International Women's Day 2010

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

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wisewords bookfest – London – 12-13 March 2010

Posted in 2010 03 12, 2010 03 13, London by womeninlondon on 27 February 2010

wisewords bookfest

Celebrating women writers, artists & performers
March 2010 Women’s History Month

produced by alternative arts

From fiery debates at Amnesty International to thoughtful, thrilling and funny women at the Wisewords Bookfest and the opportunity to get up and speak your stuff at the Poetry Open Mic Night Wisewords celebrates women writers, artists and performers with an exciting programme of events and exhibitions during March – Women’s History Month.

Fri 12 & Sat 13 March 2010
2pm to 10pm each day
The Women’s Library

London Metropolitan University
Old Castle Street, E1 7NT
Aldgate East tube
Tickets £12 per day/£20 for 2 days
Individual talks before 5pm £4/£3 concs, after 5pm £6/£5 concs
Available in advance and on the door 020 7320 2222

The Wisewords Bookfest presents two days of thrilling, thoughtful, radical and humorous writing by women authors introducing their latest publications. Come along and spend an enjoyable day with writers reading and discussing their work. Each session lasts one hour with a half hour break in between for refreshments and the opportunity to buy books.

Friday 12 March

2pm-3pm DOWRY
TAMSIN BRADLEY and EMMA TOMALIN and a panel of contributors discuss their new book DOWRY (Zed Books) about a practice which is much misunderstood and often regarded as synonymous with acts of violence against women. This engaging volume highlights the particular role that academic research can play through providing an understanding of a widespread social practice in South Asia which has disempowered women for so long and presents suggestions about the sorts of activism and action necessary to end dowry injustice.
Tamsin Bradley Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for Social Anthropology (BSc) London Metropolitan University.
Emma Tomalin Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies, University of Leeds.

KAVITA RAMDYA presents her debut book BOLLYWOOD WEDDINGS: Dating, Engagement and Marriage in Hindu America (Lexington Books). An anthropological study of Indian-American Hindus in the tri-state New York area.
By interviewing twenty couples and attending their weddings Kavita Ramdya addresses the various methods of meeting a potential future spouse as well as family tensions that arise with inter-marriage. The Bollywood film industry emerges as a significant influence on conceptions of love and marriage and a means by which couples can assert their cultural identity.

DREDA SAY MITCHELL and CLAIRE SEEBER discuss writing the highly popular genre of crime fiction.
Dreda Say Mitchell is one of the hottest crime writers around. She was born and grew up in the East End and writes big gangland thrillers. Her first novel RUNNING HOT won the CWA John Creasey Award for debut crime in 2005. Her latest novel GANGSTER GIRL (Hodder) is published in March.
Claire Seeber has worked in front of and behind the tv screen and now writes thrilling fiction. Her third novel NEVER TELL (Harper Collins) is published in April.

CLARE MULLEY launches the paperback edition of her book THE WOMAN WHO SAVED THE CHILDREN a Biography of Eglantyne Jebb, founder of Save The Children published by Oneworld Publications.
Eglantyne Jebb was a charismatic and complex woman who founded the international Save the Children movement and dedicated her life to the promotion of children’s rights and welfare despite confessing that she was ‘not fond’ of children. Hers is a story full of intrigue and drama, sorrow and humour, resolution and great achievement, and deserves to be much better known.

KAT BANYARD launches her first book THE EQUALITY ILLUSION – The Truth About Women & Men Today (Faber) with a distinguished panel including Hannah Pool from the Guardian and Chris Green from the White Ribbon Campaign who will discuss ‘Why equality is an illusion, and how we can make it a reality’. Kat Banyard argues passionately and articulately that feminism continues to be one of the most urgent and relevant social justice campaigns today. She draws on her own campaigning experience with the Fawcett Society as well as academic research, interviews and case studies to promote women’s rights.

Saturday 13 March

JOY HOWARD, KATE FOLEY, ANGELA KIRBY, DINAH LIVINGSTONE, ALWYN MARRIAGE, RUTH O’CALLAGHAN read poems they have contributed to CRACKING ON (Grey Hen Press) a new anthology exploring all aspects of ageing from losing parents to confronting the inevitability of our own deaths. This is a great opportunity to listen to the voices of older women who all too often remain unheard and unnoticed.

3.30pm-4.30pm NEW WRITING
KIA ABDULLAH and LAURA LONGRIGG in conversation.
Born and raised in Tower Hamlets Kia Abdullah is one of the first Asian authors to write genre fiction that doesn’t tout ethnicity. Her latest novel CHILD’S PLAY (Revenge Ink) is a violent, sexual thriller that shatters the delicate sensibilities that govern output from most British Asian Muslim writers. She talks to MBA Literary Agent Laura Longrigg about building her career as contemporary writer.

CATHI UNSWORTH and ELIZABETH WILSON discuss writing thrillers
Cathi Unsworth began her career on the legendary music weekly ‘Sounds’ at the age of 19 and has worked on many other music, film & arts magazines since. Her latest novel BAD PENNY BLUES (Serpents Tail) is ‘A haunting and utterly absorbing London Noir that takes us to all the bright lights and dark places of the big city’ – Jake Arnott.
Elizabeth Wilson is a researcher and writer best known for her books on feminism and popular culture. Her latest book WAR DAMAGE (Serpents Tail) is a high-class thriller and a wonderful evocation of Britain staggering back to its feet in the aftermath of WW2.

6.30pm-7.30pm MEMOIRS
MAGGIE GEE and YASMIN ALIBHAI-BROWN discuss their lives & latest autobiographical books.
Maggie Gee has published many novels to great acclaim including THE WHITE FAMILY short listed for the Orange and IMPAC prizes. Her latest book MY ANIMAL LIFE (Telegram Books) is a wise and witty memoir telling the true story of becoming an adult in the 1960s and living through dramatic changes in attitudes towards race, class and gender in the second half of the twentieth century. Her latest novel MY DRIVER (Telegram Books) is also just published in paperback.
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown came to this country in 1972 from Uganda. She is a journalist, broadcaster and author of several books and currently a regular columnist on The Independent and London’s Evening Standard. In 2001 she was awarded an MBE but returned the honour in 2003 in protest against the war in Iraq. Yasmin’s latest book THE SETTLERS COOKBOOK (Portobello Books) is an enchanting memoir with recipes.

8pm-9pm SHAZIA MIRZA ‘Columnist of the Year’
SHAZIA MIRZA is a very funny award winning British Asian stand up Comedian from Birmingham. Shazia could have married a rich man and lived on Bishops Avenue in a mansion with servants, bidets and horses. But instead she chose to drive up and down the country for as little as ten pounds, staying in dirty lurid bed and breakfasts trying to make people laugh. Shazia has toured the world with her ground breaking humour. Currently she writes a delightfully irreverent column in the Guardian Weekend magazine.

The Wisewords Bookfest is produced by Alternative Arts in association with The Women’s Library.

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International Women’s Day Celebrations 2010 Lancashire

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

Events In Lancaster

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


** Women at the Gregson (WAG)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Festival 2010 – Grass Roots and Glass Ceilings


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

Debbie Hollingsworth – Chair
Tel: 07812 350 892

Anne Mobbs – Treasurer/Fundraiser
Tel: 01865 553755

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

Waltham Forest Women’s Network IWD Event – 13th March 2010

Posted in 2010 03 13, London by womeninlondon on 19 February 2010

Waltham Forest Women’s Network

Invites you to our



Great Raffle prizes!

    Date: Saturday 13th March 2010 from 6.30-9.30 PM
    Venue: Walthamstow Academy, Billet London, E17 5DP
    Parking available (bus 158)


Tickets £10 per adult; £5.00 for children under 12; Family tickets available


Download the flyer: WFWN International Women’s Day

For further information and tickets please contact Shireen: 07939 546849

The Waltham Forest Women’s Network is an initiative of the Asian Women’s Network

Celebrating International Women’s Day, 8th Mach 2010 – Fundraising for V-Day

Fundraising for Eve Ensler’s V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls
New Players Theatre, 5th to 20th March 2010


A showcase of feminine and feminist talent across theatre, comedy and film with talks and workshops, SYNT has exclusive rights to stage The Vagina Monologues and also presents A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer, a selection of monologues edited by Eve Ensler that includes the premiere of Maya Angelou’s Woman Work, as part of the City of Joy Gala on 20th March.

V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sexual slavery.


THEATRE: The Vagina Monologues
5th at 7.30pm, 9th, 12th, 13th, 16th, 19th at 8pm, 20th 2.30pm,
£20 (£15 conc)

After a sell-out run in 2009, this newly reimagined version of Eve Ensler’s hilarious and provocative classic returns by special permission, exclusively granted in the UK to SYNT. Proceeds will benefit local and international charities working to end violence against women.

FILM: Until The Violence Stops
14th March 3pm,

Extraordinarily empowering and heartbreakingly funny, this Sundance favourite chronicles how Eve Ensler’s hit off-Broadway solo show The Vagina Monologues grew into V-Day, an international grassroots movement to stop violence against women and girls. Proceeds will benefit local and international charities working to end violence against women. 70mins

THEATRE: Up The Café de Paris
8th, 10th and 11th March 8pm, 9th and 12th March 6pm,
£20 (£15 conc)

A cast of two women deftly recreate a myriad of characters in a journey that reaches its climactic conclusion as the Café de Paris is razed to the ground by a bomb attack on 8th March 1941. Created by Hannah Kimpton, Andi Osho and Lewis Barfoot.

CABARET: See You Next Tuesday Late Night Lucky Dip Cabaret
9th and 16th March 10pm,

Featuring the best of burlesque, scintillating circus acts, sketch comedy, musical variety, and more, these late-night grab-bag events offer an hour of non-stop entertainment, including Circus duo Will Davis, Jackie Le of Aerialism and Alicia Clarke of the Volupte Lounge.

COMEDY: Funny Women: Stand Up to Stand Out Workshop
11th March, 5.30pm

Find your comic voice: Stand Up to Stand Out lets women to explore their funny side to build self confidence, improve relationships and enhance communications. Over the last seven years over 1,000 women have found their comic voice through these Funny Women workshops which help to improve confidence and communication skills by working with other women to explore how empowering a humorous approach to life can be

WORKSHOP: Funny Women: Writers and Performers Forum,
13th March, 3pm

In the run up to this year’s Funny Women Awards, recognising that women are natural collaborators, Funny Women are hosting an event where performers and writers can interact. Special guests include women who are both writers and performers – Janice Connolly (Mrs Barbara Nice), Kiki Kendrick, Carrie Quinlan and Meryl O’Rourke. The evening will be hosted by Annabel Giles.

TALK: Funny Women: Not Just A Pretty Face
15th March, 5.30pm

Veteran comedy producers Funny Women take on the ‘airbrush culture’ of big media in this Cultural Change Forum, featuring guest speakers from across media disciplines, including television, radio and print.

COMEDY: Funny Women presents: Sex Lies and Lots of Cake
18th March, 8pm
£15 (£12 conc)

The comedy show that gives a girl everything she wants in one easy package – stand up, sketch and music with a bit of hanky panky.

THEATRE: Lady In Bed
14th March 8pm

Fresh from the Camden Fringe, this one-woman autobiographical show takes the audience on a quest for love and sexual adventure from the 1970’s to the present. Critically acclaimed writer and performer Alison Goldie plays all the characters in this lively, funny and moving tour de force.

THEATRE: Belly Dancing For Beginners
14th March 6pm,

Six women living in a rural English village find their lives changed forever by the arrival of a mysterious Egyptian woman and her belly dancing classes. She pushes them to understand themselves, but can they understand each other? An exotic journey into love, friendship and bellydancing…

THEATRE / MUSIC: City of Joy: Gala for the Women of the Congo,
20th March 8pm

Gala fundraiser for the City of Joy, a one-of-a-kind safe house and empowerment centre for survivors of sexual violence in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, due to open in May 2010 and founded by V-Day and UNICEF. Featuring celebrity guest speakers, debut performances of new writing by Maya Angelou, Edward Albee, Lynne Nottage and more from the groundbreaking new compilation A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer, with a grand finale of music and dancing from Congolese powerhouse Kasai Masai.

WORKSHOP: Company FZ Workshop Hosted by Flick Ferdinando
13th March 11am – 1pm,
£20 (£18 concs)

A workshop on how to be ridiculous whilst keeping your dignity. Using clown and physical theatre techniques the participants will be lead through a short workshop by the experienced physical comedienne Flick Ferdinando.

FILM: Leaving + Q&A
15th March 8pm

Winner of multiple awards, including Best Film (London Film Festival) this short film by Richard Penfold and Sam Hearn of Omni Productions stars Johnny Harris (London to Brighton, RocknRolla) and Keirston Wareing (Fish Tank, The Take) and explores the dangerously entangled cycle of an abusive relationship. Q+A with actors and domestic violence charity Woman’s Trust.

CABARET: All The King’s Men
11th and 12th March 10pm,

Electrifying modern vaudeville from this wildly popular award-winning all-female cabaret troupe, playing over fifty gender-bending characters in an hour of pop-cultural satire, dance, scene work, storytelling, socio-political commentary, burlesque, multi-media, comedy and drama.

THEATRE: Tomboy Blues
19th March 10pm,

Fresh from the Barbican Theatre Plymouth, this powerful show explores what happens to the tomboys abandoned by 90% of women as they grow up in an hour of live art, theatre, faux science, storytelling, dance and song.

Further information: and

TicketWeb 08444 771 000 / or

Soho Theatre 020 7478 0135 /

Transport: Embankment

Mothers March and Speakout : 13 March 2010

Posted in 2010 03 13, London by womeninlondon on 17 February 2010

An International Women’s Day and Mothers Day Event

Date: Saturday 13 March 2010
Time: Assemble 2pm
Place: Trafalgar Square Westminster, London SW1
Route: March to Parliament Square, Westminster, London SW1

Free event

P: (020) 7482 2496 or 07958 152171

Called by:
Global Women’s Strike, Mothers’ Campaign of the All African Women’s Group and Single Mothers’ Self-Defence

Endorsed by:
Black Women’s Rape Action Project, Payday men’s network, Wages Due Lesbians, WinVisible (women with visible and invisible disabilities), Women Against Rape

Every mother is a working mother.

The Mothers March highlights that mothers make the world go round, but we get neither recognition nor resources, only blame when things go wrong. The work that mothers contribute to society entitles us to every support, including financial.

We are mothers of different races, ages, passports, incomes, sexual preferences and occupations. Some of us are asylum seekers. Some live with our children, some are separated from our children, some have lost our children. Some are not biological mothers but we are carers for children and others. Some are fighting for justice. Some are fighting to survive war and ecological disaster. Some work in the fields, others in the city.


A contingent of fathers and other male carers who support mothers will join the march.

Sign petition for family reunion: