international women's day 2011

Archive for February 2011

Come and celebrate International Women’s Day by showing solidarity with the migrant women imprisoned at Yarl’s Wood!

Saturday, 5th March 2011, 1:00pm
@ Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre
Twinwoods Road, Clapham, Bedfordshire, MK41 6HL

Please organise your own transport.

The coalition government has skillfully employed the “end” to child detention to avoid talking about the brutal and inhumane detention regime in general. Yet, over the years, countless reports and accounts have documented the plight of women locked up at Yarl’s Wood: indefinite detention without charge or judicial oversight, overcrowded cells, mistreatment and abuse by private security guards, lack of privacy, restrictions on visits and phone calls, inadequate medical provision and the lack of facilities to address healthcare issues. And it’s getting worse.

In her 2009 inspection report on Yarl’s Wood, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons Anne Owers reported that “the focus on improving the environment and activities for children appeared to have led to a lack of attention to the needs of the majority population of women. Provision of activities for them was among the poorest seen in any removal centre. It had been inadequate at the last inspection, and had declined even further. The absence of activity added to the depression and anxiety of women, many of whom were spending lengthy periods at Yarl’s Wood. The average length of stay had increased by 50% since the last inspection, and one in ten women had been detained for more than six months.”

End the detention of migrant women!
Close Yarl’s Wood now!

Supporting groups:
– Stop Deportation (
– x:talk (

The Key to your Future Empowerment
Come and join us at our first International Women’s Day Event

International Women’s Day is celebrated globally on 8 March and has been running since 1911 to now, making 2011 a centenary event. Westminster is joining hands to also celebrate this day by holding a networking and empowerment event.

International Women’s Day is a day with events which inspire, empower, honour and celebrate the achievements of women all around the world, ranging from small random informal gatherings to large highly organised events.

Why not come along and join us in the celebrations at an event which will focus on personal development and will help set you on the road to further enhance your self-empowerment.

The event promises to be an exciting and energising event, aiming to give women tips and tools to self-empowerment. The talks and tools will be drawn from various schools of thought such as positive psychology and research based on a BBC QED programme.

The event will start at 1.30 for 1.45pm, plus an informal networking session with refreshments and nibbles from 4.30pm.

Date 8th March 2011
Venue Council Chambers, Civic Office, New Road. Grays
Time 10.00. – 11.30am

    * Jonathan Catton, from the Thurrock Museum, will be doing a presentation on the history of women in Thurrock to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the borough
    * After the presentation, there will be a session on the impact of the recession on women within the Council and in Thurrock
    * To end on a more positive note, a session with speakers on their key success factors in life and their field of expertise, how you balance work/life/family

Join the University of Sheffield in its celebrations of the centenary of International Women’s Day by registering for events – either email Peter Mason or complete the online registration form.

Monday 7th March

Drop-in Lunch and Book Swap hosted by the Women’s Network Book Group
12.30-1.30pm, Seminar Room, Department of Human Resources, 301 Glossop Road

Women of Steel – A Celebration of Sheffield Women in conjunction with Sheffield City Council
6-8pm, Town Hall
Register online via link below

Tuesday 8th March

Sheffield First Partnership International Women’s Day Event
10.30am-12noon, DLA Piper, 1 St Paul’s Place, Sheffield

There’s No Women Like Showwomen – History of Showwomen from the National Fairground Archive: A Lecture with Professor Vanessa Toulmin
1-2pm, Tapestry Room, Firth Court
Register online via link below

International Women’s Day Dinner
7pm, KPasa, West Street

Wednesday 9th March

Career Development Planning for Women with Diane Turner
2-4.30pm, Seminar Room, Department of Human Resources, 301 Glossop Road
Register online via link below

Thursday 10th March

Relaxation Session with Ellie Johnson
12.30-1.30pm, Training Room, Department of Human Resources, 301 Glossop Road
Register online via link below

Film screening: Made in Dagenham
6.30pm, Students’ Union Auditorium

Friday 11th March

Look at me: Images of women and ageing. A Seminar with Dr Lorna Warren and Dr Naomi Richards from the Department of Sociological Studies
12-1pm, Tapestry Room, Firth Court
Register online via link below

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Each year around the world, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on the 8 March.

Many events take place not just on this day but throughout March to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women.

The RFL’s North West regional development team is running a number of female based activities throughout the year and will see a jam packed week of female Rugby League specific activity take place from 5 March until 12 March.

Rugby League activity will feature across the North West region featuring contact Rugby League Festivals, Touch Rugby League tasters sessions for teachers, Tag Rugby League try it sessions and one of the biggest school competitions in the UK, the Carnegie Champion Schools competition starting with the regional preliminary stages of this year’s competition.

Dan Parkinson, RFL North West Regional Development officer commented on the big push taking place on female activity.

“Female Rugby League is being delivered all across the North West region. We are trying to grow the amount of female participants that take part in Rugby League through playing, coaching, volunteering and officiating and we are doing this by offering many different variations of the sport. We have contact Rugby League through the Champion Schools competition, community club festivals, Women’s RLC and educational contact series for Further education and higher education students. For participants new to the sport we have Touch and Tag Rugby League being delivered from primary school participants up to secondary school teachers and tutors. We really do feel we have an offer that is inclusive to all!”

North West Female Rugby League Activity

Saturday 5 March
RFL Girls Club Festival – Widnes Moorfield Angels, Halton 10am – 1pm

Monday 7 March
Hulme Grammar Girls Tag sessions – 11am – 3pm

Tuesday 8 March
RFL Girls Champion Schools Preliminary Festival (Y7 & Y9) – Wade Deacon High School, Halton 2pm – 4pm
Hulme Grammar Girls Teacher Tag sessions – 11am – 3pm

Wednesday 9 March
RFL North West Women’s FE/HE contact festival – Widnes Moorfield, 2pm – 4pm
RFL Cumbria Champion Schools Preliminary festival (Y7 & Y9) – St Benedict’s High School 1pm – 3pm
RFL Cumbria Women’s touch rugby league festival – Lakes College 1pm – 3pm

Thursday 10 March
RFL Girls Champion Schools Preliminary Festival (Y8 & Y10) – St Augustine’s High School, St Helens 2pm – 4pm

Friday 11 March
Cumbria Wheelchair taster sessions 10am – 4pm
Preston College touch rugby league taster sessions 10am – 4pm

Sunday 12 March
RFL Girls Club touch rugby league Festival – Oldham St Anne’s ARLFC 10am – 1pm

For more information on any of the competitions or events please contact

    Date: Thursday, March 3 2011
    Time: 17:30
    Venue: Yudowitz Seminar Room, Wolfson Medical Building
    Speaker: Ali Jarvis (SFC Board member current chair of the SFC Access and Inclusion Committee)

The Equality and Diversity Unit and Senior Women @ Glasgow network invite you to join them for this year’s International Women’s Day lecture, which will be given by Ali Jarvis (SFC Board member current chair of the SFC Access and Inclusion Committee).

Ali will address us on the subject of Women and Change on 3 March 2011 at 5.30pm (for 6pm start) in Yudowitz Seminar Room, Wolfson Medical Building.

Ali is a freelance consultant and coach specialising in leadership, strategic change management and equality with organisations in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Until 2007 Ali was Chief Executive of the Commission for Racial Equality, and prior to that Director of Stonewall Scotland. She was directly engaged with the process of developing the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission in the four years leading up to its opening in 2007 and has been involved in many other cross-Equalities Groups and initiatives in the UK and internationally to ensure that joined up approaches are used to advance a fairer society. Her lecture will be followed by a wine reception.

RSVP to the Equality and Diversity Unit (, ext. 1887). Spaces are limited, so please respond promptly if you wish to attend.

With a brilliant mixture of musical entertainment and updates on women’s issues around the world, the Hampstead Amnesty Group present:

    Music from Hadar Manor, Jasmine Rodgers and Nadine Wild Palmer;
    Powerful Theatre from Ice and Fire Theater Company;
    A selection of speakers on women’s issues around the world, including the UK

Join us for a fun, informative evening Celebrating the lives of women!

House of Lords on Thursday 3 March, including a debate on the global and domestic challenges for women in the centenary year of International Women’s Day

Will be broadcast by the BBC on Friday 4th at 06:00 on BBC Parliament


Join us for a celebration of international women on Saturday 5th March!

This FREE event is taking place in the games hall at Dunfermline High School from 10am – 1pm.

Come along and try:
* Henna Hand Painting
* Glass Painting
* Cookery Demo
* Book Bugs for Kids
* Face Painting for Kids
* Smoking Cessation
* Baby Memory Books
* Chinese Calligraphy
* Counterweight
* Confidence Building Workshops
* Jewellery Making
* Diet & Exercise
* Well Woman
* Beautician

…plus information stands and lots, lots more!

As well as the wide range of stalls we will also have a performance space with the following activities taking place:
10.00 Zumba with Lee (join in)
10.30 Shoogle Boobs Women’s Brass Ensemble (listen)
11.00 Self Defence (demo)
11.30 Shoogle Boobs (listen)
12.00 Belly Dancing (demo)
12.30 Zumba with Lee (join in)

Come along and enjoy a free brunch and pick up a balloon for the kids too!

The Dunfermline Local Planning Group and Community Learning and Development look forward to welcoming you to this event.

A series of events is being held at the University of Edinburgh to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March.

The events, organised by Edinburgh University Students’ Association and the University of Edinburgh mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.

The day’s programme includes a student conference capturing the roles of women in a range of areas including politics, computer science and global leadership; the International Women’s Day Lecture, delivered by Dr Irene Khan; a benefit production of V-Day’s Vagina Monologues; a special Student Council focused on gender equity issues on campus; and the renaming of the University buildings to reflect women’s achievements.

Global Leaders’ conference

EUSA will host the Global Women, Global Leaders student conference to showcase academic, local, and student experts in the fields of science, history, politics, and global leadership.

Speakers will include the Edinburgh University Hoppers, Dr Fiona McKay, and EUSA President Liz Rawlings, among many others. There will also be a networking lunch for attendees.

    Global Leaders’ Conference
    Tuesday 8 March 2011, 10.30am – 5pm
    The Dining Room, Teviot Row House

Irene Khan lecture

Dr Irene Khan, international human rights expert and former Secretary General of Amnesty International, will speak at the Second Annual International Women’s Day Inaugural Lecture.

The topic of Dr Khan’s lecture is “gender equality and women’s empowerment: the unfinished revolution”. The public lecture will be chaired by journalist and broadcaster, Sheena McDonald.

    International Women’s Day Inaugural Lecture
    Tuesday 8 March 2011, 5.30pm – 7pm
    Assembly Hall, New College

Vagina Monologues

To close the day, EUSA will present an evening benefit production of the Vagina Monologues.

The famous play is being produced, directed and performed by Edinburgh students and staff and will highlight issues regarding the global epidemic of gender-based violence.

The production will raise funds for Shakti Women’s Aid, a women’s organisation based in Edinburgh. Shakti provides information and support to Black and Ethnic Minority women, children, and young people experiencing or fleeing domestic abuse.

The Vagina Monologues is part of V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works.

Also a partner in this production, the Edinburgh Students’ Charities Appeal is a student-led fundraising charity who supports students who want to raise money for organisations such as Shakti.

    The Vagina Monologues
    Tuesday 8 March 2011, 8.32pm – 10.30pm
    The Dining Room, Teviot Row House

Renaming buildings

To highlight the academic, political and cultural achievements of women on International Women’s Day, the University and EUSA are renaming University buildings for the day.

Currently, only two university buildings at Edinburgh are named after women: the Crystal Macmillan building in George Square and the Ann Walker building at Kings Buildings.

The honoured women will either share the same academic or cultural area of expertise or will reflect the academic subject of the building, with preference for women with a connection to the University and Scotland.

Women to be honoured include Sophie Jex Blake, Marie Curie, James Miranda Berry, and Elsie Maud Inglis.

Council recognises International Women’s Day

The Student Council of EUSA will hold a themed meeting on 8 March at 7pm in the Debating Hall in Teviot, in honour of International Women’s Day.

The University Secretary Kim Waldron will address the Council, EUSA President Liz Rawlings and Postgraduate Representative Tania Porqueddu will report on their attendance at the Emerging Leaders Global Summit: The Next Generation of Women Leaders Transforming the World in New York, and each of the Student Council Forums will follow agendas set by their female members.

Centeniary year

Established in 1911, International Women’s Day is a globally recognised day of celebration, dedication and campaigning on 8 March each year.

The day was initially intended to recognise suffrage and the economic, social and political achievements of women. Today, International Women’s Day is celebrated throughout the world, used to highlight continuing gender inequality.

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