Monthly Archives: February 2014

SIATC *UPDATE* MARCH 2014

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Dear Teacups,

March is always the busiest month of the year for us fabulous feminists! International Women’s Day takes place on the 8th of March; a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. This means we have a bumper update for you this month – with many inspiring and empowering events happening up and down the country.

This month, don’t miss- Wowzers  a new community-led feminist arts and music festival running in parallel with the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World festival, 8th-9th March 2014.Their 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. Get your FREE tickets now!

Let’s Start a Pussy Riot  collective (including Verity Flecknell from Storm in a Teacup) are continuing their University tour with dates at Central St.Martins coming up – please keep your eyes peeled for more info on our facebook page. We also are delighted to announce we will be presenting our “Lets Start a Pussy Riot” talk at this year’s Women of the World Festival on Sunday 9th of March as well as at WOWZERS Fringe festival on Saturday 8th of March . We look forward to seeing you there! 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, Oxford University, BIMM Bristol and we have some Uni appearances coming up at Central St.Martins and Goldsmiths.  If you would like us to visit your university please contact us.

The latest on Pussy Riot – the original Pussy Riot collective announced earlier in the month that they consider Nadia and Masha no longer members of the collective. This announcement came just before Nadia and Masha made an appearance at an Amnesty International gig along side Madonna in New York. Nadia and Masha have since returned to Russia and made news headlines when they were arrested numerous times for staging performances around Sochi and the Olympics. They released a new music video “Putin will teach you how to love the Motherland” with footage of them being whipped and beaten by Russian Cossack police. For a balanced and reflective view on the Pussy Riot collective split please read this article posted on The Feminist Times “Pussy Riot split confusion: cultural action always has blurred lines.” My personal view is optimistic and I support both groups in their activism going forward.

FEMINIST ACTIVISM

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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 TRADEhttp://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

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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/

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@gmail.com

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 Comedy @ The Hough End Centre, Manchester. Laughing Calves in association with the Women in Comedy Festival hosted by Kerry Leigh with Ali Kahn, Madge Hooks, Nina Gilligan, Gaye Jones, Liz Allan, Janet Taylor, Mel Medfor and Debra Fayer. Doors 7pm, Show: 8pm, Food: 9.30pm. Price: £5.00. Comedy, Club and meal deal = £9.95. Contact: 07958 642090 / 07854 346433. Followed by Rapture Club night until at least 1am, here is the FB event link for the evening:                                                       RAPTURE CLUB NIGHT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1377432389174559/                          FACEBOOK EVENThttps://www.facebook.com/events/790566504293892/

1 March || Reclaiming the F Word @ St. Peter’s House, Manchester. A conference for anyone interested in faith and feminism from a Christian perspective. The day will include workshops, discussion, presentations, prayer and refreshments. We are asking people to consider donating £5 to cover costs. We will not be providing lunch; you are welcome to bring your own or buy food from nearby shops. Please book in so we have an idea of how many people are attending and you can donate on the day. BOOK HERE:  http://goo.gl/7zhXsG

1-21 March || BP Spotlight: Sylvia Pankhurst @ TATE Britain. Tate Britain shines a light on Sylvia Pankhurst and her artistic skills in the fight for women’s rights, designing badges, banners and flyers, and recording the lives of working women. Sylvia Pankhurst (1882–1960) made a profound impact on the fight for women’s rights as both an artist and a campaigner. Trained at the Manchester Municipal School of Art and the Royal College of Art, she was a key figure in the work of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) set up with her mother Emmeline and sister Christabel in 1903, using her artistic skills to further the cause. This display has been devised by curator Emma Chambers with The Emily Davison Lodge. FREE. MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/7zSvG8

3 March || London Feminist Discussion Group: Feminism and Porn @ Bahn Mi Bay, Vietnamese restaurant in Holborn. For the March discussion they will be tackling the thorny issue of feminism and porn. 4-6 Theobolds Road WC1X 8PN. Please RSVP by Thursday 27 February so that we can book for the right number of people.                                                                                                               FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/611284308941642/

3-8 March || Royal Central School of Speech & Drama present;  Women in Theatre Festival @ The Etcetera Theatre, Camden. The Etcetera Theatre is one of London’s best known pub theatres and is running a Women’s Theatre Festival from 3rd to 8th March l for International Women’s Day 2014.  The festival will consist of talks, a panel discussion, performances and workshops.  There will be professionals representing women working in theatre today, alongside a diverse range of community arts practitioners and performers from across London to celebrate the achievements of women in theatre, and the work of theatre with women and girls.                                                      Love or Something Like It Monday 3 March at 2pm. Tickets £7.50 / £6.50            Passion Monday 3 March at 9.30pm. Tickets £8.50                                                   The Monotonous Drum Tuesday 4 March at 9.30pm. Tickets £10                              Less Talk, More Action: Future Female Collaborators Wednsday 5 March at 1pm. Tickets £5.00                                                                                                                              The Funny Women Players present… The Road to International Women’s Day Wednesday 5 March at 9.30pm. Tickets £10 / £8                                                 YFronts the Workshop Thursday 6 March at 2pm £6 / £12 with show on 7th         The Weetabix Cure for Lonely Hearts Thursday 6 March at 9.30pm. Tickets £6.50                                                                                                                                                           The Spinsters of Lavender Lane Friday 7 March at 1pm. Tickets £8                         Simple Procedures Friday 7 March at 4pm. Tickets £6.50                                         YFronts: A Contemporary Dance Friday 7 March at 9.30pm. Tickets: £10 / £8     Bite the Apple Saturday 8 March at 12.30pm and 3pm. Tickets £8                             Bite the Apple Panel Discussion Saturday 8 March at 2pm. Tickets £4 or £2     when seeing 12.30pm or 3pm show.                                                                                             The Best of Short Cuts Saturday 8 March at 9.30pm. Tickets: £8                             Book by telephone: 020 7482 4857                                                                                 Theatre Twitter: @EtceteraTheatre                                                                                       BOOK TICKETS: http://etceteratheatre.com

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 INFOhttp://www.lse.ac.uk/genderInstitute/events/Upcoming.aspx

4 March || Women and Health Camden – Fundraising dinner @ Kentish Canteen, NW5 2TG. Women + Health is a community-based health centre that delivers affordable complementary therapies and counselling to women in Camden through a range of projects and services. All are invited to a fundraising dinner hosted by Women & Health’s patron Dame Tessa Jowell MP. Informal evening with food and wine and a raffle. £50.00 ticket (with half proceeds going to Women & Health Camden). 7.30pm.                                               MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/wmBIjr

4-8 March || Tidy Carnage collective present “Passion” @ Vault Festival, London. ‘Passion’, a one woman rave tells the story of Edan, a young lesbian party girl in meltdown following her return from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Exploring our gender assumptions about combat zones, our complex understanding of mental health (especially women’s mental stability) in extreme circumstances and profiling an openly gay, strong and challenging female character. Glasweigan Theatre collective; tidy carnage are  a dynamic collective of multi-arts professionals, creating exciting contemporary theatre that shares space with dance, spoken word, video, sound & visual art                     MORE INFOwww.thevaultfestival.com/passion

4-24 March || Gazebo Theatre presents; The Sistren (National Tour).Comedy entwines with powerful drama in this exciting new play celebrating Womens’ History Month 2014.Mary Wollstonecraft, considered to be the ‘founder of modern feminism’, Claudia Jones, activist, communist & founder of the first Black British weekly newspaper & Emma Lloyd Sproson, suffragist and Wolverhampton’s first female councillor, are brought together in their after lives.

National Tour Dates:

– Ucheldre Centre, Anglesey – 04/03/2014 – 7.30pm www.ucheldre.org                  – Eastgate Theatre, Peebles – 05/03/2014 – 7.30pm www.eastgatearts.com            – Guildhall, Derby – 06/03/2014 – 7.30pm – www.derbylive.co.uk                                – Forest Arts Centre, New Milton – 07-03-2014 – 7.30pm  www3.hants.gov.uk/forest/                                                                                                             – Astor Community Theatre, Deal – 08/03/2014 – 8.00pm – www.theastor.org     – The Brindley, Runcorn – 11/03/2014 – 7.30pm –www.thebrindley.org.uk             – Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton – 12/03/2014 & 13/03/2014 – 7.30pmwww.arenatheatre.info                                                                                                       – The Heritage Centre, Wolverhampton – 14/03/2014 – 8.00pm – 01902 421792/07815 522668                                                                                                                        – The Drum, Birmingham – 21/03/2014 – 8.00pm – www.the-drum.org.uk               – Fairfield Halls, London – 23/03/2014 – 7.45pm – www.fairfield.co.uk                     – Artrix, Bromsgrove – 24/03/2014 – 8.00pm – www.artrix.co.uk

For further information contact Gazebo Theatre on 01902 497222 /admin@gazebotie.org, visit our website www.gazebotie.org or follow us on Twitter @gazebotheatre or Facebook www.facebook.co.uk/gazebo arts.

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 March || Layers of Inequality – the impact of public spending cuts on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Women @ House of Commons, Committee Room 16. Join us as we discuss the impact of the public spending cuts on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) women. The meeting will consider evidence that BAME women are being disproportionately affected by the cuts based on research carried out in Coventry by the University of Warwick and Coventry Women’s Voices. Whilst this research focuses on Coventry, BAME women across the country are likely to be similarly affected and this is therefore a much wider issue. To confirm your place at the event please email: equality@unitetheunion.org and let us know your name, organisation, email address and telephone number.                                                                                   FACEBOOK EVENThttps://www.facebook.com/events/611875185549676/

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

5-16 March || 25th Anniversary of Oxford International Women’s Festival @ Various venues around Oxford. A very special line-up of activities is taking place during this milestone Festival, ranging from theatre, to poetry and storytelling, plus talks, film screenings, cabaret, a Dinner, and more. The Festival exists to celebrate the achievements of women from Oxford and beyond, and it’s organised by local volunteers.                                                                 MORE INFO: http://www.oxfordinternationalwomensfestival.co.uk/2014-festival/

6 March || The Gender Institute and The Women’s Library present the opening of the new reading room @ The Women’s Library, London School of Economics. Research Using The Women’s Library will bring together a panel academics and archivists, who have used The Women’s Library for their PhD research, their research on suffragette history and their archival work. The speakers on the panel will be Professor June Purvis, Dr Mari Takayanagi and Professor Sally Alexander. 5.00pm – 6.30pm. Open to the public on a first come first served basis. MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/wIaVsL

6 March || LaDIYfest Sheffield presents; Film Night: “Transamerica” @ Harrisons 1854, 15-29 Regent Terrace, S3 7QA Sheffield. Feminist film nights are BACK! Every other Thursday LaDIYfest Sheffield will be screening a film at Harrisons 1854 so grab a drink from the bar, bring some popcorn or snacks to share and come hang out! For LGBT History month we asked you to tell us your favourite LGBT-themed films. Next up, Transamerica, the story of a trans woman called Bree who goes for a roadtrip with her long-lost son. This will be funny and probably heart-warming too. 8pm. Free entry. All welcome.                                                                                                                 MORE INFO:http://ladiyfestsheffield.wordpress.com/                                      FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/537165856382699/

6 March – 1 April || Cultivate Gallery Presents; International Women’s Day Wall @ Vyner St, London, E2. An artist take-over and art occupation of my one slice of wall at CULTIVATE EVOLVED gallery in celebration of International Women’s Day 2014.Cultivate has now Evolved; we are ten artists each with our own distinct wall spaces, ours to use in whatever way we wish and for the month of March artists will occupy my wall space with me to mark International Women’s Day 2014. Opening night; Thurs 6 March, 6-9pm. If you want to get involved please email info@cultivatevynerstreet.com for more info (mark your emails FAO Emma)                                                         FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/268884226621956/

6 March || Clam Jam @ Dalston Superstore. Seventh or as We Like To Call it ” Minge Invasion of the Foreign Kind ” Instalment of the Superbly Fabulous and not so Quaint Lesbian Entertainment in Dolby Suround System that Is cLAM jAM, Every First Thursday of the Month in Dalston Superstore. Ladies! This One is Gonna be More Lesbiany then a Russian Olympics Team, More Surprising then Cara Delevigne Anouncing Her Love of Latino Lady Bits and Defo more Dykey Than Ellen Degeneris in a Three Piece Suit at Your Wedding. 9pm – 2am                                                                                                           FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1427639637474163/

6 March || Central America Women’s Network present; ‘El Salvador: Not even to save a woman’s life’ @ Latin American House, London. ‘El Salvador: Not even to save a woman’s life’ is a screening and discussion forum on the issue of abortion and the consequences on women’s lives, health and access to rights and justice, with a focus on the situation in Central America. (screening in English; discussion in Spanish and English). FREE MORE INFOwww.cawn.org

7 March || IWD unplugged: Grace Petrie, Cat Brogan, Lo Behold, Nouria Bah @ Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, London. Join us on the eve of International Women’s Day, as we mark the occasion with militancy and spectacularly good music. All are welcome to come gather for a night with some of the most talented, radical women songwriters and musicians – before Hug the DJ and DOMO’s Bethany hit the decks as we dance into women’s day itself. £7.00 advanced, £8.50 OTD. 7pm – 2am                                                                     BUY TICKETShttp://www.workersplaytime.net/TICKETS.htm                  FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1391107614479996/

7 March – 9 March || Magpie Mag presents new anthology: Viriditas @ WOW marketplace, Southbank Centre. Magpie Mag will be presenting Viriditas a new published anthology celebrating the work of a group of international & contemporary women artists. World Wide Women is a female arts collective based in Paris. There will be art prints for sale, information about the publication and the artists involved in the collective. We will be exhibiting for all three days in the WOW marketplace, which is free and open to the public. WOW is a festival that includes talks, debates, performance and activism celebrating women and girls.                                                                                             FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/698255026893025/

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 || Million Women Rise March and Rally @ London.  A woman’s right to live free from violence and / or the fear of violence has not been achieved. Women continue to be attacked and violated in many different ways, in our homes, on our streets, on our public transport, at our places of work. The government, the TV and newspapers do very little to address this issue; instead they often blame women for wearing the wrong clothes or being in the wrong place.  If you think this needs to change, then join us on this women only critical mass. We need to be strong together and in large numbers. Unity is strength; the voices of many are louder together than a single voice.

MEET: 12:00 NOON, OXFORD STREET, LONDON

SET OFF: 1:00

RALLY : 3:00 @ TRAFALGAR SQUARE

AFTER PARTY: 5:00 @ THE 52 CLUB, 52 GOWER STREET

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/246935428810959/

8 March || International Women’s Day festival Sheffield @ Sheffield Town Hall, S1 2HH. The Women’s Network IWD planning group has been hard at work putting together a great event for International Women’s Day. Including singing on the front steps of Town Hall, keynote presentation from the Women of Steel, various workshops, an international women’s voices panel and information stalls. 10am – 1pm Here are the workshops planned so far;                      -100 years of change, manufacturing and STEM – WEA/Glass Academy                   -Challenging stereotyping – Women in Engineering                                                               -Celebrating feminist activism – Sheffield Feminist Network                                           -Women inspiring women collage – Sheffield Futures                                                            -One Billion Rising – Cllr Nikki Bon                                                                                              -A history of protest – WILPF                                                                                                         -Women and domestic violence                                                                                                     MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/FCicVS

8 March || AFRO PUNK presents; The Girls for International Women’s Day @ Windmill, Brixton. LIVE BANDS: VODUN, 11pm, THE NUNS, 10pm, MADAME SO, 9pm. AFROPUNK is an influential community of young, gifted people of all backgrounds who speak through music, art, film, comedy, fashion and more. Originating with the 2003 documentary that highlighted a Black presence in the American punk scene, it is a platform for the alternative and experimental. Remaining at the core of its mission are the punk principles of DIY aesthetics, radical thought and social non-conformity. AFROPUNK is a voice for the unwritten, unwelcome and unheard-of. Tonight, three female led bands come together to celebrate both International Women’s day and the Afropunk ethos. £5.00. 8pm.                                                                   FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/798711686811244/

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 || 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/

8 March || The Working Class Movement Library celebrates IWD @ 51 Crescent, Salford, M5 4WX. June Hannam, Professor of History at the University of West of England, will speak on the topic ‘Socialist women of the Independent Labour Party – political propagandists and trade union organisers, 1890s-1914’.Lynn Collins, Regional Secretary North West TUC, will also speak, on the topic ‘The struggle continues – trade union women today’.This event is part of Wonder Women: Radical Manchester. 2pm. FREE                                           MORE INFO: http://www.wcml.org.uk/

8 March || Birds Eye View Presents; “Wonder Women!” @ BFI Southbank. Directed by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and produced by Kelcey Edwards, Wonder Women! offers an informative and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre, and is the perfect film to celebrate both International Women’s Day, and the official launch of the 2014 Birds Eye View Film Festival. Wonder Women! traces the fascinating birth, evolution and legacy of the Wonder Woman figure, from the 1940s comic book heroine to the blockbusters of today, and introduces us to a dynamic group of fictional and real life superheroines who are fighting for positive role models for girls – both on screen and off.                                                                                                                                         BUY TICKETS: http://goo.gl/qrxmmo                                                                                MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/lJZb5b

8 March || Club Debbie presents; Cher night @ Resistance Gallery, Bethnal Green. Sina Sparrow & Bitchcakes will be joined by Special Guest DJs Trinny and Susannah as well as performers Holestar, Shy-Charles Alderwick and Kev Clarke to delight you with female-fronted rock, pop, and disco. 10pm-Late. £3 entry.                                                                                                                                           FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/501241323321409/

8 March || Film Screening “Ruins” @ Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne. As part of Northumbria University’s contribution to IWD2014, we are very pleased to host the screening of an important new film which tells the story of the persecution of HIV-positive women in Greece. RUINS is a documentary about a shocking case of HIV criminalization in Greece when a group of HIV-positive women were detained by the Hellenic Police, forcibly tested, charged with a felony, imprisoned and publicly exposed, when their faces and personal data were published in the media in the run-up to the country’s 2012 national elections. The persecution and public shaming of HIV-positive women received considerable publicity in Greece and caused an international outcry. However, no political figures or media opinion-makers were made accountable. RUINS exposes the truth behind this grim moment in Greek democracy. 1.30pm including introduction by Zoe Mavroudi (Director), screening and Q/A                                                                                                                      MORE INFO: contact Karen Ross – karen.ross@northumbria.ac.uk

8 March || Let’s Start a Pussy Riot @ WOWZers fringe festival, Waterloo Join us for a talk and discussion about Pussy Riot, the book and collective activism. Venue TBC. Keep eyes peeled on our Facebook page and the WOWzers website for more info.                                                                                   FACEBOOK PAGE: http://goo.gl/nZmGQf                                                                          MORE INFO: http://wowzersfest.org/

9 March || Let’s Start a Pussy Riot @ WOW festival, Southbank Centre. Join us for a talk and discussion about Pussy Riot, the book and collective activism. Venue TBC. Keep eyes peeled on our Facebook page and the WOW website for more info.                                                                                                           FACEBOOK PAGE: http://goo.gl/nZmGQf                                                                          MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/49GfdY

9 March || Fundraiser for Rape Crisis, Edinburgh @ The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh, Scotland. LIVE BANDS; Blueflint, Obehi and Dirty Red Turncoats. Live music and raffle to raise funds for the local Rape Crisis centre Edinburgh. 7.30pm.                                                                                                                             MORE INFOhttp://www.ewrasac.org.uk/previous-news-and-events.html

9 March || Stand up for Choice @ Mandela Hall, Belfast. An evening of Live Stand Up Comedy in support of a Woman’s Right to Choose featuring :BRIDGET CHRISTIE, GEMMA HUTTON, JOSIE LONG, ROBIN INCE & MARK THOMAS This event is part of the International Womens Day Celebrations and part of Mark Thomas’ 100 Acts of Minor Dissent. All proceeds to Pro-Choice Advocacy Work in NI.                                                                                   TICKETS: http://goo.gl/FgQX8D

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/

12 March || The Story Sessions presents; Feminist Folk Tales @ The Ivy House, Nunhead, SE London. Old Wives’ Tales international women’s day tie in feminist fables and folk tales, Think Sisters Grimm… featuring Cath Blackfeather on Sleeping Beauty, Cherry Potts’ The Bone Box, Emily Cleaver The Frog , Jelena Ćurčić with a couple of Serbian folk tales. plus Flash from the Floor, your opportunity to tell us a feminist folk tale in 100 words or less…             FACEBOOK EVENThttps://www.facebook.com/events/214381402102102

13 March || The Big Idea: Why Write a Feminist Play @ The Royal Court Theatre, London. Playwrights Abi Morgan and Nick Payne discuss the social, political and artistic imperatives of writing a play about feminism. Abi Morgan’s The Mistress Contract runs in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court from 30 January to 22 March.. Nick Payne’s credits include Blurred Lines, Constellations (which won the Evening Standard Best Play Award). Why Write a Feminist Play is part of The Big Idea bringing together artists, activists and an anthropologist to interrogate the relationships we form and how we talk about them. MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/8KGfuq

14 March || What the Frock Comedy Show @ Mauretania, Park Street, Bristol. Joining our resident MC Cerys Nelmes will be Jessica Fosteskew (“intensely talented and very funny”, Time Out), Alice Frick (“exuberant and perfectly pitched”, Three Weeks), and Tash Bartlett (“confident, cute and crude”, Open Comedy). Tickets £10 advance, £12 door. Doors 7.30pm, comedy from 8pm                                                                                           MORE INFO: http://www.whatthefrockcomedy.co.uk/#!march-14/c1ra3

14-15 March || Stop Porn Culture UK Launch Conference @ 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/

15 March || Unskinny Bop presents; 10th B-Day Party; HEROS @ The Star of Bethnal Green, E2 6LG. In March 2004 we held our first disco event at 359 Bethnal Green Road, then called the Pleasure Unit, now the Star. Over the past ten years we have espoused a number of high-falutin’ theories, slogans, and ruminations on what Unskinny Bop is, what it should be, what it means, why we keep on doing it. Really, it comes down to a few very simple premises though:                                                                                                                                1. providing a welcoming, inclusive, queer-identified space for good times              2. encouraging dancefloor participation for all, especially fat people, shy people, weirdos and wallflowers                                                                                                      3. playing records we love, and only records we love, irrespective of genre, for your pleasure                                                                                                                                           So, please come and pay tribute with us. We invite you to get dressed up as your hero(ine)/love/joy/inspiration, whatever/whoever that may be – there will be prizes (probably) Fancy dress: HEROES. £5 on the door (£3 before 10 / concessions all night / in costume).                                                                                     MORE INFO: http://www.unskinnybop.co.uk/                                                            FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/504662936309582/

15 March || The Oppression and Resilience of Women @ Conway Hall, London. Central London Humanists, Conway Hall Ethical Society and the National Secular Society are please to announce a join event to celebrate International Women’s Day. The conference will celebrate women’s achievements in the arts, sciences and politics, we will also look at health, wealth and education and how society, men and religions tend to impede women. We will be highlighting the appalling oppression that many women still have to cope with in the 21st century and the postive achievements of women despite the many challenges they face, and we will end the day with some comedy. See website for full list of speakers. The conference will run from 10.00am – 17.00pm.                                                                                                                                                MORE INFO: http://www.conwayhall.org.uk/special-events

16 March || What the Frock presents Comedy Skills Workshop and Showcase @ Halo, 141 Gloucester Road, Bristol.  What The Frock! Comedy is pleased to be teaming up with award-winning comedian, broadcaster and all-round superstar Kate Smurthwaite.                                                                               WORKSHOP: http://www.whatthefrockcomedy.co.uk/#!march-16/c1tb3          The workshops are aimed both at those who’ve always wanted to try stand-up and those who have done a few gigs but are keen to develop their skills. Whether you’re looking for a new career or just a speedy confidence boost (or even a truly original gift for a friend!), we guarantee you’ll have a great time. £65.00. 11am-1pm, 2pm-5pm                                                                                                           SHOWCASE: http://www.whatthefrockcomedy.co.uk/#!march-16—showcase/c1243                                                                                                                          Following on from the comedy workshop at Halo led by Kate during the day, come and show your support for the workshop graduates by joining the audience for the evening showcase – where they will be trying out their new comedy skills.  £5.00. 7pm -9pm                                                                                             MORE INFO: http://www.whatthefrockcomedy.co.uk/

17 March || She Grrrowls: Humans Vs Machines @ 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: Humans vs. Machines. Every third Monday of the month. Hosted by Carmina Masoliver, Poetry by Rosie Garland and Rosemary Swainston & Chris Lawrence, Comedy by Lizanne Davies, Music by Mushana. Just £5 on the door, £4 when booked in advance online.                                                                                                                                         FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/327797054025503/

18 March || Coming off Clean Symposium @ Corpus Christi College, Oxford. When women have expressed their own sexuality in public it has often spelled trouble in the eyes of mainstream society. In this conference, cultural practitioners and academics reflect on female sexual autobiography, untroubled by the trouble they may cause. ‘Coming Off Clean’ is a phrase taken from art critic Chris Kraus’s ‘theoretical fiction’ book, I Love Dick. In the book, Kraus is preoccupied with how the ‘I’ of women writers and artists has tended to be pathologised, and cast as narcissistic, confessional, and totally at odds with the analytical. Speakers: ANNA KEMP (Queen Mary University of London), HELEN HESTER (Middlesex), SHIRLEY JORDAN (Queen Mary University of London), ALEX DYMOCK (Reading), OCTAVIA BRIGHT (UCL / writer) ALISON J. CARR (Sheffield Hallam / artist). 10.30am – 18.00pm                                                     MORE INFO: http://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/coming-clean

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/

19 March || The Fawcett Society: How to conduct your own assessment of the impact of public spending cuts on women in your local area: a one-day workshop with Mary-Ann Stephenson @ London TBC. The Fawcett Society is running a one-day workshop for women’s groups in London on how to conduct a gender equality impact assessment of the spending cuts at a local level. Mary-Ann Stephenson, author of TUC’s ‘Women and the Cuts Toolkit’ and Chair of Coventry Women’s Voices, will lead the workshop and offer tailored support through hands-on practical sessions. This workshop is free but limited to 14 participants, so early registration is essential. In order to make the workshop available to as many groups as possible, we can only accept one delegate per organisation. FREE. How to register: To register, please email Ava.Lee@fawcettsociety.org.uk with your name, organisation, and contact details. The workshop will be held in Central London and lunch and refreshments will be provided. 10.30am – 4.30pm                                                             MORE INFO:www.fawcettsociety.org.uk

30 March || Love London – Hate Street Harassment @ All over London! As part of International Anti-Street Harassment Week (30th March – 5th of April 2014), Rape Crisis South London will be again running the fabulous London Landmarks Against Street Harassment. All week we will be inviting participants to take a photo of themselves, of friends or of bystanders holding a message of support for loving London streets, hating street harassment, outside of London’s many stunning Landmarks. So that could be a photo of you in front of Big Ben with a poster calling time on street harassment in London.                      MORE INFO: https://www.facebook.com/MeetUsOnTheStreet             FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1405046029753784/

COMING UP IN APRIL

4 April || CLIT ROCK # 4 @ Underbelly, Hoxton, London. LIVE BANDS: Dana Jade, Blindness. DJs; Sina Sparrow. A celebration of women who rock! Music events to raise awareness and funds for Daughters Of Eve an organisation committed to preventing and ultimately eradicating FGM. £5.00     FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1393578667568745

5 April || UK Feminista; Scotland Activist Training @ TBC Venue, Glasgow. This event is perfect for anyone organising for a world without sexism, from seasoned campaigners to those looking for confidence to get started. It’s a great opportunity for those involved in women’s and feminist groups as well as individuals to learn and share ideas and skills to make change happen. FREE                                                                                                                                 BOOK ONLINE: http://ukfeminista.org.uk/events/scotland-activist-refresher/

8-13 April || Birds Eye View Film Festival 2014 @ Various venues including; Barbican, BFI Southbank and ICA. The Festival will also feature UK premieres, cutting edge features, insightful personal documentaries, live music, silent film and special events featuring some of the world’s leading female filmmakers and rising new talents. There will also be industry training opportunities supported by the British Council and Creative Skillset. Full programme to be announced on 8th of March. MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/JlHZUH

11 April || Revisiting the Sadeian Woman – Postgraduate Conference @ Swansea University. 2014 marks the 200th anniversary of the Marquis de Sade’s death, but Sadeian influences remain prominent in contemporary literature, criticism, and culture.This one-day postgraduate conference, funded by GENCAS and RIAH (The Centre for Research into Gender and Culture in Society and the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities at Swansea University), aims to revisit the Sadeian debates first established in the 1980s, and to investigate how these ideas are relevant to contemporary society. How have evolutions of feminism and post-feminism impacted upon Sadeian influences? CONTACTswanseagenderconf@gmail.com

11 April || What the Frock! Comedy Awards @ Maurentania, 9 Park Street, Bristol. The all-female What The Frock! Award returns for a second year. Last year, all the places were filled within 24 hours of the competition being announced, and this year they were filled within 10 hours! This is one of only two all-female comedy awards in the UK, and is free to enter. Our compere for the evening will be Cerys Nelmes, and we will have a performance from Annabel O’Connell, who was a finalist in 2013. Tickets £10.00                                     MORE INFO: http://www.wegottickets.com/whatthefrockcomedy

Over and Out,

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