July is all quiet on the feminist front – so apologies for the sparse listings! Highlights include – ‘Women in Leadership -what needs to change?’ at St. Pauls Cathedral on 16th of July, a public discussion about cultural barriers and what is preventing women to take on leadership roles – chaired by the dean of St.Pauls cathedral – this should be an interesting event. Also worth highlighting; UNICEF and the UK Government co-host an event aimed at mobilising domestic and international efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) within our generation “Girl Summit” on 22nd of July. This month is also the 40th Anniversary of the Women’s liberation conference originally held in Edinburgh where the National Women’s Aid Federation was set up. Women’s Aid celebrate their 40th Anniversary at Aston University Conference centre in Birmingham on the 2nd and 3rd of July. Women’s Liberation 2014 conference is taking places in Glasgow on 19th and 20th of July.
Let’s Start a Pussy Riot collective (including Verity Flecknell from Storm in a Teacup) are continuing their book tour – please keep your eyes peeled for more info on our facebook page. We have some more dates to announce very soon! 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 Central St.Martins. If you would like us to visit your university please contact us.
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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
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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:.email@example.com
COMING UP IN JULY
2-3 July || Women’s Aid 40th Anniversary Conference @ Aston University Conference Centre, Birmingham. 9am-5pm. This year it is the 40th anniversary of Women’s Aid and our 2014 conference is a key opportunity for services to come together to celebrate a movement which has saved countless lives and set the standard for domestic violence services across the world. It is also time – with a general election approaching – to develop a shared vision of the domestic violence services of the future, as well as identifying and addressing the key challenges we face in the present. This conference will identify the future needs of domestic violence survivors and how these can be met in a rapidly changing environment with increasingly limited resources. How to book: Book and pay by 28 May 2014 to receive your early bird discount: www.womensaid.org.uk/simple-text.asp?ref=conference-registration. For all conference queries please contact the Events Team. MORE INFO: www.womensaid.org.uk
5 July – 24 August || Judith Bernstein: Rising @ Studio Voltaire, SW4 7JR. Studio Voltaire presents a major new commission by American artist Judith Bernstein, reflecting on a prolific five decade-long career at the forefront of feminist activism and political injustice, her first solo presentation to take place in the UK. For this commission, the artist will conduct a production residency in the gallery, working on a new body of large-scale paintings and drawings. Bernstein’s expressive practice embodies the psychological amalgamation of sex, violence and feminism, in varying orders and priorities. Birth of the Universe is a recent series of expressive paintings made using oil and fluorescent paint exploring the chaos, violence, and the nuclear explosion that was The Big Bang. She probes the origin of space, time, and infinity, using the rage of the “active cunt” as the primal source in the expanding universe. These paintings delve into issues regarding relationships and gender with a literal dialogue between the “active cunt” and the phallus.Opening times: Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 6pm MORE INFO: http://www.studiovoltaire.org/programmes/forthcoming/
11 July || LaDIYfest present; lo-fi bands @ Redhouse, Solly street, Sheffield. Bands; Los Cripis, Dog Legs, Elopes, Autobodies. £4 suggested donation. 8PM FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1427455567539296/
11 July || Wotever World presents; Female Masculinity Appreciation Society #8 @ Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London. An evening celebrating female masculinity, for all who are, all who want to be and all who live breathe and play with gender. DressCode: Dapper Do. DJs, live performances and screenings. Doors: 8pm-1amMORE INFO: https://www.facebook.com/events/645606825520862/
12 July || For Books Sake Zine Making Workshop @ Cubitt education arts picnic @ Spar Fields Park, EC1R. Come and join For Books’ Sake at the Cubitt Education Arts Picnic in Islington for a FREE all-ages all-genders zine-making workshop! Join in with the fun and get cutting and sticking and getting creative making beautiful mini-zines; on activism, local history, literary ladies, or whatever you feel passionate about. The rest of the event will be awesome, featuring contemporary dance by Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, working with local people, alongside a host of workshops and stalls: a suffragette garden party, political pass-the-parcel, a drawing boot camp, activist bingo, parkour workshops, face-painting, home made ice-lollies, and much more! FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/events/568149429960311/
14th July || Skinny Girl Diet – EP launch @ Old Blue Last. Club de Mammoth Djs. Everett True described them as; ” wonderful: brash, unafraid, reared and raised on my peers (Babes In Toyland, Heavens To Betsy, old school grunge). Female. Teenage. Reminds me of Skinned Teen a little, but it would. Riot Grrrl, like I always understood it …. female empowering”FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1438346723090633/
15th July || London Comedy Forum @ Institute of Education, London. The LCF is an interdisciplinary forum for comedy and humour research. The July meeting is themed: Feminist Humour, and artist/researcher Hannah Ballou has curated a top notch panel of feminist humour practitioners. Bryony Kimmings, Kate Smurthwaite and Vikki Stone. MORE INFO:https://www.facebook.com/events/883257285024899/
16 July || Women in Leadership- What Needs to Change? @ St. Pauls Institute, London. Creating greater opportunities for female empowerment has been designated as one of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. It is clear that the tide is turning and large strides are being made to overcome problems of institutional inequality; many voices have joined together to call for our leaders to represent the diversity of the people they govern, but there is still work to be done to remove impediments that have restricted female advancement. How can we remove the institutional and cultural barriers preventing many women from reaching positions of leadership? What can different sectors learn from one another in the fight for true equality? What actions can we take to create lasting change? Join us at St Paul’s Cathedral for a public discussion led by: Liz Bingham, Managing Partner for Talent at EY, Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, Ceri Goddard, Director of Gender at the Young Foundation, The Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons, Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress, Chaired by: The Very Revd David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral. 7pm, doors at 6.30pm.MORE INFO: womenstpauls.eventbrite.co.uk
18 July || Fanny Pack @ Waiting Room, Three Crowns, Stoke Newington, London. Fanny Pack is now every third Friday of the month . Join DJs B-Low and G-Child for a queer evening of 90s music and culture. Plus: free sweets / glowsticks / cheap early entry. 10pm til late. FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/308437092663866/
19-20 July || 40th Anniversary of the ‘74 Women’s Liberation Conference @Kinning Park Complex, Glasgow. Women’s Liberation 2014 conference will be held in Glasgow on Saturday the 19th and Sunday the 20th of July but it will commemorate the 1974 women’s liberation conference held in Edinburgh. 40 years on, we will come together to reminisce, to celebrate our achievements and the fact we are still here, and to look to the future. We envision a return to a politics of women’s liberation – moving from single-issue campaigns drawing on feminist ideas to a women-centred revolutionary movement. There will be workshops, talks, exhibitions and an evening event with an open stage and then disco on one floor, and a quieter space to talk to one another on the other floor.
HOW TO REGISTER: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for a registration form. There’s a suggested donation of £40 for the weekend for women earning over 25k and women who can claim expenses, £25 for low-waged women and £15 for unwaged women. Asylum-seekers can attend for free. MORE INFO: http://scottishwomensliberation.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/how-to-register-2/
20 July || T-Club is Pans people @ Dalston Superstore, London Summer continues at The T with more sexy shenanigans in a safe and inclusive space, for transgender, genderqueer and all in between people with the right attitude. DJs, performances and screenings. FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/585932224860337
22 July || Girl Summit @ Venue TBC, London. UNICEF and the UK Government co-host an event aimed at mobilising domestic and international efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) within our generation. Girls and women have the right to live free from violence and discrimination and achieve their potential, but millions are being prevented from doing so by harmful practices such as FGM and CEFM, which are illegal in the UK. The Home Secretary Theresa May and Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening will host the event, alongside heads of state, practitioners, survivors, charities and community groups. This creative, positive and engaging event will bring together women, girls and community leaders from the UK and overseas, alongside governments, international organisations and the private sector to agree on action to end FGM and CEFM within a generation. Registration essential. MORE INFO:https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/girl-summit-2014
31 July @ ECLECTICA & BOMB THE TWIST @ Wharf Chambers, Leeds. A special night featuring 3 exciting bands from 3 cities: NINA (London via Berlin), ACRE TARN (Manchester), and special guest DJ set from SOPHIA HAMADI (of OPALE) (Paris). This is a non-profit music night as a preview and fundraiser for the Eclectica Project Launch Event taking place in Manchester in August to launch the new ECLECTICA PROJECT (www.facebook.com/EclecticaProj) advocating equality for women and minorities in all industries. Doors 7pm. Tickets £5.00 www.wegottickets.com/event/275020 MORE INFO: www.facebook.com/events/421166007998611
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