international women's day 2011

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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.

Date Time: Striking a light: Wednesday 16 March @19:30
Venue: The Museum of St Albans, 9a Hatfield Road, St Albans. AL1 3RR

Local St Albans historian Dr Louise Raw and author of “Striking a Light: The Bryant and May Matchwomen and Their Place in History” will be the guest speaker. There will also be an opportunity to purchase her book with a 20 percent discount being given on the night of this talk and an opportunity to ask her to sign your copy.

Cost: All tickets cost £6 (£5 for Museum Friends), and this includes tea or coffee and biscuits. If you book tickets for all three talks the tickets will only cost £15 (£13.50 for Museum Friends). To book either call into The Museum of St Albans, 9a Hatfield Road, St Albans. AL1 3RR or telephone 01727 819340.
Contact: Elanor Cowland
Phone: 01727 819340

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

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

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

Come and celebrate International Women’s Day by showing solidarity with the migrant women imprisoned at Yarl’s Wood!

Saturday, 5th March 2011, 1:00pm
@ Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre
Twinwoods Road, Clapham, Bedfordshire, MK41 6HL

Please organise your own transport.

The coalition government has skillfully employed the “end” to child detention to avoid talking about the brutal and inhumane detention regime in general. Yet, over the years, countless reports and accounts have documented the plight of women locked up at Yarl’s Wood: indefinite detention without charge or judicial oversight, overcrowded cells, mistreatment and abuse by private security guards, lack of privacy, restrictions on visits and phone calls, inadequate medical provision and the lack of facilities to address healthcare issues. And it’s getting worse.

In her 2009 inspection report on Yarl’s Wood, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons Anne Owers reported that “the focus on improving the environment and activities for children appeared to have led to a lack of attention to the needs of the majority population of women. Provision of activities for them was among the poorest seen in any removal centre. It had been inadequate at the last inspection, and had declined even further. The absence of activity added to the depression and anxiety of women, many of whom were spending lengthy periods at Yarl’s Wood. The average length of stay had increased by 50% since the last inspection, and one in ten women had been detained for more than six months.”

End the detention of migrant women!
Close Yarl’s Wood now!

Supporting groups:
– Stop Deportation (
– x:talk (

Date 8th March 2011
Venue Council Chambers, Civic Office, New Road. Grays
Time 10.00. – 11.30am

    * Jonathan Catton, from the Thurrock Museum, will be doing a presentation on the history of women in Thurrock to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the borough
    * After the presentation, there will be a session on the impact of the recession on women within the Council and in Thurrock
    * To end on a more positive note, a session with speakers on their key success factors in life and their field of expertise, how you balance work/life/family

A Celebration of 100 years of International Women’s Day
Saturday 12th March 2011 from 10am-4pm

The Laburnum Centre, Lyon Street, Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO21 1UX

A free day for women and girls
(boys under 12) all children must be accompanied by an adult

Workshops, Talks, Information Stands, Singing, Dancing, Pamper Room, Art & Craft Workshops and subsidised food.

We welcome volunteers for the organising committee and to help on the day.

Sussex International Women’s Day Group (SIWD) formerly Arun IWDG

International Women’s Day – Race for Rights – 6th March 2011

To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, Paralympian Anne Wafula Strike will compete in the Silverstone Half Marathon to raise funds for, UK based, ADD International’s work with disabled women in Africa.

Anne said: “I know what it’s like to be a disabled woman in Kenya and while I love Africa, the challenges facing disabled women there are huge. They are discriminated against twice, once for being a woman and then again because they are disabled. People need to understand that disabled women have the same rights as other women.”

In poor countries disabled women and girls are among the most neglected people and are largely overlooked by other international charities and the mainstream women’s movement.

The money Anne raises will support organisations such as UNAFEHB who represent disabled women’s associations in Burkina Faso.

On 3 March, to mark International Women’s Day disabled women will march through Ouagadougou to the Ministry for the Promotion of Women. Their aim is to highlight to public and health service providers disabled women’s right to access reproductive health services and to be treated with respect by health personnel.

Please go to and show your support by sponsoring Anne.

Anne concluded by saying: “Time is long overdue for the governments of African countries to be a lot more proactive, take action and really begin to tackle the problems faced by disabled people.”

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