international women's day 2011

Archive for January 2011

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

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