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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.

11th March 2011 from 11:00am – 3:00pm
The Teacher Building, 14 St. Enoch Square, Glasgow G1 4DB

The European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh and Engender, a partner in the EU-funded Women Into Public Life project, invite you to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day along with Catherine Stihler MEP.

With female representation at Holyrood set to drop significantly following the Scottish election in May, it is a timely moment to consider the role that Scottish women have played and can play in future in Scottish political life at all levels.

Catherine Stihler has been a Labour Member of the European Parliament representing Scotland since 1999. Drawing on topical examples such as the current proposed revision of EU legislation on parental leave, she will cover:
• what drew her into politics in general and European politics in particular;
• examples of how the EU impacts on women in Scotland;
• how Scottish women can use of their MEPs to make their voice heard.

Catherine will also hold a conversation with Kath Davies of Engender’s International Group before widening that conversation to include all those at the event in informal discussion groups over lunch.

The seminar is free to attend and is designed to be interactive. For this reason, spaces will be limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis.

To register, please email or call 0131 557 7866.


International Women’s Day on 8 March, is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

All Week Display commemorating IWW during March 2011
Where: Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery
Contact: Jo Clarke by email at

8th March

2 – 5pm International Women’s Day Civic Ceremony Launch (by invitation only)
The Lord Mayor, Councillor Mary Aspinall will be hosting the launch event for the Plymouth city’s celebrations of International Women’s Day 2011. The event will feature speeches from highly accomplished and distinguished women from in and around city and officially mark the opening of events planned.
Where: City Centre
Contact: Tendai Grace Ndongwe by email at
or call 01752 304302

Times tbc Widening Participation
Workshops, writing CVs, interviews and carers advice, a robitics demo, Immersive Theatre Demo and Saftey on the
Web. Sucessful women will speak about their experiences, their work and acheivements.
Where: Roland Levinsky Building, Univeristy of Plymouth

Times tbc Women’s Enterprise Event
University of Plymouth in association with the Institute of Directors.
The University of Plymouth in partnership with The Plymouth Ghana Link has made arrangements for a visit from the Erica Kyere, Communications Director of Kuapa Kokoo. Kuapa Kokoo has 45,000 farmer members and many of them produce cocoa for Fair Trade companies including Divine Chocolate, The Co-operative Society and The Body Shop.
Where: tbc
Contact: Elaine Budd by email at or call 01752 587960

Times tbc Girl Geek Dinner
An event to allow girl geeks of all ages and disciplines to meet, network, talk and have a fantastic night out.
Where: Jury’s Inn
Contact: Carolyn Deeming by email at or call 01752 584584 to book your place

2 – 2.30pm Hartley House Dance Club
Free Taster sessions to learn how to Cha- Cha (no partner required)!
Where: Hartley House Dance Club 17 Hasting Street, Plymouth PL1 5BW
Contact: Linda Hess by email at
Ladies will need to book, phone 01752 252127or 07763494417 to book a space

Times tbc Beginners Running Session
PCC Sports Development Unit in partnership with Stepping Stones to Nature.
Where: Green Ark Children’s Centre, Devonport
Contact: Nyrene Dudley, PCC Sports Development Unit 01752 307028

10 – 5pm Relate
Free half an hour sessions specifically aimed at women. These could be ‘taster’ sessions for counselling
Where: Relate, 3 Blenheim Rd, Plymouth PL4 8LJ
Contact: Sue Hirons by email at For further details and book a place please contact the central office on 01752 213131

6pm Boot Camp Circuit Session
Where: Mayflower Leisure Centre
Contact: Nyrene Dudley, PCC Sports Development Unit 01752 307028

Time tbc “BEATEN!”
An emotive and powerful play written and performed by Survivors Of Domestic Abuse.Refreshments available.
Where: Plymouth Guildhall
Contact: Kerry Whincup by email at

9 March

10-30 – 2.30pm Are you a Women Entrepreneur?
Do you see yourself in business providing a first or second income? Come along with your idea and we will help you develop it.
Where: Astor Hotel
Contact: Brigette Rice by email at for further details and to book a place.

2 – 2.30pm Hartley House Dance Club
Free Taster hula hooping exercise class great for toning tums and arms and is lots of fun.
Where: Hartley House Dance Club 17 Hasting Street, Plymouth PL1 5BW
Contact: Linda Hess by email at
Ladies will need to book, phone 01752 252127or 07763494417 to book a space

Times tbc Beginners Running Session
PCC Sports Development Unit in partnership with Stepping Stones to Nature.
Where: Dell Children’s Centre, Efford
Contact: Nyrene Dudley, PCC Sports Development Unit 01752 307028

10am – 3pm Women’s Day Training at CAB
Find out more about what the CAB do and how we do it. Find out about volunteering in the bureau – what advisers do, what assessors do, what training is involved. How you could get involved. Lunch provided
Where: Plymouth Citizens’ Advice Bureau
Contact: James Blackmore. For further details and to book your place on this course, please visit

10 March

Take a Stand!
Everyone is invited to raise awareness and action about issues effecting women internationally.
Where: Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth

These Boots Were Made For Walking: Gertrude Benham 1867-1938
Enjoy a special presentation about an inspirational woman whose achievements should have made her famous. During her lifetime, Gertrude Benham travelled around the world at least seven times and journeyed across Africa four times. She climbed more than 300 mountains and was the first woman to ascend Mount Kilimanjaro.
Where: Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery
Admission to this talk is free but tickets must be reserved by calling 01752 304774 or popping in to the Museum between 10am and 4pm Tuesday to Saturday

Times tbc Fun Day
Come along to our fun open day and get involved in our FREE workshops on metalwork and making and decorating cakes. Refreshments will be provided. Girls and women of all ages welcome!
Where: Platform 51, Alfred Street, The Hoe, Plymouth
Contact: Sarah McElhinney. For further information or to book a space please call: 01752 671080 or

3 – 4pm Hannah Silva
Public launch of Hannah Silva’s Writer In Residency with the Arts Unit
Where: Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery

11 March

8.30am Boot Camp Circuit Session
Where: Mayflower Leisure Centre
Contact: Nyrene Dudley, PCC Sports Development Unit 01752 307028

11 – 3.30pm International Women’s Weave
Try your hand at a variety of fun activities including a giant weaving installation, pom pom making, crochet, knitting, patch work and more in this special International Women’s Week event. A variety of hot and cold drinks will be available. A range of sandwiches and cakes will also be on sale in the café. Admission is free and there is no need to book. Come along for as little or as long as you like. No previous experience necessary
Where: Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery
Contact: Jo Clarke by email at

11 – 3.30pm Intergenerational Celebration
Event with choir, fashion show and celebration of 100 Women, one from each year 1911 to 2011. Photo opportunity and afternoon tea will also be served for all those attending and taking part
Where: The Plymouth Guildhall Contact: Penny Newman

Times tbc Beginners Running Session
PCC Sports Development Unit in partnership with Stepping Stones to Nature.
Where: Wood View Learning Campus
Contact: Nyrene Dudley, PCC Sports Development Unit 01752 307028

11 and 12 March

Raise awareness of IWD and have party to celebrate Women’s Achievements over 100 years.
Where: University of Plymouth Student’s Union

12 March
11 – 3pm Family Fun!

An event full of fun, health and wellbeing. Have a go at singing, Zumba, belly-dancing and a whole lot more. Find out who else in the city can help your family become more healthy, active and involved
Where: The Piazza, Armada Way, City Centre

Celebrating 100 Years of Plymouth Women

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wisewords – alternative arts – until 30th march 2011

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8th, 11th, 17th and 25th March plus 8th, 9th and 10th April 2011

The 7th Images of Black Women Film Festival will span across March and April for to celebrate the global black experience with a focus on women’s talent and representation – Festival Flyer

First Event to open International Women’s Day
Women and Power
Fundraising screening for the women of Haiti + Panel discussion

Tuesday 8 March, 8:15pm
Tricycle Cinema, Kilburn

Moloch Tropical (18)
Drama, Haiti/France

Master filmmaker Raoul Peck (Lumumba, Sometimes in April) delivers a searing critique of a government corrupted by power, echoing recent protests in the Middle East. Moloch Tropical explores people’s reaction to power with a brash account of female protagonists. More at

Booking: 020 7328 1000 /

Women in the Art
Double bill + Panel Discussion

Friday 11March, 6:30 pm
Arc Gallery, Tottenham Hale

Art of this place, Women Artists in Cameroon
Doc, Cameroon/UK

Florence Ayisi, “Sisters in Law” acclaimed director, presents a rare insight into women’s creative expressions in Cameroon.

Ida’s Daughter: The World of Eintou Pearl Springer
Doc, Trinidad & Tobago/UK

Amon Saba Saakana on the life of Eintou Springer, Poet Laureate,cultural activist and playwright. More

A special evening at a unique art gallery located on a boat at the Tottenham Hale Lock.

Booking: – or 020 8808 7741

Voicing Women Experiences
The ultimate actors’ shocase

Thursday 17 March, 7:30pm
Rich Mix, Shoreditch High Street

UK events by Goldrush Entertainment

Up to 20 actors perform in front of an industry panel of judges in1 min, 3 min monologues by women &/or about women. More

The ultimate actors’ showcase with special musical appearances.

Box Office: 020 7613 7498 or online

Afro Hair Celebration
Showcasing the controversial documentary on black hair + Panel discussion

Saturday 26 March, 3:45pm
Rio Cinema, Dalston Kingsland(Rail)

My Nappy Roots, A Journey Through Black Hair-itage (PG)

This doc by Regina Kimbell reveals the historical significance and pride of African hairstyles as well ad the cultural and social struggle that created the billion dollar ethnic hair care industry that exist today. More

Great Edutainment, back to London for one show only!!

Booking: 020 7241 9410 or online

Sat 5th March 10.30am – 4pm
International Womens Festival Launch
Coventry Transport Millenium Place Free Event

Sat 5th March 10.30am-4pm
Women’s History Trail
Coventry Transport Millenium Place Free Event

Sat 5th March 2.00 – 4pm
Women of Achievement Awards
Coventry Transport Millenium Place Free Event

Tuesday 8th March 6pm to 10pm
Mad Hatters Tea Party
Enjoy a cup of tea and a cake for £1.99 from Cocco Cafe, plus a donation to Oxfam. Wear a Mad Hat or make one when your there fun for all young or old between 9:30 – 11:30 £1.99 plus donation to Oxfam

Sat 12th March 08:45am to 10am
Benedicts Restaruant, Coventry Cathedral
Guest Speaker – Vicki Sutton – The Time of Your Life, how to start living rather than surviving. For further details contat, or telephone 02476 521227 before the 10th March 2011 £5.50 per person includes continental breakfast

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6 March 3pm
Special IWD film screening
Tickets from £6.50
Cambridge Arts Picturehouse
38-39 St. Andrews Street

7 March 5.15pm
International Women’s Day (IWD) Lecture
‘Iraqi Women’s Untold Stories: Between Violence and Mobilisation’
With Professor Nadje Al-Ali of SOAS
Emmanuel College
St Andrews Street

8 March 12-2pm
Voices of Women: Past, Present and Future
Celebrating 100 years of women’s achievements with speakers, exhibitions, music and poetry, including Women of Note and Hollie McNish.
Central Library
Grand Arcade

8 March
International Women’s Day Community Celebrations
Workshops, vintage and recycled clothes plus much more.
Watch Afghan and Iranian dancing and listen to urban poet ‘Realitie’. Taste food from around the world.
Ross Street
Community Centre

9 March 6-8pm
The problem is women have families
Presentation by a panel of women talking about their lives as researchers in higher education. Drawing on examples of their own specific research and personal experiences they picture a journey influenced by an array of challenges. Q&A follows.
Anglia Ruskin University
East Road

10 March 6-8pm
Ignored Alone, Powerful Together: Women’s Clubs in India
This documentary film shows how Auroville Village Action Group empowers rural women to solve problems in their villages. The group has over 2000 members who meet to deal with issues such as abuse, gender and caste discrimination and to learn how to communicate their needs and rights.
A Village Outreach Society film and talk.
Contact: or
Anglia Ruskin University
East Road

11 March 6-7.30pm
Rape as a weapon of war
Discussion hosted by Cambridge Rape Crisis.
01223 313551
Anglia Ruskin University
East Road

12 March
FREE Drumming workshop
Booking essential
Graduate Union
17 Mill Lane

The Women of the Folk Museum: talk and tour

Book in advance
01223 355159
Cambridge Folk Museum
2/3 Castle Street

Festival of documentary films about women, with director Sue Sadbury and Q&A
Cripps Court
Magdalene College

The Freudian Slips Stitch Up Cambridge
The Freudian Slips women’s theatre group, stitch together past and present through stories, music and images.
£4 waged, £3 concessions
Advance booking via
Tel: 01223 573614
Parkside School Hall, Cambridge
(not Ross Street Community Centre as previously advertised)

13 March3pm
Made in Dagenham (15)
A special IWD screening of the recently acclaimed film with Q&A
Tickets from £6.50
Cambridge Arts Picturehouse
38-39 St. Andrews Street

15 March 1-2pm
A journey into the world of Greek and Roman women
Tour of the Greek and Roman galleries
Fitzwilliam Museum
Trumpington Street

16 March 5pm
WISETI Annual Lecture
‘Thinking in Two Languages – My Adventures in Science and Literature’
Sunetra Gupta, Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology at Oxford University and acclaimed novelist presents this year’s Lecture
The Auditorium
Robinson College
Grange Road

17 March 7-9pm
Cambridge Alumni (CARO) and Graduate Union IWD Celebration
Speakers and networking reception
The Vivien Stewart Room
Murray Edwards College

After the sell out success of 2009’s performance Merseyside Women’s Movement are delighted to announce that ‘That Takes Ovaries!’ will return!

March 10th, 11th and 12th at the Unity Theatre!
£12/£10 concessions
book your tickets online now!
Box office: 0844 873 2888

That Takes Ovaries! ‘ is a celebration of women‘s courage, perseverance and down right outrageousness! Consisting of women’s real life stories from around the world. These tales of daring do include the disabled woman who organises a ‘pee protest’ to secure her right to an accessible toilet on campus, the ‘schoolgirls who fight for their right to wear trousers and the brave women who risked their lives to highlight issues such as child prostitution and honour killings.

After the performance we invite you all, women and men, to join in an open mic session to tell your own stories of ovarian bravery!

All profits will go to Merseyside Women’s Movement nominated charities for 2011: RASA, Merseyside’s Rape & Sexual Assault Support Service and Sreepur a Bangladeshi women’s village, supporting women through poverty & trauma

Supported by Unite the Union branch 6/522

Please see our ‘That Takes Ovaries!’ event on Facebook


The Suffragettes’ Tree: Centennial Events In Celebration Of International Women’s Day

Between 1909 and 1912, over sixty suffragettes who were recovering from the harsh treatment they had received while imprisoned for their political activism came to stay with the Blathwayt family at Eagle House in Batheaston, Somerset. As committed supporters of the women’s movement, the Blathwayts wanted not only to help the women recover physically, but also to record, in the very landscape, the cause for which they struggled. As such, they created a very special garden in the grounds of their villa, encouraging the suffragettes who stayed with them to plant trees and bushes commemorating their efforts and their hopes for the future of women’s political equality.

Photographs of this beautiful field of trees, or ‘Annie’s Arboretum’ as it was also called, after the suffragette Annie Kenney, can be viewed online via Bath in Time ( — see ‘Social History’).

This unique work of feminist landscape history survived until the late 1960s, when it was destroyed to make way for a housing estate. At present, only one of the original trees remains from the original arboretum: a large Austrian Pine planted by the suffragette Rose Lamartine Yates (1875–1954) on 30th October, 1909.

While historians, such as Dr Cynthia Hammond (Montreal) and Prof. June Hannam (UWE), have done much to recover the history of the suffragettes’ trees in Bath, this unique piece of women’s history remains largely unknown to the general public, and uncommemorated.

On International Women’s Day, 8th March, 2011, The Centre for History & Culture at Bath Spa University, in conjunction with Bath & Northeast Somerset Council, will celebrate the centenary of this unique piece of suffrage history in Bath, with the symbolic planting of commemorative suffragettes’ trees in Royal Victoria Park, Alice Park, and Bath Spa University. These plantings, which we hope will attract widespread media attention and involve leading female politicians and public figures, as well as the general public, will serve as a living testimony to all those — suffragettes and suffragists — who contended to win votes for women and secure women’s rights as full citizens.

They will also serve as the focal point for a week of public events planned to celebrate yet another centenary, that of International Women’s Day itself. These will include an exhibition of art, a concert of music, a creative writing event, a panel discussion and lectures featuring leading academics and public figures.

Programme of events for International Women’s Day

From 5th – 13th March 2011 Belfast FemFest will be running a festival of events as part of the wider celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.

We’ll be hosting a range of authors, artists and activists whose work will remind us of the need to keep standing together in solidarity to build a strong, independent feminist movement in the 21st century. There’ll be something to challenge you, something to entertain and something to celebrate. Get involved!

Belfast FemFest is a collaboration by Alliance for Choice, Belfast Feminist Network, Women’s News and Eclektric.

05 March An evening with Catherine Redfern and Ann Rossiter
Where: Crescent Arts Centre
When: 05 March from 19:00 to 22:00

06 March FEMINA: A gender-luscious poetry gathering.
Where: Crescent Arts Centre
When: 06 March from 19:00 to 22:00

10 March ‘Dark Waters’ art exhibition: special FemFest viewing
Where: The Station Gallery
When: 10 March from 18:00 to 19:30

11 March Erotica at the Big House + Eclektric
Where: The Pavillion Bar
When: 11 March from 19:00 to 01:00

13 March My mother, sister, daughter, wife : A pro-voice performance
Where: Cresecent Arts Centre
When: 13 March from 20:00 to 23:00

RSVP for each event via facebook page – see link below

Keep an eye on this page and event listings for further details!

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