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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: http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/human-rights/international-womens-day-2011/

* 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.”

Notes:

    (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 http://www.cymruwomen.org.uk/
    (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. http://www.welshwomensaid.org/ 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, http://www.wdah.org.uk/ .
    (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, dot.com 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.

Notes:

    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: www.metro.co.uk/influential
    3. The Mayor’s strategy for tackling violence against women; The Way Forward: taking action to end violence against women can be found here: www.london.gov.uk/thewayforward.
    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: www.rapecrisislondon.org

See also: Guardian 100 most influential women

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future

In 1910, addressing a conference of Working Women, Clara Zetkin, a German politician, suggested the institution of an International Women’s Day – an opportunity for women to campaign against gender inequality. The first International Women’s Day was celebrated a year later, in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.

Diane Abbott, MP for Hackney North & Stoke Newington, said, “International Women’s Day gives us the ideal opportunity to stand up and celebrate the achievements of all women throughout history. Hackney itself has a proud tradition of iconic female figures, ranging from renowned feminist Mary Wollstonecraft to international superstar Leona Lewis. This is also the only London borough with two female MPs and a female London Assembly Member. Hackney is all about celebrating equality and diversity and that is precisely what this day is for.

Her Parliamentary colleague Meg Hiller, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch, said, “It is important on International Women’s Day that we remember the challenges women face around the world, particularly with education and child birth. There are still many inequalities abroad and in Hackney that need to be addressed.

There are many opportunities for Hackney residents to get involved in the festivities.

The Exiled Writers Ink is hosting a poem and dinner event for hungry bodies and thirsty minds on Thursday 24th. Three exiled women authors Rahila Khalwa, Nigar Hasan-Zadeh and Mehrangiz Rassapar, will be reciting their poetry. The Railroad Café is in charge of food. If you fancy, bring poetry of your own for the open mic interludes.

Culture Kitchen: women, equality and the environment takes place on the 8th with food-based beauty and health tips.

As you know, local Women Institutes are enjoying a renaissance. The last couple of years in Hackney, several WIs have sprung up. Far from the original aim of the WI – promoting and educating women on food production during the First World War – the Dalston Darlings, Shoreditch Sisters and other new born WIs, are a new kind of social place for women to meet, share skills and have fun.

Models sized 8 to 16 and aged 18 to 65 participated in Caryn Fanlin and Debra Bourne’s film celebrating body differences in the fashion industry. All Walks Beyond the Catwalk is showing at the closing party of the W Project, an exhibition and series of events honouring the work of talented creative women, from the 8th to the 11th.

Film heads will be interested in a discussion why there are so few female directors on Thursday the 10th.

A hundred years ago, women were campaigning for the right to vote and to be elected, for greater female participation in labour and for a spark of equality.

In the context of Women’s History Month, Hackney Museum is organising a tribute walk to the women who have played a major role in Hackney, from the early feminists to Hackney’s two female MPs.

The W Project
Exhibition 9 — 11 March 2011, 10.00 am – 6pm
The Russian Club Gallery
London E8 4DA

Exiled writers – Food for the Body and Mind
Railroad Café – Restaurant, 120 Morning Lane, E9 6LH
Thursday 24 March 7.30pm £4 entrance plus cost of food
Booking necessary.
jennifer@exiledwriters.fsnet.co.uk

Hackney Heroines History Walk
with the Hackney Museum
Meet outside Hackney Central Overground.
Saturday 12 March 2.30pm-4.30pm
Booking essential: email: linda.sydow@hackney.gov.uk

Culture Kitchen: Women, Equality and the Environment
Tuesday 8 March 10am-3pm
Free entry and lunch
St.Hilda’s East Community Centre
18 Club Row
London E2 7EY
Booking and information: spiceitup@wen.org.uk

http://www.hackneycitizen.co.uk/2011/03/05/hackney-to-celebrate-international-womens-day-centenary/

2011 marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. There are a range of events taking place at our venues and a new exhibition ’42’ Women of Sierra Leone opening at the International Slavery Museum.

All events and exhibitions are free.

Events

Talks: Christian Aid celebrate International Women’s Day
Christian Aid is hosting a special afternoon of talks to mark International Women’s Day at the International Slavery Museum, in conjunction with the new exhibition ’42’ Women of Sierra Leone.
The programme:
· From 12noon visitors are asked to sign in at the Christian Aid desk on the ground floor of Merseyside Maritime Museum, then enjoy some free time in the museums.
· 2.30pm Refreshments
· 3pm Talks by Lee Karen Stow and Christian Aid spokespeople about some of the challenges and work that they are undertaking with their partners in Sierra Leone.
If you would like to attend this free event please contact Ruth Baker on 01925 573 769 or e-mail at rbaker@christian-aid.org
Suitable for adults, all visitors
Dates: Tuesday 8 March 2011 sign in from 12noon, talks 3pm
Booking Free event, pre-booking is essential.
International Slavery Museum

Never at sea – the Wrens story
Liverpool played an essential role in winning the Battle of the Atlantic during the Second World War. Meet our Wren, May Hatton, who will tell you about the vital work carried out under the streets of the city.
Suitable for all visitors, adults, family-friendly
Dates: Tuesday 8 March 2011 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm
Booking Free drop-in event, no need to book.
Merseyside Maritime Museum

Talk: Not just Rosa Parks…
A short talk about the lesser known female activists of the Civil Rights movement, including Septima Clarke and Ella Baker. Find out about their vital work behind high profile male-dominated campaigns during the struggle for freedom.
Suitable for all visitors, adults
Dates: Tuesday 8 March 2011 2pm and 3pm
Booking Free drop-in event, no need to book.
International Slavery Museum

Forced marriage conference 2011
Liverpool’s second forced marriage conference aims to:
· Showcase Liverpool’s achievements on this agenda
· Offer an overview of forced marriage from a broad perspective
· Explore the links between forced marriage and mental health
· Improve regional awareness of the subject and share good practice
Addressed by local, regional, national and international speakers, the conference is open to anyone with an interest in forced marriage, including community members, professionals working with young people and families and the voluntary, community and faith sectors.
Download the booking form here [pdf document 82kb].
For further information or to book a free place please email Gill Moglione saveraliverpool@hotmail.co.uk
This conference is a collaboration between NHS North West and Liverpool Primary Care Trust.
Suitable for adults
Dates: Thursday 10 March 2011 9.30am-4.30pm
Booking Free event, pre-booking is essential.
International Slavery Museum

We are beautiful – celebrating International Women’s Day
Explore the culture and world of Black hair at this special evening, which starts with a screening of US comedian Chris Rock’s documentary ‘Good Hair’. The film focuses on African American women’s hair, including the styling industry surrounding it, the ‘acceptable’ look of African American women’s hair in society and the effects of both upon African American culture.
After the film screening there will be a talk about Black hair and the care it requires. There will also be an opportunity to network, and drinks and light snacks will be served.
Places are free but limited. Please email us using this contact form to secure your booking.
Suitable for adults, all visitors
Dates: Tuesday 29 March 2011 6-9pm
Booking Free drop-in event, no need to book.
International Slavery Museum

’42’ Women of Sierra Leone
An exhibition of 42 portraits of the women of Sierra Leone, by British photojournalist and writer Lee Karen Stow.
“When I turned 42 in 2008 life expectancy in Sierra Leone was around 42. I realised that I had double the chance of living a long and healthy life in the UK, where life expectancy for women is around 83. I became angry at what is a violation of human rights.
42 aims to show the beauty, spirit, hope and the value to society of women not just in Sierra Leone, but women everywhere, who wake each morning with the belief that one day, life really will get better.” Lee Karen Stow
The exhibition includes photographs taken in summer 2010, which have not been shown before.
Suitable for all visitors
Dates: Friday 4 March 2011 – Sunday 15 April 2012
Find out more about ’42’ Women of Sierra Leone
International Slavery Museum

See also Sierra Leonean photographer, Rebecca Kamara has been invited to the photographic exhibition ’42’ at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, UK ahead of the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2011.

For more details of these events and visitor information go to http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/events/womensday_events.aspx

The White Ribbon Campaign have been approached by the Manchester area office of Oxfam to hold ‘a bit of a do!’ to celebrate the Centenary of International Women’s Day.

A Fair Afternoon Tea for Fair Ladies (and men) of Afternoon Tea and Scones (and Cake) will be held at the Methodist Church Hall, Hebden Bridge on Tuesday 8th March from 12 noon to 4pm.

There will be information from various women’s groups – both national and international with videos, brochures etc. from Christian Aid, Shared Interest, Womens Aid, Womankind, Christian Initiative in Calderdale Schools.

Further information can be found on the Oxfam website at http://celebration.oxfam.org.uk/page/event/detail/docoffee/jtq and the Methodist Circuit events website at http://www.calderdalemethodists.org.uk/circuitdiary.php

The poster can be downloaded by clicking here http://www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk/sites/all/files/Fair%20Afternoon%20Tea%20%28poster%29.doc.

Source http://www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk/news/events/280

Deels in Heels and Jersey Women’s Refuge are holding an exciting champagne breakfast on 8th march to celebrate 100 years of International Women’s Day.

There will be an array of entertainment; poetry, music, a special award will be presented and a free prize draw aswell as champagne and a continental style breakfast.

Date Time: 8th March 07:45 am – 9am
Venue: The Radisson Blu, Waterfront Hotel, Jersey St. Helier, Channel Isles
Cost: £15.00
Other: Event now sold out
Contact: Lorna Kearney Manager Jersey Women’s Refuge
Phone: 01534 768368
Email: lorna@jerseywomensrefuge.org
Website: http://www.jerseywomensrefuge.org


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