International Women's Day 2010

Breaking The Cycle – Them Wifies – Newcastle

Posted in 2010 03 12, North East by womeninlondon on 11 March 2010

Women’s drama group Them Wifies in conjunction with Theatre Pie

12 March 2010 from 2.30 to 3.10pm

Newcastle City Library 33 Newbridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AX

International Women’s Day Conference Bishop Aukland

Posted in 2010 03 12, North East by womeninlondon on 11 March 2010

12 March 2010 from 10.00 to 13.00
Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland, County Durham DL14 7NP

With local speakers from the Girl Guides, Womens Institute, Domestic Violence Forum.

Women into business workshop and stalls planned on a range of issues from violence against women, women’s issues, mother and daughter relationships.

Organisational contact Helen Goodman MP: Constituency MP

http://www.helengoodman.co.uk/

Gender and Scales of Empowerment: subjectivities, connections and belongings

Posted in 2010 03 12, Eastern by womeninlondon on 11 March 2010

Friday 12 March 2010 from 9:45 to 17:30
The Yusuf Hamied Theatre, Christ’s College, St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge

Political will, gender and scales of empowerment: tackling HIV/AIDs in a South African rural community
Professor Catherine Campbell – Professor of Social Psychology, LSE
Chair: Dr Andrew Tucker, University of Cambridge

The sprawl of insecurity, the seep of dispossession: crossing scales of risk and waste
Professor Cindi Katz – Professor in Environmental Psychology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Women’s Studies, CUNY Graduate Centre
Chair: Dr Jude Browne, University of Cambridge

Being as glorious as Theda Bara: transnational histories and the scales of gender in 1920s Britain
Dr Matt Houlbrook – Magdalen College, University of Oxford
Chair: Dr Andrew Webber, University of Cambridge

The absent piece of skin: scales of gendered, racialised and territorial inscriptions of sexual violence during the Bangladesh war
Dr Nayanika Mookherjee – Leverhulme Research Fellow (2009-2011), Department of Sociology, Lancaster University
Chair: Dr Shruti Kapila, University of Cambridge

Gender and the scale of violence: towards coherence in peace movements
Professor Cynthia Cockburn – Visiting professor in the Department of Sociology at City University London
Chair: Professor Nancy Hewitt, University of Cambridge

For more details and to register go to http://www.gender.cam.ac.uk/symposium/

International Women’s Day Events at Liverpool Museums until 13th March 2010

Posted in 2010 03 08, 2010 03 09, 2010 03 10, 2010 03 11, 2010 03 12, 2010 03 13, North West by womeninlondon on 5 March 2010

Join us at the Walker Art Gallery, World Museum, International Slavery Museum and Merseyside Maritime Museum, to celebrate International Women’s Day. We have a week-long programme of free events, focussing on the main day, Monday 8 March 2010.

From poetry to decorative arts, the events explore the important contribution that women have made to our culture. A highlight will be the unveiling of three new plaques on the Black Achiever’s Wall in the International Slavery Museum.

You can also drop into our fantastic exhibition, ‘The Rise of Women Artists’, that features paintings, textiles, sculptures and much more.

All events and exhibitions are free.

Time Event Venue Suitable
Sunday 7 March
11am-4pm

Health and well-being day

World Museum Liverpool adults
3pm The good, the bad and the beautiful? World Museum Liverpool all visitors
Monday 8 March
10am -1pm
International Women’s Day: Women Artists – A Poet’s View Walker Art Gallery adults
11am Women artists: Paintings, prints and drawings Walker Art Gallery adults
1pm, 2pm and 3pm Forgotten heroines of the Civil Rights Movement International Slavery Museum all visitors
1.30-4pm Under the spotlight Walker Art Gallery adults
2pm-2.30pm Women artists: Decorative art and prejudice Walker Art Gallery adults
2pm Deeds not words Merseyside Maritime Museum all visitors
Wednesday 10 March
6-8pm

Celebrating women

International Slavery Museum all visitors
Saturday 13 March
1-3.30pm

The heroine’s story

Merseyside Maritime Museum all visitors

Exhibitions

The Rise of Women Artists Walker Art Gallery

Check http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/events/womensday_events.aspx

International Women’s Day 2010 – ‘Women Building Bridges’ – The Women’s Centre Derry

Posted in 2010 03 08, 2010 03 09, 2010 03 10, 2010 03 11, 2010 03 12, 2010 03 13, 2010 03 16, Ireland Northern by womeninlondon on 4 March 2010

Women Building Bridges – is an International Women’s Day 2010 Art Exhibition and Programme opening in The Women’s Centre on Monday 8th March.

International Women’s Day 2010 is being marked by an Art Exhibition and Workshop Programme ‘Women Building Bridges’ which – celebrates and promotes community bridge building, challenges stereotypes and prejudices and demonstrates a willing to engage with ‘difference’ and diversity, from the perspectives of women across the city (and beyond).

The programme is itself a communicative platform from which social, economic and political realities may be explored. The theme ‘Women Building Bridges’ was chosen in response to the building of a new footbridge (Peace Bridge) which will connect the West and East Banks of the city. The Exhibition showcases various creative art pieces by individuals, artists, and groups of women from the Derry City Council area and beyond.

Mon 8th March The Women’s Centre 3:00pm
Exhibition Launch

Guest Speakers including: Ms Aideen McGinley OBE, Chief Executive of Ilex. The Women’s Centre. T: 028 7126 7672

Mon 8th March Eden Place Arts 7:30pm
Exhibition Launch

Contact: Judi Logue. T:028 7126 9418

Mon 8th March The Nerve Centre 7pm
Screening of ‘Trade’

‘TRADE is a thrilling story of courage and a devastating expose of one of the world’s most heinous crimes’. Screening to coincide with the workshop ‘Women and the Sex Industry’.

Mon 8th March Sandino’s 8pm to late
Femme Fatale Open Mic Nite with Tina McLaughlin.

Showcasing Derry and Donegal’s Finest Female Singers and Performers. £2 entrance on door. Door charge donated to F oyle Women’s Aid. Contact: Tina McLaughlin. M: 07966691699

Tues 9th March The Women’s Centre 10.30am – 12pm
Below the Radar: Discussion Forum

A workshop exploring the invisibility issues of Young Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Women in relation to Service Provision.
Facilitated by Duane McArdle. Contact: Paddy McNicholl (IPOD Young Women’s Project). T: 028 7126 7672

Tues 9th March Waterside Women’s Centre 11am – 2pm
Fusion of Culture

International Food Cuisine. Waterside Women’s Centre. Booking only. T: 028 7134 1579

Tues 9th March Verbal Arts Centre 12.30pm
Exhibition Launch

Contact: Claire McDermott T: 028 7126 6946
Log on to http://www.verbal.fm and click on listen to hear radio packages about some of this year’s events.

Tues 9th March Verbal Arts Centre 1.30pm
Exhibition Tour

Verbal Arts Centre, Eden Place, Women’s Centre and Tower Museum.

Wed 10th March The Junction 10am – 12pm
Women and the Sex Industry: Discussion Forum

A workshop opportunity to focus in on a critical local and global social injustice issue. Facilitated by Children in Crossfire/IPOD group. Contact: Caroline Murphy. T: 028 7126 9898

Wed 10th March Tower Museum 12.30pm
Derry City Council Heritage and Museum Exhibition Launch

Contact: Margaret Edwards/Bernadette Walsh. T:02871 372411

Wed 10th March VOID 2pm – 3.30pm
Exhibiting Women’s and Community Art: Discussion Forum

Women artists, community artists, Women’s and Community Art Groups are invited to explore influences within work, issues around exhibiting work in public, the inter-connections between individual art pieces and collective art, and the profile of Women’s Art in public space. Contact: Ruth Moore or VOID T: 0287126 7672 or 028 7130 8080

Thurs 11th March VOID 7pm
‘28 Days – Women’s reflections in time and space’
.
On February 1st 2010, a group of women artists and writers visited the space of the former barracks at Ebrington. The exhibition will show the individual artistic responses they developed over the ensuing 28 days.
Contact: Clionagh Boyle or Maoliosa Boyle. Void Gallery. T:028 7130 8080

Fri 12th March Wateside Theatre 11.30am
Community Bridge Building: Discussion Forum

Within the context of ‘regeneration’ and the building of the new ‘Peace Bridge’ linking East and West banks of the city, the questions are posed: Is physical regeneration and re imaging the easy part? How can space be utilized to support human interaction and/or sustainable relationships? What kind of platform should ‘community bridge building’ have in the city?
Contact: Ruth Moore. The Women’s Centre. T: 028 7126 7672

Fri 12th March The Guildhall 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Maiden’s Tour the City: A Herstory of the Walled City (1hr)

Tour Guide: Anne Crilly, (Filmmaker and UU Lecturer) 15 places. Contact: Ruth Moore. The Women’s Centre.
T: 028 7126 7672

Sat 13th March The Guildhall 1 – 2pm
A Herstory of the Walled City (1hr
)
Tour Guide: Anne Crilly, (Filmmaker and UU Lecturer) 15 places. Contact: Ruth Moore. The Women’s Centre
T: 028 7126 7672

Sat 13th March Central Library 2pm
Female Form

Come and join in with other women in building bridges out of human sculpture throughout the city!
Contact: Caroline Murphy. T: 07541908118

Tues 16th March (Foyle Street ) 11.30am -1.30pm
Exhibition Tour

(Tower Museum, Women’s Centre, Eden Place and Verbal Arts Centre).

An illustrated version of the programme can be downloaded from http://www.thewomenscentre.co.uk/WOMEN%20BUILDING_BRIDGES_PROGRAMME_FLYER.pdf

The Coalition

This year’s programme has grown out of a history of International Women’s Day celebrations in the city, the annual Exhibition Event of Eden Place, and is influenced by the multiple venue and Coalition approach which emerged as part of the 2008 Art of Survival and 2009 Women’s Real Lives, curated by Roberta Bacic. The momentum and energy for the 2010 programme is the result of coalition working of a number of individuals and organisations, which have come together to organise the activities for Women Building Bridges 2010. These include: Eden Place Arts Centre, The Women’s Centre (Derry), Waterside Women’s Centre, Derry City Council Heritage and Museums Services, Children In Crossfire, Verbal Arts Centre, VOID and Freelance Coordinator Ruth Moore.This project is funded by Derry City Council Community Relations Programme.

Contact

Programme Coordinator – Ruth Moore
T: 028 71267672
E: rcmdevelopmentconsulting@yahoo.co.uk

Eden Place Arts Coordinator – Judi Logue
T: 02871269418
E: judi_edenplaceartscentre@yahoo.co.uk
Address: Eden Place Arts Centre, Pilot’s Row Community Centre, Rossville Street, Derry. BT48 6LP

Derry City Council Museum Rep Bernadette Walsh
T: 028 71377331
E: Bernadette.Walsh@derrycity.gov.uk

Check http://www.thewomenscentre.co.uk

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

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

Women In Jazz Week 8th -13th March 2010

Posted in 2010 03 08, 2010 03 09, 2010 03 10, 2010 03 11, 2010 03 12, 2010 03 13, London by womeninlondon on 1 March 2010

This year Ronnie Scott’s will be recognising International Women’s Day with a special week of shows featuring some of the finest female band leaders from around the world.  Artists lined up to perform include Norma Winstone, Nikki Iles and Annie Whitehead from the UK, Rachel Z and Bobbi Humphrey from the US, Emilia Martensson from Sweden and Norway’s Frøy Aagre.

International Women’s Day is held annually on March 8th to commemorate and celebrate women’s achievements throughout history.  Events are held around the world focusing on themes such as innovation, the portrayal of women in the media, and the importance of education and career opportunities.  As part of this global event, Ronnie Scott’s Club is delighted to present a selection of some of the best female jazz talent from around the world with a week of dedicated programming.

FULL LINEUP:

Printmakers feat. Norma Winstone & Nikki Iles , Froy Aagre Quartet (8th), Janette Mason Trio (9th) Find out more

Trio of Oz with Rachel Z & Omar Hakim , Deidre Cartwright’s Picnic (10th), Emilia Martensson Sextet (11th) Find out more

Bobbi Humphrey Quartet, The Deep MO (12th), Michele Drees Band (13th) Find out more

Check http://www.ronniescotts.co.uk/news/17-women-in-jazz-week-8th-13th-march-2010

Voice Collective : Celebration of Female Endeavour – Axis Open Space

Posted in 2010 03 08, 2010 03 09, 2010 03 10, 2010 03 11, 2010 03 12, North West by womeninlondon on 28 February 2010

Monday 8th to Friday 12th March 2010 from 9am-4pm
Axis Open Space

Free

Scheduled to coincide with ‘International Woman’s Day’ on March 8th, co-curators Anita Pullan and Katherine Beckett have been invited to bring together selected artworks by artists whose work highlights women’s struggle for equality around the world and celebrates women’s creative achievements. Voice Collective showcases a range of art disciplines and connects university research and arts community cultures in one exhibition.

International Woman’s Day has been observed around the globe since the early 1900’s, when gender inequality spurred women to campaign for changes such as better voting rights and equal political representation. Each year the day is represented across the world by events, exhibitions, debates and celebrations.

Check http://www.axisartscentre.org.uk/whats_on/listing.php?page=gallery_events&event_id=174

Axis Arts Centre is based on the Crewe campus of MMU Cheshire, which is about 3 miles from Junction 16 of the M6, or 10 minutes walk from Crewe train station. Parking is free from 5pm.

If you wish to visit the Open Space during our opening hours 10-4pm, please call in advance so we can book you a visitor space.

If you have any problems concerning our location, please contact the box office and we will do what we can to help.

You can contact us on the main box office number: 0161 247 5302 or e-mail a.a.c@mmu.ac.uk

Axis Arts Centre
MMU Cheshire, Crewe Green Rd
Crewe, Cheshire
CW1 5DU

http://www.axisartscentre.org.uk/cms/page.php?page=contact

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