international women's day 2011

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Time: 12.30pm – 3.00pm
Venue: Harold Road Centre, 170 Harold Road, Plaistow, E13 0SE

Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women

Speaker: Rita Chadha-Bolt (Director)
Refugee and migrants forum for east London (RAMFEL)

Activities: cultrual performance, poetry etc

Free food and drinks served.

For further information contact Sarjoh (Conflict and Change) on 020 8552 2050 or Prity (Newham Monitoring Project) on 020 8470 8333.


Other IWD events in April:
* ’42′ Women of Sierra Leone until 15 April 2012 – Liverpool
* Images of Black Women Film Festival 2011 – 8th to 10th April 2011 – Tricycle Cinema

Professor Ruth Pearson on Celebrating International Women’s Day

As we celebrated International Women’s Day on 8 March, Ruth Pearson, Professor of Development Studies discusses why after 100 years, this major day of global celebration is as significant as ever.

Podcast: Celebrating International Women’s Day [MP3: 1.7MB] [5 minutes]

In a special “A message to Emily” three part radio documentary journalists Linda Fairbrother and Boni Sones OBE criss-cross the State Rooms of Speaker’s House to record interviews with women parliamentarians across party and their guests while they celebrated together 100 years of International Women’s Day.

On 2nd April 1911 a lone suffragette, Emily Wilding Davison hid herself in the broom cupboard in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft, in the crypt of St Stephen’s Hall, Westminster, on the night of the census so that she could give her address as the House of Commons.

100 years later there was no need to hide. The Speaker John Bercow opened the doors of his State Rooms to the women MPs from all parties with their friends and special guests from campaigning organisations to mark the Centenary of International Women’s Day.

Emily who died after pinning a sash to the King’s horse at the Epsom races would have been wide-eyed at being allowed into the State Rooms, Speaker’s House, House of Commons. The 16th March party was organised by three women MPs Mary Macleod MP, Kate Green MP and Jo Swinson MP from Conservative, Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

If walls could have ears? No need – Women’s Parliamentary Radio journalists Linda Fairbrother and Boni Sones captured this sound portrait in this special three part documentary “A Message to Emily?

The Home Secretary and Minister for Women, The Rt Hon Theresa May MP told
· “Lynne Featherstone MP has taken on the responsibility as International Champion on violence against women, we have worked hard on violence against women and girls. I chair an inter-ministerial group on Violence Against Women and Girls, it brings all departments together, DFID and others, and we will be able to champion the need to deal with violence against women internationally which blights the lives of many.”
· “To those who say we haven’t done enough I would point to the work we have done. We have published a strategy against violence against women and girls, we have found a permanent solution to women fleeing domestic violence, we have been able to find extra money for rape crisis centres and produce sustainable funding for them the next three years. “
· “In the Home Office despite all the budget cuts we have been able to protect £28 million of expenditure over the next four years for dealing with violence against women and girls, I think we have made some very important steps. We are great supporters of the new UN Agency for Women, and we are looking for that agency to be able to promote the needs of women across the World.”
· “My message to Emily would be we are not complacent and we are still fighting.”
Yvette Cooper MP, the Labour Shadow Home Secretary said:
· “Domestically the issue is making sure we don’t turn the clock back on progress and that you don’t narrow women’s opportunities instead of expanding them. Internationally there are still huge issues in terms of violence against women, and their participation in the political process and debates about women’s lives as well”.
· “It is always right to have international debate and international solidarity about opportunities for women in every country in the World and we have to make sure that is part of British foreign policy it is not just something that is dismissed or ignored. It is also about listening to women’s experiences in other countries and hearing what they themselves are saying.”

Jo Swinson MP, the Liberal Democrat PPS to Vince Cable said:
· “On women’s representation we have moved this issue forward we have got more women elected. There are still barriers we need to address in terms of the way Parliament works and issues of how you juggle the demands of being an MP with family life, and the wider social issue about how men and women split caring responsibilities and the pay gap, standing for Parliament is not cost neutral.”
· “There are a lot of talented women out there who look at Parliament and say “why would I want to be part of that?” We have a job to do in selling the job. Women MPs love the job they do and they can make a difference in their communities and this is the bit that gets lost we need to say “this is why this is a great job to do!”
· Speaker Bercow said:
· “International Women’s Day reminds us that we have a duty in whatever our capacity to do something to make a difference for women internationally. These rooms are State Rooms and what better use than to use them to fight the cause for women and equality. We congratulate the trail blazers but there is still a great deal to do and we must get on to do it!”
· “We’re celebrating women in Parliament, but crucially for me is the fact that however many battles we think we have to fight here in the UK, there are women in the World with far more serious circumstances to deal with and we must never forget that.”

Boni Sones, Executive Producer of said: “ would like to thank all those who gave interviews to us to celebrate and record for the social history books our “Message to Emily? three part radio documentary to celebrate 100 years of International Women’s Day. Special thanks to the Speaker John Bercow MP, for allowing us into the State Rooms, and to the organisers Mary Macleod MP, Kate Green MP, Jo Swinson MP. It was as ever, great fun, to be with so many committed and passionate women in one room and hear their special messages to the suffragette Emily Wilding Davison. Women’s Political representation was an issue many told us needed to be put to the fore in our Parliament.”

In Part One Boni spoke to:

Caroline Adams from the women’s Parliamentary Labour Party and organiser, Barbara Gorna and Joan Lane film producer. Vicky Booth, Diversity Officer for the Liberal Democrats, Fiona Mactaggart MP and Lydia Simmons. Barbara Keeley MP, Fawcett acting CEO Anna Bird, Sharon Hodgson MP, Sue Tibballs of the Women’s Sports Foundation. Joan Ruddock MP and Councillor Joan Millbank. Maria Eagle MP and Yvette Cooper MP.

In Part Two Boni spoke to:

Baroness Elspeth Howe, Baroness Hussein-Ece. Cherie Blair and Sarina Russo. Lorley Burt MP and Helen Berresford, Kealey Hastick from Platform 51. Helen Grant MP and Martha Kearney BBC journalist. Harriet Harman MP, The speaker John Bercow MP and last but not least the most senior woman in the Cabinet, the Home Secretary and Minister for Women Theresa May MP.

In Part Three Linda spoke to:

Nan Sloane from the Centre for Women and Democracy, Margaret Beckett MP, Baroness Ramsay, Kate Green MP, Lesley Abdela from Shevolution, John Bercow MP, Caroline Spelman MP, and Lee Chalmers of the Downing Street Project, Liberal Democrat supporter Dinti Batstone, Jo Swinson MP.

Part of a longer press release at

You can listen to or download the podcast from the home page of the web site and then scrolling down to this section

On the 100th International Women’s Day, the Women’s Budget Group would like to emphasise the need for the 2011 Budget to introduce measures that will rectify gender inequalities.

Read in full at

Three Queen Mary academics – Professor Kate Malleson, of the Department of Law; Dr Rainbow Murray, from the School of Politics and International Relations; and Dr Hazel Conley, from the School of Business and Management – talk about the triumphs and struggles of British women, economically, politically and in the legal sphere in the last 100 years, and the ongoing fight for gender equality.

* Professor Kate Malleson – International Women’s Day [MP3 4.08 MB]
* Dr Rainbow Murray – International Women’s Day [MP3 3.89 MB]
* Dr Hazel Conley – International Women’s Day [MP3 2.86 MB]



You can download and read feedback on York International Women’s Week from

York International Women’s Week 5th—12th March 2011 – see original list at

International Slavery Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AQ

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.

Find out more about ’42’ Women of Sierra Leone at

An interview with photojournalist Lee Karen Stow about the exhibition ’42’ Women of Sierra Leone and the women in Sierra Leone who inspired it. Watch video at

The exhibition is at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool from 4 March 2011 to 15 April 2012. More at

Open daily 10am-5pm.
FREE ADMISSION to the museum and all exhibitions and events.

Map showing location of the International Slavery Museum

See also

UK Premiere: I Will Follow
USA/2010/81 mins/ Dir. Ava DuVernay
Cast inc: Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Omari Hardwick, Blair Underwood, Beverly Todd and Michole Briana White

Maye (Richardson-Whitfield) is a success. Hot career. Hot boyfriend. But when her world is turned upside down by tragedy, she must struggle to keep her balance. I Will Follow chronicles a day in the life of a woman at a crossroads, and the twelve people who help her move forward into a brave new world.

Ava DuVernay, a 2011 NAACP Image Award nominee, wrote and directed I WILL FOLLOW, which is her narrative feature debut awarded with Best First Feature Film at the Pan African Film Festival. The film was recently released in the US by AFFRM (African American Film Festival Releasing Movement) a New theatrical distribution collective of black film festival organisations theatrically releasing quality independent African- American films.

Plus panel discussion on the relevance of a UK black film exhibitor collective following AFFRM example.

For Coloured Girls
2010/USA/ 133 mins/ Dir. Tyler Perry

Inspired by Ntozake Shange’s poem For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf an award-winning stage performance that combines poetry, dance and music, and most significantly, places the black female experience center stage. Thirty six years later, with a cast of stars including Loretta Devine, Janet Jackson, Thandie Newton and Whoopie Goldberg; filmmaker Tyler Perry adapts this landmark work for the big screen, integrating the vivid language of Shange’s poems into a contemporary narrative following different women dealing with intense issues that impact women in general and women of colour in particular.

This screening will be followed by discussion about Ntozake Shange’s original work followed by a Poem/Spoken Word performance.

Chico & Rita
2010/Spain & UK/ 93mins/ Dir. Javier Mariscal & Fernando Trueba
Cast: Mario Guerra, Lenny Mandel, Limara Meneses, Eman Xor Oña

Oscar®-winner Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque) and famed artist Javier Mariscal collaborated on this beautiful animated love story that follows the 60-year musical and romantic partnership between jazz pianist Chico and singer Rita.

The screening will be followed by a live cuban singing performance.

Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey – in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero – brings heartache and torment. From Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas, two passionate individuals battle impossible odds to unite in music and love.

Filmmakers’ Forum

Miles of Styles presents a selection of four short-films with a focus on Destiny Ekaragha, an upcoming filmmaker.

The short films will be followed by a panel discussion with film professionals on how 21st century women are influencing their own representation in the media following recent high profile sexism & ageism rows and the tragic death of a young woman who died trying to enhance her figure for a music video career.

Shorts include:

    Tight Jeans
    Dir, Destiny Ekaragha
    Dur: 9min Drama/UK/ 2009
    Three black teenagers are becoming frustrated while waiting for their friend. A young white lad walks past wearing super tight jeans. The boys look on until one of them asks the pivotal question, “How can a man wear jeans that tight?” This parks a debate about race and culture.
    The Park
    Dir. Destiny Ekaragha
    Dur: 16min Drama/UK/ 2010
    The Park is a coming of age tale about teenage friendships. The stories they tell are nothing compared to the secrets they keep.
    Future Wags of Great Britain
    Dir. Destiny Ekaragha
    Dur: 23min Doc/UK/2011
    Missy and Kim, two very different sisters. Missy is a regular clubber, while Kim is a studious high achiever, but when times get tough they unite in a plan to gamble their way to success disguised as a WAG.
    Chantell Town
    Dir.Paulette James
    Dur: 15min Drama/UK/2006
    A Black hair story set in Brixton, with a splash of 70’s Blaxploitation. Shantell must step up and find her feet on the street, in the battle to find out who’s “Super Babe”.

Animation Forum
Part of the Images of Black Women Film Festival 2011

Black History Walks presents a series of short African animations from around the world for 6-60 year olds.

Films including:

    Mike Johnson
    Dur: 20min USA/ 2010 English
    Kofi is a young American boy who has been chosen by Ancient Egyptians to fight evil in the 21st century. He is not sure how to handle his responsibility and turns to his ancestors Malcolm X and Kwame Nkrumah for inspiration.
    African Tales
    Binna Oweekwe
    Dur: 30min Nigeira/ 2009/ English/Ibo
    An animated series written and directed by Obinna Owuekwe that follows the challenges of a young girl, Azuka, born with a peculiar birthmark she is chased from her village where she meets some spiritual warriors who believe she has special Powers and a great destiny.
    Rémi Gamiette
    France /2008/ 15 min/English
    A fantastic action animation about a village woman who becomes a space soldier when her three children are kidnapped and taken to an alien planet.

The short films will be followed by a Q&A with Tony Warner, organiser of African Superheroes Day, on the future of animated African images.

Festival prices:
– I Will Follow…………………… £9.50
– Filmmakers Forum………….. £7 – £5.50 cons
– For Coloured Girls…………… £9.50
– Animation Forum……………. £7 – £5.50 cons & under 16
– Chico & Rita………………….. £9.50
– Festival Pass…………………. £30

The Tricycle Theatre 269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR
Box office 020 7328 1000 | tel: 020 7372 6611 |
Nearest tube: Kilburn (Jubilee Line) 20 mins from Bond Street |

To book tickets etc, go to

Also posted on womensgrid at

See also 7th Images of Black Women Film Festival

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