international women's day 2011

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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”.

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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.


wisewords – alternative arts – until 30th march 2011

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Birds Eye View Film Festival March 8 -17 2011

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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

A conference to mark Commonwealth Day and the Centenary of International Women’s Day.
Monday March 14th 2011 from 10 am – 1.30 pm
Grand Committee Room, House of Commons

This event marks Commonwealth Day and the Centenary of International Women’s Day. It brings together Commonwealth, women’s and education NGOs to issue a call to action.

High level keynote speakers from across the Commonwealth will lead the debate on the role of women’s education in transforming our society. The conference will feed into policies in Commonwealth countries for women, education and social transformation.

This event is open to everyone committed to improving education for Commonwealth women. Admission is free but registration is essential.

Opening address by:
* Hon Mrs Kamla Persad-Bissessar MP, Commonwealth Chairperson-in-Office and Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

Organised by:
* Commonwealth Secretariat
* Council for Education in the Commonwealth
* London South Bank University
* Soroptimist International

And supported by
* Commonwealth Countries League Education Fund
* Commonwealth Scholarships Commission
* Global Campaign for Education
* Royal Commonwealth Society
* UK National Commission for UNESCO
* Council for Education in the Commonwealth

Register now!

The event is open to everyone committed to improving education for Commonwealth women.

Admission free.

To reserve a place and for more information email:

Download the event flyer from the documents sidebar at

International Women’s Day is a celebration of women’s achievements all over the world. The event takes place every year and will be celebrated this year on Tuesday 8th March 2011. This year will be the milestone of 100 years for this celebration and the year Nottingham will make it’s mark and proudly celebrate the women in our city.

Throughout March, Nottingham will be hosting an International Women’s Day Festival consisting of a whole variety of events for all ages, all over the city to inspire and celebrate women in Nottingham.

Here in Nottingham we have so much to be proud of and hope you will join us in celebrating and inspiring the women in our city this March.

Find us on Facebook just search Nottingham International Women’s Day
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Events list

100 Women of Substance
Tuesday 8th March
Council House

Recognising 100 women in Nottingham who have been an inspiration to others in the city e.g. they have overcome professional or personal barriers; fought for the rights of others; worked selflessly to improve the lives of others, or made a lasting impact on Nottingham. Women’s stories will feature in the Post and their photos will be made into a commemorative poster by Platform 51. The 100 women will receive certificates at an event at the Council House on Tuesday 8th March and be invited to a celebration at Nottingham Castle on Friday 11th March.

Human Library
Tuesday 8th March,
Nottingham Contemporary

Borrow a person instead of a book. This all female library will have living books available for loan to the public. Drop in, flick through the Human Library Catalogue and choose the story you’d most like to hear.

Tel: Jonathan Wright, 0115 993 4525

Raising Awareness of Domestic Violence
Nottingham Domestic Violence Forum
Monday 28th February – Sunday 13th March

Several pharmacies in Nottingham will use pharmacy bags printed with information about domestic violence and gender equality.

Tel: Damian Carnell 0115 962 3237

Celebrating Women
Tuesday 8th March
Nottingham Women’s Centre

Timeline display picturing women in history. Guest speakers: Samantha Morton: BAFTA Award Winner and Chris Cutland: Executive Director Women’s Aid Integrated Services. Performance by Nottingham University Operatic Choir and workshops; pamper sessions; women’s issues information and lunch.

Tel: Anette Taylor, 0115 941 1475

Hidden Herstories
Thursday 10th March, 6 – 8pm
Nottingham Castle, NG1 6EL

This film reveals how the achievements of Claudia Jones, Amy Ashwood Garvey Jayaben Desai and Octavia Hill had significant international impact on the issues of race relations and social poverty. While their names are known to few, their legacies are anything but unsung.

Free event, no booking required.

Tel: 0115 915 3700

Nottingham Women’s History Walk
Saturday 12th March, 1-3pm Nottingham Castle Gatehouse (meeting point), , NG1 6EL

History walk around Nottingham to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Free event, no booking required.
Tel: Maureen Cooper 07950 472 022

Nottingham Women’s History Talk
Thursday 17th March, 10am
Sherwood Library, NG5 4AB

Discussion on women’s history in Nottingham and the work of the history group.

Free event, no booking required.
Tel: Maureen Cooper 07950 472 022

Feminism and Teaching Symposium
Friday 8th and Saturday 9th April
University of Nottingham

A two day interdisciplinary event for feminist activists, artists teachers and academics to discuss the relationships between feminism and teaching.


Join me on the bridge
Tuesday 8th March, 2.30pm-4pm
Trent Bridge

Members of Soroptimist Midland East Region will support the Women for Women organisation in a united stand for peace. It is hoped that women from Nottingham and across the Region will act in solidarity with thousands of other women around the world. Under a banner of Stronger Women Build Bridges of Peace, we’ll be calling for women to have security, economic opportunity and an equal voice at the decision-making table.

Contact: Barbara McDonald

Blue Mountain Women’s Group Events
Tuesday 8th March, 4-8pm
Hyson Green Youth Club, NG7 6ER.

Various activities including: food stall from local continental food stores, craft stall from local craft women, discussions around women’s health, local artists, entertainment, background music from Africa and the Caribbean, poems from local women, African female dancers and female drummers.

Tel: Veronica Barnes, 07531 070 853

Nina Power at Nottingham Contemporary
Wednesday 9th March, 7-9pm
The Space, Nottingham Contemporary

Nina Power comes to talk during the exhibition of the work of Anne Collier. Anne Collier’s artistic practice often cites images and objects from popular culture that objectify women. Nina Power will be discussing issues of contemporary feminism.

Tel: 0115 948 9750

Science Museum – Live On Tour!
Nottingham Playhouse
Friday 11th – Saturday 12th March, Friday 1.30pm, Saturday 11.30am & 4pm

Experience spectacular science, dangerous demonstrations and extraordinary experiments as London’s world-famous Science Museum takes to the stage for the first time with a spectacular live show to blow your mind and challenge your brain. Fast, furious and frenetically fun, Science Museum Live on Tour will propel you on an exploratory theatrical adventure into the wonderful world of science. Get set for a breathtaking ride that will entertain, inform and inspire! Brought to the stage by the producers of Brainiac and Dr. Bunhead.

Box Office: 0115 941 9419
Tickets Friday £10 (plus 1 teacher free in 10)
Saturday £12.50, family of 4 £45

Monday 7th & Tuesday 8th March, 7.30pm
Nottingham Playhouse

The stars of Britain’s Got Talent and Streetdance 3D present their first solo show. This inspirational dance act has become an international phenomenon with stunning street dance and jaw dropping moves. They’ve worked with some of the biggest names in music including Madonna, Beyonce, Leona Lewis and Jamelia and won countless awards including World Dance Champions and Best Street Dance Act. You’ve seen them on television, now it’s time to see them live in this breathtaking, dizzying debut show from one of the UK’s hottest dance acts.

Box Office: 0115 941 9419
Tickets £20

Schools’ Art Trail
Tuesday 8th- Friday 11th March, 9.30am-2.30pm
City Centre

Art trail for secondary schools, investigating and responding to visual art work in the city created by women artists across both the 20 and 21st Century. Facilitated by Nettie Scriven, schools will visit both the Castle Museum and Nottingham Contemporary, and will be involved in practical as well as discursive activities. They will have the opportunity within the day to meet and work with The Young Curators at the Castle Museum who have been involved in the Visual Dialogues project and also to work with theatre design students from Nottingham Trent University.

Email: Nettie Scriven,

Women’s Sewing event – Morsbag Day
Saturday 12th March, 10.00am – 2.00pm
Husqvarna Studio, NG1 1EH

Make your own cotton morsbag and distribute each one has the potential to eliminate 100’s of plastic bags over its lifetime! Come along- bring a friend, grandma, auntie, sister, daughter- spare half an hour to make a bag. No charge but donations of fabric welcome!


Arnold Women
W/C 7th March for 4 weeks
Various Locations

Exhibition in Arnold Library of women working in Arnold through 100 years, Stephen Frears film about St Anns at Bonington Theatre and Arnold Women Talks weekly through March about Women in Arnold through the years


“Walking Home” Film
Available From March

Platform 51 and Initi8 volunteers from Nottingham Trent University have created a new film dramatizing women’s experience of street harassment. Featuring the voices and experiences of women.

Tel: Gill Court, 07500 553 800

Suffragettes on Trial
Saturday 12th –Sunday 13th March
Galleries of Justice Museum NG1 1HN

Offer to visitors and groups to partake in ‘Suffragettes on trial’ as part of the Crime & Punishment tour.

Tel: 0115 952 0555

Enterprising Women Anniversary Luncheon
Thursday 10th March, 12.00noon – 2.00pm
Adams Restaurant, New College Nottingham

We will be joined by a guest speaker who will inspire us with her story in business. This event is a great opportunity to extend delegates existing network of contacts and share advice and experiences with fellow women in business. We will address common issues that businesses in general face on a daily basis but from a women’s perspective, giving the opportunity to see how delegates can improve and challenge their business and their self.

Price: £25.00 + VAT for members and £45+VAT for non-members. This will include a two course luncheon and welcome drink.
Tel: Jade Whitemore, 01332 851 280

“Women Potters” Display
Tuesday 1st March- Sunday 8th May
Nottingham Castle, , NG1 6EL

A small display celebrating the work of women potters from the Ballantyne Collection of 20th Century British studio ceramics. Includes pieces by Katherine Pleydell-Bouverie, Janet Leach, Lucie Rie, Denise Wren, Joanna Constantinidis, Elizabeth Fritsch, Mary Rogers and Jane Hamlyn.

Normal Castle Admission prices apply.
Tel: 0115 915 3700

Gina Yashere
Wednesday 9th March, 8pm
Nottingham Playhouse

Listed as one of the Observer’s Top 10 Best Female Comedians miss at your peril this chance to see award-winning Gina Yashere in Nottingham for uncompromising hilarity from one of the country’s most recognisable stars.

Box Office: 0115 941 9419
Tickets £15 (£12.50)

“Three Stones in the City of Ladies” Exhibition
Saturday 22nd January – Sunday 27th March
10am-3.30pm, Nottingham Castle, NG1 6EL

Three Stones (1968) is a surrealist landscape by Marion Adnams (1899-1995), who was born and lived most of her life in Derby. Although she achieved some success, mainly during the 1940s, her work is not widely known and so this exhibition, which will include additional work by Adnams from other local collections, will begin to build up a history of her work. Three Stones has inspired the exhibition’s secondary theme of repetition in representations by women artists: replicating or doubling, mirroring and masking. Works by artists such as Annette Kelm and Lucy Skaer sit at a point where the repetition of an image takes a turn towards abstraction or pattern-making.

Normal Castle Admission prices apply.
Tel: 0115 915 3700

“Three Stones in the City of Ladies” Exhibition Tour
Wednesday 9th March, 2.00 -3.00pm
Nottingham Castle, NG1 6EL

Elisa Kay, curator of Three Stones in the City of Ladies and Contemporary Art Society Centenary Fellow at Nottingham Castle will give visitors a tour of the exhibition, the artists and ideas behind the unusual exhibition title. Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Normal Castle Admission prices apply.
Tel: 0115 915 3700
Website: http://www.nottingha,

“Stripped”- Young Curators Present a Show about Love an Exhibition
Saturday 22nd January- Sunday 27th March
Nottingham Castle, NG1 6EL

A group of young people from Nottingham bring a whole new perspective to Marcus Stone’s painting In Love (1888) – one of the most popular works in the collection of Nottingham City Museums and Galleries. Introducing contemporary art by Phil Collins, Rebecca Horn, Sarah Jones and Gary Webb (on loan from Tate and the Arts Council Collection), as well as jewellery and love tokens from the collection, the group invites visitors to explore ideas about love and intimacy, shining fresh light on to an old favourite.

Normal Castle Admission prices apply.
Tel: 0115 915 3700

“Women Potters” Ceramics Study Day
Saturday 5th March, 11am- 4.30pm
Studio 2, Nottingham Castle, NG1 6EL

A study day to celebrate the work of women studio potters, beginning with a talk by Moira Vincentelli, Professor in Art History and Curator of Ceramics, Aberystwth University and author of Women and Ceramics: Gendered Vessels (MUP, 2000) and Women Potters: Transforming Traditions (A&C Back, 2003). Moira is a leading figure in contemporary studies in ceramics and has curated several national touring exhibitions of ceramics. In the afternoon, Micki Schloessingk will be giving a demonstration and talking about her work. Micki is an internationally acclaimed potter and one of the few in the UK making wood-fired salt-glaze pots. There will also be the opportunity to view the Ballantyne Collection of studio ceramics during the day.

£20 per person or £26.50pp (includes lunch in the Castle Café comprising sandwiches, drinks and a cake platter). Both prices include tea and coffee, and admission to the Castle for the day from 10.00am-4.00pm.
Tel. 0115 9153700

“A Paintbrush of One’s Own” Gallery Tour
Wednesday 9th March, 12.30-1.15pm
Nottingham Castle, NG1 6EL

Sarah Skinner, Keeper of Fine Art, will take visitors on a tour of the Fine Art Collection in the Long Gallery focussing on paintings by women artists in the collection, including work by Artemesia Gentilleschi, Laura Knight, Evelyn Gibbs and Winifred Nicholson. Limited places available, open to the public. Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Normal Castle Admission prices apply.
Tel. 0115 9153700

Debbie Bryan Heritage at Nottingham Castle
Friday 4th – Monday 14th March
Nottingham Castle, NG1 6EL

Enjoy this exquisite showcase of contemporary craft and design inspired by Nottingham lace and local heritage. Selected designers are ceramics by Katie Almond, accessories by Debbie Bryan & textiles heritage by J.C Middlebrook.

Normal Castle Admission prices apply.
Tel: 0115 915 3700

Name the Ladies Competition
Tuesday 1st march – Thursday 31st March
Debbie Bryan Studio and Shop, Lace Market, NG1 1PF

A fundraiser for Midlands Women’s Aid. If you have admired Charlotte Thomson’s illustrations on the walls of Debbie Bryan’s shop, then simply purchase a £1 competition card for a chance to win your own signed reproduction art print of Charlotte’s hand drawn ladies.

Price: £1
Tel: 0115 950 7776

Lorna Syson Paper Light Making Workshop
Saturday 5th March, 11am – 5pm
Debbie Bryan Studio and Shop, Lace Market, NG1 1PF

Includes all materials, tea, light lunch and homemade cake.

Price: £42
Tel: 0115 950 7776

Sunday Tea Party with Nottingham Lace & Joy Buttress
Sunday 6th March, 2pm
Debbie Bryan Studio and Shop, Lace Market, NG1 1PF

Tel: 0115 950 7776

Afternoon Tea Party
Tuesday 8th March, 12-3pm
Debbie Bryan Studio and Shop, Lace Market, NG1 1PF

Come along and celebrate Shove Tuesday and 100 years of International Women’s Day with Tea and Pancakes, our party is a fundraiser for Nottingham Breast Cancer Support Group.

Tel: 0115 950 7776 ..

Katie Almond Porcelain Brooch Making Workshop
Saturday 12th March, 11am -1pm
Debbie Bryan Studio and Shop, Lace Market, NG1 1PF

Includes all materials, tea and homemade cake.

Price: £20
Tel: 0115 950 7776

Katie Almond Stoneware Tile Making Workshop
Debbie Bryan Studio and Shop, Lace Market, NG1 1PF
Saturday 12th March, 2-5pm

Includes all materials, tea and homemade cake.

Price: £25
Tel: 0115 950 7776

Sunday Tea Party with 100 years of Fashion & Emma Ojapah
Debbie Bryan Studio and Shop, Lace Market, NG1 1PF
Sunday 13th March, 2pm

Come along and share your own 100 years of fashion stories, memories, drawings, fabrics and fashion.

Tel: 0115 950 7776

Hannah Lobley 3D Paper Mosaic Frame Making Workshop
Debbie Bryan Studio and Shop, Lace Market, NG1 1PF

Saturday 19th March, 11am – 5pm Includes all materials, tea and light lunch and homemade cake.

Price: £42
Tel: 0115 950 7776 Website:

Sunday Tea Party with…Creatively Confident & Sarah McNicol
Debbie Bryan Studio and Shop, Lace Market, NG1 1PF
Sunday 20th March, 1-3pm

Starting & running a creative business is a challenging thing to do.This workshop is open to anyone involved with creative business; please contact Debbie Bryan Studio & Shop to reserve your place.

Tel: 0115 950 7776

Charlotte Thomson Femme Fatale Life Drawing Party
Debbie Bryan Studio and Shop, Lace Market, NG1 1PF
Thursday 24th March, 6 – 9pm

Includes all materials, tea and homemade cake.

Price: £25
Tel: 0115 950 7776

Jayne Childs Textile Frame Making Workshop
Debbie Bryan Studio and Shop, Lace Market, NG1 1PF
Saturday 26th March, 10am – 1pm

Includes all materials, tea and homemade cake.

Price: £25
Tel: 0115 950 7776

Sunday Tea Party with…The WI
Debbie Bryan Studio and Shop, Lace Market, NG1 1PF
Sunday 27th March, 1-4pm

Learn traditional craft skills from the talented WI ladies, the party is a fundraiser for The Nottingham Breast Cancer Support Group. Tea and Cake table and Prize Draw.

Tel: 0115 950 7776

Name the Ladies Evening
Debbie Bryan Studio and Shop, Lace Market, NG1 1PF
Thursday 31th March, 6-8pm

The evening is a fundraiser for Midlands Women’s Aid. Competition cards are available from Debbie Bryan Studio and Shop.

Tel: 0115 950 7776

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A march through Galashiels on Friday, March 18, will be one of the highlights of a programme of events organised by the Scottish Borders Violence Against Women Partnership, writes Andrew Keddie.

The evening march is part of the region’s belated contribution to a global campaign to eliminate violence against women.

The programme had been due to take place between two key dates last year – November 25, which was International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and December 10, which was International Human Rights Day.

“The idea was to make the link between women’s human rights and their experience of violence,” explained partnership co-ordinator Andrea Beavon. “But due to the bad weather in December, we were forced to cancel the majority of the events, so we are re-scheduling the so-called ‘16 days of action programme’ to coincide with International Women’s Day on March 8.

Ms Beavon said the purpose of the initiative was to raise awareness of violence against women in the Borders and to get feedback from local communities.

“We also want improved opportunities for women and children in the Borders to seek safety and support, and for people to find ways of influencing and affecting change for the better.”

There has been a year-on-year increase in the number of domestic incidents reported to the police, with more than 800 reported in the region in 2010/11. The vast majority of victims were women.

“Domestic abuse is the most often repeated and least reported of all crimes, and the impact on children and the wider family cannot be underestimated,” said Ms Beavon.

“We want Borders to get involved in our days of action programme so we, as a partnership, can engage with people and make a real difference.

“We want to gain a sense of how people feel and what suggestions they may have for taking action. Violence against women is a real issue in the Borders and there is a crucial need to raise awareness and give a clear message to our communities that violence in any form is unacceptable.”

The full programme is as follows:

Monday, March 7 – Neil Whiting of Scottish Women’s Aid delivers a lecture entitled Separate Spheres, focusing on the way perceptions of the different roles of men and women were forged by 18th century writers and thinkers. 6-8pm. Heart of Hawick Auditorium. Call 01450 360688 to reserve ticket. Free.

Tuesday, March 8 – Lecture on internet safety for parents employed by Scottish Borders Council and NHS Borders. 12.30-1.30pm. Committee Room 2, SBC Headquarters, Newtown St Boswells. Contact to reserve place.

Tuesday, March 8 – The Big Blether, supported by the Scottish Borders Rape Crisis Centre; a free event to chat about issues important to women in the Borders and to listen to readings from Through Survivors’ Eyes. 7-9pm. Moondogs Cafe, Channel Street, Galashiels.

Friday, March 11 – The Vagina Monologues; benefit production of Eve Ensler’s play by The Tingling Wilmas. Suitable for age 16 plus. 7.30pm. Heat of Hawick Auditorium. £7.50. For tickets call 01450 360368.

Saturday, March 12 – YWCA exhibition entitled 104 Pairs of Shoes, referring to fact that two women in Britain are killed each week by their current or former partners. 10am-4pm. The Lounge, Corn Exchange, Melrose. Free.

Monday, March 14 – Film: Trade (cert 15); the story of 13-year-old Adriana who is taken from the streets of Mexico City to be sold for sex slavery in the UK. 6pm. Heart of Hawick. Tickets on 01450 360688. Free.

Tuesday, March 15 – Lunch and Learn lecture on internet safety for parents (see March 8 listing above).

Wednesday, March 16 – Lecture: “What Are You Looking at?” by Jenny Kemp of Zero Tolerance; a critical look at how the media glamorises and condones inequality and violence against women. 6-8pm. Heart of Hawick Auditorium. Tickets from 01450 360688.

Thursday, March 17 – Creating writing workshop, entitled “Using words to say who we are”; open to women using support services, staff members and volunteers. 10am-noon. Borders Women’s Aid, 10 Exchange Street, Jedburgh. To reserve place contact Bernie on 01835 863514.

Friday, March 18 – “Reclaim the Right” march through the centre of Galashiels for equality and against sexual violence; refreshments available after march with his supported by the Scottish Borders Rape Crisis Centre. 8-10pm. Meet at Galawater Retail Park, Galashiels. Call 01896 661070 for further details.

Sunday, March 20 – Eildon Tree reading group hosts open mic session with live music. 2.30-5pm. Beanscene, Heart of Hawick. Free. to book a reading lost in advance, contact

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

Commonwealth Women – Agents of Change
Monday 14th. March 2011, 10.00 a.m. – 2.30 p.m.
In the Grand Committee Room, House of Commons

High level keynote speakers from across the Commonwealth will lead the debate on the role of women’s education in transforming our society. The conference will feed into policies in Commonwealth countries for women, education and social transformation.

The event is open to everyone committed to education for Commonwealth women. Admission is free of charge. For more information you can email us for information by email

Educating Women, Transforming Society

Organised by:
Council for Education in the Commonwealth
Commonwealth Secretariat
London South Bank University
Soroptimist International

Supported by:
UK National Commission of Unesco
Royal Commonwealth Society

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