Monthly Archives: January 2014

SIATC *UPDATE* FEBRUARY 2014

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Dear Teacups,

February is LGBT history month and there are lots of events happening across the country. February 7th is also the start of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. As the world comes together to celebrate the Winter Olympics the global community stands by those suffering discrimination and intimidation for identifying as homosexual. Show your support and join the protest outside the Russian Embassy on Friday, February the 14th. The protest will be a Valentine’s Day Carnival for equality, love and human rights in response to the continued human rights abuses sanctioned by Russia’s new anti-gay law banning “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors”, which has caused an upsurge in anti-gay violence in the country. For more info please see the Facebook event; For Russia, With Love.

Also on February 14th millions from across the world will be taking part in One Billion Rising/V-DAY–  a global campaign started by Eve Ensler to support and empower women who are survivors of violence. Check out the event listings to find an event happening near you.

On Friday 21st of February Let’s Start a Pussy Riot are continuing their University tour and have been invited to talk at BIMM Bristol Music University. Last year we launched and published “Let’s Start a Pussy Riot” book, a collaborative project bringing together voices from across the arts and generations in support of Russian punk collective; Pussy Riot. We are currently organising a national university tour delivering talks to students about Pussy Riot, Russia, the state and Orthodox church and issues that we cover in our book like LGBT rights, freedom of speech and collective activism.  The tour so far has included; Manchester University and Oxford University and we have some Uni appearances happening in the new year at Bristol BIMM, Goldsmiths and Falmouth Universities.  If you would like us to visit your university please contact us.

Looking ahead to March, its a packed month! March 8th is International Women’s Day and there are lots of events happening up and down the country. Women of the World (WOW) festival at the Southbank Centre runs from the 5th until the 9th of March and WOWZERS – WOW Fest’s fringe event runs from the 8th-9th of March.

OPEN SUBMISSIONS SPOTLIGHT

This month we have quite a list of Open Submission calls to get your teeth into! There is a little something for everyone. WOWZERS Fest, the new fringe event running alongside Women of the World Festival, is looking for people to run activities, workshops, events. For more info please see their website. LGBT artists can submit their work to win the Winter Pride Art Award and £1000. The competition is open to all LGBT emerging and established artists with the aim of promoting innovative works. CUNTRY LIVING is a free print zine by Oxford University students that offers a voice to people who care about gender equality & feminism. Cuntry Living zine are taking submissions for the next issue and are looking for factual articles, opinion pieces, prose, and poetry. Fabulous literary site: For Books Sake have just announced that they will be publishing a Poetry Anthology “Furies”. Female poets are invited to submit poetry about hellcat heroines, modern, mythic, cyborg – women in film, fiction, history, music art and activism. All profits from Furies will be donated to Rape Crisis, an independent, registered charity providing essential support to survivors of rape and sexual violence.

FEMINIST ACTIVISM

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

ARE MEN DOING IT? – EAST LONDON FAWCETT

EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP (ELF) Get involved with their campaigns and come along to the groups many talks, film showings and events. For more info info and to join the mailing-list please email mail@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk

WEBSITE:http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/

East London Fawcett’s groundbreaking campaign; “Are Men Doing It?” Asks the questions -why do many men, and indeed women, who believe in gender equality, feel uncomfortable identifying as feminists? And, given that they make up nearly half of us, what can men do to help combat gender inequality?  The Are Men Doing It? campaign aims to find out.  East London Fawcett want to know your ideas about how we challenge gender equality and engage Men in Feminism. Get in touch with us via email to buy an “Are Men Doing it” T-Shirt (online shop coming soon):eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com

Let ELF know your ideas via:                                                                           Twitter – Follow us @AreMenDoingIt and tweet us your idea.  You can use the#AreMenDoingIt hashtag too                                               Facebook – post your ideas on the ELF facebook page                            Email – Send us an email to mail@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk

LOSE THE LAD MAGS CAMPAIGN – UK FEMINISTA & OBJECT

The Lose the Lads’ Mags campaign, lead by UK Feminista and Object, is calling on Tesco to stop selling sexist, pornographic lads’ mags. So far we have convinced Co-op not to stock Lads’ mags and Unison has just been announced as a new supporter.

For more details about the campaign visit www.losetheladsmags.org.uk

NO MORE PAGE 3 PETITION: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/david-dinsmore-take-the-bare-boobs-out-of-the-sun-nomorepage3

LET’S START A PUSSY RIOT Buy book from ROUGH TRADE: http://store.roughtraderecords.com/Store/LetsStartAPussyRiot.html

UK FEMINISTA | Activist Groups

Join a feminist campaigning group: Getting involved in your local feminist group is a great place to start. Take a look at our interactive map to find your nearest grassroots group.

Set up a group: If there isn’t a group near you, don’t worry! Take a look at UK Feminista’s guide to setting up a feminist group packed with tips on getting your own strong action group running.

Get skilled up: UK Feminista runs regional and national training events throughout the year to help you plan creative and powerful actions and campaigns. We are also developing a series of online resources which will be available to download soon. Make sure you are signed up to our mailing list to hear first about our events and resources

ART | MUSIC | PERFORMANCE

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

WOWZERS FESTIVAL – CALL FOR CONTRIBUTORS

Kicking off on International Women’s Day, Wowzers is a community-led feminist arts and music festival running in parallel with the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World festival, 8th-9th March 2014. Our mission is to create a space for all corners of feminism in order to advance emerging issues and to nurture up-and-coming talent, while recognising the intersections with race, class, disability, age and LGBTQ issues.

What would you like to see at a festival celebrating women and girls? What topics around gender do you think should be covered?

If you’ve got an idea for an activity you’d like to run at Wowzers Festival on 8th-9th March 2014, we want to hear from you. We’re looking for individuals and groups to host highly interactive group sessions focusing on a particular issue relating to gender/women and girls. It could be a discussion, workshop, skillshare, brainstorm… or something else!

To submit your session idea, fill in the form on our page: ‘Host a Session

FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/WowzersFest                           MORE INFO:  http://wowzersfest.org/

FOR BOOKS SAKE – CALL FOR POETRY SUBMISSIONS

Furies Poetry Anthology will be published in Autumn 2014, and will showcase established and emerging women writers from across the globe. We interpret Furies in the widest possible sense, and your hellcat heroines may be modern, mythic, animal or cyborg, women from film, fiction, history, music, art and activism, or rebels in their own home. Whether you’re penning a tribute to Pussy Riot, a sonnet about suffragettes, a love letter to women warriors from fairytale or folklore, or something else entirely, we can’t wait to read your writing.

All profits from Furies will be donated to Rape Crisis, an independent, registered charity providing essential support to survivors of rape and sexual violence.

DEADLINE: 30th of March                                                                                              HOW TO SUBMIT: http://forbookssake.net/furies-poetry-anthology/

CUNTRY LIVING ZINE – CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

CUNTRY LIVING is a free print zine by Oxford University students that offers a voice to people who care about gender equality & feminism. Cuntry Living zine are taking submissions for this term’s zine! We’re looking for factual articles, opinion pieces, prose, poetry, crosswords, jokes, artwork everything and anything. as long as it’s about feminism/gender/sexuality. be creative!

DEADLINE: 3rd February                                                                                                      MORE INFO ABOUT CONTRIBUTING:  https://www.facebook.com/events/642292349167629/                      WEBSITE: http://cuntrylivingmagazine.tumblr.com/

WINTER PRIDE Art Awards 2014, Exhibition Opportunity & £1000 Prize Money.

Open to all LGBT artists with an inventive spirit! Sponsored by Smirnoff, the Winter Pride Art Awards is a new arts competition for emerging and established artists with the aim of promoting innovative artworks.  Finalists will be exhibited in East London at the Tobacco Dock Victorian vaults and at London’s latest pop-up art space, CHART gallery in Chelsea.

DEADLINE: 8 February                                                                                                                TO ENTER: http://winterprideuk.com/?page_id=1137

STORM IN A TEACUP collective are currently organising a University tour for the Let’s Start a Pussy Riot book published by Rough Trade Records. If you would like us to visit your university please contact:.storminateacup2009@gmaill.com

COMING UP IN FEBRUARY 2014

February || LGBT History Month: For event listings for around London and the UK: http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/event-calendar/

1 February || Women’s Development & Confidence Building Workshop, Glasgow. Take away tools, techniques and skills to enable and support personal growth and well-being at home and in the workplace. MORE INFO: www.mybodyandme.co.uk

1 February || The Freedom Train: Standing in Solidarity with the Women of Spain against Abortion Reform @ Hungerford Bridge, London. On the 1st of February, trains depart from all over Spain (and one from France), carrying pro choice campaigners to Madrid, where they will hand Spanish MPs the text ‘Because it’s my choice’. The right of Spanish women to access safe and legal abortion is currently under threat with the proposal to reform the law in a highly restrictive fashion by Spain’s ruling party, the Partido Popular. We stand in solidarity with Spanish women and their right to access safe and legal abortion and we wish to show our support from the UK. The Bellyhanger Revolution begins here! Meeting at Hungerford Bridge at 1pm. EMAIL: mybellyismine@gmail.com                                                                     FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/443706625757112                                     FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/mybellyismine

1-22 February || Blurred Lines @ The Shed Theatre, London. A play created and devised by Carrie Cracknell and Nick Payne.A blistering journey through the minefield of contemporary gender politics. With songs. Nick Payne’s plays include Constellations, Wanderlust (Royal Court) and The Same Deep Water As Me (Donmar Warehouse). Carrie Cracknell is Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre. She was previously Artistic Director of the Gate. Recent work includes A Doll’s House (Young Vic and West End) and Wozzeck (ENO). MORE INFO: http://theshed.nationaltheatre.org.uk/events/blurred-lines#.UsV4cfRdVth

3 February || Feminist Discussion Group: Feminism and religion @ Holborn. 4-6 Theobolds Road, WC1X 8PM. Monthly discussion group. RSVP.    FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LondonFeministDiscussion/     FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/570599019696478

6 February || Rainbow Jews Exhibition and Film Launch @ London School of Economics. The Rainbow Jews collection will be the first ever source of Jewish LGBT History in Britain. Be part of this legacy and join us tonight to celebrate our pioneers and milestones! 6.30pm @ LSE New Theatre/East Building:  Opening Speeches hosted by Liberal Judaism CEO Rabbi Danny Rich & world premier of the Rainbow Jews series mini documentaries. 8pm @ LSE Atrium Gallery/Old Building: Exhibition launch reception with special guests and entertainment. MORE INFO & MORE EVENTS: http:// www.rainbowjews com                                                                                                      FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/205053153014958/

6 February || Clam Jam # 6 @ Dalston Superstore. E8 2PB. Sixth Instalment of the Joyous Lesbo Gathering that Is cLAM jAM, Every First Thursday of the Month in Dalston Superstore. DJs: Lina Bradford and Packin’C (aka CATHAL). 9pm – 2.30am. FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/572958212787461/

7-21 February || SOAS Women’s Society event series; Ain’t I A Woman? What’s race got to do with it? @ SOAS University, London. The Women Society at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) has put together ‘Ain’t I A Woman? What’s race got to do with it?’ This will explore the intersectionality of gender and race in a week-long series of events centred around Ntozake Shange’s play ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.’ For full listings of events please see links.                       MORE INFO: http://aint-i-a-woman.tumblr.com/                                          FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/aintiawomansoas

8 February || Winter Pride Art Awards 2014, Exhibition Opportunity & £1000 Prize Money. Open to all artists with an inventive spirit! Sponsored by Smirnoff, the Winter Pride Art Awards is a new arts competition for emerging and established artists with the aim of promoting innovative artworks.  Finalists will be exhibited in East London at the Tobacco Dock Victorian vaults and at London’s latest pop-up art space, CHART gallery in Chelsea. TO ENTER: http://winterprideuk.com/?page_id=1137

7 February || Vested Interest presents; Joanna Gruesome @ Power Lunches, Dalston. A full lineup of bands; Joanna Gruesome, Plaids, Crows an Wra, Kin Shot, Nudes. Plus much more. 7.30pm onwards. £5.00                                   FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/239616896207641/

7 February || Traumfrau: A Night of Fairy Tales @ The Bermuda Triangle, Brighton. Enter a world of enchanted tunes, dark and magical stories, symbolism and metamorphosis. Bring your fantasies to life: come as the imagined creature that lives within you, the beast that scared you in your childhood tales, or the heroine you wanted to grow into. Fairies, ogres, goblins, gnomes and all folkloric characters welcome. LIVE: Olivia Louvel                               FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/628285567232676/

8 February || Club Debbie: Febbie @ Resistance Gallery, E2 9RF. Sick of the cold, the grey and the gloom? So are we. DEBBIE loves you and she’s coming back in FEBBIE to show you what FUN is all about. 10pm til 3am. £3.00 entry FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/575913775835773/

8 February || Winter Pride UK 2014 @ Tobacco Dock, E1, London. Immerse yourself in the party atmosphere as LGBT London comes together for the first-ever Winter Pride UK on 8th February 2014. More info and full lineup – check links below. MORE INFO: www.winterprideuk.com                                      FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1410151369221725

10 February – 3rd March | Women in Philosophy @ Manchester Metropolitan University. In a series of public talks coordinated by researchers from the Department of Philosophy, issues of gender will be addressed by four women scholars who are by profession eminent philosophers in their respective fields. Women have arrived as practitioners in philosophy relatively recently when compared to the first 2,500 years of the discipline. This series of talks will look at whether the inclusion of women in philosophy has changed the landscape of what is being researched, learnt and taught in this fundamentally important subject. If philosophy is the study of how, what and why we think, what do women have to say about it? Come and join the debate! Women in Philosophy will present the following talks:

Monday 10th February 2014: Dr Anna Bergqvist (MMU) Moral particularism: a contribution to feminist thinking

Monday 17th February 2014: Professor Jennifer Saul (Sheffield)Stop Thinking (So Much) About ‘Sexual Harassment’

Monday 24th February 2014: Professor Tina Chanter (Kingston) The public, the private and the aesthetic unconscious: Reworking  Jacques Ranciere

Monday 3rd March 2014: Dr Meena Dhanda (Wolverhampton) Facing Prejudice: Negotiating the Cultural Politics of Identity

All talks take place in Geoffrey Manton Lecture Theatre 4 at 5.30pm (tea and coffee in Geoffrey Manton atrium from 5.00pm)

14 February || For Russia, With Love – LGBTQ Valentines Carnival @ Russian Embassy, London. W8 4QX. Join the Carnival outside the Russian Embassy in London in response to the continued human rights abuses sanctioned by Russia’s new anti-gay law banning “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors”, which has caused an upsurge in anti-gay violence in the country. As the world comes together to celebrate the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, we demand that the global community stands by those suffering discrimination and intimidation for just existing. Show your support and join the carnival                                                                                                                                                  SIGN THE PETITION: https://www.allout.org/en/actions/russia-attacks-taf                                                                                                                                               FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1393565987568279/

14 February || One Billion Rising for Justice.One Billion Rising For Justice is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice – courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, workplaces, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not. It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right.                                                                                                             MORE INFO: http://www.onebillionrising.org/

15- 16 February || Feminist Libraries and Archives Gathering @ Feminist Library and Nottingham Women’s Centre, Nottingham. A gathering of UK-based women’s libraries and resource centres. The event will give us all an opportunity to meet and forge relationships between one another, as well as share ideas, knowledge, and resources. We are hoping to hold a variety of discussion groups, talks, and workshops on topics pertaining to women’s libraries and resource centres. EMAIL: zaimal@nottinghamwomenscentre.com                                                WEBSITE: www.nottinghamwomenscentre.com

15 February || Mary Quaile Club First Meeting @ Cornerstones Community Centre, Salford. The  Mary Quaile Club was set up in December 2013. It will hold regular discussions on working class history and its links with  the political issues facing working people. The speakers will be Paula Bartley and Hugh Caffrey. Paula  Bartley will discuss the life and politics of Ellen Wilkinson. Paula is the author of Ellen Wilkinson, from Red Suffragist to Government  Minister,  to be published by Pluto Press in February 2014. 2pm.     MORE INFO: http://maryquaileclub.wordpress.com

15 February || Riots Not Diets, Riot Grrrl Valentines Ball @ West Hill Hall, Brighton. Third annual valentines ball. Always a hoot. Live bands & Djs; RAVIOLI ME AWAY // NOT RIGHT // BIG JOANIE // YUCKERFLATS.. £5,  8pm-10.30pm.                                                                                                                       FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/555617684520056/                                    TICKETS http://www.wegottickets.com/event/251499

15 February || Kilburn Comic and Zine Fair @ South Kilburn Studios, NW6 5SW. OOMK Zine are hosting a FREE zine and comics fair in South Kilburn Studios, with talks, workshops and zines for sale. Follow links below for full listings of distros. 12.00pm onwards.                                                        MORE INFO:http://oomk.net/kczf                                                                                         FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/657152920997461/

17 February || She Grrrowls: Anti/Valentines @ The Gallery Cafe, E2 9PJ. SHE GRRROWLS showcases a range of talent women and includes poetry, comedy and a musical finale. Come along and take part in the all-inclusive OPEN MIC section, with this month’s theme: Anti/Valentines. Bring your poems of both love and hate for the open mic, but don’t forget the passion! Every third Monday of the month. Hosted by comedian Rosie Wilby, Poetry by Lisa Robinson-Grindey and Selina Nwulu, Comedy by Figs in Wigs Music by Cat Bear Tree  Just £5. 7.30pm -10.30pm.                                                                                FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/629603037085260/

17 February || Women and Alcohol: Different Perspectives – Conference, Bristol. A conference for alcohol and health professionals and the voluntary and independent sector, interested in sharing expertise, and hearing from other professionals and service users. 9.30am – 4.30pm                        MORE INFO: http://www.bristolwomensvoice.org.uk/events/women-alcohol-and-domestic-abuse

18 February || Gender Institute Series of Conversations to welcome The Women’s Library @ London School of Economics. This conversation is : “Is there a sexual history?” Speakers include: Professor Jeffrey Weeks and Professor Clare Hemmings. Next event is on the 4th of March “Money and Equality”.  MORE INFO: http://www.lse.ac.uk/genderInstitute/events/Upcoming.aspx

21 February || NUS National Summit on Confronting Lad Culture in Higher Education @ London South Bank University.  The summit will be an opportunity to look in depth at some of the key issues surrounding ‘lad culture’ in higher education and develop a shared vision amongst participants about how to move forward.Speakers include Laura Bates from Everyday Sexism Project and Lucy Holmes founder of the No More Page 3 Campaign. 10am – 5pm.                                                                                                                                          BUY TICKETS: http://www.nusconnect.org.uk/ents/event/896/                    MORE INFO: http://www.nusconnect.org.uk/campaigns/womens/

21 February || Literary Dolls: The Female Textual Body from the 19th Century until Now” @ St Aidan’s College, Durham University. We seek to examine and discuss how presentations of femaleness in text contributes to and creates what it means to be female. Keynote speakers at the conference include the winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Jane Smiley; Professor Maggie O’Neill (Durham University); Dr Kate MacDonald (University of Ghent). MORE INFO:http://readdurhamenglish.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/literary-dolls-the-female-textual-body-from-the-19th-century-to-now/.

22 February || Women’s Assembly Against Austerity @ Conway Hall, London. The People’s Assembly is pleased to announce the Women’s Assembly conference 2014. More details and a FAQ to follow soon.                           MORE INFO: http://thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/women/                          TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/womens-assembly-against-austerity-tickets-9613437049

25 February || Rosie Wilby “Nineties Woman” @ Rich Mix, London. Nineties Woman is a new show from award winning comedian Rosie Wilby using live interactive storytelling interspersed with video interviews, music and photo archive to trace a journey through early 90s feminism, refracted through a very personal lens. There will also be a post-show panel discussion with Jane Czyzselska, CN Lester, Kaite Welsh and Naomi Paxton.

BOOK TICKETS: http://www.richmix.org.uk/whats-on/event/rosie-wilby-nineties-woman/                                                                                                                                MORE INFO: http://www.rosiewilby.com/

26 February || Men’s discussion group @ The Feminist Library, London. Starting in February, the Feminist Library in Lambeth will be hosting a monthly Men’s Group meeting to discuss books and articles on feminist themes, with the aim of developing a better understanding of those themes and how they as men respond to them. For more information, or to join the mailing list, contact: mendiscussfeminism@yahoo.co.uk

27 February || Reclaim the Night Manchester 2014 @ Owens Park, Manchester. This year’s theme will be ‘sound and voices‘ – we’re going to fill the streets with sound and light our united energy against sexual harassment and sexual violence. The march starts at Owens’ Park, Wilmslow Road, Fallowfield at 7pm and a neon parade will head down Wilmslow Road towards Manchester Students’ Union.  The evening continues with the Reclaim the Night After Party, a festival of the finest women talent, with live comedy and music, arts & crafts, fun activities, community stalls & awesome DJs till late – at Manchester Students’ Union from 9pm. EMAILtabz.obrien-butcher@manchester.ac.uk      FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/ReclaimTheNightManchesterUk              FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/439068732888265/?ref=22

COMING UP IN MARCH 2014

1 March || African Initiatives presents: International Women’s Rights Conference @ Bristol City Centre. A series of inspirational workshops to discuss diverse issues facing women around the world today, such as sex work, forced marriage, the fashion industry, sexuality and the impact of Colonialism. When booking your place, please select which workshops you would like to attend. Featuring key note speaker José Sluijs-Doyle, Chief Executive of African Initiatives &  Guest speaker Maanda Ngoitiko, African Initiatives’ partner in Tanzanian Suggested donation: £10.00.                                MORE INFO: info@african-initiatives.org.uk or phone 0117 915 0001.                BOOK TICKETS:  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rights-and-reasons-international-womens-rights-conference-registration-9274210413

1 March || Laughing Calves in association with The Women in Comedy Festival, Manchester. Laughing Calves showcase in association with the Women in Comedy Festival hosted by Kerry Leigh with Madge Hooks, Nina Gilligan, Gaye Jones and Debra Fayer . Followed by Rapture Club night until at least 1am. Doors 7.30pm, £3.00 before 9pm.                                                     FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/790566504293892

4 March || Gender Institute Series of Conversations to welcome The Women’s Library @ London School of Economics. This conversation is “Money and Inequality” Speakers include: Professor Ruth Lister and Professor Diane Elson.   MORE INFO: http://www.lse.ac.uk/genderInstitute/events/Upcoming.aspx

5 March || Women’s Aid Conference: Child abuse and domestic violence – time for early intervention?, London. Women’s Aid is bringing together experts and survivors from the domestic violence sector with experts and survivors in the children and young people’s sector for a unique conference to look at the common themes in the many instances where domestic violence and child abuse occur together. 9.00am – 16.00pm MORE INFO: www.womensaid.org.uk

5-9 March || Women of the World Festival 2014 @ The Southbank Centre. A weekend of talks, debates, performance and activism celebrating women and girls. The WOW weekend is for everybody. Talks, debates, comedy, workshops, activism and performance on everything from politics, science and sex to fashion, war and power.  Previous WOW festival speakers have included Julie Walters, Alice Walker, Gordon Brown MP, Naomi Wolf, Shami Chakrabarti, Bridget Christie, Ruby Wax, Ziauddin Yousafzai, the father of Malala Yousafzai, Ahdaf Soueif, Angélique Kidjo and many more. Book your day or full weekend passes now.                                                                                                       MORE INFO:http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/wow-women-of-the-world-festival

8-9 March || WOWZERS Festival 2014 @ TBC, Waterloo, London. Kicking off on International Women’s Day, Wowzers is a community-led feminist arts and music festival running in parallel with the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World festival, 8th-9th March 2014.Wowzers is driven by a need for a dynamic, inclusive and fresh approach towards celebrating the creativity of women and girls around the globe. Our mission is to create a space for all corners of feminism in order to advance emerging issues and to nurture up-and-coming talent, while recognising the intersections with race, class, disability, age and LGBTQ issues.The event’s content is entirely crowd-sourced and funded by donations, making it open access and free for all to attend.                                               TICKETS: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wowzers-festival-tickets-5722225330                                                                                                                                      MORE INFO:  http://wowzersfest.org/

8 March || International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.   MORE INFO: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

8 March || Suffragette Legacy event @ People’s History Museum, Manchester, M3 3ER. Suffragette Legacy: How does the History of Feminism Inspire Current Thinking in Manchester? Camilla Mørk Røstvik, PhD candidate at the University of Manchester, and Louise Sutherland, Head of Collections and Engagement at the People’s History Museum, started planning an interdisciplinary conference to celebrate the legacy of the suffragettes in Manchester and beyond. We wondered if the first wave of feminism is still relevant to our artists, scholars and activists. Can we still learn from the suffragettes? Can we enter a dialogue with them? As the proposals started coming in we understood that the answer was yes and that the legacy of the suffragettes is thriving in Manchester. In our packed one-day conference we hope to show off the people and ideas who keep the spirit of these women (and men) alive.MORE INFO: http://wonderwomenmcr.blogspot.co.uk/

9 – 30 March || Translation/Transmission: Women’s Activism Across Space and Time – Film Season @ Watershed, Bristol. Over Women’s History Month in March 2014, Translation/ Transmission: Women’s Activism Across Time and Space will celebrate the diverse ways women activists have communicated their struggle and resistance through film.  Translation/ Transmission features activist documentaries and women filmmakers from the Women’s Liberation Movement in Britain, Jamaica, Palestine, Germany, Vietnam, USA, Iran and France/ Cameroon, highlighting the diversity of different feminisms across geographical locations and historical moments.              FULL LISTINGS & MORE INFO: http://translationtransmission.wordpress.com/                                                   FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/761938503821442/

14 – 15 March || Stop Porn Culture UK Launch @ Wedge House, London, SE1 8PB. Please join Gail Dines, Julie Bindel and SPC Intl. leaders and collaborators at our two-day launch conference. This conference is a progressive, feminist collaboration against the sex industry.

March 14 (day 1): Conference With Expert Speakers and Panel.

March 15 (day 2): Workshop with SPC Collaborators and Volunteers. Workshop to set up SPC in the UK.

MORE INFO: http://stoppornculture.org/events/5/spc-intl-conference-london-march-15/

19 March || Secrets from the Soul: stories & discussion about FGM @ Grant Museum of Zoology, London. Professional storyteller Vanessa Woolf and musician Nigel of Bermondsey investigate issues around female cutting through story and song. This event takes place among the skeletons and specimens of UCL’s Grant Museum of Zoology. Post-event discussion with UCL Medical School’s Dr Jayne Kavanagh & Dr Katherine Woolf. 50 free places. 7pm – 9pm.  TICKETS:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/secrets-from-the-soul-stories-discussion-about-fgm-tickets-10150577651                                              FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/235214376651410/

Over and Out,

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SIATC *UPDATE* JANUARY 2014

Pussy Riot are Free 2

Dear Teacups,

Happy New Year! First up we are all delighted to hear the news that Pussy Riot members; Nadia and Masha have been freed from jail as part of Putin’s Amnesty leading up to Sochi Winter Olympics. We all know that Putin amnesty was a PR stunt and we think that Nadia and Masha were both brave and stoic in sticking to their principles and attempting to refuse the amnesty based on the hollow gesture and self-interest of Putin. Pussy Riot have always been free, even behind bars, their message crosses boarders, generations and inspires many around the world. We wish them all the best in rebuilding their lives and continuing their ambitions as human rights activists. Storm in a Teacup will continue to support Pussy Riot and we will be delivering more talks and lectures at UK Universities as part of our Let’s Start a Pussy Riot book tour. Here is a selection of news stories covering their release;

BBC                                                                         http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25529770              http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25490067

GUARDIAN

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/23/pussy-riot-nadezhda-tolokonnikova-freed-russian-prison              http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/23/pussy-riot-free-russia-war-on-culture            http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/27/freed-pussy-riot-remove-putin-tolokonnikova-alyokhina

There is so many great feminist events coming up in early 2014, with One Billion Rising and LGBT awareness month in February, and International Women’s Day and Women of the World Festival at the Southbank Centre in March – there’s lots to look forward to. Please see below some of the February and March events listings that have been announced so far.

Last year, Storm in a Teacup also got involved with the launch of Feminist Times and are now publishing monthly feminist event listings on their website. Our remit has widened and we are now listing Feminist Events outside of the London area as well as listing more training events, conferences and feminist art events that appeal to different audiences. If you have any feedback or would like to get your event listed – please get in touch. Anyone can get involved in the  Feminist Times community and even submit ideas and pitches to the editorial team. For more info please see below;

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NATIONAL

If you are in the Manchester area you may be interested in signing up to a 10 week course beginning on the 6th of January; The History of Radical Women in Greater Manchester. The course is an introduction to the history of radical women’s movements in Greater Manchester and will look at women’s role in movements and events such as Peterloo, the Luddites, Owenite Co-operation, Chartism and Votes for Women and will also include three walks in Manchester city centre. In Sheffield there is a Policy and Parliamentary Training day that aims to equip organisations and individuals on useful tools on how to get their voices heard in the policy making process and how to plan and organise lobbying work to influence government, its free to attend so book your place now!

LONDON

2014 starts off with a bang- there are so many feminist events happening across the capital. First up on the 8th of January Eve Ensler’s One Billion Rising for Justice is hosting an event at The Southbank Centre looking at the state of female justice in the UK. There is a great lineup of speakers including Stella Creasy (Labour MP) Helena Kennedy (Baroness, Barrister, House of Lords, Rahela Sidiqi (Women for Refugee Women) and Eve Ensler (V-Day founder). Its a free event so sign up quickly before places sell out (RSVP: monique@vday.org or rossana@onebillionrising.org ) On the 14th of January, NUS National Summit presents a day on Confronting Lad Culture in Higher Education at London South bank University. With speakers including Laura Bates (Founder of Everyday Sexism Project) and Lucy Holmes (Founder of No More Page 3 ) The agenda will feature workshops and plenaries from a diverse array of organisations dealing with issues related to ‘lad culture’ and will feature an opportunity to shape the direction of a national strategy to respond to ‘lad culture’ in higher education.

Last but not least don’t miss the new play created by Carrie Cracknell and Nick Payne; “Blurred Lines” at The Shed Theatre. A blistering journey through the minefield of contemporary gender politics. With songs!

FEMINIST ACTIVISM

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

ARE MEN DOING IT? – EAST LONDON FAWCETT

EAST LONDON FAWCETT GROUP (ELF) Get involved with their campaigns and come along to the groups many talks, film showings and events. For more info info and to join the mailing-list please email mail@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk  WEBSITE:http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/

East London Fawcett’s groundbreaking campaign; “Are Men Doing It?” Asks the questions -why do many men, and indeed women, who believe in gender equality, feel uncomfortable identifying as feminists? And, given that they make up nearly half of us, what can men do to help combat gender inequality?  The Are Men Doing It? campaign aims to find out.  East London Fawcett want to know your ideas about how we challenge gender equality and engage Men in Feminism. Get in touch with us via email to buy an “Are Men Doing it” T-Shirt (online shop coming soon):eastlondonfawcett@gmail.com

Let ELF know your ideas via:

Twitter – Follow us @AreMenDoingIt and tweet us your idea.  You can use the#AreMenDoingIt hashtag too                                                                                         Facebook – post your ideas on the ELF facebook page                                                  Email – Send us an email to mail@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk

RATIFY THE ISTANBUL CONVENTION (16 DAYS OF ACTION) – WOMEN’S AID

Women’s Aid will be marking the 16 Days of Action by launching a campaign asking the government to ratify the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence. The government signed the Convention in 2011 but two year later we are still waiting for them to ratify it. Ratifying the convention will mean the government will have to bring its provisions into force through domestic policy and legislation, this will strengthen the protection of women escaping domestic violence and send a clear signal that the UK will not tolerate violence against women.

SIGN PETITION:http://action.goingtowork.org.uk/page/s/tell-theresa-may-to-guarantee-minimum-standards-for-women-s-services-in-the-uk

MORE INFO: http://www.womensaid.org.uk/page.asp?section=0001000100100027&sectionTitle=Istanbul+Convention

LOSE THE LAD MAGS CAMPAIGN – UK FEMINISTA & OBJECT

The Lose the Lads’ Mags campaign, lead by UK Feminista and Object, is calling on Tesco to stop selling sexist, pornographic lads’ mags. So far we have convinced Co-op not to stock Lads’ mags and Unison has just been announced as a new supporter. For more details about the campaign visit www.losetheladsmags.org.uk

NO MORE PAGE 3 PETITION: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/david-dinsmore-take-the-bare-boobs-out-of-the-sun-nomorepage3

LET’S START A PUSSY RIOT Buy book from ROUGH TRADE: http://store.roughtraderecords.com/Store/LetsStartAPussyRiot.html

UK FEMINISTA | London Activist Group: UK Feminista has set up a new London-based feminist activist group. Over the coming year the group will be staging a series of creative, bold actions to challenge sexism and provide visible resistance where women’s rights are under threat. The group meets on the first Monday of each month. Email to get get involved; activist@ukfeminista.org

MORE INFO:http://ukfeminista.handsupstaging.com/take-action/uk-feminista-action-group/

ART | MUSIC | PERFORMANCE

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WINTER PRIDE Art Awards 2014, Exhibition Opportunity & £1000 Prize Money.

Open to all LGBT artists with an inventive spirit! Sponsored by Smirnoff, the Winter Pride Art Awards is a new arts competition for emerging and established artists with the aim of promoting innovative artworks.  Finalists will be exhibited in East London at the Tobacco Dock Victorian vaults and at London’s latest pop-up art space, CHART gallery in Chelsea.

DEADLINE: 8 February                                                                                                                 TO ENTER: http://winterprideuk.com/?page_id=1137

STORM IN A TEACUP collective are currently organising a University tour for the Let’s Start a Pussy Riot book published by Rough Trade Records. If you would like us to visit your university please contact:.storminateacup2009@gmaill.com

COMING UP IN JANUARY 2014

5-11 January || Candy Bars Final Week @ Candy Bar, Soho. It’s Candy Bar’s last week and they are going to be PARTYING HARD!  Lets make this week one of memories, nostalgia and new beginnings.  Email us your favorite Candy Bar moments to go on our ‘wall of fame’. amy@candybarsoho.com            FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/188762554651531

6 January || The History of Radical Women in Greater Manchester @ Aquinas College, Stockport. 10 Week course beginning 6th Jan.Greater Manchester was at the centre of the social, economic and industrial upheavals of the Industrial Revolution, which gave rise to radical political movements. The course will look at women’s role in movements and events such as Peterloo, the Luddites, Owenite Co-operation, Chartism and Votes for Women and will also include three walks in Manchester city centre.The course is being tutored by Michael Herbert. For more information on the course, please contact Sheila Lahan at Aquinas College, telephone 0161 419 9163, email : Sheila@aquinas.ac.uk.   http://www.aquinas.ac.uk/AdultEducation/LeisureGeneralCourses/RadicalWomeninGreaterManchester

8 January || 1 Billion Rising for Justice @ Southbank Centre. The state of female justice in the UK hosted by Jude Kelly (artistic director of the Southbank) Featuring: Sophie Barton-Hawkins (Poet and former prisoner), Marissa Begonia (Justice for Domestic Workers), Stella Creasy (Labour MP), Helena Kennedy (Baroness, Barrister, House of Lords) Rahela Sidiqi (Women for Refugee Women), Eve Ensler (V-Day Founder). Free Admission. 7.30pm. This event will be live-streamed.                                                                                             RSVP: monique@vday.org or rossana@onebillionrising.org

9 January || Clam Jam # 5 @ Dalston Superstore, Fifth or as We Like To Call it “Post Christmas and Full Of Jam And Cheese” Instalment of the Dykey and Damn Fabulous Extravaganza that Is cLAM jAM, Every First Thursday of the Month in Dalston Superstore.                                                                                 FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/569226949827162/

11 January || Open City Docs & Club Des Femmes present; Vivienne Dick @ ICA London. Since her major retrospective at Tate Modern in 2010, we have been waiting for Vivienne Dick’s newest film. To mark the UK premiere of The Irreducible Difference of the Other we are delighted to welcome Vivienne along to the festival to present her latest work together with one of her classic No Wave films from 1978, She Had Her Gun All Ready.£8/£10                               BOOK TICKETS:  https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/lsff-vivienne-dick-discussion

11 January || Club Debbie: I woke up like this! @ Resistance Gallery, E2. NEW YEAR’S DEBBIE! We expect all the People of DEBBIE to be waking up looking flawless post-New Year’s Eve, and be craving more female-fronted rock and pop music by Saturday January 11th… and we fully intend to deliver! 10pm-Late. £3 entry. Arrive early to avoid true disappointment!                               FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1433429950208660/

14 January || NUS National Summit on Confronting Lad Culture in Higher Education @ London South Bank University. 10am -5pm. Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, is confirmed as one of the keynote speakers and other participants include Lucy Holmes, founder of the No More Page 3 campaign. The agenda will feature workshops and plenaries from a diverse array of organisations dealing with issues related to ‘lad culture’ and will feature an opportunity to shape the direction of a national strategy to respond to ‘lad culture’ in higher education. Students Union Delegate: £25, Sector Delegate: £50.00                                                                                                               MORE INFO:http://www.nusconnect.org.uk/ents/event/896/

16 January – 22 February || Blurred Lines @ The Shed Theatre, London. A play created and devised by Carrie Cracknell and Nick Payne.A blistering journey through the minefield of contemporary gender politics. With songs. Nick Payne’s plays include Constellations, Wanderlust (Royal Court) and The Same Deep Water As Me (Donmar Warehouse). Carrie Cracknell is Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre. She was previously Artistic Director of the Gate. Recent work includes A Doll’s House (Young Vic and West End) and Wozzeck (ENO).                                                                                                         MORE INFO: http://theshed.nationaltheatre.org.uk/events/blurred-lines#.UsV4cfRdVth

17 January || Policy & Parliamentary Training, Sheffield. Does your organisation want to make its voice heard in the policy making process? Does your organisation want to influence decision makers but have no idea how? Are you a community group that wants to lobby your local MP Voice4Change are holding a one day policy and parliamentary training session in partnership with the Parliamentary Outreach Service. The session is aimed at BME voluntary sector organisations who have little or no experience of lobbying or policy activity. MORE INFO: www.voice4change-england.co.uk

19 January || Women’s Development & Confidence Building Workshop, London. Take away tools, techniques and skills to enable and support personal growth and well-being at home and in the workplace.                     MORE INFO: www.mybodyandme.co.uk

20 January || She Grrrowls: Space @ The Gallery Cafe, Bethnal Green.  SHE GRRROWLS showcases a range of talent women and includes poetry, comedy and a musical finale. Come along and take part in the all-inclusive OPEN MIC section, with this month’s theme: Space. Every third Monday of the month. Guest host and poet: Dizz Tate, Poets: Laila Sumpton and Rachel Long, Comedian: Helen Keen, Music: Rosie May.  £5.00                         FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1403889359853504/

25th January || London 70’s sisters @ The Feminist Library. Feminists who were active in the 60s, 70s & 80s are invited to an afternoon of connecting with other feminists and  joining in discussion around themes of ageing, ageism,  and activism, as well as offering the chance to form new ongoing  groups if you would like to. Women from outside London welcome. 2pm to 5:30pm. Tel: 020 7261 0879 MORE INFO: http://feministlibrary.co.uk/

25 January || Rebel Coffee Club @ Cardiff, Wales. New monthly feminist meet-up. Coffee, relaxed chat, and intersectional badassery. Occasional guest speakers. LGBTQ+. Free to attend. Follow us on Twitter for updates: @RebelCoffeeClub. More TBA

26 January || ELF Presents; A Fine Art Degree, Will I Ever Practice? Discussion @ Rich Mix Cultural Foundation, E1 6LA. The ELF art audit campaign revealed 31% of artists represented by London galleries are women. The inevitable question remains: what can female graduates do to combat this inequality? A panel discussion with distinguished artists Sonia Boyce, Rose Gibbs, Sarah Maple, Kerry Campbell, Hannah Perry and Hannah Sawtell. More information to follow. Please email – events@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk to register for a place.                                                                                                                           MORE INFO: http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/events.html

30 January || Garconne @ Peckham, London. Garçonne brings you an eclectic mixture of talented and predominantly LGBTQ+ musicians, performers and artists to delight and inspire, plus some serious dancing fun. If you love to dance like no one’s watching, in the company of a curiously queerful crowd, then join us. Live performances from two uncompromising and beguiling acts:OLI SPLEEN // www.facebook.com/olispleen & ASHKELON // www.facebook.com/ashkelon3000                                                                                        MORE INFO: www.garconne.co.uk                                                                         FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/185690021624131

COMING UP IN FEBRUARY 2014

February || LGBT History Month: 2014 is dedicated to music. More Information: http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/

1 February || Women’s Development & Confidence Building Workshop, Glasgow. Take away tools, techniques and skills to enable and support personal growth and well-being at home and in the workplace.                 MORE INFO: www.mybodyandme.co.uk

1-22 February || Blurred Lines @ The Shed Theatre, London. A play created and devised by Carrie Cracknell and Nick Payne.A blistering journey through the minefield of contemporary gender politics. With songs. Nick Payne’s plays include Constellations, Wanderlust (Royal Court) and The Same Deep Water As Me (Donmar Warehouse). Carrie Cracknell is Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre. She was previously Artistic Director of the Gate. Recent work includes A Doll’s House (Young Vic and West End) and Wozzeck (ENO). MORE INFO: http://theshed.nationaltheatre.org.uk/events/blurred-lines#.UsV4cfRdVth

8 February || Winter Pride Art Awards 2014, Exhibition Opportunity & £1000 Prize Money. Open to all artists with an inventive spirit! Sponsored by Smirnoff, the Winter Pride Art Awards is a new arts competition for emerging and established artists with the aim of promoting innovative artworks.  Finalists will be exhibited in East London at the Tobacco Dock Victorian vaults and at London’s latest pop-up art space, CHART gallery in Chelsea.                                            TO ENTER: http://winterprideuk.com/?page_id=1137

8 February || Winter Pride UK 2014 @ Tabacco Dock, E1, London. Immerse yourself in the party atmosphere as LGBT London comes together for the first-ever Winter Pride UK on 8th February 2014. More info and full lineup – check links below. MORE INFO: www.winterprideuk.com                                FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1410151369221725

14 February || One Billion Rising for Justice.One Billion Rising For Justice is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice – courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, workplaces, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not. It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right. MORE INFO: http://www.onebillionrising.org/

15 February || Riots Not Diets, Riot Grrrl Valentines Ball @ West Hill Hall, Brighton. Third annual valentines ball. Always a hoot. Live bands & Djs; RAVIOLI ME AWAY // NOT RIGHT // BIG JOANIE // YUCKERFLATS.. £5,  8pm-10.30pm.                                                                                                                   FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/555617684520056/                                  TICKETS http://www.wegottickets.com/event/251499

17 February || Women and Alcohol: Different Perspectives – Conference, Bristol. A conference for alcohol and health professionals and the voluntary and independent sector, interested in sharing expertise, and hearing from other professionals and service users. 9.30am – 4.30pm MORE INFO: http://www.bristolwomensvoice.org.uk/events/women-alcohol-and-domestic-abuse

22 February || Women’s Assembly Against Austerity @ Conway Hall, London. The People’s Assembly is pleased to announce the Women’s Assembly conference 2014. More details and an FAQ to be follow soon.                   TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/womens-assembly-against-austerity-tickets-9613437049

COMING UP IN MARCH 2014

5 March || Women’s Aid Conference: Child abuse and domestic violence – time for early intervention? London. Women’s Aid is bringing together experts and survivors from the domestic violence sector with experts and survivors in the children and young people’s sector for a unique conference to look at the common themes in the many instances where domestic violence and child abuse occur together. 9.00am – 16.00pm MORE INFO: www.womensaid.org.uk

8 March || International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday. MORE INFO: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

Over and Out,

Verity Flecknell                                                                                                                             Storm in a Teacup                                                                                                                    Feminist Arts Collective                                                                      http://joinourteaparty.org