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 (
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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.”

Take the opportunity to find out more about the positive impact of Fair Trade at Divine’s Fairtrade Farmers’ Tour, 2011

Between the 28th February and 13th March 2011, Fairtrade Fortnight and Divine Chocolate will be touring the UK to promote awareness of fair trade. The annual event gives you the opportunity to hear firsthand about cocoa farmers’ lives and the impact that fair trade has on them.

This year’s tour has a special focus on women to celebrate the International Women’s Day’s centenary. Two of the women from the Ghanaian cocoa co-operative, Kuapa Kokoo, Harriet Boatemaa and Fatima Ali, will be leading the tour and will be explaining just why the roles played by women are so crucial for the cocoa growing process.

The tour will take in Liverpool, Warrington, Bradford, London, Oxford and Cardiff and Harriet and Fatima will be meeting with businesses, shoppers, schools and political representatives to spread the word about the positive impact that Fairtrade has on the cocoa farming community in Ghana.

Cost: Free
Date: Monday 28 February- 13 March 2011

For full details of this event please see

Reading will be celebrating women for a whole week from the 7th to the 12th of March. There will be a flurry of activities taking place across Reading to celebrate women from all backgrounds and cultures. Check out our events page for more information on what will be happening around the town!

Reading’s Women’s Week will culminate with a fantastic production of the Vagina Monolgues at Shehnai, London Street, on the 12th of March (book your tickets now).

The show is being created by the community for the community, 90% of all profits will be given in support of the work that Berkshire Women’s Aid carry out, the further 10% will be given to support the V-day charity.

Women’s Week Events

Wonderful Women of Reading – Nominations
click here to find out more or to nominate someone…
1st Jan – 26th Feb

Wonderful Women of Reading and Beyond – Exhibition
click here to find out more…
28th Feb – 12th Mar
Central Library Opening Times
Reading Central Library
FREE No ticket needed, just pop along.

Speakers & Sandwiches
click here to find out more…
Thurs 10th Mar at 1pm
Venue TBC
You do need to book BOOK NOW

‘The Vagina Monologues’
and After Party with all Female DJ line up
click here to find out more and to book tickets…
Sat 12th Mar at 7.30pm
Shehnai, London Street
Tickets £8 each or 10% discount on parties of 10+

Wonderful Woman of Reading – Unveiling
Sat 12th Mar at 7.30pm
Shehnai, London Street
Will take place at the Vagina Monolgues performance

Up and Coming Female Artists of Reading – Art Exhibition
click here to find out more…
Sat 12th Mar from 4pm onwards
Shehnai, London Street
No ticket needed, just pop along.

Get Involved

To get involved email or call 01189 866 188 to find out more.

We are always looking for more people to get involved! This event is going to be huge any help you can offer even if it is just a couple of hours!

Here are some of the ways you could get involved… See

At19:30 (opens at 19:00) at KOMEDIA

Women Tellers will delight you with tales true and bold, new and old. In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day.

Amanda Evans, both storyteller and narrator, physical theatre and spoken word maker, captures your mind, your spirit and dances with you before you realise your feet have left the floor.

‘If we fail to nourish our souls, they wither, and without soul, life ceases to have meaning. The creative process shrivels in the absence of continual dialogue with the soul. And creativity is what makes life worth living.’ Marion Woodman

‘No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.’ Alice Walker

Ages 12+

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