International Women's Day 2010

Celebrating Women, International Women’s Day Event – South Lanarckshire

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

It’s back and it’s bigger and better than before!

Hamilton Park Race Course, Hamilton, ML3 0DW
10th March 2010 from 10.30 to 14.30 – FREE!

The day boasts a host of activities that are focused on women’s health, hobbies, fitness and most important of all … fun.

Organised by Home School Partnership whose role is to engage and support mums, dads and other carers in their own and their children’s learning.

Make Overs and Fashion featuring real men and women (and two Glasgow Warrior Rugby Players!) Come see some of our mums get a make over courtesy of local businesses – with hair and make up from Rita Rusk International (Bothwell Road) and clothes from Bairds of Hamilton; Marks and Spencer; Next; and Sainsburys the ladies will be looking stunning. Not to be out done our gents will be kitted out by the Hamilton Kilt Centre.

There will be a vast range of tasters and freebies including a pamper zone (with osteopaths; massage; nailzone) Arts and Crafts (scrapbooking, quilting, sewing) Active Zone (Salsa; fitness checks; health advice) Cake Decorating; Cooking Demo’s (and tasters!!!) John Lewis are showing casing some Nursery equipment; Fashion zone with make overs and advice… and much much more!

Unfortunately we do not have a creche available however you are more than welcome to bring tots along.

Entrance and Activities are all free (however get along early as some activities will have to be booked on the day on a first come first served basis) – The only cost should be for any catering you wish to purchase from the Racecourse cafe – please note that this can be expensive.

For more programme details and other information go to

Recommit to women’s liberation: On International Women’s Day we launch a manifesto for 21st-century feminism

Posted in 2010 03 08, England, Ireland Northern, Scotland, Statements Press Releases, Wales by womeninlondon on 9 March 2010

Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of International Women’s Day. First agreed at a socialist women’s conference in Copenhagen in 1910, its aim was to campaign for the rights of working women. Today, the lives of women have changed beyond recognition compared with those of their grandmothers and great grandmothers. But the changes in work and personal life have been distorted by the needs of the market and have fallen far short of women’s liberation.

The experience of work has been challenging and invigorating for a few, but for most women in the shops, offices, call centres and factories of 21st-century Britain it has been more likely to represent long hours, constant pressure, and growing attempts to squeeze more productivity and profit out of them. The big increase in the numbers of women working (more than 12 million today) has come from working mothers. But there has been no similar change in how the family and childcare have been organised.

So while mothers work outside the home, often full-time, they are also often expected to shoulder the needs of shopping, feeding and caring for their children. This is on top of sometimes long journeys to work, and of the demands of shift work for many. Whereas the old sexist dichotomy of the 50s was that women could either have looks or brains, now we are expected to have both, plus cooking skills at least to the level of Come Dine With Me, and an all-seeing eye to ensure that children behave at all times.

Women are expected to juggle all aspects of their lives and are blamed as individuals for any failing in their work or family life. The only people who can begin to succeed in doing this are those who can afford to pay others (usually women) to carry out some or all of these tasks. So an army of working-class women cook, clean, care for children, do ironing and washing, work in supermarkets, wait in restaurants, perform personal services, all to ensure the easier life of those women who “have it all”. Often in the process they neglect their own families to do so.

The way in which women’s working lives are portrayed reflects this. There is much talk of glass ceilings, but little about those women who are falling into the basement, struggling to work and maintain families on poverty wages. The life experiences of women (and men) are radically different, with a small minority sharing in the profits made by working-class men and women.

Alongside work has come increased sexualisation of society – now greeted with horror by respectable middle-class opinion, but much encouraged by advertising, the media and the profit motive itself, where porn and lap dancing are now big business. The other side of this sexualisation is the continuing high levels of rape, domestic violence and sexual abuse. We are still a very long way from women controlling their own lives and sexuality.

This International Women’s Day we should recommit to a women’s liberation which is connected to a wider movement for human emancipation and for working people to control the wealth they produce. That’s why women and men have to fight for liberation. We won’t win without a fight, because there are many vested interests who want to stop us. But more and more people are beginning to connect campaigning over climate change, war and inequality with fighting for women’s liberation. That’s why we are launching a manifesto for 21st-century feminism to begin to organise for real equality.

Lindsey German and Nina Power Monday 8 March 2010 12.00 GMT

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See report of meeting held on 6th March ‘Feminism Today’ with Nina Power and Lindsey German at

A pledge of support for women: The Conservatives aim to tackle violence and to raise women’s aspirations – at home and abroad

Posted in 2010 03 08, England, Ireland Northern, Scotland, Statements Press Releases, Wales by womeninlondon on 9 March 2010

International Women’s Day is being celebrated for the 99th time this year, having first been held in 1911, when women in the UK did not have the vote and equality was a distant glimmer on the horizon. Since then, we have passed many milestones, but women still face many challenges both at home and abroad. From the gender pay gap of over 16%, to the shocking numbers of women being raped, we as a society still have a long way to go before women feel safe and have choice over their own lives.

Of the many challenges that will face an incoming government after the next election, the persistence of various forms of violence against women will be among the most serious. Three million women experience violence each year in the UK, through domestic violence, rape, trafficking, “honour”-based violence and other forms.

One of the most extreme forms of violence against women – that of female genital mutilation (FGM) or “cutting” – shows the stark reality too many women face. This practice is illegal in the UK, yet latest research gives a conservative estimate that 77,000 women and young girls in the UK have been mutilated, and around 24,000 young girls are at risk.

Furthermore, the number of women being forced into marriage is on the increase. The government’s Forced Marriage Unit received over 5,000 calls for help in 2008 from women who feared for their freedom, and nearly half of the cases they handled involved repatriation to the UK. In response to these figures, David Cameron and I launched our policy paper Ending Violence Against Women in 2008, which outlines the measures that a Conservative government would introduce and affirms our commitment to ensuring a cross-government approach to tackling violence which placed prevention at the heart of our strategy.

In November, the government produced its own long-awaited paper on tackling all forms of violence against women. There has been an urgent need for ministers to take a more coordinated approach to this issue, and I regret that this strategy has been so slow in coming. I was disappointed, too, that they failed to take up some of the specific measures we proposed.

A Conservative government will increase the number of health visitors, who give valued support to women who have just given birth – the time at which domestic violence can often begin. We will explore New York City’s example of proactive policing against domestic violence, which has seen domestic murder rates fall significantly. And we will end the early release of prisoners, which has seen domestic violence offenders released without any risk assessment and allowed to return to their partner’s home.

I am pleased that the government had already accepted our call to safeguard benefit payments for women with children when they are first forced to seek safety in a refuge centre – payments that could have been cut under their original plans.

As modern Conservatives, we want to support women in every role they play. Help for vulnerable women, support for working women and choice for families are key to our domestic policies, and above all, we want to raise the aspirations of every woman – from here at home in Britain to women abroad in the developing world.

It is still the case that women bear the overwhelming burden of extreme poverty and deprivation in the developing world. Over 70% of the world’s 1.3 billion poorest people are women, and this appalling situation is getting worse as we speak. Currently, girls constitute over two-thirds of the 130 million children who have no access to basic education.

David Cameron has therefore reaffirmed our commitment to meet the internationally agreed goal of 0.7% of gross national income spent on aid by 2013. He has set out some bold and radical ideas that will help women in their fight against poverty. Using women as recipients of aid would be an important step in improving development and ensuring equality, and a commitment to primary education for all would help lower birth rates and promote female choice over marriage. More than anything else, ensuring equal participation of women across all spheres of society is crucial to economic growth and development.

These are just some of the policies that we have announced as part of our five-point plan for “Women in the World Today”. With these proposals, we want to follow a joined-up, common-sense approach to women’s issues and make our modern world a fairer place for everybody.

Theresa May Monday 8 March 2010 18.00 GMT

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Women on boards: Public want quicker pace of change – Government Press Release on 8th March 2010

Posted in 2010 03 08, England, Ireland Northern, Scotland, Statements Press Releases, Wales by womeninlondon on 9 March 2010

Government Calls On Firms To Report Action Taken

Companies may be required to report on their progress to get more women into the boardroom, under proposals announced today. It comes as new research shows that sixty per cent of people think there are not enough women directors in big businesses.

The survey which has been commissioned by the Government Equalities Office for International Women’s Day shows that half believe there will be equal numbers of men and women directors within the next 20 years. However, the reality is that it will take 60 years for women to gain equal representation on the boards of the top 100 companies at the current rate of progress[1].

The Government has today asked the Financial Reporting Council to consider including a new principle in its code of conduct (UK Corporate Governance Code) to require firms to report on what they’re doing to increase the number of women in senior management positions. This builds on the Equality Bill which will allow firms to choose to use positive action to appoint more women to senior roles.

Other key findings from the survey include:
* A clear majority (80%) think a balanced senior management team will be better at understanding their customers.
* Nearly two thirds (61%) believe businesses are losing out on talent by having fewer women in senior roles.
* More than three quarters (78%) disagree that, because men have more experience in senior management than women, men are better at running companies.
* Nearly three quarters (72%) think it is important that women and men should have an equal say in the business decisions over how the British economy is run.
* More than half (55%) think both men and women should share decisions in the finance sector which affect the economy. Only 7% think decisions should be left just to men.
* 71% believe having more women on senior management teams will lead to more family friendly working practices.
* More than half (59%) think that having senior management teams of all one sex will be more likely to think in the same way (‘groupthink’) and so make poor decisions.
* Just under half (43%) think there should be an equal balance of both men and women in investment banking.

Yesterday morning the Prime Minister hosted a business breakfast at Downing Street with leading women in business, to mark International Women’s Day and to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing women’s leadership in business and enterprise.

Currently, only one in ten FTSE board directors are women, and 25 firms have no women on them at all[2].

Women continue to be under-represented at board level despite having the right education and experience they need to succeed, and are deterred from applying due to corporate boards being dominated by “old boys’ networks”. [3]

Steps the Government is taking to support women in business include:
* The Equality Bill will allow employers to use positive action to appoint more women to senior roles, if they want to, provided the candidates are equally suitable.
* The Government has asked the Financial Reporting Council to consider including a new principle in its code of conduct (UK Corporate Governance Code) to require firms to report on what they’re doing to get more women into their boardrooms. This would help diversify the talent pool available to business, which in turn can drive success and competitiveness, benefiting the wider UK economy as a whole.
* The Equality and Human Rights Commission is producing further recommendations shortly on how to tackle sex discrimination in the finance sector, following an inquiry last year that found only one tenth (11%) of senior managers were women.
* Last month, the Government launched a new Women’s Employment Strategy to work towards a fair and family friendly labour market, and signposting businesses to programmes, networks and services aimed at improving senior representation.
* In 2008 the Government and Opportunity Now identified 100 exemplar employers who have taken action to increase the number of women at senior levels.
* The Civil Service is also committed to increasing the representation of women in top jobs. There are currently a 1,500 women in the Senior Civil Service representing 35%, which is a doubling in the last ten years, and 28% of those are in Top Management Posts (Director and above), with seven female Permanent Secretaries. The Civil Service has set targets to achieve 39% for women in the SCS and 35% in top management by 2013 with a stretch to achieve by 2011.
* New cross-Government targets to increase diversity of talent on public boards mean that by March 2011, women are set to form 50% of new OCPA regulated public appointments.

* The Government Equalities Office is responsible for the Government’s overall strategy, legislation, and priorities on equality issues. The Office also has direct responsibility for policy on gender equality, sexual orientation, and for integrating work on race. The Prime Minister announced the establishment of the Government Equalities Office (GEO) in July 2007 and it became a Department in its own right in October 2007. It works to Ministers Harriet Harman, Maria Eagle, Vera Baird, and Michael Foster.
* The survey was commissioned by the Government Equalities Office and conducted by Ipsos MORI.
* Ipsos MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 1,071 adults in Great Britain aged 16+. Interviews were conducted by telephone between 20-24 February 2010. Data are weighted to match the profile of the population. The full research report will be published on the GEO website on 11 March 2010:
* International Women’s Day (8 March 2010) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. It is an opportunity for organisations, individuals and Government to celebrate the progress made in the past 99 years since the first International Women’s Day but also to look forward to the other important action that needs to take place to ensure the lives of women both in Britain and all around the world are improved.
* The Equality Bill will allow employers to choose to take positive action to appoint a person from an under-represented group, provided candidates are as qualified to do the job as each other, and so balance things out if they want to.
* The Financial Reporting Council is currently consulting on their code of conduct (UK Corporate Governance Code). As part of this consultation the Government has asked the FRC to consider including a new principle in its code of conduct to require firms to report on what they’re doing to increase the number of women directors in senior management positions.

    [1] According to the Equality and Human Rights Commission
    [2] Cranfield School of Management Female FTSE 100 Index 2009
    [3] Cranfield School of Management. ‘Increasing diversity on public and private sector boards: Part 1 – How diverse are boards and why?’ commissioned by the Government Equalities Office, November 2009.

Full press release at

Sky News Marks International Women’s Day with All-Female Line-up

Posted in 2010 03 08, England, Ireland Northern, Ireland Republic, Scotland, Wales by womeninlondon on 7 March 2010

Sky News announced that it will be marking International Women’s Day on Monday 8th March with a day of female-led broadcasting. From sunrise to midnight, the news channel will be presented and produced exclusively by women in support of the globally renowned day, which honours the economic, political and social achievements of women with hundreds of events around the world.

The day will feature Sky News’ key female presentation talent with all strands of programming, including bulletins, business, sport, and weather being presented by women. Their producers will be women, as will the duty editors of Sky News Radio and Sky News Online.

Anna Botting, Gillian Joseph, Kay Burley, and Anna Jones will head up the cast of news presenters on the rolling news channel. For Sky News’ flagship business programme, Dharshini David will take over Jeff Randall’s seat in the Gherkin; and Jacquie Beltrao, Sarah Jane Mee, and Karthi Gnanasegaram will front the sports bulletins.

John Ryley, Head of Sky News said of the initiative: “Sky News is constantly pushing the boundaries and we are delighted to be marking this important day in this way with our talented women journalists. Editorially, it will be interesting to see what we cover, but we will ask the question we always do – what is of most relevance to our viewers? “

Online, Kirsty Donald will be in the pivotal position as News Editor, backed up by Kate Sullivan as her Chief Sub Editor.

On Sky News Radio Kat Wright will oversee the highest rating bulletin of the week at 08.00am, read by Rachel Hardiman. Sky News Radio also provides the news bulletins for Magic 105.4FM and Verity Geere will be reading the news on Neil Fox’s Breakfast Show, Liz Lane will be editing the afternoon and evening news, with Kelly Withers reading the Magic news bulletins. Ursula Hansford will be reading the Sky News Radio bulletin which is syndicated to commercial radio stations nationwide.

International Women’s Day – Women In Resistance – Glasgow

Posted in 2010 03 09, Scotland by womeninlondon on 5 March 2010

To mark International Women’s Day and Israeli Apartheid Week Hedy Epstein and Haifa Zangana will be speaking in Glasgow.

Hedy is a German-born holocaust survivor who was 8 years old when Hitler came to power. Her parents and other family members were sent to Auschwitz while Hedy was sent to England. She never saw her family again. Hedy has visited the Israeli-occupied West Bank five times since 2003, to witness the facts on the ground. She has participated in non-violent demonstrations alongside Israelis, Palestinians and Internationals, to oppose Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land and the illegal apartheid wall. Hedy most recently participated in the Gaza Freedom March in December 2009 during which she went on hunger strike in Cairo to protest Egypt’s refusal of permission to enter Gaza for 1400 international delegates who had travelled to Cairo to participate in a commemorative march in Gaza on 31st December.

Haifa Zangana is an Iraqi author, novelist and artist. She is the founder of Women’s Solidarity for an Independent and Unified Iraq. She was tortured as a political prisoner under Saddam Hussein’s regime. Haifa is the author of “Women on a Journey: Between Baghdad and London” and her latest book is entitled “ City of Widows: An Iraqi Woman’s Account of War and Resistance.” She is a weekly columnist for Al-Quds newspaper and an occasional commentator for the Guardian among others.

The event is organised by Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Glasgow University Palestine Society

Tuesday 9 March 2010, 7.30pm.
Boyd Orr building, Glasgow University, room 407.

The event is open to everyone and is free.

More details can be found on the website of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign:

A Way With Words – Launch of Glasgow Women’s Aid publication

Posted in 2010 03 08, Scotland by womeninlondon on 4 March 2010

On International Women’s Day join us for a special exhibition and launch of the Glasgow Women’s Aid publication “A Way With Words – poems, stories and artwork from women who have lived with and left abusers”. With readings and art works on display from the publication.

Monday 8 March 2010 from 1pm to 3pm
Glasgow Women’s Library, 2nd Floor, 81 Parnie Street, Glasgow G1 5RH

Booking is essential and places are limited so please contact us as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

For more information or to book go to to send us an email or you can call us on 0141 552 8345.

A Way With Words

Poems, stories and artwork from women who have lived with and left abusers.

The request for this book came from women living in Glasgow Women’s Aid refuges. The women wished to document their stories, read other women’s stories and be inspired on their journey of recovery from domestic abuse. Poems, stories and artwork commemorate their struggle and sorrow, celebrate their strengths and their new found freedom, give expression to the healing powers of creativity and it is hoped, voice to those still suffering in silence.

Download “A Way With Words” launch flyer here and pass on to your networks


Celebrating Girls And Women In Kirkcaldy

Posted in 2010 03 08, Scotland by womeninlondon on 4 March 2010

An open evening at YWCA Kirkcaldy to showcase and celebrate the achievements of the girls and women that use the centre.

Monday 8th March 2010 from 18.00 to 21.00
YWCA Kirkcaldy, Pathhead Halls, 134 Commercial Street, Kirkcaldy, KY1 2NX

The evening’s purpose will be to celebrate the girls and women who use YWCA Kirkcaldy and to celebrate their work and achievements from attending centre activities.

It will also be an opportunity to publicise the work that YWCA Kirkcaldy does as well as highlight what IWD means to YWCA Kirkcaldy.

Refreshments will be available at this event.


Event to mark International Women’s Day in Perth

Posted in 2010 03 06, Scotland by womeninlondon on 4 March 2010

A special event to celebrate International Women’s Day on Saturday, March 6, is open to all women in Perth and Kinross.

Organised by Be Yourself, a voluntary group run by women for women and supported by Perth and Kinross Council, the event will be held at Perth Grammar School from 10am to 3pm next Saturday.

A wide range of workshops and taster sessions will be on offer, including crafts such as felting and weaving, computing and digital photography. Children’s activities and a crèche will also be available; advance booking is required.

Workshop bookings and further information are available by picking up a brochure in your local library, community centre or sports centre, or email

Scottish Women’s Convention International Women’s Day 2010

Posted in 2010 03 06, Scotland by womeninlondon on 28 February 2010

The Scottish Women’s Convention would like to invite you to attend the SWC International Women’s Day event on Saturday 6 March 2010.

They are holding this event in the Scottish Parliament with permission of the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body.

The event will begin around 12.30p.m to allow for registration and lunch.

Delegates will take their seats within the Debating Chamber at 2 p.m. where they will be joined by the event’s speakers.

A small reception will follow in the Garden Lobby of the Scottish Parliament which will offer the opportunity for networking.

Should you wish to attend this free event and know of other women who would be interested then please could you register by either emailing: or contacting the staff on 0141 248 8186.