international women's day 2011

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The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, celebrated the amazing achievements of London’s women to mark International Women’s Day 2011

The remarkable women included in the exhibition are leaders in their fields and have made a significant contribution within their chosen areas. The exhibition includes trailblazer Dany Cotton, who, as Deputy Assistant Commissioner, is the highest ranking female in the London Fire Brigade. At the vanguard of human rights is Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty who is also included.

Other incredible women who are notable for their exceptional talents and achievements are Michelin starred chef Angela Hartnett, Olympic gold medalist, Dame Kelly Holmes, ground-breaking artist, Tracey Emin, the first female Chief Executive of the London Stock Exchange, Dame Clara Furse, pioneer, Martha Lane Fox and Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the British suffragette movement, which helped women win the right to vote. The sphere of religion is epitomized by Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin who was made a chaplain to the Queen in 2007. The fields of fashion and music are well represented by Kate Moss and RnB fusion artist MIA as well as Hackney-born singer, Leona Lewis.

The exhibition consists of women who have a strong connection to the capital, whether they were born Londoners or have become Londoners through living in this great city. It covers 100 years of women’s history and celebrates inspiring London women of all ages from diverse backgrounds.

Metro readers are being asked to vote for their favourite or most influential woman of the last century on their website and the result will be published on International Women’s Day.

The exhibition also coincides with the first anniversary of the Mayor publishing London’s first ever strategy to tackle violence against women. Since then London has been leading the way in improving the response to violence against women and girls.

Since the plan was published, the Mayor has quadrupled rape crisis provision in the capital by opening three new Rape Crisis Centres and expanding the Croydon Rape Crisis Centre. He has also launched a new Rape Crisis London website to improve access to these services. Prevention is at the heart of the Mayor’s strategy and he has worked with partners to raise awareness of sexual consent amongst young people. Partnership activity has also been established to prevent and respond to the issue of human trafficking ahead of the London 2012 Games when there may be an increase in this activity. The Mayor is providing leadership on this issue and is working continuously to ensure that tackling violence against women is a priority across London.


    1. The exhibition of inspiring women runs at City Hall closes on 17 March 2011.
    2. Metro Newspaper and the Press Association are both media partners for the exhibition. To take part in the Metro vote for the most influential woman of the past 100 years go to:
    3. The Mayor’s strategy for tackling violence against women; The Way Forward: taking action to end violence against women can be found here:
    4. The London violence against women and girls panel, established in 2010 to oversee the delivery of the Mayor’s strategy has been working in partnership to improve strategic coordination of London’s response to gender-based violence.
    5. Information about the rape crisis centres can be found here:

See also: Guardian 100 most influential women

Afghanaid will be participating in the annual ‘Join Me on the Bridge’ campaign this coming International Women’s Day, Tuesday the 8th of March 2011. The march is organised by WomenforWomen International but women, men and children representing many different organisations will be present on the march. This year’s march is themed around empowerment for Women in Afghanistan, and so it is important that Afghanaid have a presence on the day.

We need enthusiastic and passionate volunteers to march with Afghanaid on this momentous day!


    • Be available from 10am – 1pm on Tuesday, 8th of March to participate in the march.
    • Be willing to wear Afghanaid branded T-shirts, carry an Afghanaid banner and distribute Afghanaid leaflets before, during and after the march.


Every 28 minutes a woman in Badakhshan province in Afghanistan dies in child birth. Female literacy in Afghanistan is just 12.6%. Women in Afghanistan are often subjected to brutal abuse within their own homes.

Afghanaid is an international humanitarian and development non-governmental organisation (NGO) which has worked alongside Afghan communities for nearly three decades. We currently work directly with over 1 million adults and children focusing on long term sustainable development in some of Afghanistan’s poorest rural areas.

Afghanaid’s vision is of a peaceful and secure Afghanistan, where Afghans exercise their rights to political freedom and economic opportunity in a country where institutions are held accountable. To reach this Afghanaid believes that putting people, their rights and their wellbeing at the centre of development is pivotal, ensuring a long lasting impact and change in the lives of the poor and vulnerable people.

What you can expect on the day:

The London march will begin at the famous Borough Market at 11am, where organisations such as Afghanaid will be able to meet with others and share information about current projects and campaigns. In unison, women, men and children will begin the march across central London, ending up at the Southbank Centre with a closing speech by the great Annie Lennox herself!

For more information or to register your interest, please contact Ffion Thomas
Tel: 0207 065 0825/9

In 1910, women’s activist Clara Zetkin first proposed the idea of an International Women’s Day – a celebration of women’s achievements and a chance to raise awareness of women’s issues. Her idea was gradually taken up by a range of women’s groups, trades unions, socialist societies and working women’s clubs. The Women’s Day movement went from strength to strength, spreading around the world such that Tuesday 8th March 2011 will mark 100 years of International Women’s Day.

As the birthplace of women’s suffrage in the UK, Manchester has always been at the centre of the women’s movement. To celebrate the 100 anniversary we are inviting you to have your say about life as a modern Manchester woman. The 100 Years 100 Voices campaign wants to hear from women about what they think has changed in the past 100 years and what changes they would like to see in the next 100 years.

Have a look at Manchester City Council’s Outstanding young women on the year award-winner Sacha Clarke, aged 15, and the lifetime achievement award-winner Betty Tebbs videos for inspiration.

We are inviting you to upload your 2 minute video to our YouTube Channel or attend one of our drop in sessions:

    * Thursday 3th February 12:00 – 14:00, Pankhurst Centre, 60 – 62 Nelson Street, Manchester, M13 9WP
    * Monday 14th February 16:00 – 17:00, Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, Level 2 in Committee Room 2

More drop in sessions will be available soon. Check

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In honour of 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day

Celebrating Women is a ceremony organised by Oxfam to mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. In honour of this day we will be celebrating the achievements of inspiring women from across the Midlands as well as from the poorest countries in the world.

Many women, whether from a rich or poor country, will face challenges throughout their lives. On the 4th March 2010 we will be celebrating the women who have overcome those challenges to achieve great things, for themselves and their communities.

Celebrating Women is a photography exhibition, buffet and an opportunity to hear some of the most inspiring achievements from women in the Midlands and around the world. We hope to invite 100 of the most inspiring women from across the Midlands who have been nominated by the public.

Nominate now

We invite you to nominate someone from the Midlands who has inspired, amazed or motivated you. All nominations must be submitted by the 10th February 2011. Once in, we will choose 100 of the most inspiring women who will be invited to attend Celebrating Women at the Novotel hotel.

This ceremony is a celebration as well as a reminder of all the challenges facing women today and the work that is needed to be done to ensure women around the world reach their potential in the face of those challenges.

To make your nomination simply email the name, story and photo of someone who has inspired you to


On Tuesday 8th March it’s International Women’s Day. In Nottingham women from across the city have been working together for the past few months to develop plans for how Nottingham will celebrate Nottingham women, past and present, who have made a difference to the lives of local people.

The 100 Women of Substance scheme launched earlier in January will celebrate women who have been an inspiration to others.

Nottingham City Council is working with the Nottingham Women’s Centre, the Women’s Voluntary Action Network, and many other private sector organisations like Nottingham Playhouse, Seismik, Gemini PR, Rizk- McCay and local designer Debbie Bryan, to create a week long series of events and activities in the city to celebrate International Women’s Day, including an event to celebrate our 100 Women of Substance.

We are looking for nominations from anyone who knows a woman who has been an inspiration to others, perhaps having broken down professional or personal barriers; fought for the rights of others; worked selflessly to improve the lives of others or made a lasting impact on our city.

Anyone wishing to make a Women of Substance nomination has until 5.30pm on February 11 to submit 100 words describing why their choice should be recognised, along with a recent photograph and their contact details.

To download the Nottingham 100 Women of Substance – nomination form [105kb] – go to

Nominations should be sent to email: or posted to Nottingham’s Women’s Centre, 30 Chaucer Street, Nottingham NG1 5LP.


A number of other events are also planned for International Women’s Day. They are taking place throughout the same week. This list will be added to as more events are finalised so please keep checking back at

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