International Women's Day 2010

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 http://www.greenparty.org.uk/assets/files/reports/2010_ge_briefing_women_v4-1.pdf

http://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/08-03-2010-iwd.html

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International Women’s Day: View from the ground (in Wales)

Posted in 2010 03 08, Statements Press Releases, Wales by womeninlondon on 9 March 2010
    Feminist activist Hannah Austin on how International Women’s Day events this year are a great example of grassroots community activism

For women’s organisations, coming up for air from the daily grind to celebrate International Women’s Day is nothing new – the first IWD was celebrated in 1909.

But the level of participation from the wider community in Cardiff has increased hugely over the last couple of years.

Last year, we coordinated a festival of sorts to unite disparate IWD activities from women’s organisations and increase local participation. The level of response was overwhelming, and we ended up with a fortnight-long programme including most of the major venues in Cardiff.

This year, something similar is going on – but it’s growth has been more organic and community-led. There’s no steering group (as there was last year), no management, no infrastructure to speak of. The website we set up last year continues, where people can post their events for free. But everyone has really taken the ball and run with it. It’s as if the seeds were sown last year, and now people are just getting on with it themselves.

Personally I find the ‘DIY’ ethic and grassroots-led approach truly inspirational. While it’s certainly important for women’s sector organisations to raise the profile of their work, it is just as important for events to be community-focused, accessible, visible, and – dare I say it?! – fun.

The Welsh Assembly Government’s funding theme for this year is ‘getting more women into political and public life’. Few people would question the importance of getting more women represented in mainstream political institutions. But it’s also important to empower young women and girls to have the confidence to do whatever they want and to be inspired by seeing other women centre-stage doing things that interest them: whether that’s picking up a guitar, talking about their experiences or finding out how to stand for public office.

The way I got involved in activism was through music and arts, not through political debate or conferencing – that’s the same for lots of women I know around my age (25). I think a turning point occurred at Ladyfest Bristol 2004 (a feminist festival), where I met and talked to several women from Cardiff. We decided to stop moaning about the male-dominated nature of the music ‘scene’ in Cardiff back then, and came back brimming with ideas for doing it ourselves. From that, we organised fundraising gigs for local women’s refuges; Peppermint Patti was formed, and we organised a multi-venue, city-wide festival in 2006 with feminist workshops, female artists, musicians, performers and films, drawing the links between women’s under-representation in the arts and the feminist movement more widely. From these activities, further networks were formed, several of which are continuing and represented in IWD Cardiff 2010.

This is the way it works with grassroots action: networks create networks. Events like IWD should take multiple formats because people have different interests.

Feminism should be a populist movement focused on engaging as many women and men as possible in ending sexism, because sexism is damaging for everyone. And public life is not just mainstream politics; it’s also about what you do in your everyday life, about seeing your experiences reflected: seeing women centre-stage, and feeling inspired and empowered to do that yourself.

The ultimate aim, of course, is for none of this to have to happen – for there to be no need to organise events promoting women into public and political life, because they’ll be there already, with their lives unmarred by violence, earning an equal wage, with adequate and affordable childcare for their kids, and represented equally in all echelons of society. But until we achieve that, there is still a need for this. So get out there, get involved, and get inspired. Here’s to a public holiday for IWD 2011!

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This is a guest post (on guardian blog) from Hannah Austin, 25, feminist activist from Welsh Women’s Aid. Hannah has been involved in organising International Women’s Day events in Cardiff from the outset. She is currently forming a network of women to work on a feminist festival next year called Breaking the Waves. You can email Hannah or Twitter: @FeministCardiff.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/cardiff/2010/mar/08/international-womens-day

Read and add comments at http://www.guardian.co.uk/cardiff/2010/mar/08/international-womens-day#start-of-comments

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
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/mar/08/international-womens-day-manifesto

You can read and add comments at http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/mar/08/international-womens-day-manifesto#start-of-comments

See report of meeting held on 6th March ‘Feminism Today’ with Nina Power and Lindsey German at http://liammacuaid.wordpress.com/2010/03/07/feminism-today-with-nina-power-and-lindsey-german/

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
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/mar/08/conervative-policy-women

You can read and add comments to this article at http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/mar/08/conervative-policy-women#start-of-comments

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.

Notes:
* 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: http://www.equalities.gov.uk
* 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.
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    [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 http://nds.coi.gov.uk/content/detail.aspx?NewsAreaId=2&ReleaseID=411929&SubjectId=2

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.

http://www.skypressoffice.co.uk/SkyNews/Resources/showarticle.asp?id=2932

Between the Glass Ceiling and the Mud Floor: Women’s Continuing Inequality in 21st Century Welsh Society

Posted in 2010 03 16, Wales by womeninlondon on 1 March 2010

Welsh Women’s Aid Conference
FREE National Conference Open to Public & Voluntary, Sector Service Providers & Community Activists

Speakers include:
* Julie Morgan MP
* Nerys Evans AM
* Jennifer Dunne, Equality and Human Rights Commission

Speakers will focus on the links between gendered violence and women’s under representation in political and public life.

Workshops facilitated by:
* Black Association of Women Step Out (BAWSO)
* National Federation Of Women’s Institutes Wales
* Disability Wales
* Age Concern Cymru
* YWCA

Workshops will provide opportunities to discuss extra barriers faced by specific groups of women when they are experiencing violence and abuse.

Tuesday 16th March 2010
@Chapter Arts Centre, Canton, Cardiff CF5 1QE
10.30 am – 3.30 pm – Registration from 10.00 am

FREE but booking essential, please contact Becky Jones: beckyjones@welshwomensaid.org.uk

Coaches to Million Women Rise from various cities and mobility bus for march

Posted in 2010 03 06, Eastern, London, Midlands East, North West, South West, Wales, Yorkshire & Humberside by womeninlondon on 1 March 2010

Million Women Rise takes place in London on Saturday 6th March 2010

Money should not be the reason why a woman cannot get to London for the 6th March.

Please contact us if your area is not listed below.

Disabled Women

Each year MWR has a mobility support van to ensure inclusion of disabled women and women who would have difficulty completing the length of the march. To read about the route, including resting seats and public toilets, click here. If you would like to know more about how MWR can support you to participate in this year’s march, please contact Eleanor – elisney@yahoo.com or phone 07737480378.

Coaches and Minibuses

Please let us know if you can help organise a coach or minibus to London from your local area. We can help connect you with women who live nearby and may also be able to help with fundraising.

Coaches and buses are being arranged to come to London in the following places:

Birmingham Shahida shahidachoudhry@aol.com 07968 771449
Bradford Jane janewriteme@gmail.com 07931 934422
Hebden Bridge Emma emmadecent@talk21.com 07742 350739
Lampeter Wales Bridget fennysnake@googlemail.com 07703 438688
Leeds Anna mothers_against_violence@hotmail.co.uk 07535 656338
Iris deafandobese@hotmail.com 01133 070300
Manchester Louise jpluy@hotmail.com 07872 015114
Norfolk Yve yve.griffiths1@btinternet.com 07835 608861
Nottingham Rahni rahni@roshninotts.org.uk 01159 881414
South Wales Tracy t.carbone@ntlworld.com 07796 595652
South West Tracy newquay@earnshaw.f2s.com
Todmorden Emma emmadecent@talk21.com 07742 350739
London:
Barking and Dagenham Margaret Margaret.Williams@lbbd.gov.uk 07772 221482

COACHES, BUSES, MOBILITY ACCESS

DROP OFF: PARK LANE (PARK SIDE)

PICK UP: PALL MALL – WEST REGENT STREET CENTRAL LONDON

Multicultural event planned to celebrate International Women’s Day in Carmarthenshire

Posted in 2010 03 08, Wales by womeninlondon on 28 February 2010

Multi cultural dances and Henna painting are amongst the activities planned in Llanelli to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Glanymor and Tyisha Communities First, a Welsh Assembly-funded initiative run locally by Carmarthenshire County Council, has organised a day packed full of free activities at the Morfa Social Club on Monday, March 8, between 10am and 5pm.

As well as international performances from female dance groups representing India, Korea, Africa, the Phillipines and Nepal, there will also be a strong Welsh flavour with local school children demonstrating St David’s Day celebrations.

Glanymor and Tyisha Communities First was successful in securing funding from the Welsh Assembly Government in line with the theme Promoting Women into Public and Political Life.

Speeches will be given by women working in political and public sector fields, and service providers including the Crown Prosecution Service, Police, Fire Brigade, and Women’s Aid will be providing information to attendees.

A free bus service will pick-up from Yr Hafan, Seaside, at 9.40am – stopping at Llys Glanymor, Llys Y Drindod, and Hafan Y Morfa, before arriving at Morfa Social Club at 10am. A return bus will leave the club at 5pm.

Farah Aziz, Communities First development officer, said: “We have planned a full day of events which will give an international flavour, and will provide entertainment for people of all ages. The event is free, and is open to men and women.”

Communities First aims at regenerating deprived communities by improving living conditions and prospects for people.

In Carmarthenshire, the local authority runs four out of the six Communities First organisations, and its teams host many local events and educational activities every year, along with specific regeneration programmes.

Regeneration Executive Board Member Cllr Clive Scourfield said: “The Communities First team performs a vital role in the area and I am delighted that the team is finding new ways of bringing the community together, such as this wonderful multicultural event to celebrate International Women’s Day.”

For more information call Farah Aziz on 01554 777850.

http://www.welshcountry.co.uk/news-from-around-wales/69-carmarthenshire/6626-multicultural-event-planned-to-celebrate-international-womens-day

Join Women on the Bridge – 6, 7, 8, 9th March 2010 – various cities around the UK

Posted in 2010 03 06, 2010 03 07, 2010 03 08, 2010 03 09, England, Scotland, Wales by womeninlondon on 27 February 2010

This is the day we ask women worldwide to unite in building the bridges of peace for our future.

Women for Women International provides women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies. We’re changing the world one woman at a time.

With the tenth anniversary of the UN Millennium Development Goals in 2010, we are given pause to reflect on the tremendous work left to be done in order to eradicate poverty and achieve equality for all the world’s citizens. 70% of the world’s poor are women and 75% of the civilians killed in war are women and children.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, site of over 5 million deaths and hundreds of thousands of rapes in a conflict spanning more than a decade, women are imagining peace. They say peace means being able to live and to work freely. They see peace as walking to the fields without fear of rape; they envision a more prosperous future, harvesting from the fields the fruits of their own labor. Yet war wages on.

To honor the resilience of these and the millions of other women survivors of war around the world, Women for Women International is hosting a global campaign – Join me on the Bridge – which will unite women all over the world in a global women’s movement showing that women can build the bridges of peace and development for the future.

On March 8, 2010, thousands of women will stand together in Congo and neighboring Rwanda to demand peace and development. Supporting them in their call for the war’s end will be thousands of women from Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Sudan, Nigeria, as well as in the United States and the United Kingdom, to say no to war and yes to peace and hope.

We are planning Join me on the Bridge events on Monday, March 8 in New York City and London. Join us as we walk together across major bridges and then gather to create peace banners! If you cannot attend our bridge events in New York City or London, or one being planned by a supporter in your neighborhood, we invite you to organize your own Join me on the Bridge event! It doesn’t matter how big or small the event – every single effort will help us demonstrate that we have a unified, powerful voice for peace. A toolkit with step-by-step instructions is available here. We will be asking for photos and video from all bridge events so that we can capture the broad impact of this movement.

To find out more about these events or to sign the pledge go to http://www.womenforwomen.org/bridge/index.php

London: Join us at 10am on Monday, March 8 at Victoria Embankment Gardens, where we will walk to the Millennium Bridge. There will be a women’s festival along the embankment and, at 12:00, we’ll join together on the Millennium Bridge. Along with other bridge events happening around the world on the same day, this event will be filmed and featured in a viral video to be produced and widely released following the campaign. We hope you’ll join us and be a part of this historic global movement. Register

UK, Aberystwyth – Join me on the Bridge
Monday, March 08, 2010 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (GMT) Register

UK, Brighton – Join me on the Bridge
Sunday, March 07, 2010 from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM (GMT) Register

UK, Cambridge – Join me on the Bridge
Monday, March 08, 2010 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (GMT) Register

UK, East Sussex, Lewes – Join me on the Bridge
Monday, March 08, 2010 from 10:15 AM – 1:15 PM (GMT) Register

UK, Edinburgh – Join me on the Bridge
Monday, March 08, 2010 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (GMT) Register

UK, Humberside – Join me on the Bridge
Monday, March 08, 2010 from 10:40 AM – 12:00 PM (GMT) Register

UK, Keele – Join me on the Bridge
Tuesday, March 09, 2010 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (GMT) Register

UK, Manchester – Join me on the Bridge
Monday, March 08, 2010 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (GMT) Register

UK, Newcastle – Join me on the Bridge
Monday, March 08, 2010 from 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM (GMT) Register

UK, North Lanarkshire, Coatbridge – Join me on the Bridge
Saturday, March 06, 2010 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (GMT) Register

UK, Norwich – Join me on the Bridge
Monday, March 08, 2010 from 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM (GMT) Register

UK, Scotland, St Andrews – Join me on the Bridge
Sunday, March 07, 2010 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (GMT) Register

Scotland, Inverness – Join me on the Bridge
Saturday, March 06, 2010 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (GMT) Register

UK, Somerset – Join me on the Bridge
Monday, March 08, 2010 from 12:15 PM – 2:00 PM (GMT) Register

UK, West Sussex – Join me on the Bridge
Monday, March 08, 2010 from 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM (GMT) Register

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