International Women's Day 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

Two events at the Working Class Movement Library to mark International Women’s Day on 6th March 2010

Posted in 2010 03 06, North West by womeninlondon on 19 February 2010

11am Living Libraries – where books come to life.
A UNISON trade union initiative, Living Libraries gives people the opportunity to listen to a range of women storytellers, who will share their experiences of life as active trade unionists.

2.30pm Talks by Sarah Irving & Linda Clair on women and politics.
Sarah will talk about the life and politics of Palestinian activist Leila Khaled, and Linda will reflect on her own political involvement and activity over many years.

Both events are free; all are welcome. Light refreshments will be available.


Working Class Movement Library
51, The Crescent
Salford M5 4WX
Contact via web site at or
Telephone: 0161 736 3601
Fax: 0161 737 4115

Arun International Women’s Day 2010

Posted in 2010 03 06, South West by womeninlondon on 19 February 2010

Saturday 6th March
Tamarisk Centre, Beach Road, Littlehampton, BN17 7HT

There will be dancing, singing, arts and crafts from many nations, games, therapies, workshops, displays, activities for children and delicious food with an international flavour. Entrance is free and open to all women and children (boys up to 12 years). Our special theme this year is FOCUS ON AFRICA – Women’s Direction and Power.

There will be many opportunities to learn about projects and campaigns led by women to improve the lives of their communities in different parts of Africa and to find out what we can do to help.

Some of us are Mothers, all of us are Daughters, together we are Sisters

For updates on what will be happening go to

Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion – International Women’s Day 2010 in Bristol

Posted in 2010 03 06, South West by womeninlondon on 19 February 2010

Women across Bristol are invited to join in on a day of fun, storytelling, and building a better future for all women in Bristol next month.

A free celebration marking International Women’s Day 2010 is being staged in Bristol by Bristol Women’s Forum and Bristol City Council’s Equalities and Community Cohesion Team.

The theme of this year’s event, which has been organised in conjunction with a number of community groups such as Single Parent Action Network; Bangladesh Association Youths Service; Silai for Skills and Bristol Feminist Network, as well as individual women, is ‘Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion’.

Bristol is proud to celebrate this international event as it commemorates a struggle for equality by women textile workers in New York in the 19th Century. It is the story of ordinary women as makers of history.

The Leader of the Council, Councillor Barbara Janke, said: “International Women’s Day is an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the contribution of women to society from all walks of life and the challenges they have often had to overcome in order to make their voice heard.

“As part of the celebrations we will be working with a number of community groups on the free programme of events which will offer activities to suit a range of tastes.

“And, this year, we will also be staging the 11th ‘Women Who Make a Difference Awards’ to recognise individual contributions and we are looking forward to receiving your nominations.”

“When I was first Leader of the Council in 2003, there was not a single woman on the senior management team. Now there are three and we have had three women leaders since 2002.”

The official date for the celebration is on Monday, March 8, but a full day of events has been organised by the Bristol Women’s Forum and Bristol City Council’s Equalities and Communities Cohesion team at the Council House, College Green on Saturday, March 6 to give more women a chance to attend.

The fun starts at 10am and workshops will be run throughout the day until 4pm. There will be a wide range of activities including playback theatre; storytelling; dance; discussion groups; an exhibition from local Bristol artists; information stalls, or why not just relax over a cuppa with other women from across Bristol? A free drop-in creche is available (NB. this will need to be booked in advance).

If you or your organisation has any ideas or suggestions for the celebration, or would like to book a place for a stall on the day, please do not hesitate to contact the Equalities Team, details of which are at the bottom of the page.

Women Who Make a Difference Awards 2010

The Women Who Make a Difference Awards is held in recognition of the invaluable contributions women are making to improving and sustaining the communities in which they live and work.

If there is a woman in your community (she could be your partner, mother, sister, daughter, friend, neighbour or colleague) who has inspired you or been a role model – who has made a difference in your life – please put her name forward. For more information regarding the nomination criteria please contact Fiona Watson.

For more information please contact: Shagufta Kasour on 0117 922 2358, or Fiona Watson on 0117 922 2329 or 922 22658, at the Equalities and Community Cohesion Team, Room U16, Council House, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR.

Fax: 0117 922 2392
Textphone: 0117 922 2661


Focus on Feminism – a month of feminist events at Housmans bookshop

Posted in 2010 03 06, 2010 03 10, 2010 03 24, 2010 03 31, London by womeninlondon on 17 February 2010

To celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8th March, Housmans bookshop are proud to present a month of feminist and woman-positive events encompassing history, environmental activism, and social commentary.

To kick off we have author Nina Power and veteran socialist Lindsey German, who will be discussing the state of feminism in the twenty-first century, including the phenomenon of ‘consumerist feminism’ and the use of empowerment rhetoric to sell ‘self improvement’ – expensive fashion, surgery and status symbols – to women. (6th March).

On the 10th March Zed Books will be launching Carol Dyhouse’s latest book ‘Glamour: Social History, Women and Feminism’, a beautifully illustrated in-depth examination of the meaning of glamour, its relationship to femininity and fashion, and its role in the complex nexus of femininity, appearance and power.

Following this, we are delighted to welcome peace and environmental activists Maya Anne Evans and Tamsin Omond, who will be discussing women’s roles in activism, and the intersection of class and gender in the green and peace movements (24th March).

Finally, historian Jennifer C. Kelsey will discuss her publication ‘A Voice of Discontent: A Woman’s Journey Through the Long Eighteenth Century’, focusing on the lives of dissenting women of the 1700s – those who protested and rebelled against their subordinate lot, or worked within the status quo to better their positions.

Focus on Feminism

Saturday 6th March: 5pm
‘Feminism Today’
with Nina Power and Lindsey German

Wednesday 10th March: 7pm
Zed Books present ‘Glamour: Social History, Women and Feminism’
with Carol Dyhouse

Wednesday 24th March: 7pm
‘Women and Activism’
with Maya Ann Evans and Tamsin Omond

Wednesday 31st March: 7pm
‘A Voice of Discontent: A Woman’s Journey Through the Long Eighteenth Century’
with Jennifer C. Kelsey

About Housmans

Housmans is London’s premier radical bookshop – it’s one of the last remaining such shops, as well as having been one of the first (originally opening in 1945). It sells a wide range of radical literature – books, pamphlets and magazines – dealing with the full spectrum of campaigning issues, as well as stocking stationery and cards. Its variety of political magazines, newsletters and journals – with over 200 titles – is unmatched anywhere in the country. It also has t-shirts, badges and other campaigning paraphernalia, and hosts regular in-shop events. The shop also plays an active role within its local community.

Housmans Bookshop continues to see its role as it has since its foundation. Whilst acknowledging its roots in the peace movement – and, specifically, in the radical pacifist end of the movement – it aims to be a broad-based, non-sectarian shop, encouraging the dissemination of a wide range of progressive and alternative ideas. As the shop’s founders recognised, opposing injustice and oppression and the degradation of our planet are prerequisites of a more just and peaceful society.

Housmans Bookshop
5 Caledonian Road
King’s Cross
London N1 9DX
Tel: 020 7837 4473

Free entry

Nearest tube: King’s Cross

For more information regarding this, and other events at Housmans please contact Nik Gorecki on 07950 269 286 or alternatively by email:

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Coach places are currently available from Birmingham to London for MWR march

Posted in 2010 03 06, London, Midlands East by womeninlondon on 17 February 2010

Coaches will be leaving Priory Queensway (outside Ballantyne Health Club) Birmingham at 8.30am.
(see map link for pick up location in Birmingham)

Coaches will be leaving from Pall Mall London and returning to Birmingham at approximately 9.00pm.

Coach places for unwaged women & their children are FREE, we are requesting a small donation of £5 from all waged women to cover the cost of transport and light refreshments.

If you cannot join us on the day, we are kindly requesting individuals and organisations to sponsor a seat/s, as we are keen to support women in joining us in London and making this the biggest march of women to date!!

For further enquiries or to book a seat please contact Shahida by email or call 07968 771 449.

Million Women Rise March 2010 – Stewards / First Aiders needed

Posted in 2010 03 06, London, Volunteers Needed by womeninlondon on 17 February 2010

Its great that you are attending or are thinking about attending the march/event in London on 6th March 2010 to call for an end to all violence against women.

This is a call out for stewards – we need 200 of you to volunteer to ensure that this event goes ahead with complete support for all those attending on the day.

There will be a training sessions taking place in London in February (dates tbc). There will also be a breakfast briefing on the day of the march.

Please email to volunteer. Please provide the following information:
* Name & mobile number
* Details of previous stewarding if you have experience
* Let us know if you have been a steward on a previous Million Women Rise marches
* Details of any first aid certificate/experience
* Interest in being a team leader?

Encourage your friends to join you, you can volunteer in groups and also meet loads of other women too.

Check the website for updates on regional activity, on coach services, accessibility and the march route – also for flyers to help you spread the word.

Keep inviting your friends to join the facebook group pages!

Million Women Rise March and Rally 2010

Posted in 2010 03 06, London by womeninlondon on 17 February 2010

All women march through central London – 1000’s of women expected!

Calling all women in the UK to join together in one voice to say there are no excuses for male violence against women. Our theme for 2010 is “each one teach one – bring a sister to the Million Women Rise 2010 march and rally in London”

Saturday 6 March 2010
12pm MEET Opposite Hyde Park (Speakers Corner End) on PARK LANE
(Nearest Tubes: 1 Min from Marble Arch)
March Route Set Off 1pm: Oxford St, Regents St, Piccadilly!

Rally And Celebration: 3 – 4.30pm Trafalgar Square
(Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Charing Cross)

Coaches, Buses & Mobility Access
Drop Off: Park Lane (Park Side)
Pick Up: Pall Mall – West Regents Street, Central London

As women of wisdom we cannot be divided

We are at a threshold. We are going to see change. If we can create the vision in our heart, it will spread. As women of wisdom we cannot be divided. As bringers of light, we have no choice but to join together. – Agness Baker Pilgrim (Grandmothers Council)

The women organising the march say that “enough is enough! Never has the rape of a woman’s right and dignity been so systematic and coordinated, the health and lives of women have never faced such peril.”

The women’s march has been organised by ordinary women fed up with violence against women in all its forms.

“Something has to happen for women and now”

The Million Woman Rise is expected to include a day of speeches, poetry and music. Ten’s of thousands of women are expected at Saturday’s rally, which is aimed at addressing violence against women through a show of political, social and economic solidarity.

MIllion Women Rise marches with a clear statement of demands which ask all institutions (including UK government) and societies, both at home and internationally:

*To acknowledge the continued discrimination faced by all women, the additional discrimination faced by Black women and women from minority groups, and reflect this in all public policy in the UK and internationally

*To adopt a broad definition of violence against women, which makes the links between domestic abuse, rape and commercial sexual exploitation

*To pledge support and resources to the women’s not-for-profit sector which is at the forefront of supporting survivors of discrimination, abuse and violence. Women’s services are essential to a woman’s healing and empowerment

*To support the demands of the End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVWC) and End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes International Forum (ECPAT) for the protection of children and to adopt a cross government strategy addressing all forms of violence against women

*To abolish the ‘no recourse’ requirement for abused women who have insecure immigration status

*For all trafficked women and children to have a guaranteed minimum reflection period, specialist support and medical assistance, specialist safe houses for child and adult victims of trafficking and the right to a temporary residence permit if deemed at risk

*To commit to changing public attitudes and behavior towards women and girls through education initiatives and public awareness campaigns as set out by school programs such as Womankind Worldwide initiatives

*To hold the media accountable for the continued misrepresentation, misappropriation and abuse of the female body throughout all forms of media

*To recognise that global war and conflict perpetuates violence against women and to stop all wars now. Three out of four fatalities of war are women and children

*For International Women’s Day to become a National Bank Holiday in the UK and Ireland in recognition of and to celebrate women’s achievements

So if you agree with one or all of the demands then join us on the all women march or at the mixed-rally in Trafalgar Square.

You Can Also Pledge Your Support To The Statement Of Demands Here:

Official Website –
Blog Spot –
Facebook –

UN Say No to Violence Website –