international women's day 2011

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Date Time: 10am 3rd March – 6pm 5th March
Venue: Various venues in York, see website for details
Cost: choice of tickets: 3-day; 1-day; Thursday Workshops & Film Night; Friday Party; some free events

A exciting local and global festival and conference which brings together people from many nations to learn from each other, celebrate activist creativity, and advance feminist work.

Come along for craft workshops, papers, performances and exhibitions, which explore ways in which art in many forms can open up spaces for thinking and for action.

All welcome. Full details and tickets sales on our website

Contact: Carnival team
Phone: 01904 433671

7th March 2011 at Congress House

On the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day the TUC will be highlighting the global fight back against the disproportionate impact that the global economic crisis has had on women all over the world. Women are more likely than men to be in vulnerable jobs, or to be unemployed, to lack social protection, and to have limited access to and control over financial resources. Women in both developed and developing countries are facing job cuts, lose of livelihoods, increased responsibilities in all areas of their life, and even an increased risk of facing violence.

As we in the UK fight savage, ideological driven cuts that are hitting the women and the poorest hardest and hollowing out public services, we also stand in solidarity with our sisters around the world in their battles for equality and social justice.

International Women’s Day 2011 at the TUC is a celebration of that sisterhood and solidarity. Join us on the 7 March, at Congress House for entertainment, food, drink and feminism.

· Frances O’Grady, Deputy General Secretary, TUC
· Yvette Cooper MP, Shadow Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities
· Fatima Del Rosario Herrera Olea SITAG (Agricultural Workers Union, Peru)
· Margaret Browne Secretary of Women’s Committee, Irish Congress of Trade Unions and President of the Irish Bank Officials Association
· Pemba Lama, Deputy General Secretary of the General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions

There is no charge for this event.

Please RSVP to Tanya Warlock on

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Digmoor Community Centre will be hosting a special event to commemorate International Women’s Day.

The occasion, on March 8, will feature a variety of performances from local dancing and singing groups.

The centre is also setting up street dance classes to prepare wannabe performers for the big day.

A number of services are teaming up to offer the lessons, which will be part of a 10-week course.

These include Skelmersdale Action for Youth (SAY), Digmoor Community Centre, Attitude Dancing School and the Young People’s Service.

The classes are for females aged between 11 and 18 and are at Digmoor Community Centre, Birleywood Skelmersdale.

A series of other dance workshops will be taking place between 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Friday nights.

These will be for approximately 25- 30 young people from around Skelmersdale and West Lancashire to learn how to dance and to prepare them for the Women’s Day event.

A number of other activities also take place at the celebration, including a performance by Skelmersdale Community Choir.

Event organisers are keen to attract more performance groups to the event.

Any young women’s groups who would like to take part on the night are most welcome.

Other projects run by SAY include a skate boarding project at Birchgreen , Bankburn and Windrows skate parks during the February half-term break.

SAY have expressed their gratitude to Vicky Hunter from Attitude Dance School, and Cllr Mark Peaks from Lancashire County Council who secured funding for the Street Dance sessions and the event for International Women’s Day.

International Women’s Day has been celebrated since the early 1900s.

Events across the world mark the occasion, which first took place in Germany in 1911.

Anybody interested in the lessons or getting involved in International Women’s Day can contact Alan Lewis on 07939660048 for more information.

Poster and Story Competition for Schools and Colleges

The NI Equality Commission is inviting your school/college to take part in a competition to mark the Centenary of International Women’s Day on 8th March 2011.

International Women’s Day is a global event which celebrates the achievements of women, past and present, across the spectrum of political, social, scientific, economic and cultural life.

The centenary presents a unique opportunity to highlight the contribution women and girls have made over the last hundred years and to bring attention to the issues still facing women around the world.

This initiative is part of our wider Equality for All campaign.

To view the letter sent to Principals with information on how to participate download

To download the competition flyer go to

Entries by 7th March 2011

Annie Lennox and the EQUALS partnership of charities invite you to Join the Big Inequality Debate and celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, on 8 March 2011

Oxfam’s global ambassador and Barclays Woman of the Year, Annie Lennox OBE, has brought together a coalition of charities that champion women’s rights to ensure that the centenary of International Women’s Day (IWD), on 8 March, is a catalyst for celebration and positive change.

The EQUALS coalition comprises ActionAid, Amnesty International, Care International UK, The Fawcett Society, Oxfam, Plan International, Save the Children, The White Ribbon Alliance For Safe Motherhood, Women’s Aid and Women for Women International. It is supported by an evolving partnership of organisations, including 1Goal, Dance4Life, Merlin, Mumsnet, Object, One World Action, UKFeminista, VSO, WomanKind and Women for Refugee Women, and is collaborating with arts partners such as Birds Eye View, Brightwide, Britdoc/Good Screenings, Funny Women and the Southbank Centre.

Annie Lennox says:

EQUALS brings together the expertise of some of the most respected and influential charities that champion women’s rights. A lot has changed since 1911, but there is still a long way to go. Gender inequality continues to permeate all sectors of society, from health and education to politics, employment and culture. The EQUALS partnership aims to step up the call for a more equal world and galvanise a new generation of men and women to work together to make gender parity a lived reality here in the UK and worldwide.”

Join the big inequality debate…

Around the world, millions of people celebrate International Women’s Day every year. In China women have the day off work, in Bosnia and Italy women are given gifts of flowers and in Cameroon women dance in the streets in celebration. Yet in the UK, the event has gone largely unnoticed…until now. This centenary year will be a turning point.

EQUALS is prompting a big debate about what inequality looks like 100 years after the first International Women’s Day (IWD) was celebrated in 1911. We are inviting men and women to reflect on the progress that has been made in women’s rights, to discuss the inequalities that still exist, share experiences and ideas with people around the globe, and take action to transform the lives of those women and girls who remain excluded and violated. Throughout the week of 8 March and in the run up to IWD, EQUALS will be raising awareness through a series of innovative projects, events, multimedia initiatives and arts partnerships.

EQUALS will be prompting the public to discuss inequality at home, at work, at school, in community centres, universities and pubs. We will be running a series of flash-mob dance-offs around the globe and encouraging communities everywhere to host their own parties in houses, streets and workplaces. A nationwide poll will be commissioned to test perceptions and experiences of gender equality, and our social media content on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube will tap the pulse of popular opinion. A campaign film is also in production, and we will be launching a 60-second film competition. Visitors to our website,, will be able to register a personal pledge for equality and access information about all the latest EQUALS events and activities from the end of February.

Haven’t we already achieved gender equality?

While much has been achieved over the last 50 years in terms of women’s rights in the UK, we have a long way to go. Times have changed, but sadly some of the key issues have not. Research shows that women in the UK and worldwide still face high levels of abuse, and violence and gender inequality continues to permeate all sectors of society.

Gender-based violence causes more deaths and disabilities among women worldwide, aged 15-44, than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war, and three million women across the UK experience rape, domestic violence, trafficking, forced marriage or other violence each year. Only 19% of the world’s parliamentary seats are held by women and men still make up nearly 80% of the House of Commons. Women do two-thirds of the world’s work, yet receive 10% of the world’s income and own 1% of the means of production. The full-time pay gap between women and men in the UK is equivalent to men being paid a full year whilst women effectively work for free after November. Only 24% of the people interviewed, heard, seen or read about in mainstream broadcast and print news are female.

We invite you to check our website holding page,, for more key facts and figures and for press releases on coalition projects and events, as well as initiatives by our individual charity partners. Our main site will launch at the end of February.


EQUALS can offer a range of engaging ideas for media content to kick off the Big Inequality Debate including access to soon-to-be-announced high profile events, and interviews with the CEOs of our coalition charities and celebrity ambassadors for the campaign. We are also able to source poignant and uplifting personal stories from around the world featuring young women (and men) directly affected by gender and inequality issues. The EQUALS coalition founding charities are: ActionAid, Amnesty International, Care International UK, The Fawcett Society, Oxfam, Plan International, Save the Children, The White Ribbon Alliance For Safe Motherhood, Women’s Aid, Women for Women International.

The wider EQUALS partnership also includes:
* 1Goal, Dance4Life, Merlin, Mumsnet, Object, One World Action, UKFeminista, VSO, WomanKind and Women for Refugee Women.

Our evolving group of arts partners include:
* Birds Eye View, Brightwide, Britdoc/Good Screenings, FILMCLUB, Funny Women, Sphinx Theatre, Southbank Centre.

A further release, EQUALS – MEDIA BRIEFING, is available, detailing:
* EQUALS – aims & objectives
* Key facts & figures on gender inequality
* The history of International Women’s Day

11th March 2011 from 19:00 – 22:00

Womem’s Networking Hub will be having a bit of a do to raise funds for Oxfam.

Oxfam’s We Can campaign has already had an impact in other South Asian countries, and we know we can do the same in Pakistan.

Studies show that 80% of women in Pakistan are victims of domestic violence and one in every three women are subjected to some form of violence. It is sadly no surprise then that domestic violence is the single biggest cause of de…ath and injury in women worldwide.

Men and women known as changemakers will fight together for a change in the attitudes of local authorities, schools and within families. Helping to promote women’s rights at a local level, girls will learn that they do not need to accept and put up with violence and abuse that has become a part of everyday life for so many women in their society, and boys will learn that women are not second class citizens who can be beaten at will.

By having a bit of a do you will help women to celebrate a life without fear of violence.

Venue TBC

11th March 2011 from 19:00 – 22:00

The art of Swishing involves getting your friends together to swap gorgeous clothes and party at the same time. Every woman must bring at least one good quality, clean item of clothing, or an accessory, that she’d feel proud to hand on.

(Large sacks of designer frocks, saris, shalwar kameez, hijabs, are also gratefully received. And people who bring along anyone else with a bulging …wardrobe.)

“Save money, save the planet, have a party & network: swishing effortlessly touches all of these buttons. Swishing parties are for all those women who want to combine style, environmental protection and frugality.”

Rules of the rail:
1) Everyone must bring at least one item of quality clothing.
2) You will have half an hour to browse before the swish opens.
3) No item may be claimed before the swish opens.
4) As soon as the swish is declared open, everyone may take what they want.
5) Remember no scratching, spitting or fighting.
6) £5 entry on the door

* Venue TBC
* For further details please email!/event.php?eid=189286251098410

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. Visit for more information.

The idea for Join Me on the Bridge came from the Country Directors of Women for Women’s programmes in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo – two countries which have seen some of the most devastating impacts of war in recent years and where atrocities such as rape, torture and violence against women are commonplace. Women from different communities decided to come together on a bridge which borders their two countries, in the heart of the conflict; to stand up for peace and an end to violence against women.

We will be marking the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day on 8th March 2011, by organising an even bigger movement of women to join together on a bridge. Women, children and men, whether it’s 2, 200, 2000, or more, will be joining together on bridges across the world, holding up banners, making a public statement that ‘Stronger Women Build Bridges of Peace’ and supporting women in war-torn areas. They will be calling for women to have a greater say at the peace negotiating tables and for countries to honour the UN goals they have signed up to, to bring an end to violence against women in areas of conflict.

“100 years ago brave women stood up and changed the world for so many of us. Today, there are equally brave women standing up for equality in Afghanistan. Now is our chance to get behind them and help bring peace and greater security to these women. Women in Afghanistan must be fully included in the peace negotiations. Peace without women doesn’t stand a chance, and the time to build peace is now – before the troops start withdrawing in June 2011.

We’re not asking for any new policies or laws. They already exist. We have UN Resolution 1325, and we have the Millennium Development Goals. It’s time to act, and we’re calling for everyone who wants to make a stand against the brutalities inflicted on women in Afghanistan, and in areas of conflict around the world, to join us on a bridge on the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, 8th March 2011.” Says Kate Nustedt, Executive Director of Women for Women UK, and organiser of the global Join me on the Bridge campaign.

Be part of it. One woman can change anything. Many women can change everything.

Join a Bridge Event

Organise an Event

Sign the Petition

Urgent action now will make a big difference to the women and girls of Afghanistan.

As the world is about to celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, peace negotiations are happening that will determine the future of Afghanistan. Women are excluded from taking a full part in these negotiations, and we demand that women have an equal seat at the negotiating table, and an equal voice in determining their future, and the future of their country.

There is no peace without women. More than anything, women in Afghanistan need security so that they can play a full part in rebuilding their country.

Let’s support our sisters, and help them to build a better future for Afghanistan. We can do this by signing this petition and joining together on bridges on 8th March, International Women’s Day, alongside our sisters in Afghanistan and other war-torn countries across the world.

This petition will be presented to your Foreign Secretary of State, calling for urgent action so that Afghan women can play a full part in building the bridges of peace for their future.

Sign the petition now at

Meet at Hyde Park, Speakers Corner on Park Lane for the march, then rally in Trafalgar Square

Are you outraged by the violence that women experience every minute of every hour of every day? That breaks the hearts, minds and souls? That traces backwards to our grandmothers and forwards to our daughters? Have you the heart, passion and compassion to extend the hand of solidarity? United and connected we can change the world TOGETHER! Will you hold the vision of a future for women free of violence?, TOGETHER WE CAN END MALE… VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!, The time is now and the power is you!”,

Join Million Women Rise on Saturday 5 March 2011-this action is dedicated to the dignity of women and girls across the world.

Meet 12pm Hyde Park (Speakers Corner End) on PARK LANE (Nearest Tube: 1 Minute from Marble Arch) set off at 1.30pm

3.30 – 5pm Rally and Celebration in Trafalgar Square (Nearest Tubes: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, and Charing Cross)

Coaches, Buses & Mobility Access for the march – Drop Off: Park Lane (Park Side) and Pick Up: Pall Mall – West Regents Street, Central London

Million Women Rise is a coalition of individual women and representatives from the Women’s Voluntary and Community Sector who have come together to organise an annual national demonstration against male violence which coincides with International Women’s Day in March each year.

MWR will rise again on Saturday 5th March 2011 in Central London. In 2010 we marked the 100th anniversary of the declaration of International Women’s Day and this year is the 100th anniversary of the first celebrations taking place in 1911. So join us again for this important event.

On the demonstration, we celebrate and honour women’s activism, courage and achievements and continued struggle against global male violence in all its forms. Million Women Rise is an expression of women’s continued resistance and struggle against global male violence. The first demonstration in 2008 saw 5000 women and children take to the streets of London. It was the largest, recent demonstration of women in UK history and the most diverse demonstration many of us had ever attended. Because male violence continues, so too does Million Women Rise and women and children marched again in 2009 and 2010.

MILLION WOMEN RISE 2011 – Saturday 5th March – Park Lane to Trafalgar Square

100 Year Anniversary of the first celebration of International Women’s Day

One Woman, One body, One song, One Love, One people.

Together we will end violence against women and children in the UK and internationally.

Together we rise.


Stewards, Performers and General Volunteers needed. If you can help, phone 07727 419634 or email


If your organisation would like to book a stall for the rally at Trafalgar Square, please contact the Million Women Rise Info Line on 07727 419634 or email

Saturday 5th March from 5pm – 1am

Food and Networking Party at The 52 Club, 52 Gower Street WC1E6EB, a wheelchair accessible venue.

ALL Women Welcome. Food, performances, swimming pool, DJs and chill-out space.

Entry fee on the door – donation if unwaged, £5 low-waged and £12 waged,

(There will be stewards after the Rally escorting women to after party)

Come along and enjoy..

Swimming, Films, Raffle, Sauna, Live performances, Drumming, DJ Shyeye and Nicki Lucus

Doors open 5pm until 1am (although for women particularly traveling from outside London the venue is open all day for you to rest and freshen up.

Last swim 9pm

Door charges include swim and sauna and set for every budget but please don’t forget to bring your own swimming hat!

It will be a great chance to meet the million women rise crew and Network with other women find out more about the next National women’s march 2012 or just to relax, have a swim and soak in the vibes.

Call the info line on 07727 419 634 to book a place in advance. Group bookings welcomed

Please feel free to print and share the invite with your colleagues, women who may use your services, friends and loved ones.

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