IWD 2011 – Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Achievements

International Women’s Day is just under a week away (it’s on March the 8th, people! Mark it in your calendars!) and this year’s celebrations are set to be bigger and better than ever! Why? Well, whilst last year saw women worldwide celebrate the passing of 100 years since Clara Zetkin (Leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany) introduced the idea (to unanimous approval!) for an International Women’s Day, the first International Women’s Day event wasn’t actually held until 1911. This means that 2011 is the Global Centenary Year for the event – as if we needed any more excuse for a big celebration?!

International Women’s Day calls for people worldwide to reflect on the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. There are plenty of events to mark the day, all of which are handily searchable over on the official IWD website – so whether it’s getting involved in making bra-bunting in Manchester, clothes swapping in Birmingham or street samba in Glasgow you’ll be sure to find one to suit you!

Find out more on the International Women’s Day website or follow on Twitter here and make sure your Women’s Day goes with a bang!

By: Sarah Barnes, 02.03.2011 | Comments (0)
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City of Joy Gala on Saturday

Rounding up the See You Next Tuesday festival, an event that has been celebrating International Women’s Day for a good two weeks now (well, if something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well!) comes the City of Joy Gala at London’s New Players Theatre on Saturday the 20th.

Raising funds for the V Day initiative City of Joy (a safe house in Bukavu, DRC, for women who have experienced sexual violence) the gala will feature celebrity guest speakers and debut performances of new works by Maya Angelou and Eve Ensler, as well as music and dancing from Congolese band Kasai Masai. Sounds like an amazing night, and it’s all for a great cause!

Tickets cost £25 and can be bought here.

Text ‘CONGO’ to 82540 to donate £5 to the City of Joy

By: Sarah Barnes, 19.03.2010 | Comments (0)
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Million Women Rise 2010

Thousands of women from across the UK and beyond gathered in London on Saturday the 6th of March for the third annual Million Women Rise march. Travelling from Hyde Park, through Oxford and Regents Street to gather for a rally in Trafalgar Square, women marched, chanted and sang to assert their rights to lives free from violence. (more…)

By: Sarah Barnes, 09.03.2010 | Comments (0)
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Celebrate International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is fast approaching (it’s on Monday, the 8th, in case you weren’t aware), which begs the question; What will you be doing to celebrate it? And when I say ‘Celebrate’, I don’t really mean party hats and bubbly booze (although this is also a very valid, and fun, way to mark the occassion!) but choosing a worthy event where you can reflect on the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. Whilst many people will be marking IWD by donning their marching boots for the Million Women Rise March today, here is a little list of events going on on the day itself…

CRAWLEY – ASSERTIVENESS WORKSHOP
From 9.30am to 12.00 mid-day
You’ll learn to express yourself assertively when communicating with others. The skill of expressing opinions confidently and clearly, with respect for the other person, is essential. This event is free, but spaces are limited.
Venue: Kinnarps, Mack House, Gatwick Road, Crawley, RH10 9RJ

SLOUGH – 100TH INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
From 10.30am to 2.00pm
Prominent women from Slough will be on a panel discussing why this year is so important to make sure you exercise your right to vote.
Venue: Thames Valley Community Centre The Green Chalvey , Slough, SL1 2SP

LONDON – ONE LAW FOR ALL PRESENTS: A SEMINAR ON SHARIA LAW
From 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Speakers including Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (British Muslims for Secular Democracy); Yassi Atasheen and Maryam Namazie (One Law for All); Clara Connolly and Yasmin Rahman (Women Against Fundamentalism);  Pragna Patel (Southall Black Sisters)  and Joan Smith (Writer and Activist) will come together to discuss opposition to Sharia Law within the UK legal system. Tickets cost £10 (or £3 for students/low income) and you will need to register here beforehand.
Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL (Closest Underground: Holborn)

LONDON – FUNNY WOMEN STAND UP
Doors: 7.30 p.m. for show 8.00 p.m.
Some of the best and most innovative female comedy acts (including Jan Ravens, Shazia Mirza and Bridget Christie) take to the stage in support of Funny Women’s annual charity gala, Funny Women Stand Up. There’ll be free cake too! The serious message alongside the laughs is about bringing attention to the issues surrounding violence against women. Tickets cost £25 (buy them here) with proceeds raised on the night donated to V-Day Tender, which is currently focusing on a campaign to stop the physical violence and brutality that women and girls are suffering as a by-product of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Venue: Leicester Square Theatre – main house, 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX

The Birds Eye View Film Festival is still in full swing, so why not celebrate with one of their film screenings on the day?

Still not found something to do? Then head to the International Womens Day Website for more ideas!

(Vintage Women’s Liberation March image found here)

By: Sarah Barnes, 06.03.2010 | Comments (0)
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Million Women Rise Tomorrow!

Just a reminder that tomorrow sees thousands of women marching through central London to call for an end to violence against women. Coinciding with International Women’s Day, Million Women Rise (MWR) will be marching for a properly government funded plan, backed by the commitment of all political parties, to enable women to live free from the threat of male violence.  Further, the march will demand International Women’s Day to be declared a national public holiday in recognition of women’s contributions to all areas of UK society.

The women only event will mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day and will be the third annual march. Last year, attendees reached over the 5,000 mark and as a result of the success, MWR national co-ordinator Sabrina Qureshi was invited, by the then Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, to a join a consultation on violence against women and girls. However, with women still experiencing violence at the hands of men there are still plenty of reasons to march. 

Marchers are invited to meet at 12 noon on Park Lane opposite Hyde Park’s Speakers Corner before heading to Trafalger Square, via Oxford Street and Regent’s Street, to gather for the rally at 3pm. Hope to see you there!

By: Dearbhaile Kitt, 05.03.2010 | Comments (0)
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