international women's day 2011

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To mark the occasion of IWD, the Commission has developed a special web page to collate the work we have done to promote gender equality for women and includes a centenary message from our Commissioner, Kay Carberry, as well as special messages of support from the Home Secretary Theresa May and Shadow Minister for Equality, Yvette Cooper.

However if IWD is about celebration, it is not about complacency.

As the Commission’s triennial review report How Fair is Britain? and our forthcoming update to our Sex and Power publication show, we are still a long way from achieving equality. On too many issues, unacceptable inequalities remain: violence against women and girls, marked labour market segregation, the unequal division of care and multiple discrimination to name a few.’

To read her full statement and access messages of support from both the Home Secretary, Theresa May and Shadow Minister for Equality, Yvette Cooper, please visit our website at:

In the Monarch’s annual address to the “family of nations”, she highlighted how women play vital roles under many guises – from doctors and artists to entrepreneurs and teachers.

Gender inequalities are still found across the globe and the sovereign called on individuals and groups to think of practical ways to provide support to girls and women so they could lead fuller lives.

International Women’s Day, held last Tuesday, celebrated its 100th anniversary this year.

The Monarch highlighted the milestone and said the event had grown from humble beginnings to become a global way of publicly recognising mothers and daughters.

The Queen, whose address mirrored the theme of Commonwealth Day, said: “This year, the Commonwealth celebrates the important role that women already play in every walk of life and in every Commonwealth country – from the richest to the poorest areas, across continents and oceans, from villages to places of international debate, in every culture and faith – recognising that women are “agents of change” in so many ways: As mothers and sisters, teachers and doctors, artists and craftspeople, smallholders and entrepreneurs, and as leaders of our societies, unleashing the potential of those around them.”

The monarch, who is head of the Commonwealth, added: “And also this year, the Commonwealth reflects on what more could be achieved if women were able to play an even larger role.

“For example, I am encouraged that last year the Commonwealth launched a global effort to train and support half a million more midwives worldwide.”

The monarch’s pre-recorded words formed part of the annual Observance of Commonwealth Day service, held at Westminster Abbey and attended by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and a host of dignitaries.

Among the speakers were the singer and campaigner Annie Lennox and Zambian-born economist Dambisa Moyo who will draw attention to the achievements of women across the Commonwealth and highlighting how much remains to be done to achieve true equality.

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy read a poem commissioned for the service called A Commonwealth Blessing for Girls.

The Observance, Britain’s largest annual inter-faith gathering, was attended by the Commonwealth Chairperson-in-office, Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, and more than 1,000 school children.

Concluding her address, the Queen urged the Commonwealth to “…give a thought to the practical ways in which we, as individuals or as groups, can provide support to girls and women – so that everyone can have a chance of a fuller and more rewarding life, wherever they happen to be born”.

Part of a longer article at

* New figures show shocking prevalence of domestic abuse across Wales
* Many services still unaware whether they will receive funding post-April

On 8th March, as women’s organisations across the world celebrated the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day (1), leading domestic abuse charity Welsh Women’s Aid (2) revealed the shocking extent of domestic abuse across Wales.

Statistics gathered on Valentine’s Day provide a one-day snapshot of the services delivered by Welsh Women’s Aid’s member groups and other domestic abuse service providers across Wales. But despite the clear demand for these life-saving services for survivors and their children, many services still have not yet been informed whether they will receive funding beyond the end of March.

On one day in Wales (3):
* 211 women were living in refuges run by Welsh Women’s Aid’s member organisations, with a total of 167 dependant children
* 40 of the children and young people* living in refuges were, or had previously been, on the Child Protection Register
* This included 1 baby who was born to a woman accommodated in refuge, and placed straight onto the Child Protection Register
* 1701 women were receiving community-based support, with a further 512 on waiting lists
* 1453 children and young people were receiving community-based support, with a further 338 on waiting lists. 97 of these children were on the Child Protection Register.
* 90 women and 11 children and young people contacted Welsh Women’s Aid’s member organisations for the first time.

Paula Hardy, Chief Executive Officer of Welsh Women’s Aid, said:

The 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day is an opportunity to reflect upon the huge amount of progress made – including thousands of lives saved and re-built with the assistance of specialist services such as Women’s Aid since the establishment of the first refuges in the 1970s.

But it is also a time to take stock and to realise how far society still has to go before violence against women and girls is eradicated. In England and Wales, 2 women are killed every week by their partner or ex-partner (4). Our Valentine’s Day statistics are a snapshot of just one day – so while the results are harrowing, they are an underestimate of the real prevalence of domestic abuse in Wales.

Specialist support services are necessary to enable survivors to rebuild their lives. If these services are cut, lives will be put at risk. Coupled with the proposed devastating cuts to Legal Aid, and closures in other services such as Citizens Advice Bureaux, we are deeply concerned that the safety of women and children will be compromised. Women’s organisations have had to grow accustomed to eleventh-hour confirmation of funding, and to operating life-saving services on a shoestring. But now more than ever, it is vital that funders recognize that these services are not a luxury – they’re absolutely essential for thousands of women and children across Wales.”


    (1) International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women. First celebrated in 1911, this year is the Global Centenary Year. Numerous events will take place across Wales – see
    (2) Welsh Women’s Aid is the leading national domestic abuse organisation in Wales, with a network of 31 member groups situated all over Wales, who provide direct services to women and children who have experienced domestic abuse. WWA provides specialist support to our member groups, in addition to informing and challenging national policy on their behalf. WWA also manages the Wales Domestic Abuse Helpline, a national, 24-hour, freephone, bilingual and gender-neutral helpline for anyone experiencing or wanting more information on domestic abuse: 0808 80 10 800, .
    (3) Statistics gathered by Welsh Women’s Aid from 14th February 2011, from our 31 member organisations. Statistics on community-based support were gathered from our member organizations in addition to Hafan Cymru, Caerphilly Women’s Services and Montgomeryshire Family Crisis Centre.
    (4) British Crime Survey, 2004.

For further information and to arrange interviews, please contact Hannah Austin on 02920 390874 or Paula Hardy on 07766 524489.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, celebrated the amazing achievements of London’s women to mark International Women’s Day 2011

The remarkable women included in the exhibition are leaders in their fields and have made a significant contribution within their chosen areas. The exhibition includes trailblazer Dany Cotton, who, as Deputy Assistant Commissioner, is the highest ranking female in the London Fire Brigade. At the vanguard of human rights is Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty who is also included.

Other incredible women who are notable for their exceptional talents and achievements are Michelin starred chef Angela Hartnett, Olympic gold medalist, Dame Kelly Holmes, ground-breaking artist, Tracey Emin, the first female Chief Executive of the London Stock Exchange, Dame Clara Furse, pioneer, Martha Lane Fox and Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the British suffragette movement, which helped women win the right to vote. The sphere of religion is epitomized by Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin who was made a chaplain to the Queen in 2007. The fields of fashion and music are well represented by Kate Moss and RnB fusion artist MIA as well as Hackney-born singer, Leona Lewis.

The exhibition consists of women who have a strong connection to the capital, whether they were born Londoners or have become Londoners through living in this great city. It covers 100 years of women’s history and celebrates inspiring London women of all ages from diverse backgrounds.

Metro readers are being asked to vote for their favourite or most influential woman of the last century on their website and the result will be published on International Women’s Day.

The exhibition also coincides with the first anniversary of the Mayor publishing London’s first ever strategy to tackle violence against women. Since then London has been leading the way in improving the response to violence against women and girls.

Since the plan was published, the Mayor has quadrupled rape crisis provision in the capital by opening three new Rape Crisis Centres and expanding the Croydon Rape Crisis Centre. He has also launched a new Rape Crisis London website to improve access to these services. Prevention is at the heart of the Mayor’s strategy and he has worked with partners to raise awareness of sexual consent amongst young people. Partnership activity has also been established to prevent and respond to the issue of human trafficking ahead of the London 2012 Games when there may be an increase in this activity. The Mayor is providing leadership on this issue and is working continuously to ensure that tackling violence against women is a priority across London.


    1. The exhibition of inspiring women runs at City Hall closes on 17 March 2011.
    2. Metro Newspaper and the Press Association are both media partners for the exhibition. To take part in the Metro vote for the most influential woman of the past 100 years go to:
    3. The Mayor’s strategy for tackling violence against women; The Way Forward: taking action to end violence against women can be found here:
    4. The London violence against women and girls panel, established in 2010 to oversee the delivery of the Mayor’s strategy has been working in partnership to improve strategic coordination of London’s response to gender-based violence.
    5. Information about the rape crisis centres can be found here:

See also: Guardian 100 most influential women

Friday 25th March 2011 from 11.00am – 4.00pm
Thurlow Lodge Community Hall, 1Thurlow Street SE 17 2US

We would like to invite all female residents and their families of the Aylesbury Estate in Southwark and surrounding areas to take part in an event organised by Aylesbury EveryWomen’s Centre for this year ‘International Women’s Week’. Our theme this year is a celebration of 100 years of International Women’s Day.

We will provide the following activities:
· Healthy Living workshops
· Discussions/Presentations on the changes of women’s rights over 100 years
· Workshops from domestic violence groups in Southwark
· Entertainment from different cultures
· Stalls for local projects
· Face Painting
· Food and Refreshment

For more information contact Zahra Abdalla, and Ola Smith
Tel: 020 77014141 Ext 229 Mob: 07983747243, – 07811224327

If you have a story whether it is sad or happy that you would love to present please get in contact with Zahra on the above details. Don’t be shy, it’s our day!


In recognition of International Women’s Day, which took place this year on the 8th of March, a free event is being held in Cardiff’s County Hall on the 28th of March 2011 to celebrate the promotion of gender equality and women’s achievements over the last 100 years.

“This will be invaluable for individuals or organisations that work hard to promote gender equality,” said Hanna Miyir, of the Welsh NGO, Cyfanfyd, that is organising the event. “The empowerment of women is central to the UN’s Millennium Development Goals and we intend to show that it is something that can be worked towards on both a local and a global stage.”

The event will include presentations from local organisations on the topic of women’s rights and gender equality, performances and information stands as well as a keynote speech from Welsh Woman of the Year 1996-97, Baroness Ilora Finlay of Llandaff.

Baroness Finlay is well renowned for her extensive work in palliative medicine and has been actively involved in promoting ‘medical humanities’, encouraging the integration of the arts into health care thinking. She is an inspirational figure whose achievements serve to highlight women’s contribution to healthcare development.

The event is open to everyone and is being held between 10.30am and 3.00pm on the 28th of March 2011 in Cardiff’s County Hall.

While this is a free event, places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis. To book a place, please contact Lorraine Fletcher at

To find out more, please contact Hanna Miyir on 209 2066 8999 or at


Spitalfields Market, Saturday 12th March, International Women’s Fair

Electric Landladies with Laka Daisical, Sarah Pritchard, Deirdre Cartwright, Diane McLoughlin, Alison Rayner and Ann Day
In the middle of the historic Spitalfields Market and surrounded by stalls with artists, books, craftswomen, fashion designers, pop up poets, participatory workshops and women’s organisations.

The two free sessions from the Electric Landladies will be at 12 – 1 and 2 – 3pm.

See full details about the event at

The Home Secretary is also minister for women and equalities, and will be joined at the meeting by Gerry Lejeune from East Berkshire Women’s Aid, TVP superintendent Tim de Meyer, and Liz McKean from Amnesty International.

Mike Copland, of the Cookham and Maidenhead branch of Amnesty, said: “There are still real and challenging issues for women that need to be addressed in the UK, as well as internationally, and we hope that this meeting will give voice to them.

“We encourage anyone in Maidenhead with an interest in these concerns to join us on Friday to celebrate what has been achieved and to look at what still needs to be done.”

The free meeting, chaired by Cllr Kathy Newbound, is at the Methodist Church Hall, High Street/King’s Street, from 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Call Sian Hemmings on 07753 347882 or email for details.

Date Time: Striking a light: Wednesday 16 March @19:30
Venue: The Museum of St Albans, 9a Hatfield Road, St Albans. AL1 3RR

Local St Albans historian Dr Louise Raw and author of “Striking a Light: The Bryant and May Matchwomen and Their Place in History” will be the guest speaker. There will also be an opportunity to purchase her book with a 20 percent discount being given on the night of this talk and an opportunity to ask her to sign your copy.

Cost: All tickets cost £6 (£5 for Museum Friends), and this includes tea or coffee and biscuits. If you book tickets for all three talks the tickets will only cost £15 (£13.50 for Museum Friends). To book either call into The Museum of St Albans, 9a Hatfield Road, St Albans. AL1 3RR or telephone 01727 819340.
Contact: Elanor Cowland
Phone: 01727 819340

Feminist activists at Queen Mary University in East London are organising Festival51, a series of events and discussions to demand women’s liberation.

FESTiVAL51 – 5 Days 1 Cause


Hosted at Queen Mary University of London, Mile End campus but open to ALL – men, women, children, squirrels…..

We’re currently working on the details but all rooms, times will be confirmed nearer the festival.
Please make sure you send this to everyone you know, it would be great to have a huge turnout for the first ever Womens Festival

Monday 14th March

Bancroft (FB) room 102.6 at 12-1pm

FB 115 4pm – 6pm

Arts G.07 6.30 – 8.30pm

Tuesday 15th

INTERNATIONAL LUNCH/SOCIAL (self defining women only) bring a cultural dish of your choice!
QMotion Conference Room 12-2.30pm


3pm – 5pm Fogg Lecture Theatre

Wednesday 16th

SELF DEFENCE/Sexual Attack prevention (self defining women only)
Active Studio QMotion 10am – 2.30pm

There are limited spaces in this session so please email to reserve your place :)

12 – 2pm Drapers Bar

How do we organise at QM?
Rachel Harger
more TBC – if you would like to participate in spoken word session email
David Sizer Lecture Theatre 6-8pm

Thursday 17th

– JANINE BOOTH, RMT will be discussing a local Tower Hamlets feminist activist Minnie Lansbury
UNA BYRNE – anarchafeminist (anarchism and feminism)
FB 115 6pm – 8.30pm

WINVISIBLE (women and disabilities)
LAWS building room G5 4pm – 6pm (wheelchair access and level flooring)

Friday 18th

PAYDAY (men’s group)
WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGN (men against violence to women)
FB 115 1pm – 3pm

Film Screenings & Discussion
3pm – 5pm Arts G.02
– Taking the Power (Venezuela)
– All Work and No Pay

HANNAH DEE (LGBT feminism)
FB 115 6pm – 8.30pm


H.L.I (Sensei C & Elai Immortal)
Drapers Bar (see below) 8pm – 12am
£2 entry (Non QM students to email to be put on guestlist)

There will be fundraising buckets at most events to raise money for womens organisations facing attack from the coalition cuts. Please dig deep and give generously!

And remember – this a man’s world? I don’t think so! :)

Hope to see lots of you there and if you have any queries/concerns/want to be involved please do email QMSU Women’s Officer Wanda Canton – we’d love to have you on board

Facebook event here.


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