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MWR Speakers List – Saturday 7th March 2009

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The speakers and performers are listed in alphabetical order.

Anna van Heeswijk, Object, London, England

Anna van Heeswijk has been working for Object for coming up to a year and a half as their Grassroots Coordinator. She started up monthly activist meetings in London in December 2008 and has encouraged and supported the development of feminist activism across the country. This has included helping to set up a regional branch in Leeds, organising National Days of Action for activists around the country who oppose the mainstreaming of the sex industry through the licensing of lap dancing clubs like cafes, and supporting local groups to protest at Party Conferences to urge the government to impose tougher licensing laws for lap dancing clubs. She has organised and run protests outside the Houses of Parliament, City Hall, the Lap Dancing Association Awards Ceremony and the Spearmint Rhino Christmas Party all with placards, musical instruments, songs and chants stating – ‘Women not Sex Objects’, and ‘Women’s bodies are not for sale!’.

http://www.object.org.uk

Annika Spalding, Birmingham Women’s Aid, Birmingham, England

Annika is a Floating Support & Outreach Worker at Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid. She also volunteers on the helpline for the Rape & Sexual Violence Project in Birmingham. Having spent her childhood growing up with domestic violence, Annika is determined to support as many women as possible, and pay back some of the kindness she received as a child in refuge. An active member of the Birmingham Feminists, and more recently Birmingham Fawcett Society group, Annika believes a difference can be made in the world, one woman and family at a time.

http://www.bswaid.org

Dana Anderson, War on the Streets, London, England

The War On The Streets project is a mobile workshop which promotes unity and is dedicated in the fight against Postcode wars, Turf wars, knife and Gun-crime. The project is committed in motivating and encouraging young people to become more creative, confident, determined and positive individuals through confidence building activities, music, real life drama workshops and community chat shows. The project is also committed in building back stronger communities and reinstalling positive energy back into young people so that they may function more efficiently in the community and in society.

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=51083837

Doreen Lawrence, anti racist campaigner, London, England (message)

Anti racism campaigner and mother of murdered teenager, Stephen Lawrence. In April 1993, Stephen Lawrence was murdered by a group of young white men on a street in south-east London. No one was ever convicted of his killing.

Doreen Lawrence was born in Jamaica in 1952. She came to England aged nine and went to school in south-east London. In 1972, while working in a bank, she married Neville Lawrence. Since the murder of her son Stephen in 1993, she has campaigned for justice for Stephen and for other victims of racially motivated crime and for police reform. In 2003 she was awarded an OBE for services to community relations. As well as her work at the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, she sits on panels within the Home Office and the Police Service, and she is a member of both the board and the council of Liberty, the Human Rights organisation. Doreen Lawrence is the author of ‘And Still I Rise’, the story of a mother’s loss. It is also the story of how one ordinary black woman and her husband changed the face of British policing and the criminal justice system.

http://www.stephenlawrence.org.uk

Hilary McCollum, End Violence Against Women Coalition, London, England

Hilary McCollum is a feminist activist and writer who has been involved in campaigning against violence against women for more than 20 years. She is a member of the End Violence Against Women coalition and will speak about their work.

http://www.endviolenceagainstwomen.org.uk

Jane Gregory, Rape Crisis, England and Wales, Bradford, England

Living at the Women’s Peace Camp at Greenham Common taught me the importance of loving the world around me and making connections. Currently I am actively involved in Bradford Immigration & Asylum Advice & Support Network’s Women’s Club, Bradford Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the protests at Faslane nuclear submarine base, the anti capitalist social movement to try and prevent further climate chaos, I am one of the Co-ordinators of Bradford Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Survivors Service and the Vice Chair of Rape Crisis (England & wales)

http://www.rapecrisis.org.uk

Dr Katherine Rake, Fawcett Society, London, England

Dr. Katherine Rake is Director of the Fawcett Society and one of the UK’s leading specialists in gender and social policy. Under her leadership, Fawcett runs passionate, informed campaigns for women’s rights. Katherine has advised the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit, HM Treasury and a range of other Government departments. She is a regular broadcaster and has contributed to a wide range of print media. Katherine was previously Lecturer in Social Policy at the LSE and secondee to the Women’s Unit, Cabinet Office where she edited a ground-breaking report on women’s lifetime incomes. In 2008, Katherine was awarded an OBE for services to equal opportunities, an Institute of Directors ‘Good Director’ Honour and the Social Policy Association’s Annual Award for Outstanding Contribution from a Non-academic.

http://www.fawcettsociety.org.uk

Kay Smith, Million Woman Drummer, London, England

I live and work in London and I am currently a Disability Employment Adviser. I caught the drumming bug 3 years ago. It quickly became a passion and an increasingly important part of my spiritual journey.
Many of us have had experience or know of someone, who has experienced violence in their lives. It is important for me to be present at this gathering to support the ongoing struggle against violence against women. Together we are strong.

Kongosi Onia Mussanzi, Centre for the Resolution of Conflicts, Democratic Republic of Congo

Kongosi is a women’s rights activist and a founder of DR Congo Center for Peace & Reconciliation but had to flee to the UK in June 2001 when her life came under threat and she was evacuated to the UK. She is currently studying for an MA in Peace Studies at Bradford University. She is also involved in conflict resolution, trauma counseling and reconciliation, with NGOs, churches and political leaders, students and women traumatized through rape.

Margaret Moran, MP, Luton and Chair of All Party Parliamentary Group on Domestic Violence, Luton, England

Margaret Moran was first elected as the MP for Luton South in May 1997. Her interests span a wide range of concerns from housing, to domestic violence, new technologies, social exclusion and football. Margaret was responsible for the ground breaking “Womenspeak” project using interactive ICT to link Parliamentarians and survivors of Domestic Violence. As a result, she has driven policy and legislative changes to provide greater fairness for Domestic Violence survivors in immigration cases, greater protection for Domestic Violence survivors in court and to ensure they get priority for rehousing.

http://www.margaretmoran.org.uk

Marai Larasi, the nia project, London, England

Marai Larasi is the Chief Executive of the nia project. She has worked in the violence against women field for over 14 years. She has delivered frontline refuge services, facilitated support groups, delivered training and managed direct services. For the past 9 years Marai has been responsible for the strategic development of the nia project. She has worked on ensuring that the project remains a strong, committed feminist organisation, while rising to meet (and predicting) emerging expectations around everything from service delivery and quality to management systems and new technologies.

Marai is involved in a range of partnerships, boards and committees that enable her to contribute to policy and best practice on a wider basis.

Marai is a committed feminist who believes in creating change through education, awareness-raising and continued and consistent challenging of oppression and inequality.

http://www.niaproject.info

Maryam Shafique, Lyrical Poet, Birmingham, England

17 year old Maryam Shafique is a lyrical artist who writes about her own childhood experiences and those of other young people in her community

Miriam Nobre, World March of Women, Brazil (video message)

Miriam is the World March of Women (WMW) International Secretariat Co-ordinator and International Committee member. The World March of Women’s actions and demands are based around four Action Areas, one of which is “Violence against women as a tool of control of women’s lives, bodies and sexuality”.

http://www.worldmarchofwomen.org

Nerindra Jhall, Police Officer, Survivor and Author, England

Nerindra has been a Police Officer for just over 16yrs. For best part of 21yrs of her life she was a victim of domestic violence, suffering, at times, extreme physical violence at the hands of her brutal father. On joining the Police she thought she would be safe but thee years into her Police career her parents tricked her into going to India. Not knowing of the events that were to unfold she went willingly expecting to return home in 2 weeks. She was kept in a remote village for 5 to 6 weeks, threatened with violence and told she would never return home to the UK, that she would be married off in India. She was eventually rescued by armed police and returned home. The emotional, physical and mental damage was too much to cope with which resulted in her taking an overdose.

Nerindra now talks at Conferences about her experience to raise awareness in this topic and set up a facebook group called ‘Sister of Hope’ to reach out to what she calls the silent victims. Her support group contains telephone numbers of police and support organisations for any individual who may be being forced into marriage, suffering domestic violence and or sexual abuse. Nerindra is currently writing a book about her experience.

Niki Stevens, Womens Institute, London, England

Niki is a strong supporter of the NFWI’s campaign for No More Violence Against Women.

Niki set up the East End WI in 2007 with the help of friends after women in their local community realised a need for a group that brought local women together. East End WI quickly forged links with the U-Turn Project, a local charity that works with street prostitutes in the Bethnal Green area. WI members have since worked with them raising awareness and funds.

The NFWI is a member of the End Violence Against Women coalition and is working to raise awareness of violence against women. WI members hope that by openly they can break the taboos that stop many women seeking help. The NFWI is especially committed to drawing attention to rural victims of violence, who may face additional barriers to seeking help and accessing services.

http://www.eewi.btik.com

Ranjit Kaur, Activist, London, England

Ranjit Kaur has spent most of her life working for equality and justice for women. Currently, she works as a consultant and trainer although she remains very active as a volunteer in the women’s voluntary sector. Ranjit is the former Director of Rights of Women, an award winning national voluntary organisation providing women with advice on their legal rights and remedies. Prior to this, she has worked as a trade union officer and a civil servant.

Ruth Bashall, Disabled woman, Disability Rights Activist

I have been a human rights activist and a lesbian feminist campaigner all my life. I am currently working on disability and other forms of hate crime, violence and abuse against disabled people, and in particular on violence against disabled women. I am an adviser to the Metropolitan Police and the Office for Disability Issues. I am part of a friendship and political network of out, proud disabled women. I want to see a world which values us, and where we as disabled women value ourselves.

Sabrina Qureshi, Co-ordinator, Million Women Rise, London, England

Sabrina is the founder and Co-ordinator of Million Women Rise. She was awarded the Emma Humphreys Memorial Award in 2008 and was recently named by the Independent newspaper as a member of a new generation of leading feminists. Sabrina is a passionate and effective advocate and organiser on issues of institutionalised and systematic oppression, including gendered violence. She has over the years worked as a counsellor, refuge worker, advocate and organizer and is currently a trustee on the Management Committee of Women and Girls Network.

http://www.wgn.org.uk

Sophie Dola, World March of Women, Nairobi, Kenya (video message)

Sophie Dola is a women’s rights activist who works in a women’s rights theatre group called the 5 Centuries Group based in Nairobi. The company performs theatre related to gender issues including violence to women and women taking up leadership positions. The company encourages the socio and economic empowerment of women through songs, puppetry, dance, drama and spoken word. Sophie is also the National Co-ordinator of the World March of Women, an international feminist action movement connecting grass-root groups and organisations working towards elimination of the causes at the root of poverty and violence against women. The World March of Women also struggles against all forms of inequality and discrimination directed at women.

http://www.worldmarchofwomen.org

Wilhelmina Trout, World March of Women, South Africa (video message)

Wilhelmina is a member of the World March of Women International Committee, one of two from Africa. Political activist working with grassroots organizations, particularly domestic workers and women in the informal sector, and working to build the presence of the WMW in Africa, especially the Anglophone region.

http://www.worldmarchofwomen.org

Women from Palestine, West Bank, Palestine, Britain Palestine Twinning Network

Ten women from all over the Palestinian West Bank bring their stories to enrich twinning links all over England. The Britain Palestine Twinning Network is organising an exciting speaking tour at the time of International Women’s Day in March 2009.

“We hope on our visit to build relations with women and societies in U.K ,and to exchange experience” writes Wasfia Othman, a social worker and chair of a women’s committee in Beit Leed, a village near Tulkarem. Her village has a new relation with people in Pendle, Lancashire, one of about thirty places in England now with friendship links with Palestine.

http://www.twinningwithpalestine.net/

For March details see https://iwd2009.wordpress.com/2009/02/24/million-women-rise-saturday-7-march-2009/

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7 March 2009 at 7:47 am

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Events now passed


Celebrating Women – Ailbhe Smyth : Feminist Activist & Academic
04-Mar :  * Ailbhe Smyth
11:00 * Dublin

Feminist Open Forum marks International Women’s Day
04-Mar :  * Feminist Open Forum
19:30 * Dublin

Innovation and inspiration on the menu as ITWales marks International Women’s Day 2009
05-Mar :  * ITWales
* Swansea

Inspiring Women: Challenging Voices, Changing Times
05-Mar :  * Banúlacht and the National Women’s Council of Ireland
09:15 * Dublin

Revolutionary Irish Women Doctors 1916 to the Civil War
05-Mar :  * Anne McLellan
18:00 * Dublin

International Women’s Day – An Evening of Poetry
05-Mar :  * Books from Scotland
18:30 * Edinburgh

International Women’s Day Festival Fermanagh
06-Mar :  * Fermanagh Women’s network
10:00 * Enniskillen

Swansea Women’s Aid Celebrate International Women’s Day
06-Mar :  * Swansea Women’s Aid
10:00 * Swansea

Lliw Valley Women’s Aid, Neath Women’s Aid and Port Talbot Women’s Aid Invite you to Celebrate International Women’s Day with them!
06-Mar :  * Lliw Valley Women’s Aid, Neath Women’s Aid and Port Talbot Women’s Aid
19:00 * Clydach

Seeds of Change – A weekend of inspirational workshops for women in celebration of International Women’s Day – and 8th March
07-Mar :  * Over the Rainbow
* Wales Ceredigion

Secularism and Women’s Rights – IWD Conference
07-Mar :  * Women’s Liberation
* Sweden

Scottish Women’s Convention – International Women’s Day 2009
07-Mar :  * SWC
* Edinburgh

A Home in the Highlands
07-Mar :  * Women@Work
* Inverness

International Women’s Day at Sgoil Lionacleit
07-Mar :  * NHS Western Isles
09:30 * Benbecula

International Women’s Day 2009 – Elphinstone
07-Mar :  * Various
10:00 * Elphinstone

International Women’s Day (IWD) conference
07-Mar :  * Birmingham Women’s Policy Group
10:00 * Birmingham B18

Celebration of International Women’s Day taking action for WOZA in Belfast
07-Mar :  * Amnesty Belfast
14:00 * Belfast

Celebration of International Women’s Day
07-Mar :  * Muslim Womens Association of Edinburgh and Womens Federation for World Peace
14:45 * Edinburgh

Scottish Women’s Aid Virtual Exhibition “What is a woman in 2009” for International Women’s Day
08-Mar :  * Scottish Women’s Aid
* Virtual

Has the situation in Palestine affected the status of women and children?
08-Mar :  * Dundee Quakers and Dundee Nablus Twinning Association
* Dundee

AMARC’s 2009 celebration of International Women’s Day! A global broadcast
08-Mar :  * AMARC
01:00 * Global

International Women’s Day Event at Cumbernauld Theatre
08-Mar :  * Cumbernauld Theatre and the Studio Arts Forum
10:00 * Cumbernauld

Great Women Of Dublin – Historical Walking Tour with leading historian, Pat Liddy
08-Mar :  * Dublin City Council
12:00 * Dublin

Be Inspired: International Women’s Day Reading with Eileen Casey, Celia de Fréine, Anne Hartigan and Ann Leahy
08-Mar :  * Various
12:00 * Dublin

Celebrating the bravery of Zimbabwean women human rights defenders on International Women’s Day
08-Mar :  * Amensty Dublin
13:00 * Dublin

Feminist Walking Tour – Dublin – 8th March 2009
08-Mar :  * Choice Ireland, the RAG collective and the Lashback collective
13:00 * Dublin

“Lab Coats and Lace” – 8th March 2009 – Dublin
08-Mar :  * WITS and Dublin City Book Festival
13:15 * Dublin

Seren Poets Celebration International Women’s Day in Cardiff
08-Mar :  * Seren
13:30 * Cardiff

From Margaret to Mary – free herstory walk
08-Mar :  * Various
13:30 * Edinburgh

W@W and Kilmartin House Museum celebrate International Women’s Day
08-Mar :  * Women@Work
14:00 * Argyll

Gude Cause Fundraising Concert
08-Mar :  * Gude Cause
18:00 * Edinburgh

Reclaim the Night Edinburgh 2009 on International Women’s Day
08-Mar :  * RTN Edinburgh
18:45 * Edinburgh

International Women’s Day Celebration (proceeds to Women in Tune)
08-Mar :  * WiT
19:00 * Lampeter

Women’s Aid Charity Film Night
09-Mar :  * Women’s Aid Ireland
19:00 * Dublin

Veronica Dunne: My Life in Music
09-Mar :  * Veronica Dunne
19:00 * Dublin

International Women’s Day – Still Relevant?
11-Mar :  * Ailbhe Smyth
12:00 * Dublin

Dundee Women’s Festival – until 15th March
14-Mar :  * Various
* Dundee

International Women’s Day 2009 Festival – until 17 March 2009
14-Mar :  * Cymru Women
* Cardiff

International Women’s Day Events at Glasgow Women’s Library (2nd to 20th March)
14-Mar :  * Glasgow Women’s Library
* Glasgow

Girls’ World – Celebrating International Women’s Day
14-Mar :  * YWCA Scotland
10:00 * Edinburgh

Safeguarding victims: Prevention and Protection in Practice Forced Marriage & ‘Honour’ Crimes – Free Conference
17-Mar :  * Various
* Cardiff

Reclaim the Night
17-Mar :  * NUS Wales Women’s Campaign & Wales Women’s National Coalition
19:00 * Cardiff

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4 March 2009 at 8:44 pm

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Events now passed


International Women’s Day 2009 – BME Women
25-Feb :  * Doncaster City Council
* Doncaster

Women’s Film & Discussion Night
02-Mar :  * IWD Merseyside
20:00 * Liverpool

International Women’s Day 2009 – Celebration of Women’s Achievements
04-Mar :  * Doncaster City Council
* Doncaster

International Women’s Day and the Outstanding Women’s Awards Presentation
04-Mar :  * Southern Brooks Community Partnership
19:00 * Badley Stoke

Closing the gender gap – free conference – Scunthorpe
05-Mar :  * North Lincolnshire Council
* Scunthorpe

Have you ever wanted to change the world but don’t know where to start? Discover the inspirational woman inside
06-Mar :  * Ruskin College
09:30 * Oxford

Women’s Health Information and Support Centre (WHISC) Open Day
06-Mar :  * WHISC
10:00 * Liverpool

WiRE help promote International Women’s Day
06-Mar :  * WiRE
10:30 * Bromsgrove

International Women’s Day at Kuumba Imani Millenium Centre
06-Mar :  * Kuumba Imani Millenium Centre
12:00 * Liverpool

International Women’s Day: Inspiring Potential
06-Mar :  * University of Teesside
12:00 * Teesside

Celebrate International Women’s Day – Civic Lunch
06-Mar :  * Bradford City Council
12:00 * Bradford

Suffragette honoured in Morpeth
06-Mar :  * Various
12:30 * Morpeth

International Women’s Day Free Workshop for Disabled Women
06-Mar :  * Breakthrough UK
13:00 * Manchester Ardwick

International Women’s Day 2009 – Young Women
07-Mar :  * Doncaster City Council
* Doncaster

York International Women’s Week – until 14th March
07-Mar :  * York City Council Women’s Working Group
* York

Women in Palestine – U.K. tour 3rd to 11th March 2009
07-Mar :  * Twinning with Palestine Network
* Various

Comedy event for Peterborough International Women’s Day
07-Mar :  * Peterborough IWD Forum
* Perterboroug

Northern TUC takes International Women’s Day regional
07-Mar :  * Northern TUC
*

Sugar & Spice 3, Me, Myself and I (and 8th March)
07-Mar :  * Lesbian and Gay Foundation
* Manchester

Women Around The World – Event To Mark International Women’s Day
07-Mar :  * Derby City Council
10:00 * Derby

International Women’s Day Gathering Brighton & Hove
07-Mar :  * International Women’s Day Committee
10:00 * Brighton

International Women’s Day Celebration Merseyside Caribbean Community Centre
07-Mar :  * Merseyside Caribbean Community Centre
10:00 * Liverpool

Arun International Women’s Day Celebration
07-Mar :  * Arun International Women’s Day Group
10:00 * Bornor Regis

LesBiCon
07-Mar :  * LIKT
11:00 * Manchester

Medway International Women’s Day – Our Lives, Our Choices
07-Mar :  * Various
12:00 * Medway

‘Women, Peace & Empowerment’ Festival
07-Mar :  * IWD Merseyside
12:00 * Liverpool

International Women’s Day Malvern Event
07-Mar :  * Malvern Fringe Arts
12:30 * Malvern

Reclaim the Night – followed by after party at 9pm
07-Mar :  * IWD Merseyside
19:30 * Liverpool

International Women’s Day celebration in Reading
07-Mar :  * Reading International Solidarity Centre
20:00 * Reading

Amazone International Women’s Day Weekend Extravaganza! Women Only Disco
07-Mar :  * Amazone
20:30 * Lancaster

Celebrate women in business and education at a special show at Dunstable’s Grove Theatre
08-Mar :  * Women into Work, Education and Business
* Dunstable

International Women’s Day Hull
08-Mar :  * Hull Women’s Centre
09:00 * Hull

International Women’s Day Events throughout the day at Exeter Phoenix
08-Mar :  * Devon County Council
10:00 * Exeter

Celebrating Women – Midlands TUC International Women’s Day Conference
08-Mar :  * Midlands TUC
10:00 * Birmingham

Bristol Link with Nicaragua IWD 09 celebration
08-Mar :  * Bristol Link
12:00 * Bristol

International Women’s Day Bournemouth
08-Mar :  * Various
12:00 * Bournemouth

International Women’s Day – Manchester
08-Mar :  * Manchester City Council
13:00 * Manchester

Amazone International Women’s Day Weekend Extravaganza! Indoor Market Women Stallholders Mixed Event. Fundraiser for Lancaster Women’s Aid
08-Mar :  * Amazone
13:30 * Lancaster

A women’s walking event is taking place at Daventry Country Park
08-Mar :  * Daventry.gov
14:00 * Daventry

Celebrating Diversity, in Pursuit Of Equality
08-Mar :  * West Midlands Wraparound Services Team
14:00 * Birmingham

International Women’s Day
08-Mar :  * Wirksworth Amnesty group
14:30 * Darley Dale, Derbyshire

Women in Devon, Power and Politics Conference
09-Mar :  * Devon County Council
09:30 * Exeter

Improving Futures: Working Together to End Domestic Violence
09-Mar :  * The Haven Wolverhampton
09:30 * Wolverhampton

International Women’s Day St Albans
09-Mar :  * St Albans City and District Council
10:30 * St Albans

International Women’s Day Celebration 2009
09-Mar :  * Nottingham Women’s Centre
11:00 * Nottingham

TUC International Women’s Day Evening Reception
09-Mar :  * TUC
18:00 * London Central

Chinese women in the UK and the world
10-Mar :  *
* Manchester

Honour Based Violence is Domestic Violence
10-Mar :  * Leeds.gov
13:30 * Leeds

Addressing Domestic Violence in Russia and Uzbekistan – IWD Event in Wolverhamtpon
12-Mar :  * Haven Wolverhampton
13:00 * Wolverhampton

What Manchester Women Want exhibition – until 21 March 2009
14-Mar :  * Various
* Manchester

International Women’s Day Events – Lewes District – 7th to 14th March
14-Mar :  * Lewes District Council
* Sussex

A celebration of womanhood will take place in South Tyneside to raise money for rape victims (until 14th March)
14-Mar :  * Primrose Community Centre Jarrow
* Tyneside

The Women’s Art Show 2009 – until 14th March
14-Mar :  * Fairfields Art Centre
* Reading

International Women’s Day Poetry Event
15-Mar :  * 3345 Club
19:00 * Liverpool

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Events now passed


International Women’s Day 2009 – BME Women
25-Feb : * Doncaster City Council
* Doncaster

Women’s Film & Discussion Night
02-Mar : * IWD Merseyside
20:00 * Liverpool

International Women’s Day 2009 – Celebration of Women’s Achievements
04-Mar : * Doncaster City Council
* Doncaster

Celebrating Women – Ailbhe Smyth : Feminist Activist & Academic
04-Mar : * Ailbhe Smyth
11:00 * Dublin

International Women’s Day and the Outstanding Women’s Awards Presentation
04-Mar : * Southern Brooks Community Partnership
19:00 * Badley Stoke

Feminist Open Forum marks International Women’s Day
04-Mar : * Feminist Open Forum
19:30 * Dublin

Innovation and inspiration on the menu as ITWales marks International Women’s Day 2009
05-Mar : * ITWales
* Swansea

Closing the gender gap – free conference – Scunthorpe
05-Mar : * North Lincolnshire Council
* Scunthorpe

Celebration of International Women’s Day Breakfast
05-Mar : * West London Business Network
08:30 * London Westminster

Inspiring Women: Challenging Voices, Changing Times
05-Mar : * Banúlacht and the National Women’s Council of Ireland
09:15 * Dublin

General Debate On International Women’s Day
05-Mar : * House of Commons
10:30 * London Westminister

Fashion, gender & body image
05-Mar : * KCL Women’s Network
11:30 * London

Marian Keyes And V V Brown ‘Rock And Write’ In Support Of Women’s Aid for IWD
05-Mar : * Penguin and Island Records
13:00 * London Central

Do women need a leg up in politics?
05-Mar : * One World Action
13:30 * London N1

Revolutionary Irish Women Doctors 1916 to the Civil War
05-Mar : * Anne McLellan
18:00 * Dublin

International Women’s Day – An Evening of Poetry
05-Mar : * Books from Scotland
18:30 * Edinburgh

Making a difference: Gender in the state, the workplace and the family International Women’s Day event
05-Mar : * Girton College
18:30 * London LSE

Women Reporting from the Frontline: an evening of discussion with award-winning foreign correspondents
05-Mar : * Amnesty
19:00 * London EC2

International Women’s Day City Breakfast 2009 to raise funds for Refuge
06-Mar : * City of London Corporation
08:00 * London City

50 million missing protest
06-Mar : * Various
08:00 * London EC2

Missions, Mercy and Medicine – Women and Health in the East End
06-Mar : * Tower Hamlets PCT
09:30 * London Whitechapel

Have you ever wanted to change the world but don’t know where to start? Discover the inspirational woman inside
06-Mar : * Ruskin College
09:30 * Oxford

International Women’s Day Festival Fermanagh
06-Mar : * Fermanagh Women’s network
10:00 * Enniskillen

Swansea Women’s Aid Celebrate International Women’s Day
06-Mar : * Swansea Women’s Aid
10:00 * Swansea

Women’s Health Information and Support Centre (WHISC) Open Day
06-Mar : * WHISC
10:00 * Liverpool

WiRE help promote International Women’s Day
06-Mar : * WiRE
10:30 * Bromsgrove

International Women’s Day at Kuumba Imani Millenium Centre
06-Mar : * Kuumba Imani Millenium Centre
12:00 * Liverpool

Celebrate International Women’s Day – Civic Lunch
06-Mar : * Bradford City Council
12:00 * Bradford

International Women’s Day: Inspiring Potential
06-Mar : * University of Teesside
12:00 * Teesside

Suffragette honoured in Morpeth
06-Mar : * Various
12:30 * Morpeth

International Women’s Day Free Workshop for Disabled Women
06-Mar : * Breakthrough UK
13:00 * Manchester Ardwick

International Solidarity for Women’s Liberation
06-Mar : * Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq- UK
19:00 * London

Lliw Valley Women’s Aid, Neath Women’s Aid and Port Talbot Women’s Aid Invite you to Celebrate International Women’s Day with them!
06-Mar : * Lliw Valley Women’s Aid, Neath Women’s Aid and Port Talbot Women’s Aid
19:00 * Clydach

Comedy event for Peterborough International Women’s Day
07-Mar : * Peterborough IWD Forum
* Perterboroug

Northern TUC takes International Women’s Day regional
07-Mar : * Northern TUC
*

Women in Palestine – U.K. tour 3rd to 11th March 2009
07-Mar : * Twinning with Palestine Network
* Various

Scottish Women’s Convention – International Women’s Day 2009
07-Mar : * SWC
* Edinburgh

International Women’s Day 2009 – Young Women
07-Mar : * Doncaster City Council
* Doncaster

Secularism and Women’s Rights – IWD Conference
07-Mar : * Women’s Liberation
* Sweden

York International Women’s Week – until 14th March
07-Mar : * York City Council Women’s Working Group
* York

International Women’s Day – Forum for Women of the Caribbean
07-Mar : * Forum for Women of the Caribbean
* Northolt

Sugar & Spice 3, Me, Myself and I (and 8th March)
07-Mar : * Lesbian and Gay Foundation
* Manchester

Seeds of Change – A weekend of inspirational workshops for women in celebration of International Women’s Day – and 8th March
07-Mar : * Over the Rainbow
* Wales Ceredigion

A Home in the Highlands
07-Mar : * Women@Work
* Inverness

Prada Protest for International Women’s Day!
07-Mar : * Various
09:30 * London Central

International Women’s Day at Sgoil Lionacleit
07-Mar : * NHS Western Isles
09:30 * Benbecula

International Women’s Day (IWD) conference
07-Mar : * Birmingham Women’s Policy Group
10:00 * Birmingham B18

International Women’s Day 2009 – Elphinstone
07-Mar : * Various
10:00 * Elphinstone

Arun International Women’s Day Celebration
07-Mar : * Arun International Women’s Day Group
10:00 * Bornor Regis

International Women’s Day Celebration Merseyside Caribbean Community Centre
07-Mar : * Merseyside Caribbean Community Centre
10:00 * Liverpool

Women Around The World – Event To Mark International Women’s Day
07-Mar : * Derby City Council
10:00 * Derby

International Women’s Day Gathering Brighton & Hove
07-Mar : * International Women’s Day Committee
10:00 * Brighton

International Womens Day Event featuring Ale Douvan and Bollywood Grooves
07-Mar : * Account3
11:00 * London E3

International Women’s Day
07-Mar : * Hounslow Borough Police in partnership with London Borough of Hounslow
11:00 * Hounslow

LesBiCon
07-Mar : * LIKT
11:00 * Manchester

Medway International Women’s Day – Our Lives, Our Choices
07-Mar : * Various
12:00 * Medway

Million Women Rise March
07-Mar : * MWR
12:00 * London W1 Portman Square

‘Women, Peace & Empowerment’ Festival
07-Mar : * IWD Merseyside
12:00 * Liverpool

International Women’s Day Malvern Event
07-Mar : * Malvern Fringe Arts
12:30 * Malvern

Inviting women to celebrate International Women’s Day! explore, dream & experience
07-Mar : * Inner Space
14:00 * London Central

Celebration of International Women’s Day taking action for WOZA in Belfast
07-Mar : * Amnesty Belfast
14:00 * Belfast

Million Women Rise Rally and Celebration
07-Mar : * MWR
14:30 * London Waterloo Place

Celebration of International Women’s Day
07-Mar : * Muslim Womens Association of Edinburgh and Womens Federation for World Peace
14:45 * Edinburgh

Join March 7 events against Sharia and Religious-based Tribunals in Britain and elsewhere
07-Mar : * One Law for All
15:30 * London Central

Sharia Law, Sexual Apartheid and Women’s Rights
07-Mar : * One Law for All Campaign against Sharia law in Britain
18:00 * London Central

Million Women Rise After March Love Celebration & Fundraiser
07-Mar : * MWR
18:00 * London WC1

Birds on Bikes Night Ride
07-Mar : * London Cycling Campaign
18:30 * London Central

Reclaim the Night – followed by after party at 9pm
07-Mar : * IWD Merseyside
19:30 * Liverpool

Electric Landladies at Chats Palace – International Womens Day Celebration
07-Mar : * Blow the Fuse
19:45 * London Hackney

International Women’s Day celebration in Reading
07-Mar : * Reading International Solidarity Centre
20:00 * Reading

Amazone International Women’s Day Weekend Extravaganza! Women Only Disco
07-Mar : * Amazone
20:30 * Lancaster

Celebrate women in business and education at a special show at Dunstable’s Grove Theatre
08-Mar : * Women into Work, Education and Business
* Dunstable

Scottish Women’s Aid Virtual Exhibition “What is a woman in 2009” for International Women’s Day
08-Mar : * Scottish Women’s Aid
* Virtual

Has the situation in Palestine affected the status of women and children?
08-Mar : * Dundee Quakers and Dundee Nablus Twinning Association
* Dundee

Rosa Luxemburg – London Socialist Pary IWD Event
08-Mar : * London Socialist Party
* London

AMARC’s 2009 celebration of International Women’s Day! A global broadcast
08-Mar : * AMARC
01:00 * Global

International Women’s Day Hull
08-Mar : * Hull Women’s Centre
09:00 * Hull

Alexander Technique Workshop for Women on International Women’s Day 2009
08-Mar : * Hilary King
10:00 * London Stoke Newington

Celebrating Women – Midlands TUC International Women’s Day Conference
08-Mar : * Midlands TUC
10:00 * Birmingham

International Women’s Day Events throughout the day at Exeter Phoenix
08-Mar : * Devon County Council
10:00 * Exeter

International Women’s Day Event at Cumbernauld Theatre
08-Mar : * Cumbernauld Theatre and the Studio Arts Forum
10:00 * Cumbernauld

International Women’s Day at the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms
08-Mar : * IWM
11:00 * London Central

Great Women Of Dublin – Historical Walking Tour with leading historian, Pat Liddy
08-Mar : * Dublin City Council
12:00 * Dublin

Bristol Link with Nicaragua IWD 09 celebration
08-Mar : * Bristol Link
12:00 * Bristol

Be Inspired: International Women’s Day Reading with Eileen Casey, Celia de Fréine, Anne Hartigan and Ann Leahy
08-Mar : * Various
12:00 * Dublin

International Women’s Day Bournemouth
08-Mar : * Various
12:00 * Bournemouth

Celebrating the bravery of Zimbabwean women human rights defenders on International Women’s Day
08-Mar : * Amensty Dublin
13:00 * Dublin

International Women’s Day – Manchester
08-Mar : * Manchester City Council
13:00 * Manchester

Feminist Walking Tour – Dublin – 8th March 2009
08-Mar : * Choice Ireland, the RAG collective and the Lashback collective
13:00 * Dublin

“Lab Coats and Lace” – 8th March 2009 – Dublin
08-Mar : * WITS and Dublin City Book Festival
13:15 * Dublin

From Margaret to Mary – free herstory walk
08-Mar : * Various
13:30 * Edinburgh

Amazone International Women’s Day Weekend Extravaganza! Indoor Market Women Stallholders Mixed Event. Fundraiser for Lancaster Women’s Aid
08-Mar : * Amazone
13:30 * Lancaster

Seren Poets Celebration International Women’s Day in Cardiff
08-Mar : * Seren
13:30 * Cardiff

Celebrating Diversity, in Pursuit Of Equality
08-Mar : * West Midlands Wraparound Services Team
14:00 * Birmingham

A women’s walking event is taking place at Daventry Country Park
08-Mar : * Daventry.gov
14:00 * Daventry

W@W and Kilmartin House Museum celebrate International Women’s Day
08-Mar : * Women@Work
14:00 * Argyll

International Women’s Day
08-Mar : * Wirksworth Amnesty group
14:30 * Darley Dale, Derbyshire

The Association of Turkish Women in the UK (BTKD) conference to mark this year’s International Women’s Day
08-Mar : * Association of Turkish Women in the UK
15:00 * London SW1

Gude Cause Fundraising Concert
08-Mar : * Gude Cause
18:00 * Edinburgh

Reclaim the Night Edinburgh 2009 on International Women’s Day
08-Mar : * RTN Edinburgh
18:45 * Edinburgh

International Women’s Day Celebration (proceeds to Women in Tune)
08-Mar : * WiT
19:00 * Lampeter

Celebrity Funny Women on International Women’s Day
08-Mar : * Funny Women
19:00 * London SE1

International Women’s Day Amnesty Pub Quiz
08-Mar : * Amnesty local group
19:30 * London WC1

EMERGENCY Women’s night in London
08-Mar : * EMERGENCY
19:30 * London SE1

International Women’s Day Fundraiser – Solace Women’s Aid
08-Mar : * Solace
20:00 * London Central

Improving Futures: Working Together to End Domestic Violence
09-Mar : * The Haven Wolverhampton
09:30 * Wolverhampton

Women in Devon, Power and Politics Conference
09-Mar : * Devon County Council
09:30 * Exeter

International Women’s Day St Albans
09-Mar : * St Albans City and District Council
10:30 * St Albans

International Women’s Day Celebration 2009
09-Mar : * Nottingham Women’s Centre
11:00 * Nottingham

TUC International Women’s Day Evening Reception
09-Mar : * TUC
18:00 * London Central

Veronica Dunne: My Life in Music
09-Mar : * Veronica Dunne
19:00 * Dublin

Women’s Aid Charity Film Night
09-Mar : * Women’s Aid Ireland
19:00 * Dublin

Chinese women in the UK and the world
10-Mar : *
* Manchester

Celebrate International Women’s Day 2009 in Brent
10-Mar : * Brent Council
09:30 * London Brent

Honour Based Violence is Domestic Violence
10-Mar : * Leeds.gov
13:30 * Leeds

BEV 5th London Film Festival – 5th to 13th March 2009
11-Mar : * Birds Eye View
* London

One hundred portraits of women in science display until 13th March
11-Mar : * Imperial College London
* London West

International Women’s Day – City University – Women and the Credit Crunch (and 13th March)
11-Mar : * Staff Development Unit
* London Central

International Women’s Day – Still Relevant?
11-Mar : * Ailbhe Smyth
12:00 * Dublin

Meet the Workers (linked to Prada protest)
11-Mar : * Various
18:00 * London Central

IWD Vigil – 8 for 8
11-Mar : * Women in Black and 7 other women’s networks
18:00 * London Central

IWD Vigil – Women in Black and 8 other women’s networks
11-Mar : * WiB
18:00 * London Edith Cavell Statue

Sex Traffic – Discussion at ICA
11-Mar : * ICA
19:00 * London W1

Addressing Domestic Violence in Russia and Uzbekistan – IWD Event in Wolverhamtpon
12-Mar : * Haven Wolverhampton
13:00 * Wolverhampton
International Women’s Day Events – Lewes District – 7th to 14th March
14-Mar : * Lewes District Council
* Sussex

International Women’s Day Events at Glasgow Women’s Library (2nd to 20th March)
14-Mar : * Glasgow Women’s Library
* Glasgow

A celebration of womanhood will take place in South Tyneside to raise money for rape victims (until 14th March)
14-Mar : * Primrose Community Centre Jarrow
* Tyneside

What Manchester Women Want exhibition – until 21 March 2009
14-Mar : * Various
* Manchester

The Women’s Art Show 2009 – until 14th March
14-Mar : * Fairfields Art Centre
* Reading

International Women’s Day 2009 Festival – until 17 March 2009
14-Mar : * Cymru Women
* Cardiff
Dundee Women’s Festival – until 15th March
14-Mar : * Various
* Dundee

Personal Safety Empowerment Workshop for Women and Girls to celebrate International Women’s Day
14-Mar : * Women’s Business Centre
10:00 * London East Ham

Girls’ World – Celebrating International Women’s Day
14-Mar : * YWCA Scotland
10:00 * Edinburgh

International Women’s Day – A free day out for women in Haringey
14-Mar : * LB Haringey
11:00 * Haringey Women’s Forum

No! The Rape Documentary
15-Mar : * ICA
16:00 * London Central

International Women’s Day Poetry Event
15-Mar : * 3345 Club
19:00 * Liverpool

Safeguarding victims: Prevention and Protection in Practice Forced Marriage & ‘Honour’ Crimes – Free Conference
17-Mar : * Various
* Cardiff

Reclaim the Night
17-Mar : * NUS Wales Women’s Campaign & Wales Women’s National Coalition
19:00 * Cardiff

Mama Africa: African Women in Concert
20-Mar : * Wom@tt
20:00 * London

Women and the Environment
21-Mar : * Great Lakes African Women’s Network
14:00 * London


wisewords 4 – 28 March 09
24-Mar : * Alternative Arts
* London

Southbank features a month of films with prominent female characters (until 25th March)
24-Mar : * National Film Theatre
* London Southbank

Tongues on Fire – Asian Women’s Film Festival – throughout March
24-Mar : * Tongues on Fire
* London various

Celebrating Women – March 1 to 31 2009 – Over 25 events
24-Mar : * LB southwark
* Southwark

Image Of Black Women Film Festival 2009 – African Descent Women In Cinema – 5th Anniversary (until 29th)
27-Mar : * Images of Black Women
* London Kilburn

Conference on Polygamy
28-Mar : * KRWO
10:30 * London

Written by womeninlondon

4 March 2009 at 8:12 pm

Posted in

Eat and Meet – Sunday 8th March – Dundee

Has the situation in Palestine affected the status of women and children?

Dundee Quakers and Dundee Nablus Twinning Association invite you to this event.
Come and meet Shaden and Souad, our guests coming all the way from Nablus.

They will talk about their work with the “Family Defence Society” and how this organisation set up one of the first women shelter in the Arab world.

We will also be serving delicious Palestinian food.

ALL WELCOME

Friends Meeting House 7 Whitehall Crescent Dundee DD1 4AR
Tickets are £5 in advance from Andree at 01382 550210 or tayportturtle@yahoo.com

Written by womeninlondon

2 March 2009 at 5:25 pm

Posted in 2009 03 08, Scotland

Women in Palestine – U.K. tour 3rd to 11th March 2009

The Britain – Palestine Twinning Network – “promoting twinning and friendship links”

The Twinning with Palestine network encourages groups to engage with ordinary Palestinians and share their daily experiences under Israeli occupation with us.

At the November 2007 Twinning with Palestine network AGM, the Women’s workshop decided the network should commit itself to bringing over to the U.K., a group of Palestinian women, to speak and attend rallies on International Women’s Day. It went so well we have decided to make it an annual event. We are now working on the itinerary for the 2009 tour.

National tour of Palestinian Women 2009

This year we have eleven women coming, sponsored by our twinning groups. They will be speaking at towns and cities all over the U.K. where there are twnning groups as well as many other places looking to build links with Palestinian communities. Due to considerable interest and our attempt to squeeze as much in as possible, the planned meetings are changing constantly.

Please bookmark and follow this page http://www.twinningwithpalestine.net/2009womenandpalestine.html or even better join the facebook page or blog, to keep up to date with the latest information.
* Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=47141354559
* Blog http://tnwomen2009.blogspot.com/

Twinning groups welcome Palestinian women on speaking tour of Britain for International Women’s Day

2009 Tour – can you help? Please contact us http://www.twinningwithpalestine.net/contact.html

Come and welcome the women in London. We are having a meal near Russell Square to welcome them on 4th March. We need to know numbers before this event, please contact us if you wish to come.

Eleven Palestinian women from all ages and all walks of life will be in Camden on 4th March at the beginning of a speaking tour that will take them all over Britain, from Bristol to Cambridge and Brighton to Newcastle. Two other women will be in Scotland for similar events.

Five students together with workers in education, health and social services, members of women’s groups and members of local twinning committees are being brought to London by different twinning groups that are members of the Britain-Palestine Twinning Network. They will be joining in International Women’s Day celebrations and public meetings on Palestine, as well as visiting universities, schools and workplaces to promote Britain-Palestine Twinning.

Public attention has turned towards Palestine since the Israeli attacks on Gaza in January, said Nandita Dowson, secretary of the Twinning Network, “This is very important because the human rights violations in Palestine are the centre of a knot of trouble that not only affects the Middle East but involves all of us.”

But January 2009 in Gaza is just one part of the story. These women will be telling of the difficulties caused to normal life by the Separation Wall and the brutalities of the Israeli Occupation in the West Bank, which is all part of the Israeli pressure on people in Palestine to leave, because they want the land but not the people in it.

This tour will take these women’s stories to an audience of thousands across the country.

Women coming include;
* Hiba Ayyad, a student whose mother was killed by Israeli soldiers in her own house last September (from Abu Dis, with links to Camden)
* Sirien Sawafteh, who has been involved in building a school for children in the Jordan Valley in a place where Israel says it is illegal for Palestinians to build (from Toubas, with links to Brighton)
* Najat Abdurahme whose village Bil’in is convulsed with problems as the Israelis build the Separation Wall and shoot at peaceful demonstrators every Friday (from Bilíin, with links to Liverpool)

More information is available from 0845 458 1167 or contact@camdenabudis.net

In order to get around and speak in as many areas as possible the women have been divided into five groups.

1. North-west group visiting Liverpool, Pendle, (Manchester), Ormskirk, Preston.

Liverpool (Bel’in). Nursery teacher and on the Committee against the wall.

Pendle (Beit Leed). Health worker and Women’s Committee.

In Liverpool 5th and 6th March. Manchester, Ormskirk, Preston on the 7th and 8th. Pendle 9th and 10th.

2. North-east group visiting Newcastle, (York), (Bradford), Hackney.

Newscastle (Qalqilya). Coordinator of health union committees and a member of women’s society.

Hackney (Beit Surik). Social work in The Regional committee for Rehabilitation.

Newcastle 5th, 6th and 7th March. Hackney 9th and 10th.

3. Midlands group visiting Birmingham, Walsall (Dudley, Telford, Shrewsbury) Watford.

Birmingham / Walsall (Ramallah / Kobar). Translator, Public Relations.

Watford and Luton (Salfeet). Student.

Walsall and Birmingham 5th, 6th and 7th March. 8th, 9th and 10th in Watford.

4. East and south-east group visiting Nottingham, Tower Hamlets, Brighton.

Brighton (Jordan Valley). Student.

Nottingham and Tower Hamlets (Jenin). Secretary in Patients Friends Committee.

Nottingham 5th and 6th March. Tower Hamlets 7th and 8th. Brighton 9th and 10th.

5. West and London group visiting (Bristol), (Slough), Camden, Luton, (St Albans), South East London, Cambridge.

Camden (Abu Dis). Two students.

Cambridge International Women’s day, events in Camden and Tower Hamlets on 7th March. Meetings expected in Bristol, Slough, SOAS/ UCL, Goldsmiths, Luton, St Alban’s, Million Women Rise Demo on 8th (To be confirmed).

Delegates from Oxford (Ramallah) and Dundee (Nablus) will be based in their host towns throughout the tour. Meetings planned in Falkirk and Glasgow.

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Press release – all about the tour (PDF) http://www.twinningwithpalestine.net/xdocuments/0903pressrelease.pdf

Written by womeninlondon

17 February 2009 at 8:00 pm