International Women's Day 2010

Exhibition: Women Making the London Olympics, Museum of London Docklands London until May 2 2010

Posted in 2010 03 08, London by womeninlondon on 11 March 2010

Female force behind Olympic London celebrated at Museum of London Docklands

Even if British athletes falter spectacularly on the tracks at the 2012 Olympics, the sprawl of futuristic facilities springing up at heat-winning pace across London will leave the nation with a legacy to savour.

Much of the construction work on the spectacular venues owe a heavy debt to the diligence and graft of hard-hatted female workers, and this project features images of 12 of them.

Taken from a set of calendars raising money for human rights organisation the Helen Bamber Foundation, it was opened on International Women’s Day – 8th March – by Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell.

“This exhibition encapsulates the legacy of the Olympics,” said Jowell, praising the Games for helping the team earn experience for “the building of future London.”

Concert Celebrating Female Artist’s Contribution To Improvised Music

Posted in 2010 03 15, London by womeninlondon on 11 March 2010

15th March 2010 from 19.00 to 22.00
H.M.S President, Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y OHJ

Women in Music UK and performers Catherine Pluygers and Alison Blunt have teamed up to put on an event to mark United Nations International Women’s Day.

The concert will celebrate the huge imput that female musicians have made to the improvised music scene.

Tickets five pounds at the door.

Acts, some solo, some group include
* Sylvia Hallett (Solo Violin, Bowed Bicycle Wheel and Electronics),
* Caroline Kraable (Alto Sax and Voice),
* Noura Santion (Violin),
* Anna Kaluza (Sax),
* Sonia Paco-Rocchia (Bassoon),
* Katarzynia Kucknicka (trombone),
* Alison Blunt (Violin),
* Catherine Pluygers (oboe),
* Chefa Alonso (Sax),
* Babara Meya (‘cello) and their male guests!

London New Wind Festival is an annual festival of new music for wind instruments, founded in 1998.

Women in Music is a national membership organisation that celebrates women’s music making across all genres of music.

Nottingham Women’s History Walk

Posted in 2010 03 13, Midlands East by womeninlondon on 11 March 2010

To celebrate International Women’s Day Nottingham Women’s History Group will be running a History walk around Nottingham, highlighting women’s part in our history

Meet at Nottingham Castle Gatehouse on 13th March 2010 at 1 pm for a 2 hour walk around the city.

We want the network to ‘Celebrate, promote and research the contribution of women to Nottingham’s history’. This means we want to:
* Promote the rich sources of women’s history in Nottingham
* Research the lives of women, and encourage others to do so
* Promote interest in the women who have shaped the history of Nottingham
* Ensure that women’s history is visible to the people of Nottingham
* Make the links between women’s history and other ‘invisible’ groups such as BME, LGBT, disabled and other communities

On Saturday, May 8, the group will have a talk from feminist historian Sheila Rowbotham, at 2pm, at the International Community Centre, Nottingham.


International Women’s Day – 8th March 2010 – Comment from the Green Party

Posted in 2010 03 08, England, Statements Press Releases, Wales by womeninlondon on 11 March 2010

The Green Party is concerned about the disadvantages that still facing women in 21st century Britain, such as:
* Women working full-time on average earn 17% less than men working full-time; for part-time workers the gap is 36% an hour
* Retired women’s incomes are on average 40% less than men’s
* Fewer than 20% of Westminster MPs are female; less than 11% of board members on major British companies are female
* Women still carry out the majority of unpaid work in the home, and in total on average work considerably more hours than men
* One in four women is subjected to domestic violence in her lifetime, and rape and sexual assault are a societal blight, with significant under-reporting of cases, and only six out of 100 cases that are reported to police resulting in a conviction. Violence against women costs our society £40bn a year, and the psychological and personal costs are enormous

The Green Party is proposing:
* Women (and men) who take time out of paid work for family or caring responsibilities make an essential contribution to our society, and they should not be penalised for this.
* All jobs should be arranged, so every worker maintains a decent work-life balance and has time for family, social and community life. Full-time UK employees work the longest average hours in Europe, 43.5 hours as against 38.2 in France, and 39.9 in Germany. The Green Party wants a 35-hour working week, to help improve people’s work/life balance and help to share out work.
* A non-means-tested citizen’s pension set at 60% of the median national income, currently £170 a week, which would immediately lift pensioners, particularly women, out of poverty.
* Major improvements in maternity services. A full range of birth options must be available to all women, and all women should be entitled to the care of a single midwife throughout their maternity experience and post-natally.
* Breastfeeding rates in the UK are currently well below WHO recommendations, with just 42% of babies being breastfed at 6 weeks, 29% at 4 months and just 22% at 6 months of age. Greens would insist on excellent support for all mothers who choose to breastfeed, and significant penalties to ensure they are not harassed when feeding their children in public, similar to the law already in effect in Scotland.
* Supporting and enhancing Sure Start centres, which help many women and men with parenting. Our proposed citizens’ income scheme would replace the current child benefit, but in the meantime Greens argue for a higher rate of child benefit, to more closely reflect the cost of rearing a child.

A Green Party spokesperson said that: “The Green Party have the policies to make changes happen that will mean a real and positive difference for women everywhere. Greens have long supported boardroom quotas to improve the representation of women, and to address the discriminatory and insulting pay gap that still exists in 2010. Along with improved child care facilities, and access to these, we will recognizing the input of both parents from a child’s birth. Today is International Women’s Day. 70% of the world’s poor are women, and 75% of the civilians killed in war are women and children. Greens recognize that we’ve got work to do.”

You can read the entire report – “Fairness, equity and opportunity: Green Party policies of particular concern to women” – by downloading from

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

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

Sussex International Women’s Day Conference

Posted in 2010 03 11, South East by womeninlondon on 9 March 2010

11th March 2010 from 9.30 to 13.00
Adur District Council, Civic Centre, Ham Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 6PR

This conference is aims to bring together women from all backgrounds in Sussex to discuss & develop ways of working together against violence and abuse.

To network and share best practice.

Organised by BME Community Services: BMECS is a registered charitable company that works to address gaps and needs in services for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities especially women and children.

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Million Women Rise – Breaking the silence of Disabled Women

Posted in 2010 03 06, London, Statements Press Releases by womeninlondon on 9 March 2010

Eleanor Lisney

Fiona Pilkington caught the headlines when she killed herself and her disabled daughter by setting fire to their car – she had been unable to get help against constant abuse and intimidation from local youths but there are many, many disabled women who are abused, violated and within their own homes. We want you to hear some of those voices from a recent report on Disabled women and domestic violence.

“Oh yes, he would drag me along the floor because I couldn’t walk or get away that was how it would start, the way it always went. He’d insult me with all those names, ‘you spassy’ and so on, ‘who’d want to marry you?’

And he smashed me against the wall, shouting insults, you cripple, all that sort of thing.”

“Because I can’t feed myself and he would go out in the evenings deliberately and I wouldn’t have eaten anything for a twenty-four hour period or more. So that wouldn’t have happened to anybody that could feed themselves.”

In the evenings I’d be exhausted. And being deaf is hard work you know, you have to concentrate so much harder and it’s tiring. And he’d be furious and slap me and kick me awake. And he used to like: ‘Don’t you fall asleep on me, I want a wife, a real wife not an old woman’. And you know it was sex all the time, twice a day and he would shout at me and then hold me down and I hated it, I hated it.”

You know refuge provision is scarce, and accessible refuge provision is almost non existent and many women believed they could not be accommodated according to their needs.

Disabled women are also more vulnerable to sexual assaults in places such as care homes and by their carers. James Watts, sexually assaulted four disabled women at the care home where he worked as a mini bus driver. He was found guilty after one of his victims testified by blinking yes or no to questions from the police.

Michelle Daley

Disabled women continue (even as we speak) to experience physical, mental and sexual abuse. The sad reality is, our voices continue to go unheard by those key services that are set up to assist and support women in vulnerable positions.

Sisters, in order for you to really appreciate the seriousness of our situations experienced by disabled women you must recognise and understand the barriers we experience which can worsen the problems.

For this reason it can be difficult for us to report our abuser or even challenge them especially if we are dependent on them for support. What worries us is that many disabled women are forced to continue to experience brutality and suffering from their abuser. This is a sad and worrying reality!

Also, we must not forget about the experiences of disabled women with multiple identities. For many of us we continue to experience multiple discrimination from within the disability movement, other women, community and society.

Being here today for both of us (Eleanor and myself) is about raising the voices of our disabled sisters. It is also about ensuring our recognition within this struggle for human rights. We close by saying that we all have a responsibility to ensure disabled women are recognised and respected as equals within this struggle for all of our voices to be heard – “we are women too!”.

This is a link to a video clip of their speeches

(See other speakers at

See also:

Photos on MWR facebook page!/group.php?v=photos&gid=11516673477

And videos on MWR facebook!/group.php?v=app_2392950137&gid=11516673477

Comment and photos on the f word with links to other pictures and videos

And photos in the Independent (first national paper to acknowledge MWR after 3 years?)

She Sings Songs – Battersea on 10th March

Posted in 2010 03 10, London by womeninlondon on 9 March 2010

10th March 2010 from 19.30 to 21.00
The Battersea Barge 9 Elms Lane, London, SW8 5BP
(020 7498 0004)
P Bee Productions: Talent fuelled through generosity

Help us celebrate International Women’s Day with a night of theatre showcasing up and coming female stars of the London theatre scene.

It will be a night comedy, drama and all round entertainment as well as raising funds for well deserving charities making a difference in the lives of women both here in London and around the world.

A21 stands for abolishing injustice in the 21st Century. Trafficking in women is the second largest global organized crime today, generating approximately US$12 billion a year. There 1.39 million victims of commercial sexual servitude worldwide. Over 25% of these victims are trafficked from Southern and Eastern Europe. Scholars have labelled this the “fourth wave in Human Trafficking” and the forefront of today’s global trafficking efforts.120,000 women and children are trafficked each year into EU member states, and 90 percent end up in the sex industry.

There is an estimated 20,000 women and girls trafficked into the Greek sex industry, Greece has been labelled, “the centre of trafficking in Europe.” In the coming year A21 look forward to opening a restoration home in Bulgaria which will provide support for women to re-enter society as well as a Crisis centre in the Ukraine. (For more information see

Refuge are committed to helping abused women across London. Every woman and child experiencing domestic violence has different needs – there is no single package of services to meet those needs, no ‘one size fits all’. Instead Refuge offers a range of services which increases women’s choices and gives them access to professional support whatever their situation. Refuge provide a 24hr National Domestic Violence Helpline, refuges and safe houses, outreach services as well as culturally specific services that meet the needs of women from all backgrounds experiencing abuse.(For more information see