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To honour 100 years of the global celebration of International Women’s Day South London Women Artists (SLWA) are holding their 5th exhibition at Dulwich Library from Sunday 27 February to Saturday 26 March 2011. This year the theme of the exhibition is Women and Books, drawing on the invaluable contributions that women have made to books and libraries over the years and the inspiration they receive from them.

SLWA has already been associated with books through it’s progamme of talks also held at Dulwich Library. In 2009 Althea Greenan of the Women’s Art Library at Goldsmith’s College explained how the organisation functions as an alternative public space to view and experience women’s art. Rebecca Fortnum, Camberwell College of Art, talked about her interviews with 20 internationally recognized women artists from her book “Contemporary British Women Artists: In their own words”. More recently Dr Lara Perry who is co-editing a book on feminism and art curating presented her research “What place has feminism in contemporary practice?” to the group.

The Women and Books exhibition will look at books written by women, for women, about women or which inspire women and joins International Women’s Day celebrations on 8 March when thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate their achievements. Throughout the month long exhibition a number of local schools will attend SLWA education events organized for them by artist members. There will also be free tours of the exhibition led by a SLWA member and a chance to meet some of the participating artists on Wednesdays 2 and 16 March at 3.30pm.

Over the past two years South London Women Artists have staged numerous shows including a hugely successful exhibition at Bankside Gallery in 2010. Dulwich Library is fast becoming an established venue to view and buy original SLWA artworks and the group is delighted that books will also be the theme of the show. The works will ‘bookend’ the library bookshelves, thus connecting the thoughtful experiences of library browsing and art contemplation.

The exhibition will take place at Dulwich Library from 27 February to 26 March during normal opening hours and entrance is free. There will be a private view on Thursday 3 March from 8 to 10pm.

Dulwich Library, 368 Lordship Lane, SE22 8NB
Open: Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri 9am to 8pm, Tues10am to 8pm, Sat 9am to 5pm, Sun 12pm to 4pm.
Private view Thursday 3 March, 8 to 10pm.

Free exhibition tours Wednesday 2 & 16 March at 3.30pm.

For more information and images contact:
Kim Thornton at
or go to

Take the opportunity to find out more about the positive impact of Fair Trade at Divine’s Fairtrade Farmers’ Tour, 2011

Between the 28th February and 13th March 2011, Fairtrade Fortnight and Divine Chocolate will be touring the UK to promote awareness of fair trade. The annual event gives you the opportunity to hear firsthand about cocoa farmers’ lives and the impact that fair trade has on them.

This year’s tour has a special focus on women to celebrate the International Women’s Day’s centenary. Two of the women from the Ghanaian cocoa co-operative, Kuapa Kokoo, Harriet Boatemaa and Fatima Ali, will be leading the tour and will be explaining just why the roles played by women are so crucial for the cocoa growing process.

The tour will take in Liverpool, Warrington, Bradford, London, Oxford and Cardiff and Harriet and Fatima will be meeting with businesses, shoppers, schools and political representatives to spread the word about the positive impact that Fairtrade has on the cocoa farming community in Ghana.

Cost: Free
Date: Monday 28 February- 13 March 2011

For full details of this event please see

Tuesday 8 March is International Women’s Day (IWD), and the Lancaster group organising the celebrations would like your photos of women who have made an impact on your life, for a special exhibition, titled ‘Women Like Us’ at the Gregson, opening on the evening of IWD and showing until the end of March.

Lancaster Women @ The Gregson (WAGs) will create an artwork from all your photos. You may also wish to include a short description. The exhibition is for everyone and WAGs want men to send photos of women that have made an impact in their life as well.

Photographs are needed by 20 February to give them time to create the artwork. If you have a photograph to contribute please send it to Ali at or Carole at Photographs can also be dropped off at the Gregson Centre in a special collection box there marked ‘Women Like Us Project’. As they can’t be returned, clear photocopies (b&w or colour) are fine.

On Saturday 12 March the WAGs are holding a celebratory IWD ‘Jacob’s Join’ meal and screening of ‘Woman: Whose Canvas?’ at 7pm in the Olive Bar, upstairs at the Gregson.

New Shoes Theatre will present ‘Hurried Steps’ at the Dukes DT3 on Friday 11 March at 7.30pm. Written in association with Amnesty International, Hurried Steps has ignited a global debate about the impact of violence against women. A panel discussion follows the performance.

All are welcome to these events.

As 70% of the spending cuts are aimed at women’s purses and jobs, Lancaster Women Against the Cuts (WAC) is also planning a seminar that week for women exploring the implications of the cuts for women. Speakers and time to be confirmed. See the Virtual-Lancaster events listings for updated information, or the WAC Facebook page.


Digitalife would like to invite you to take part in the Bradford Women’s Market 2011 to celebrate 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day (IWD).

For 100 years International Women’s Day celebrates the political, economic, cultural and social achievement of women around the world. Not only is IWD a celebration it also serves as reminder of the continuing struggle for equality that so many women face across the world.

Digitalife would like to invite you to take part in our upcoming Women’s Market in March 2011. The goals of the markets are to:
* Showcasing the achievements of female entrepreneurs
* Provide you with trading opportunities
* Support you in promoting your businesses, products and services to the general public and build awareness of your business
* Collect information about your offers to assist you in gauging reaction from potential and actual customers
* Help you to improve your trading skills
* Help you to network and find out how others can help you


Each trader will be provided with a 3 metre x 3 metre stall erected by the Markets Service, which will include a canopy, two side sheets, two table top counters (if required) and weights to stabilise the stall in inclement weather.

The fee for a stall will only be:
Catering Stalls: £50.00
All other Stalls: £35.00
per 3 metre x 3 metre stall provided.

Second Stall: £25.00
per 3 metre x 3 metre stall provided.


Your completed application form must be returned to the Digitalife office as soon as possible and no later than Monday 28th February 2011 by 2:00pm. Full payment is required with the application form. Please make cheques payable to Digitalife Ltd.

Event Information

Digitalife, in partnership with Bradford Kickstart, is dedicated to supporting women to develop their business ideas, and help women into successful and sustained self-employment. Through our Supporting Opportunities for Women in Enterprise programme (SOWE), we are providing discounted market stalls for new and existing clients who wish to trade at our Women’s Markets. All new and established businesses are invited to apply to participate. We recognise that many businesses are run jointly with male family members and business partners, and we warmly welcome you to get involved on the day.

What next?

Apply now! If you want to have a stall, we urge you to get your application in as soon as possible as this will initially be considered on a first come first served basis. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Attia Hussain on 01274 223347 or alternatively email

All traders must have their own Public Liability Insurance – available here

Completed application forms, proof of public liability insurance and payments should be sent to :
Post: Attia Hussain, Digitalife Ltd, Carlisle Business Centre, 60 Carlisle Road, Bradford BD8 8BD
Phone: 01274 223347
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Reading will be celebrating women for a whole week from the 7th to the 12th of March. There will be a flurry of activities taking place across Reading to celebrate women from all backgrounds and cultures. Check out our events page for more information on what will be happening around the town!

Reading’s Women’s Week will culminate with a fantastic production of the Vagina Monolgues at Shehnai, London Street, on the 12th of March (book your tickets now).

The show is being created by the community for the community, 90% of all profits will be given in support of the work that Berkshire Women’s Aid carry out, the further 10% will be given to support the V-day charity.

Women’s Week Events

Wonderful Women of Reading – Nominations
click here to find out more or to nominate someone…
1st Jan – 26th Feb

Wonderful Women of Reading and Beyond – Exhibition
click here to find out more…
28th Feb – 12th Mar
Central Library Opening Times
Reading Central Library
FREE No ticket needed, just pop along.

Speakers & Sandwiches
click here to find out more…
Thurs 10th Mar at 1pm
Venue TBC
You do need to book BOOK NOW

‘The Vagina Monologues’
and After Party with all Female DJ line up
click here to find out more and to book tickets…
Sat 12th Mar at 7.30pm
Shehnai, London Street
Tickets £8 each or 10% discount on parties of 10+

Wonderful Woman of Reading – Unveiling
Sat 12th Mar at 7.30pm
Shehnai, London Street
Will take place at the Vagina Monolgues performance

Up and Coming Female Artists of Reading – Art Exhibition
click here to find out more…
Sat 12th Mar from 4pm onwards
Shehnai, London Street
No ticket needed, just pop along.

Get Involved

To get involved email or call 01189 866 188 to find out more.

We are always looking for more people to get involved! This event is going to be huge any help you can offer even if it is just a couple of hours!

Here are some of the ways you could get involved… See

7pm at the Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston, Lancashire PR1 8JP
Tickets £10 – Tel: 01772 499425 for reservations & event tickets

In celebration of LGBT History Month and International Women’s Day, Lancashire LGBT Centre presents ‘Pandemonium’ – a unique and unusual evening of music and comedy.

With an all female line-up – O’Hooley & Tidow, Shaista Aziz, Coco Malone, and the Rockabelles – the night will be one to remember!

The evening is a charity fundraiser for the Lancashire LGBT Centre.

The amazing line-up includes:

O’Hooley & Tidow
– intensely beautiful and wryly humourous contemporary folk”. Leeds-born Belinda O’Hooley is best known ‘til now as the song-writer and pianist on the Mercury nominated album ‘The Bairns’ by Rachel Unthank and the Winterset (now the Unthanks). Belinda’s ability to play everything from the big band arrangements of the 1950s to jazz, musical hall and war-time songs of the 1930s and 40s makes her a musician of startling versatility, with an understanding of her instrument second to none. Recognised for her song-writing and piano-playing, she has been praised for making fantastic, lasting and important songs. In 2007, Belinda teamed up with fellow Yorkshire song-writer and singer, Heidi Tidow to create their very own brand of contemporary folk in O’Hooley & Tidow. Their debut album, ‘Silent June’ featured in MOJO’s top ten folk albums for 2010.

Shaista Aziz
– is a stand-up comedian and will be the compere for the night. Shaista is a former BBC journalist, writer and aid worker. The British Pakistani Muslim took up stand-up comedy when she realised she was never going to fulfil her ambition of becoming a housewife. Shaista won the King Gong competition at The Comedy Store, Manchester in 2010 and has performed at comedy festivals and clubs across the country. She reached the semi-finals of the national Funny Women 2010 competition to find the UK’s funniest new female stand-up. Shaista’s humour is based on her experiences of growing up as British Pakistani Muslim, being in a mixed-race marriage and her travels all over the world from Gaza to Tajikistan and Iraq. Her sharp observational wit means she stands out from the crow.

Coco Malone
– is a jazz, blues and soul songbird who regularly performs across the UK and Europe. She is described as having “a vocal range that knows no limits, hailing influence from our godmothers, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone”. Coco has recently signed to Raw Soul Records and has just finished her first Neo Soul EP due for release in March 2010.

The Rockabelles
– perform a beautiful melee of Rockabilly style and poptastic tunes. With cheeky songstress Eva Fox and exotic sounding but proper Preston Zeynep on keys, these divas will knock your socks off and grab your attention in the most delightful way possible!

Tickets are just £10 and are available from the Continental (ring 01772 499 425 for reservations) and from Preston Tourist Information Office, Guild Hall Arcade, Preston


We are looking for at least 13 women to take part. We are raising money for a coach to the Million Women Rise march in London on 5.3.11 so that women who may not otherwise be able to afford it can go to the march.

The Challenge
To make a banner for the Million Women Rise march in an afternoon using only recycled materials.
Please reply to this email if you would like to take part and we will send you a sponsor form.

When, Where etc
Pankhurst Centre – Manchester
Saturday 21st February 2011 from 10am-5pm

Drinks and some refreshments will be provided.

How you can help or get involved
1. Take part in the challenge and ask your friends to sponsor you.
2. Donate some recycled materials.
3. Sponsor one of the women taking part

Please call 07872015114 or email for more information and we can send you a sponsor form. If you already have a form please email so we can put your name on the list.

Manchester – Sponsored Women’s Empowerment Challenge –!/event.php?eid=160181510696395

Birmingham Million Women Rise – Banner Making Workshop Saturday 12.02.11 11am-2pm
(please RSVP via above facebook link)

Two fantastic women artists, Sue Challis & Shaheen Ahmed, will be leading a banner/placard making workshop on Saturday 12.02.11 at a central location in Birmingham.

What do you need to bring?:

Yourself! Friends! Family! Children! (no pets – sorry)

It’s FREE & FUN!!


Bring along any materials that we can use for the banners/placards:
Paints Brushes Embellishments Thread – any colour! Needles – any variety! Materials/fabrics – various Pictures – various Board/MDF And anything else you would like to use!

Lift by car!:
If you would like to be picked up from a central point in Birmingham please drop Shahida a line and I’ll be happy to oblige.

Food & Drink:
To get your creative juices flowing, food & drink will be available throughout the duration of the afternoon. Please feel bring a bottle (non-alcoholic of course) and nibbles to share.


Tues 8th Mar: Launch Event : International Women’s Day.
Time: 3 pm – 6 pm & 7:15 pm – 9 pm £5.

Mon 28th Feb – Fri 11th Mar: Photography exhibition: Women Workers in the Informal Sector in Gujarat, India.
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm Mon – Fri, free.

Mon 28th Feb: Film: With our Memory on the Future
Time: 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm, donations.

Tues 1st Mar: Healthy Women and Children
Time: 10.00 am – 2.30 pm, free.

Tues 1st Mar: Film: From the Red to the Silver, by Caroline Born
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm, donations.

Tues 1st Mar: Resisting the Impact of Cuts on Women’s Wellbeing: Struggles Past and Present
Time: 6.30 pm – 9.00 pm, free.

Wed 2nd Mar: Human Rights and Maternal Health: Oxford Amnesty International Film Night
Time: 7.30 pm – 10.00 pm, donation £2.50.

Thu 3rd Mar: Wrap Oxford in Fairtrade Bunting
Time: 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm, donations.

Thu 3rd Mar: An Evening about Queer Sex, Love and Relationships
Time: 6.30 pm – 9.00 pm, £15 / £10.

Thu 3rd Mar: Do Women Need Therapy?
Time: Doors open 7 pm, free.

Fri 4th Mar: Dance Away the Winter Blues
Time: 7.00 pm – 11.30pm, £5.

Sat 5th Mar and Sun 6th Mar: Cycle with Confidence
Time: 11.00 am – 12.30 pm, donations.

Sat 5th Mar: Together We Are Strong
Time: 10.00 am – 1.00 pm, £5.

Sat 5th Mar: Wellbeing and Vegetarianism
Time: 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm, free.

Sat 5th Mar: ‘Mothers and Daughters’, ‘Women and Freedom’
Time: 7.00 pm – 10.00 pm, £10 / £6 concessions.

Sat 5th Mar: A Taste of Nicaragua
Time: 7.30 pm till late, £10.00 / £5.00.

Sun 6th Mar: The Misa Campesina
Time: 11:00 am, donations.

Sun 6th Mar: Walk for Tabita
Time: Midday.

Sun 6th Mar: Healing Emotions, Accesing our Inner Wisdom
Time: 2.00 pm – 5.30 pm

Mon 7th Mar – Fri 11th Mar: Sport and Wellbeing Week
Time: Various times. Entrance fee may apply for some events.

Tue 8th Mar – Sun 13th Mar: Another Me: Transformations from Pain to Power Exhibition
Time: 11.00 am – 3.00 pm daily, free.

Tues 8th Mar: Red Box- Where Women Meet
Time: 8.00 pm – 11.00 pm, £5 / £3 concessions.

Weds 9th Mar: A Trilogy for Women
Time: 10.30 am – 2.30 pm
(Yoga 11 – 12 and 1 – 2), free.

Weds 9th Mar: Let’s Celebrate Women and Human Rights!
Time: 12 noon – 9.00 pm, donations.

Wed 9th Mar: Old Remedies of Times Gone By
Time: 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm, free.

Wed 9th Mar: Fun Dance for Kids
Time: 3.30 pm – 4.30 pm, £4.

Wed 9th Mar: Sister Act: Dance for Your Life
Time: 5.00 pm – 6.00 pm, free.

Wed 9th Mar: Good Hair
Time: 6 pm – 9.30 pm, free.

Thu 10th Mar and Fri 11th Mar: Vagina Monologues
Time: Doors open 7.30 pm, £3.

Thu 10th Mar: Healthy Women are Happy Women
Time: 10.00 am – 3.00 pm, free.

Thu 10th Mar: Gender, Health and Wellbeing Across Cultures
Time: 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm, free.

Thu 10th Mar: Dorothy Hodgkin Memorial Lecture: Mathematics in the Service of Crystallography
Time: 5.00 pm start, free.

Thu 10th Mar: Women Reaching Women: Mums Matter
Time: 6.30 pm, £3.50.

Fri 11th Mar: The Broken Home (2) Launch Project
Time: Tea Party 4pm – 6pm Drinks / Performance
6pm – 8pm, free.

Fri 11th Mar: Reel Women
Time: 7 pm – 10 pm, free.

Fri 11th Mar: All Women Can Dance
Time: 8.00 pm – 10.00 pm, £9 / £8 concessions.

Sat 12th Mar: Outdoor Activity Day at the Riverside Centre
Time: 10 am – 2 pm, free.

Sat 12th Mar: Kick it, Move it, Chill it
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm, free.

Sat 12th Mar: Fitness Can Be Fun!
Time: 10.30 am – 12.30 pm, free.

Sat 12th Mar: Herbs for Well-being and Cooking
Time: 11:30 am – 3 pm, free.

Sat 12th Mar: Good Grief! It’s A Goddess! D.I.Y.!
Time: 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm, £20 / £15 conc.

Sat 12th Mar: Strictly Latin-American Salsa Night
Time: 7.30 pm – 11.00 pm, £6.00 / £4.00.

Sun 13th Mar: Good Hair
Time: 10 am – 4 pm, free.

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In 1910, women’s activist Clara Zetkin first proposed the idea of an International Women’s Day – a celebration of women’s achievements and a chance to raise awareness of women’s issues. Her idea was gradually taken up by a range of women’s groups, trades unions, socialist societies and working women’s clubs. The Women’s Day movement went from strength to strength, spreading around the world such that Tuesday 8th March 2011 will mark 100 years of International Women’s Day.

As the birthplace of women’s suffrage in the UK, Manchester has always been at the centre of the women’s movement. To celebrate the 100 anniversary we are inviting you to have your say about life as a modern Manchester woman. The 100 Years 100 Voices campaign wants to hear from women about what they think has changed in the past 100 years and what changes they would like to see in the next 100 years.

Have a look at Manchester City Council’s Outstanding young women on the year award-winner Sacha Clarke, aged 15, and the lifetime achievement award-winner Betty Tebbs videos for inspiration.

We are inviting you to upload your 2 minute video to our YouTube Channel or attend one of our drop in sessions:

    * Thursday 3th February 12:00 – 14:00, Pankhurst Centre, 60 – 62 Nelson Street, Manchester, M13 9WP
    * Monday 14th February 16:00 – 17:00, Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, Level 2 in Committee Room 2

More drop in sessions will be available soon. Check

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