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

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

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

Friday 25th March 2011 from 11.00am – 4.00pm
Thurlow Lodge Community Hall, 1Thurlow Street SE 17 2US

We would like to invite all female residents and their families of the Aylesbury Estate in Southwark and surrounding areas to take part in an event organised by Aylesbury EveryWomen’s Centre for this year ‘International Women’s Week’. Our theme this year is a celebration of 100 years of International Women’s Day.

We will provide the following activities:
· Healthy Living workshops
· Discussions/Presentations on the changes of women’s rights over 100 years
· Workshops from domestic violence groups in Southwark
· Entertainment from different cultures
· Stalls for local projects
· Face Painting
· Food and Refreshment

For more information contact Zahra Abdalla, and Ola Smith
Tel: 020 77014141 Ext 229 Mob: 07983747243, – 07811224327

If you have a story whether it is sad or happy that you would love to present please get in contact with Zahra on the above details. Don’t be shy, it’s our day!


Spitalfields Market, Saturday 12th March, International Women’s Fair

Electric Landladies with Laka Daisical, Sarah Pritchard, Deirdre Cartwright, Diane McLoughlin, Alison Rayner and Ann Day
In the middle of the historic Spitalfields Market and surrounded by stalls with artists, books, craftswomen, fashion designers, pop up poets, participatory workshops and women’s organisations.

The two free sessions from the Electric Landladies will be at 12 – 1 and 2 – 3pm.

See full details about the event at

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.


An evening of oral tradition – poetry, music and song

With a variety of artistes and styles ranging across calypso, soca. reggae, R&B Jazz, Jazz Funk blues, rock, opera, folk, bhangra, spiritual, gospel and much more to excite the ear and inspire the soul

Featuring some of the finest Black women artistes of tomorrow
Adelaide Mackenzie, Akua, Bashiyra, Carmen Rodney, Deloris Francis, Poppyseed

With Special guest appearance AON one of the UK’s hottest Black Women Band

Exhibitors and Artistes goods on sale. This event will be filmed.

This event is part of the London Black Women Festival 2011

Date: 20th March
Time 7.00pm

Venue: Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, London N15 4RX
Cost: £10.00 Advance £12.00 Door Under 11 £6.50
Contact: Beverley Davis
Phone: 020 7923 7658

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.

Hackney Heroines History Walk
with the Hackney Museum
Meet outside Hackney Central Overground.
Saturday 12 March 2.30pm-4.30pm
Booking essential: email:

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:

FREE International Women’s Day event taking place Tuesday 8 March 6.15 – 7.15pm
Hackney Central Library 1st floor, Hackney Technology & Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane, Hackney E8 1GQ
Tel. No: 020 8356 3000 Email:

1) Cambridge graduate Claire Norman will be discussing International Women’s Day within the context of the progression of women’s fiction.

A relaxation in censorship laws during the English civil wars enabled more women writers to publish more texts primarily aimed at a female audience. Historically, women who wrote for publication were not considered to be engaging in ‘a socially approved activity’. Claire will lead a light discussion about the history of women in fiction, women’s fiction, and how women as audience came to define a crucial period of literary history.

2) Artist Alix Edwards will be talking about her work BLOOM IN WOMEN which is currently on show in our exhibition area. These colourful photographs demonstrate how the surreal can co-exist in nature and urban and will be appearing at three venues around East London. Discover a whole new world captured in these vibrant macro images by photographer Alix Edwards!

All welcome. Tea and coffee will be served.

You can also meet photographer Alix Edwards this Saturday, March 12th at the INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S FAIR where Artists, Book Publishers, Craftswomen, Designers, Women’s Groups & Organisations will celebrate international Women’s day together in Spitalfields Traders Market, Brushfield Street E1 6AA from 10am to 5pm.
Adm Free. 020 7375 0441

International Women’s Day Event – Haringey Women’s Forum – 12th March 2011

For more details see original posting on Women in London

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