International Women's Day 2010

W.O.M.A.N – Words of Magnitude and Nurture

Posted in 2010 03 07, London by womeninlondon on 5 March 2010

A NIGHT OF POETRY,PURPOSE AND PROGRESSION!

We as FORWARD Women would love to welcome you all to come and join us for an evening of enpowerment wrapped up in enjoyment and entertainment.

This event is special in many ways, aside from it being the first official event by FORWARD Women- Forward Women are a group of young beautiful motivated and strong women, in brief, the purpose of this group is to not only enpower and enlighten others but to begin to form a platform for young women to propel themselves into society with a strong mind,heart and presence to be able to achieve anything they put their mind to.

Aside from this introduction, the night will embrace and celebrate International Womens Day (8 March) which is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

Therefore the theme of the night is the success, progression and achievement of past,present and future women in todays society!!

On that we have a guest list of AMAZING poets, singers and mc’ers with special performances from:
* Poetic Pilgrimage
* Mohammed Yahya
* Amira Kheir
* Malik Bedri
* Saria Khaleefa
* Nomadic Empress
* Ahmed Rashik

And many many more wonderful, amazing and inspirational artists!

Showing your support would be VERY much appreciated! Below are the details of the event and God willing you can all make it and if not at least spread the word to others!

Sunday 7th March 2010 from 17.00-20.30pm
Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, E2 6hg
Entrance: £5 (Tickets on a first come first serve basis and will be SOLD ON THE DOOR!)

Fundraiser

More details via http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=382606079011&ref=nf

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International Women’s Day 2010 University of Cambridge

The Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences will be taking part in a week-long series of events organised by the University of Cambridge to celebrate International Women’s Day 2010 on 8 March.

The history of International Women’s Day began in 1911, a year after Clara Zetkin (Leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany) tabled the idea to a conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, representing organisations such as unions, socialist parties and working women’s clubs.

ALSS contributions this year will include a 6-hour performance of Mapping Maternity, co-devised and performed by Drama and Performing Arts lecturer Kerstin Bueschges with Jan Farrer and Sandra Flores, and ‘For a Few Moments Every Day’, a one day workshop about the every day, explored through storytelling and pictures, with Illustrator and ALSS lecturer Pam Smy.

For more information on the various activities for International Women’s Day, please visit the University of Cambridge HR events page:

or see the pdf poster International Women’s Day 2010 poster (550 Kb)

Check for updates at http://www.anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/en/home/faculties/alss/news_and_events/international_womens_day_2010.html

Women – Seeds of the Future – Sunday 7 March 2010 – London

Posted in 2010 03 07, London by womeninlondon on 2 March 2010

Time: 14:00 – 17:30
Venue: Global Co-Operation House, 65-69 Pound Lane, Willesden Green, London NW10 2HH
Cost: Free of charge

A very special afternoon of stories, insights and discussion led by Lynne Franks, Founder of SEED and spokesperson on Women Development.

LYNNE FRANKS hosts a panel of three extraordinary women talking about personal identity, values and success.

* MAI NEWE is a Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist and Freelance Training Consultant, working mainly in the Middle East. She has studied meditation with the Brahma Kumaris for over 27 years and she credits this as the most valuable and transformative resource in her life’s journey.

* SONAL SHAH has worked as a tax consultant in one of the world’s largest professional services firm, and leading insurance companies. She is a listed member of International WHO’S WHO of Professionals.

* SENKA DUKOVICH, Legal Counsel for the Pay Equity Commission for the Province of Ontario – Senka has extensive experience in labour relations and women’s rights and is passionate about life.

* Audience participation in World Café style themed conversation

* Poetry by Dwina Gibb, well known author and poet

* Music by Niki Gregory, singer songwriter

Dedicated to International Women’s Day – an annual event which draws women together in unity and friendship.

Online registration at http://www.bkwsu.org/uk/whatson/national-events

Contact: (020) 8727 3350 / gchenquiries@uk.bkwsu.org / http://www.bkwsu.org/uk/whatson

About the organisers: The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (UK) teaches Raja Yoga as a way of experiencing peace of mind and a positive approach to life. The University provides opportunities for people from all religious and cultural backgrounds to explore their own spirituality and learn skills of reflection and meditation derived from Raja Yoga, which will help develop inner calm, clear thinking and personal well-being.

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 lepsa.stojkovic@southampton.gov.uk

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

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. www.teasmith.co.uk

‘Fragments’ exhibition of drawings by Juliette Vivier
www.juliettevivier.com
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.

Women…Vote!
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 www.applesandsnakes.org 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: info@alternativearts.co.uk.

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 http://www.alternativearts.co.uk/events

wisewords exhibitions – London – throughout March 2010

CHICCHI ART LOUNGE 020 8141 4190
516 Roman Road, Bow E3 5ES
Bow tube www.chicchi.co.uk
Mon-Fri 8am-7pm Sat 8am-6pm FREE
Until 21 March
JANE LACK My World

ELEVEN SPITALFIELDS 020 7247 1816
11 Princelet Street, Spitalfields E1 6QH
Liverpool St tube www.elevenspitalfields.com
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. www.carolsharp.co.uk

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. http://www.mycanarywharf.com
Mon-Fri 5.30am-midnight, Sat & Sun 7am-11.30pm FREE
Until 19 March
GLENYS BARTON SCULPTURE
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. http://www.alternativearts.co.uk
Tues-Sat 11am-6pm FREE
5 – 27 March
LAURA BRAUN, HEATHER McDONOUGH, MELANIE STIDOLPH
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.

SHIPTON STREET GALLERY 020 7729 3739
4 Haig House, Shipton Street E2 7RZ
Liverpool St/Old St/Bethnal Green tube http://www.shiptonstreetgallery.co.uk
Sundays 10am-2pm or by appointment FREE
6-31 March
ANTONELLA FABIANI 6×6
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
NOTEBOOK 2
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. www.thestudionotebook.blogspot.com

THE TEASMITH 020 7247 1333
6 Lamb Street, Spitalfields E1 6EA
Liverpool St tube. http://www.teasmith.co.uk
Mon-Sun 11am-6pm FREE
6 March – 4 April
JULIETTE VIVIER Fragments
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. www.juliettevivier.com

TROLLEY GALLERY 020 7729 6591
73a Redchurch Street E2 7DJ
Liverpool St/Old St tube. http://www.trolleybooks.com
Mon-Sat 12noon-6pm FREE
Until 13 March
BOO SAVILLE ‘Totem’
From 17 March
LAURENA TOLEDO ‘The Limit’

WHITECHAPEL GALLERY 020 7522 7888
77-82 Whitechapel High Street E1 7QX
Aldgate East tube. www.whitechapelgallery.org
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 http://www.thewomenslibrary.co.uk
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
info@alternativearts.co.uk
www.alternativearts.co.uk

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 http://www.alternativearts.co.uk/events

wisewords events – London – 5-24 March 2010

wisewords events

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL 020 7033 1544
Human Rights Action Centre
17-25 New Inn Yard, Shoreditch EC2 A 3EA
Liverpool St/Old St tube http://www.amnesty.org.uk

Monday 8 March 7pm: ‘Anyone here been raped and speaks English?’
– Memoirs of foreign correspondent Edward Behr (1978)
THE POTRAYAL OF WOMEN IN THE UK MEDIA
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 http://www.amnesty.org.uk/events

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)
THE IMPACT OF RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISM ON GAY AND WOMEN’S RIGHTS
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 http://www.amnesty.org.uk/events

BISHOP CHALLONER SCHOOL 07939 543900
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: snugent@bishop.towerhamlets.sch.uk

EASTSIDE BOOKSHOP 020 7247 0216
166 Brick lane E1 6RU
Aldgate East tube http://www.eastsidebooks.co.uk
Friday 5 March 6pm: THE HISTORY OF STEPNEY BOOKS
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

IDEA STORE WHITECHAPEL 020 7364 1742
321 Whitechapel Road E1 1BU Whitechapel tube
Wednesday 10 March 6.30pm: WORLDS APART: MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS
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. http://www.exiledwriters.co.uk

RICH MIX 020 7613 7498
35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch E1 6LA
Liverpool St/Old St tube. http://www.richmix.org.uk
Monday 8 March 7.30pm: DIANA EVANS & BERNADINE EVARISTO
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. http://www.richmix.org.uk/bookings

THE TEASMITH 020 7247 1333
6 Lamb Street, Spitalfields E1 6EA
Liverpool St tube. http://www.teasmith.co.uk
Monday 8 March 2pm-4pm: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY TEA PARTY
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 http://www.vibe-bar.co.uk
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)
http://www.applesandsnakes.org 020 8465 6154

THE WOMENS LIBRARY 020 7320 2222
London Metropolitan University, Old Castle Street E1 7NT
Aldgate East tube http://www.thewomenslibrary.co.uk
Bookings: moreinfo@thewomenslibrary.ac.uk
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

Saturday 13 March 11am: WONDERFUL WOMEN OF WHITECHAPEL AND SPITALFIELDS
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 http://www.alternativearts.co.uk/events

International Women’s Day Event – 6th & 7th March 2010 – Huddersfield

Posted in 2010 03 07, Yorkshire & Humberside by womeninlondon on 27 February 2010

Open Mic for Female artists
Arts, Crafts & Food Stalls
Clothes Swap – Bring Unwanted Items
Quiz

Free Entry – Everybody Welcome!!!

Want to get involved?
Tel: 07773340394
Email: info@122live.com

International Women’s Days
Saturday, March 6, 2010 @ 20:00 – All Ages
Bar 1:22, 120 New St, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England hd1 2ud

Check http://122live.com/?p=585

Celebrating The Contribution Of Women During The Second World War – 7th March 2010 – London

Posted in 2010 03 07, London by womeninlondon on 27 February 2010

7th March 2010 from 10:30 am to 16:00 pm
Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms
Clive Steps, King Charles Street, London SW1A 2AQ

On UN International Women’s Day 2010, we will be celebrating the contribution of women to the Second World War in Britain.

Illustrated talk and films will take place throughout the day, at 11.00, 13.00 and 15.00.

Talks last approx 50 minutes.

The films and talks are included with the price of your admission and are on a drop in basis.

Check http://cwr.iwm.org.uk/server/show/conEvent.2828

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 http://www.womenforwomen.org/bridge/index.php

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
Tuesday, March 09, 2010 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (GMT) Register

UK, Manchester – Join me on the Bridge
Monday, March 08, 2010 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (GMT) Register

UK, Newcastle – Join me on the Bridge
Monday, March 08, 2010 from 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM (GMT) Register

UK, North Lanarkshire, Coatbridge – Join me on the Bridge
Saturday, March 06, 2010 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (GMT) Register

UK, Norwich – Join me on the Bridge
Monday, March 08, 2010 from 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM (GMT) Register

UK, Scotland, St Andrews – Join me on the Bridge
Sunday, March 07, 2010 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (GMT) Register

Scotland, Inverness – Join me on the Bridge
Saturday, March 06, 2010 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (GMT) Register

UK, Somerset – Join me on the Bridge
Monday, March 08, 2010 from 12:15 PM – 2:00 PM (GMT) Register

UK, West Sussex – Join me on the Bridge
Monday, March 08, 2010 from 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM (GMT) Register

For events globally and updates go to http://www.womenforwomen.org/bridge/attend-bridge-event.php