participants may discuss & debate political issues.

Visit & Tour The Houses Of Parliament
Heba Women’s Project
164 Brick Lane E1 6RU
9.30am-2pm FREE 07960 124262

There will be two group visits to the Houses of Parliament on 9 and 10 March with a guided tour focusing on the history of women in politics. There are 20 places available on each visit open to Heba beneficiaries and women from the general public. At Heba during International Women’s Week they will also be discussing the struggle of the Suffragettes and looking at different electoral systems around the world.

Women And Politics
Neighbours in Poplar and SPLASH Politics
St Vincent’s Portacabin, Gill Street, Poplar E14 0EH (9 March)
Will Crooks Community Centre, 1-3 Wigram House, Wades Place E14 0DB (10 March) 12pm-2.30pm FREE 020 7515 8362

Two events on 9 & 10 March in local Community Centres with music and stalls and local Councillors sharing their journey into politics. These events will be focusing particularly but not exclusively on Somali and Bengali women who will be asked about issues on which they would like to have a voice.

Achieving Vision & Change
Pritchard Road Day Centre
Marian Place, off Pritchard Road, Bethnal Green E2 9AX
11am-3pm FREE 020 7364 1032

A fun, interactive day with entertainment and an exhibition looking at why women accessing mental health services are less likely to use their right to vote and how to encourage them. An opportunity to share experiences and participate in a survey about future voting processes. Raffle & Refreshments.

St Hilda’s East Community Centre
18 Club Row, E2 7EY
11am-2.30pm FREE 020 7739 8066
In partnership with Friends of Arnold Circus, Bishopsgate Institute, The Women’s Library and Bethnal Green Collaboration Project.

This event will creatively express the importance of women’s right to vote and include an exhibition ‘Women…Vote!’ exploring the historical context of women’s fight for the right to vote, a poster making workshop using the theme of the exhibition, and guest speakers. The event will also seek to find out how women perceive women leaders of today as compared to those of the past. A mock election will enable women to vote on which female role model would be best to rule the UK today.

Women’s Multicultural Dance Day
St Nicks Lunch Club, Neighbours in Poplar, Poplar HARCA
Aberfeldy Centre, Aberfeldy Street E14 ONE ( 9 March)
Burcham St Centre, 96 Burcham Street E14 0SH (12 March)
11.30am-2pm FREE 07947 798685

Events for older women. Come along for an afternoon of dancing delights, learn some Bollywood, ballroom or even line dancing, have a free light lunch and find out about women in politics.

Wednesday 10 March

Women And Democracy
Jagonari WERC and Wapping Women’s Centre
183-185 Whitechapel Road E1 1DW
10am-1pm FREE 020 7375 0520

Two seminars will be run on 10 & 11 March, one in English, one in Bengali, about Women and Democracy. These events are targeted at women and young girls in the Bangladeshi community. Guest speakers will include local women Councillors and there will be workshops on democracy and the role of women in a democratic society with an emphasis on equality and voting.

A Women’s Day
Kollun, 55 Ben Jonson Road, E1 4SA
9.30am-3.30pm FREE 020 7790 0010

Local women Councillors and the Prospective Parliamentary Candidates have been invited to be on a panel to discuss local issues of concern to women and the importance of voting. Power point presentations and posters about women in politics, with refreshments.

Enterprising Women Of Tower Hamlets
Stitches in Time, Limehouse Project
Dora Hall, Dora Street E14
11am-4pm FREE 020 7987 6163

Celebrating local women and the vote past and present with textile workshops, guest speakers, a display of inspirational work and a healthy lunch. Participants will be able to create their own fabric badge, sewn and decorated, about voting in order to encourage women to vote in the forthcoming elections. A textile screen will also be created with the image of Sylvia Pankhurst.

Wisewords Poetry Open Mic Night With Apples & Snakes
Vibe Live @ the Vibe Bar, Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane E1 6QL
7.30pm Adm £3 on door (£2 for those doing floor spots) 020 7247 3479

Get your VOICE heard at the all-female open mic night. If you fancy yourself as the next big thing on the poetry scene, jive on down to Vibe Live at the Vibe Bar and take the proverbial mic (but arrive in good time to ensure a slot). Fronted by the buoyant LIZ BENTLEY (‘A female Ivor Cutler’ – The Scotsman), and featuring guest artists LUCY LEAGRAVE and DEANNA RODGER, this is another hot product from top poetry promoters Apples & Snakes 020 8465 6154

Traning Workshops For Chinese Women (see Tuesday)

Visit & Tour The Houses Of Parliament (see Tuesday)

Women And Politics (see Tuesday)

Thursday 11 March

Print Your Slogan Prick Your Finger
260 Globe Road, E2 0JD
4pm-7pm FREE 020 8981 2560

Prick Your Finger are working with local groups who wish to voice the concerns of isolated women in Tower Hamlets, and hand printing their slogans in big bold letters, in any language, on to bags or T-Shirts. Stencil prints will be made by PYF and participants will choose the colours, sign their slogans and customise their items with embroidery or drawing. The prints will form a window display at the Prick Your Finger shop during International Women’s Week and a Preview with all the groups will be held on Thursday 11 March 4pm-7pm. All welcome.

Inspirational Women
John Scurr Community Centre
1a Bekesbourne Street, Limehouse E14 7JQ
10am-2pm FREE 020 7790 3113

Exhibition of photography by local women about Julia Scurr, Sylvia Pankhurst and the Suffragettes and a video about the major historical events that took place locally – ‘Poplar Rates Rebellion’ 1921, ‘Battle of Cable Street’ 1936 – and made positive changes. From 12noon-2pm local Councillors Denise Jones & Rachael Saunders will attend and lead a panel discussion on the importance of voting.

Training Workshops For Chinese Women (see Tuesday)

Women & Democracy (see Wednesday)

Friday 12 March

Women Vote Now!
Poplar Harca, LARG, Indymedia 3, Ocean Somali Community Association
Burdett Centre, Masjid Lane, off Walwood Street E14 7BW
11am-3pm FREE 020 7538 2553

Celebration and Open Day with presentation and performance about the Suffragette movement by young women from local youth group and a mock polling station. Officers from the Electoral Reform Services will give advice and guidance on voting, the importance of registering and using your vote. Guest of honour Sarah Castro MBE will open the proceedings and speak about her experience of women’s voting rights in Cuba and her personal struggle and the importance of exercising your right to vote. There will also be stalls, refreshments, exercise demonstrations, dancing and a crèche.

Women’s Celebration Day
Somali Women’s Development Project
Tredegar Community Centre, 333 Morville Street E3 2DD
12 noon-4pm FREE 020 8980 9935

A celebration with the local Somali Women’s Community and Bangladeshi Women’s Group for all local residents and their families with cultural activities and local Councillors.

Wisewords Bookfest 12 & 13 March

Women’s Multicultural Dance Day (see Tuesday)

Saturday 13 March

Make A Difference
Account 3, LEC
3 Birkbeck Street E2 6JY
2.30pm-4.30pm FREE 020 7739 7720

Seminar for local women on practical local politics, showing how most non-career politicians have entered politics through a burning passion for a political issue, and how to make a difference and have a say locally; with representatives from local RSLs, the PCT and local authority to demonstrate the range of ways you can have your say. Exhibition and activities for young people on ‘Women in Politics’ followed by a workshop looking at issues of exclusion and making a difference. Please book your places in advance. Crèche available.

Somali Women And Politics
Somali Integration Team
Bancroft TMC, 12 Wickford Street E1 5QN
12noon-4pm FREE 020 7790 2650

Event to motivate and support women and their understanding of politics with young Somali poet and stories about how women in Britain fought for the right to vote and the challenges and barriers that they faced. Dancing, Singing & Refreshments. All women welcome.

Sunday 14 March

Bangladeshi Women’s Stories
Bishwo Shahitto Kendro
1 Woodham Gardens, Vallance Road E1 5BN
2pm-4pm FREE 07984427989

Come and tell us your story about the day you first voted. A group of Bangladeshi women will share their experiences and focus on the barriers they faced to voting. Guest speakers include Rushanara Ali (Labour Party candidate for Bethnal Green and Bow) and Baroness Pola Uddin who will describe their personal political journeys. The Suffragette movement of East London based at 198 Bow Road and lead by Sylvia Pankhurst and Zolie Emerson will be discussed and Victoria sponge cake and tea will be served in their honour.

Please note that this programme of events in Tower Hamlets for International Women’s Week may be subject to alteration and it is advisable to ring and check beforehand. All venues are accessible to wheelchair users.

To receive this information in large print please contact:

The International Women’s Week programme is co-ordinated for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets by Alternative Arts.

For any updates or to download a copy of the programme go to

wisewords exhibitions – London – throughout March 2010

CHICCHI ART LOUNGE 020 8141 4190
516 Roman Road, Bow E3 5ES
Bow tube
Mon-Fri 8am-7pm Sat 8am-6pm FREE
Until 21 March

11 Princelet Street, Spitalfields E1 6QH
Liverpool St tube
Tues-Sun 12noon-6pm FREE
5 – 25 March
CAROL SHARP Paradigm Shifts
This show challenges the widely held assumption that a photograph is a piece of the world, which needs to be identified and interpreted before we know how to react to it.

IMT GALLERY 020 8980 5475
Unit 2/210 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9NG
Bethnal Green tube
Thurs-Sun 12noon-6pm FREE
Until 4 April
NAOKO TAKAHASHI An Exploration of Perforated Space in Four Segments of Words
A new commission by Japanese performance and installation artist Naoko Takahashi. The exhibition takes the form of a fictional park created in corrugated cardboard, complete with large stylised tree under which visitors hear autobiographical stories of the everyday East End, both heartfelt and uncomfortable, performed by Takahashi.
ARTISTS TALK Sat 6 March, 6pm-9pm FREE
Takahashi in conversation with Kristen Kreider, Harriet Murray & Neil Taylor.

LOBBY 020 7418 5527
One Canada Square, E14 5AB
Canary Wharf tube.
Mon-Fri 5.30am-midnight, Sat & Sun 7am-11.30pm FREE
Until 19 March
Ceramic and bronze sculptures by Glenys Barton feature in the first exhibition of the 2010 ‘Sculpture in the Workplace’ series at One Canada Square. The exhibition focuses on human forms which bear the influence of ancient civilisations.
ARTISTS TALK Tues 2 March 1.15pm FREE
Glenys Barton in conversation with curator Ann Elliott.

PHOTO-SPACE 020 7375 0441
530 Commercial Road E1 0HY
Limehouse DLR.
Tues-Sat 11am-6pm FREE
5 – 27 March
The Anachronistic Album curated by Zuzana Flaskova
Three women photographers have invited an emerging curator to respond to their work which jointly represents over 50 years production. The curator’s choices will create imaginary narratives across the artist’s practice, re-evaluating the work and discovering visual connections and disparities.

4 Haig House, Shipton Street E2 7RZ
Liverpool St/Old St/Bethnal Green tube
Sundays 10am-2pm or by appointment FREE
6-31 March
2005-2009 Travels: Photography on medium format film (6×6)

THE STUDIO 077435 72100
3 Ravenscroft Street, off Hackney Road E2 7SH
Old Street tube/55,48,26 bus
Fri & Sat 12noon-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm FREE
12-14 March
Artists Heather McDonough, Melanie Stidolph & Laura Braun open up their studio to show work in progress. Reflecting on the process of selection and re-evaluation essential in the development of long and short term projects.

THE TEASMITH 020 7247 1333
6 Lamb Street, Spitalfields E1 6EA
Liverpool St tube.
Mon-Sun 11am-6pm FREE
6 March – 4 April
Influenced by her literature studies and a taste for graphic simplicity, her research leads towards experiment alongside her drawings, trying to reconcile the tension between abstraction and representation.

TROLLEY GALLERY 020 7729 6591
73a Redchurch Street E2 7DJ
Liverpool St/Old St tube.
Mon-Sat 12noon-6pm FREE
Until 13 March
From 17 March

77-82 Whitechapel High Street E1 7QX
Aldgate East tube.
Tues-Sun 11am-6pm, Thurs to 9pm FREE
Until 14 March
MELANIE MANCHOT: Celebration (Cyprus Street)
Drawing on traditions of group portraiture at public street parties, Melanie Manchot’s new work explores individual and collective identity through photography and film. She worked with residents of Cyprus Street E2 to hold a street party and make a film which is shown alongside a series of photographs and archive footage of street parties.

THE WOMEN’S LIBRARY 020 7320 2222
London Metropolitan University, Old Castle Street E1 7NT
Aldgate East tube
Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.30pm, Thurs until 8pm Sat 10am-4pm FREE
Until 17 April
MS UNDERSTOOD Women’s Liberation in 1970s Britain
A major exhibition celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first national Women’s Liberation Conference at Ruskin College Oxford. Ms Understood investigates the prelude, birth, rallies, media, fashion, politics, disagreements and victories of the movement. Explore the social, personal and cultural legacies of one of the most significant social movements of the 20th century.
GUIDED TOUR Thurs 4 & Sat 27 March 12pm (30mins) FREE
Find out more about this exciting period of women’s history.

Until 31 March
STRIKING WOMEN Voices of South Asian workers from Grunwick and Gate Gourmet
In 1976 and 2005 two significant labour disputes involved mainly South Asian women who protested against their sweatshop conditions. This display compares the two strikes and the role the media played, setting them in the context of the history of immigration to the UK.

Wisewords is produced by Alternative Arts 020 7375 0441

Wisewords is supported by Tower Hamlets Council and The Women’s Library and all the participating venues.

For any updates or to download a copy of the programme go to

wisewords events – London – 5-24 March 2010

wisewords events

Human Rights Action Centre
17-25 New Inn Yard, Shoreditch EC2 A 3EA
Liverpool St/Old St tube

Monday 8 March 7pm: ‘Anyone here been raped and speaks English?’
– Memoirs of foreign correspondent Edward Behr (1978)
Why do media stories about women’s rights tend to focus on issues relating to their sexuality such as rape, sexual slavery, trafficking, child bearing or prostitution? These are important human rights issues but why is it that we so rarely see media coverage about women’s labour rights, freedom of speech or women imprisoned for their political beliefs?
To mark International Women’s Day Amnesty International hosts a discussion to consider this issue with a panel of women journalists including Samira Ahmed Channel 4 news presenter and Jenny Wood LOOK Magazine’s Features Editor.
This debate is part of Amnesty International’s Media Awards programme of events. Admission FREE. Booking

Thursday 11 March 7pm: Who are you to speak?
‘Let your women keep silence….And if they will learn anything let them ask their husbands at home’ (1 Corinthians 14: v34-35)
In what promises to be lively discussion, three outspoken women discuss the impact of religious fundamentalism on gay and women’s rights and why they have chosen to challenge it through their art.
Writer Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti caused uproar amongst the local Sikh community when her play BEHZTI – a story which depicted a rape in a Sikh temple – opened in Birmingham in 2004. Violent protests followed and shortly afterwards, the play was closed down amidst much criticism from anti-censorship campaigners.
Artist Sarah Maple received death threats when her exhibition went on show at a west London gallery in 2008. Her portraits included a woman in a headscarf holding a pig, and a painting showing the artist in a headscarf with a bare breast. Despite having its window smashed, the gallery stayed open causing considerable anger to some members of the local Muslim community.
Playwright Jo Clifford’s play JESUS QUEEN OF HEAVEN staged as part of last year’s Glasgay arts festival caused widespread protests from Christian organisations and attracted 300 protesters to the opening night.
The opinions expressed by speakers at this event are not necessarily shared by Amnesty International UK.
Recommended age limit for this event is over 14 years.
Admission FREE. Booking

Hardinge Street, Stepney E1 0EB. (entrance via Lukin St).
Wednesday 24 March 7pm: SANDRA A Film made by Phil Maxwell and Hazuan Hashim (2008)
A story of the life, struggle and survival of the East End’s most famous landlady, Sandra Esqulant, who’s been running the Golden Heart pub in Spitalfields for over 30 years. Adored by everyone around her, the film captures a slice of her life in one of the most fascinating areas of London. Listed as a highly influential figure in the art world, her wit, warmth and eccentricity leap out of the screen. (30mins)
The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the makers.
Admission FREE. Bookings:

166 Brick lane E1 6RU
Aldgate East tube
Denise Jones, Jenny Smith, Celia Stubbs and Anne Cunningham, the original founders of Stepney Books discuss Women’s Publishing in the East End since the 1970s.
Admission FREE. Refreshments

321 Whitechapel Road E1 1BU Whitechapel tube
presented by Exiled Writers Ink
In Exile: The divide between cultures – between memory – between restriction and freedom – from the tongue of the mother with Alev Adil, Fatima Hagi,
Ziba Karbassi, Shereen Pandit.
Alev Adil was born in Cyprus and lives in London. Her first collection of poems ‘Venus Infers’ was published in 2004. She lectures at the University of Greenwich where she is head of the Department of Creative, Critical and Communication Studies. Fatima Hagi was born in Somalia and left during the civil war in 1991. She writes poetry and short stories. Her inspiration comes from her nomadic heritage. Ziba Karbassi was born in Tabiz, north western Iran. She had to leave in the mid 1980s and since then has lived mostly in London. She has published seven books of poetry in Persian and has been translated into many languages throughout Europe. Shereen Pandit is a London-based South African lawyer, political activist and writer whose short stories have won several prizes and appeared in many anthologies and magazines.
Admission £3 on door. Refreshments.

RICH MIX 020 7613 7498
35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch E1 6LA
Liverpool St/Old St tube.
To celebrate International Women’s Day a panel of leading women writers talk about their work. Guests include Diana Evans, author of the award-winning ‘26a’ and winner of the Orange Prize for New Writers, with her latest novel THE WONDER which spans three generations from 1950s Jamaica to contemporary London, and Bernadine Evaristo MBE whose latest book HELLO MUM is published in March by Penguin and looks at teenage knife crime in the UK.
Admission £5.

THE TEASMITH 020 7247 1333
6 Lamb Street, Spitalfields E1 6EA
Liverpool St tube.
Come and enjoy a wide range of teas with special tea tasting sessions and cakes to celebrate International Women’s Day. All welcome.
Admission FREE

VIBE LIVE @ THE VIBE BAR 020 7247 3479
Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane E1 6QL
Aldgate East/Liverpool St tube
Wednesday 10 March 7.30pm: WISEWORDS POETRY OPEN MIC NIGHT
with Apples & Snakes
If you fancy yourself as the next big thing on the poetry scene, jive on down to Vibe Live @ the Vibe Bar for our all-female open mic night (but arrive in good time to ensure a slot). Fronted by the buoyant Liz Bentley (‘a female Ivor Cutler’ – The Scotsman), and featuring guest artists Lucy Leagrave and Deanna Rodger, this is another hot product from top poetry promoters Apples & Snakes.
Admission £3 on door (£2 for those doing floor spots) 020 8465 6154

THE WOMENS LIBRARY 020 7320 2222
London Metropolitan University, Old Castle Street E1 7NT
Aldgate East tube
Saturday 6 March 10am-5pm FREE: HEART OF THE RACE: Black Feminism in Britain
This day provides an overview of the rise of black British feminism in the 1970s, drawing on the Black Cultural Archives recent oral history project involving testimonies of the women involved in OWAAD (Organisation of Women of African and Asian Descent) and other Black women’s groups.
In collaboration with Black Cultural Archives and London Metropolitan Archives.
This event will be taking place at the London Metropolitan Archives,
40 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell EC1 R 0HB
Admission FREE

Friday 12 & Saturday 13 March 2pm-10pm: WISEWORDS BOOKFEST

Visit sites associated with women who have defined Whitechapel and Spitalfields. From Eva Luckes and Edith Cavell at the London Hospital to social reformers Annie Besant and Mary Hughes. Find out more about how artists and writers like Monica Ali and Tracey Emin have also used the area to inspire their work. (120 mins) £10

Saturday 20 March 10am-3.30pm: SELF PUBLISHING AND LIBERATION
Practical workshop about self-publishing with a particular focus on print-on-Demand technology. The workshop will feature historical testimony from Gail Chester and Amanda Sebestyen, who will speak about their involvement with publishing collectives in the Women’s Liberation Movement. You can participate in creative exercises that will arm you with the inspiration and tools to start publishing your own material. £10/£8 concs

For any updates or to download a copy of the programme go to

Join Women on the Bridge – 6, 7, 8, 9th March 2010 – various cities around the UK

Posted in 2010 03 06, 2010 03 07, 2010 03 08, 2010 03 09, England, Scotland, Wales by womeninlondon on 27 February 2010

This is the day we ask women worldwide to unite in building the bridges of peace for our future.

Women for Women International provides women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies. We’re changing the world one woman at a time.

With the tenth anniversary of the UN Millennium Development Goals in 2010, we are given pause to reflect on the tremendous work left to be done in order to eradicate poverty and achieve equality for all the world’s citizens. 70% of the world’s poor are women and 75% of the civilians killed in war are women and children.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, site of over 5 million deaths and hundreds of thousands of rapes in a conflict spanning more than a decade, women are imagining peace. They say peace means being able to live and to work freely. They see peace as walking to the fields without fear of rape; they envision a more prosperous future, harvesting from the fields the fruits of their own labor. Yet war wages on.

To honor the resilience of these and the millions of other women survivors of war around the world, Women for Women International is hosting a global campaign – Join me on the Bridge – which will unite women all over the world in a global women’s movement showing that women can build the bridges of peace and development for the future.

On March 8, 2010, thousands of women will stand together in Congo and neighboring Rwanda to demand peace and development. Supporting them in their call for the war’s end will be thousands of women from Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Sudan, Nigeria, as well as in the United States and the United Kingdom, to say no to war and yes to peace and hope.

We are planning Join me on the Bridge events on Monday, March 8 in New York City and London. Join us as we walk together across major bridges and then gather to create peace banners! If you cannot attend our bridge events in New York City or London, or one being planned by a supporter in your neighborhood, we invite you to organize your own Join me on the Bridge event! It doesn’t matter how big or small the event – every single effort will help us demonstrate that we have a unified, powerful voice for peace. A toolkit with step-by-step instructions is available here. We will be asking for photos and video from all bridge events so that we can capture the broad impact of this movement.

To find out more about these events or to sign the pledge go to

London: Join us at 10am on Monday, March 8 at Victoria Embankment Gardens, where we will walk to the Millennium Bridge. There will be a women’s festival along the embankment and, at 12:00, we’ll join together on the Millennium Bridge. Along with other bridge events happening around the world on the same day, this event will be filmed and featured in a viral video to be produced and widely released following the campaign. We hope you’ll join us and be a part of this historic global movement. Register

UK, Aberystwyth – Join me on the Bridge
Monday, March 08, 2010 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (GMT) Register

UK, Brighton – Join me on the Bridge
Sunday, March 07, 2010 from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM (GMT) Register

UK, Cambridge – Join me on the Bridge
Monday, March 08, 2010 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (GMT) Register

UK, East Sussex, Lewes – Join me on the Bridge
Monday, March 08, 2010 from 10:15 AM – 1:15 PM (GMT) Register

UK, Edinburgh – Join me on the Bridge
Monday, March 08, 2010 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (GMT) Register

UK, Humberside – Join me on the Bridge
Monday, March 08, 2010 from 10:40 AM – 12:00 PM (GMT) Register

UK, Keele – Join me on the Bridge
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Innovative documentary unveils the lives of the heroines society forgot

Posted in 2010 03 06, London by womeninlondon on 26 February 2010

A documentary film made by 20 young people features contributions from some of Britain’s most successful ethnic stars including Director Gurindha and MOBO award winning singer Ms Dynamite.

Hidden Herstories; Women of Change exposes the plights and determination of Octavia Hill, a pioneer in social housing and one of the founders of the National Trust; Claudia Jones, a pivotal figure in establishing the Notting Hill Carnival; Amy Ashwood Garvey, founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and the Association for the Advancement of Coloured People; and Jayaben Desai, who made unprecedented advancements for workers rights by leading the famous Grunwick strike.

Launched on the weekend of International Women’s day, ‘Hidden Herstories’ will have its world premiere on 6 March at the London School of Economics (LSC) and has already been booked for a screening tour across the Capital.

Made by 20 young people aged 13 to 24, the film was part of an innovative project run by local charity, the Octavia Foundation with £50,000 of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Some of the young film-makers are disabled and all come from culturally diverse backgrounds but have worked together to research, direct and produce the film themselves.

Interviewees include local MP Karen Buck, Baroness Brenda Dean, Tristram Hunt and Colin Prescod to name a few, all of whom tell how the heroines have each impacted on the issues of race relations and social poverty in society today.

Hidden Herstories will be brought to the wider community through a free screening tour of theatres, cinemas and education centres beginning with the public premiere at the London School of Economics, a conference where the public can view the films and engage in a question and answer session with the young people.

For more information please contact:
* Rachel Harrison 020 8354 5666
* Hannah Thompson 020 8354 5665
Interviews with participants/ project leaders – available on request.

For more information on these women, view the online 28 page magazine featuring contributions from Tristram Hunt, Jenny Bourne, Nzingha Assata and Marika Sherwood at

Saturday 6th March 2010 12-5pm – Film launch and Public Premiere
London School of Economics (LSE), Hong Kong Theatre, Ground floor, Clement House, Aldwych, London WC2

– more info on the venue location

Medway International Women’s Day Saturday 6th March 2010 – Women and the Media

Posted in 2010 03 06, South East by womeninlondon on 22 February 2010

Celebrating IWD 2009 in Medway
This year Medway IWD will be supporting the DEC Haiti Earthquake Appeal

The theme for this year’s IWD is “Women and Media” and will take place in the Pilkington building at the Medway University Campus on Saturday 6th March 2010

This is a free event for all women!

12:30pm Doors Open
12:45pm HACO Youth Cultural Group
1.00pm Welcome Catriona Jamieson, Connexions
1.10pm A Woman in Media Sangeeta Bhabra, Presenter, ITV Meridian
1.30pm Tribal Banchees
1.45pm Women & Media – presentation of workshop and subject matter
1.50pm Media Workshop Presentations and discussions looking at the portrayal of women in the media
2.45pm Swarah Arts Dancers
3.00pm Break
3.30pm Workshops
>>>> African Dancing
>>>> Belly Dancing (Charlotte)
>>>> Bollywood Dancing
>>>> Healing and Meditation
>>>> Juggling
>>>> Meditation and healing
>>>> Dance drama for children
4:45pm Mystery Dancers début, prepare to be amazed!!!

Also throughout the afternoon:

Alternative Therapy Sessions – 20 minute sessions from 2pm
(small payment required – please book at front desk)

Activities For Children

Stalls (tbc)
* Tombola * WI * MACA and Hair Braiding * Women’s Health * Soroptomists * Hand Massage * Hatti Bags * Henna * Medway Council * Nail Art * Tea/Coffee * University of Greenwich and Mid Kent College * Young Women’s Issues * Oxfam / Fairtrade * Connexions * Healthy living sNatural Cosmetics sCakes and Jams sMASH * Amnesty International *


And in the evening:

International Women’s Day After Party at the Poco Loco!

Be entertained by some of Medway’s finest female musicians!
Poco Loco Spanish Bar & Restaurant, 58 High Street, Chatham, ME4 4DS

Playing Live
* Didi Bergman
* Slap Alice
* Jamilia

Plus Art Exhibition by two local female artists
* Andi Bristo
* Chatham Girl aka Zara Carpenter – Literary Award Winner

This is also a free event and a share of the bar takings will be donated to Medway IWD who are supporting the DEC Haiti Earthquake Appeal


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.