International Women's Day 2010

Free IWD Events for Women from Women and Girls Network in 4 London boroughs

Posted in 2010 03 13, 2010 03 20, 2010 03 24, 2010 03 27, London by womeninlondon on 7 March 2010

Women and Girls Network is funded by London Councils to provide counselling and support to women who have experienced gendered violence primarily in the boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark.

We are holding promotional events in each of these boroughs to coincide with International Women’s Day. At each event there will be taster sessions of various body therapies, workshops, self-defence, information stalls on local services, films & discussion, refreshments and crèche.

All activities are free.
* The event is for women only, with workshops targeted at young women. Accompanied boys under 10 are welcome.
* The events take place at the following venues/dates:

Saturday 13th March 2010: Hammersmith and Fulham
Randolph Beresford Children’s Centre, Australia Road, White City, W12 7PH
10am- 4pm

Saturday 20th March 2010: Lambeth
Karibu Education Centre, 7 Gresham Road, Brixton, SW9 7PH
10am- 4pm

Wednesday 24th March 2010: Lewisham
Downham Health and Leisure Centre, 7-9 Moorside Road, Bormley, BR1 5EP
10am- 4pm

Saturday 27th March 2010: Southwark
Damilola Taylor Centre, 1 East Surry Grove, Peckham, SE15 6DR
10am- 4pm

Click on the links below for e-flyers:

For more information about Women and Girls Network, go to or if you would like to have an information stall at one of the events, or would like leaflets and posters to distribute, please call 020 7610 4678.

WGN’S Helpline Has Extended Opening Hours – Five Days Per Week – 020 7610 4345

wisewords exhibitions – London – throughout March 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wisewords is produced by Alternative Arts 020 7375 0441

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

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

wisewords events – London – 5-24 March 2010

wisewords events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Firebrand Women – Glasgow Women’s Library events 24th February to 30th March 2010

Posted in 2010 02 24, 2010 03 03, 2010 03 10, 2010 03 17, 2010 03 24, 2010 03 30, Scotland by womeninlondon on 22 February 2010

Women have fought for their rights and others throughout the decades and are still doing so. Glasgow Women’s Library is teaming up with the Workers Educational Association to offer 6 sessions showcasing some real Firebrand Women and the campaigns that they worked on which have allowed us the rights that we have today. Come along to hear the inspirational stories of the role women played in these campaigns.

Suffragettes and First Wave Feminism
The brave women who fought for women’s right to vote
Wednesday 24 February, 1pm to 2.30pm
at St Andrews in the Square with Anne Williams

The Temperance Movement
The bold women who tackled the curse of the bottle
Wednesday 3 March, 1pm to 2.30pm
at St Mungo’s Museum with Kirsty Hood

Second Wave Feminism & Peace
The strident women who strove for peace and women’s liberation
Wednesday 10 March, 1pm to 2.30pm
at Glasgow Women’s Library with Adrienne Hannah

Women and the Abolition Movement
The revolutionary women who fought against slavery
Wednesday 17 March, 1pm to 2.30pm
at Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art with Anita Shelton

The ‘Brazen Faced Jades’ who formed the backbone of Britain’s first mass working class movement
Wednesday 24 March, 1pm to 2.30pm
at The People’s Palace with Sue John

The Rent Strikes
The militant women who took on the slum land lords
Tuesday 30 March, 12pm to 1.30pm
at St Mungo’s Museum with Anne Williams
Please note this final session is part of the WEA lunchtime forum series and they ask for a small donation of £1 from those who can afford it.

These sessions are open to both men and women. For more information or to book your place send us an email or you can call us on 0141 552 8345
Or you book through the WEA on 0141 221 0003 or email

Download the PDF Firebrand Women Flyer

The WEA have been awarded a grant through Awards for All from the National Lottery to to provide these sessions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Focus on Feminism

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

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

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

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

About Housmans

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

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

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

Free entry

Nearest tube: King’s Cross

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

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