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SIATC *UPDATE* JUNE 2014

Endsexualviolence in conflict

 

Dear Teacups,

Summer is here (sort of) and June is LGBT Pride month. London Pride is set to be as fabulous as ever, with a new team of organisers planning a full programme of events on the lead up to the parade on Saturday 28th of June.

From 10th until the 12th of June London will be hosting an international 3 day summit to End Sexual violence in conflict at the London ExCel Centre.Following two years of efforts to bring this issue to the forefront of the international agenda by Foreign Secretary William Hague and Angelina Jolie, this summit will facilitate landmark discussions to generate concrete outcomes for those directly affected by the issue of rape in war. Don’t miss the programme of talks, discussions, film screenings and exhibitions. More info and full programme here.

Other highlights in June include internationally acclaimed performance artist, Marina Abramovic at The Serpentine Gallery from 11th June until the 25th of August. Re-Materialising Feminism at the ICA on 20th and 21st of June and Women Artists and The Second World War at TATE Britain on the 29th of June.

Looking ahead into July – there are a few events already planned for 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.

FEMINIST ACTIVISM

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED

THE FAWCETT SOCIETY

In May, Fawcett ran a high-profile campaign to coincide with the local elections that took place across many parts of the country. As part of this campaign the. Released a new report Sexism and Local Government. Join as a member oR sign up to their mailing-list to get involved.

WEBSITE: http://www.fawcettsociety.org.uk/get-involved/join-us/

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/

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

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

COMING UP IN JUNE

21 May- 17 Aug || Birds Eye View & Art on The Underground present a season of film showings @ Canary Wharf Screen. This site specific season of films aims to spotlight the diverse talents of women filmmakers in a programme that explores different ways of using film to engage with urban space. The season is divided into three distinct phases: past, present and future. Each phase is comprised of four films by women directors.The centenary of pioneering animator Joy Batchelor (1914 – 1991), whose works include her seminal 1954 animation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, is to be celebrated in Part 1: Past.

Part 1: Past                                                                                                         21 May – 18 June 2014                                                                                     Joy Batchelor, The Five, 1970                                                                                                         Joy Batchelor, Modern Guide To Health, 1946                                                                       Joy Batchelor, Your Very Good Health, 1948                                                                         Joy Batchelor, Farmer Charley, 1949

Part 2: Present                                                                                               19 June – 16 July 2014                                                                                   Yasmin Fedda, Breadmakers, 2007                                                                              Oonagh Kearney, Her Mother’s Daughters, 2010                                                                  Tali Yankelevich, The Perfect Fit, 2011                                                                                      Eva Webber, The Solitary Life of Cranes, 2008

Part 3: Future                                                                                                17 July – 17 August 2014                                                                                 Anna Cady, 30%, Women and Politics in Sierra Leone, 2012                                            Lucy Harris, Crossing Points, 2012                                                                                    Elizabeth Hobbs, Imperial Provisor Frombald, 2013                                                    Katherina Gruzei, workers leaving the factory (again), 2012

MORE INFO: http://birds-eye-view.co.uk/2014/05/20/9407/

1 June – 5 July | The F-Word Project: Five Feminist Fables for the 21st Century @ Space Station 65, SE11 4PS. Five Feminist Fables for the 21st Century is a body of art, collected in a series of comic books or graphic fables, by Maureen Burdock. Each fable features a unique common heroine negotiating a world that still legitimises various forms of violence and inequity towards women. The F Word Project increases awareness of women’s struggles worldwide and the need for elimination of the injustices they experience. It provides inspirational role models for women and girls by creative brave protagonists from different backgrounds. In addition to depicting problems, the engaging art and narratives of the F Word Fables emphasize the intelligence and goodness of people and their willingness to work together to make change possible. Space Station Sixty-Five are delighted to be exhibiting the original drawings for the forthcoming 4th fable, Mumbi & the Long Run. Visiting times: Wed-Sat 12.00pm – 18.00pm. SLAM late last fridays 27/06/14                             MORE INFO: http://www.spacestationsixtyfive.com/present.php

2-29 June || QUEER CAMP CULT @ Hackney picturehouse. An exhibition by Kev Clarke and Sina Sparrow, two queer artists working in the field of pop art, pop culture and comic strips. Kev Clarke’s work is focused on cult pop culture, past and present. His company “The Face of Pop” sells T-shirts, zines, prints and original artwork as well as various designed and printed goods. Kev Clarke is also working on “The Pop Therapee Project”, harnessing pop culture as a tool for therapy and personal development. Sina Sparrow’s self-published comics – such as ART FAG, DIRTY MIND and PRETTY BOYS IGNORE YOU – explore autobiography, sex, emotions, relationships and queer life in the city. His pop culture icons adorn the flyers and posters for his club night DEBBIE, a dance party dedicated to female-fronted rock and pop.Together Kev Clarke and Sina Sparrow present a joint exhibition – Queer Camp Cult – spotlighting works based on their favourite cult, kitsch and queer movies.                                                                                                                                    FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/494786100621470/

7 June || Women in Theatre – London Feminist Network Feminar @ Millman Street Resource Centre, WC1N 3EW.This event is organised by The Feminar Group which is affiliated to London Feminist Network Are female actors; female directors/producers marginalised because their sex is female? Rebecca Morden; Artistic Director of Scary Little Girls and Naomi also an Artistic Director for Scary Little Girls will discuss womens’ experiences of working in male dominated theatre. 2.30 pm. to 4.30 pm Please confirm your attendance by RSVP to:  feministfeminars@gmail.com                                       MORE INFO: http://londonfeministnetwork.org.uk/

10 June || Gender Institute ‘Gendering the Social Sciences’ public lecture @ New Theatre, East Building, London School of Economics.  Zainab Hawa Bangura  assumed her position as Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict at the level of Under-Secretary-General on 4 September 2012. In this capacity, she serves as Chair of the interagency network, UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict (UN Action). Ms Bangura has over 20 years of policy, diplomatic and practical experience in the field of governance, conflict resolution and reconciliation in Africa.  This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries see LSE Events FAQ or contact us atevents@lse.ac.uk 0207 955 6043.  6.30pm-8.00pm MORE INFO: http://www.lse.ac.uk/publicEvents/events/2014/06/20140610t1830vNT.aspx

10-11 June || Thinking Afresh – Feminism and Youth Work @ Hinsley Hall, Leeds. The fourth ‘Youth and Policy’ Thinking Seriously conference will be a women only event focusing on the subject of feminism and youth work. The 2014 conference, Thinking Afresh: feminism and youth work, will give particular emphasis to current issues of gender inequality and difference as they impact upon girls and young women and female youth workers. It will seek to develop a critical feminist understanding of current policy agendas and the particular professional specialisms associated with work with girls and young women.                                                                                                     MORE INFO:http://ukfeminista.org.uk/events/thinking-afresh-feminism-and-youth-work/

10 -12 June || End sexual violence in conflict 2014 summit @ London ExCel Centre. This June, London will host a 3-day world summit on preventing sexual violence in conflict, following two years of efforts to bring this issue to the forefront of the international agenda by Foreign Secretary William Hague and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. With over two decades of expertise in working with socially excluded women in conflict affected countries, Women for Women International is uniquely placed to inform and influence the summit agenda. We hope that these landmark discussions generate concrete outcomes for those directly affected by the issue of rape in war, and unlock meaningful, lasting progress towards women’s empowerment, peace and security.                                                                          Film screening: The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo – 11 June, 10:30am  Panel discussion: Iliriana Jaka Gashi, WfWI-Kosovo Country Director, will be presenting Lessons from Yugoslavia – What can the world learn from experiences in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo? – 12 June, 2:30pm             Exhibition: “I Dream of Congo: Narratives from the Great Lakes” together withCongo Connect – 10 – 12 June.                                                                                         MORE INFO & FULL PROGRAMME:  http://goo.gl/rQMIRY

11 June – 25 August || Marina Abramovic @ The Serpentine Gallery.In a unique work created for the Serpentine, the internationally acclaimed artist Marina Abramović will perform in the Gallery for the duration of her exhibition: 10am to 6pm, 6 days a week. Creating the simplest of environments in the Gallery spaces, Abramović’s only materials will be herself, the audience and a selection of common objects that she will use in a constantly changing sequence of events. The public will become the performing body, participating in the delivery of an unprecedented moment in the history of performance art. Entry to Marina Abramović: 512 Hours is free of charge and on a strictly first-come, first-served basis. There is no advance booking. Due to the limited capacity, visitors may be expected to queue.                                         MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/XFEOm8

14 June || Club Debbie @ Resistance Gallery, Bethnal Green. DEBBIE is a Night of Female-Fronted Rock Pop Indie and Disco for Queers.In June DEBBIE DJs Sina Sparrow & Bitchcakes and Guest DJ Neil Prince(R ‘n She, Songs of Praise) present a night dedicated to two of our ultimate (usually blonde) she-roes – who happen not to like each other very much – COURTNEY LOVE and MADONNA!!! DRESS CODE: KINDERWHORE and/or LIKE A VIRGIN!!! As well as playing some of our very favourite Courtney/Hole and Madonna songs, expect the likes of Blondie, Beyoncé, Robyn, Stevie Nicks, Kate Bush, Kim Wilde, Cyndi Lauper, Belinda Carlisle, PJ Harvey, The Bangles, The Go-Go’s, Britney Spears, Shannon, Cheryl Lynn, The Runaways, X-Ray Spex, Girls Aloud and much more! 10pm-Late. £3 entry before 11, £5 after.  FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/638790449531603/

16 June || She Grrrowls: City Stories @ Gallery Cafe, Bethnal Green. She Grrrowls showcases a range of talented 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: City Stories. Every third Monday of the month. Guest hosted by Catherine Woodward, Poetry by Jess Green, Comedy by Elizabeth Carola, Music by Oh Boy. Entry- suggested donation of £5.00             FACEBOOK EVENT:https://www.facebook.com/events/544078809039416/

20-21 June || Re-Materialising Feminism @ ICA, London.An evening of performances to open part II of Re-Materialising Feminism with Penny Goring // Beatrice Loft Schulz // New Noveta Tickets are £5 (free for ICA members). TICKETS:http://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/re-materialising-feminism MORE INFO: http://rematerialisingfeminism.org/

21 June || Hysteria Magazine Fundraising Event @ Bitters & RYE cocktail club, EC1R 4PX. We hereby invite you to A Night For HYSTERIA Fundraising to celebrate feminist performance and participate in an ever-broadening discussion about the scope of feminism, all while securing the survival of HYSTERIA. Featuring: JASMINE COORAY, GERANIUM THEATRE COMPANY, YRSA DALEY-WARD, SHARMILA CHAUHAN, SARAH PERRY. DJs: RUFUS & BAMBI, BAMBOO HERMANN. FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/786607558025430/

24 June || GAGGLE Presents; The Gag show @ Etcetera Theatre, Camden. 9.30pm. Gaggle, the award-winning and critically acclaimed radical girl group have been working on a secret project for the past year: The Gag Show – a grotesque musical comedy sketch show.  “a grotesque musical comedy sketch show…. where sheep are doomful oracles, drunk women fill the supermarkets, plastic surgery is performed in public, gynaecologists are playground bullies and Daily Mail Online commenters have taken over the BBC.” Tickets £10.00 available now:. http://www.gaggle.tv/. Second performance on Thursday 3rd July at 1pm. MORE INFO: http://www.gaggle.tv/

25 June || Anxiety 2014 & Club Femmes Presents; The Headless Woman @ Barbican Cinema. Dir. Lucrecia Martel, Argentina/France/Italy/Spain, 2008, 87mins Lucretia Martel is one of the most talented and critically acclaimed filmmakers working in independent cinema today. Her hypnotic, mysterious and deeply immersive films have reached far beyond Salta, the tropicalnorth-eastern province where she grew up and where all her films are set. The Headless Woman is the third in her Salta film trilogy (The Swamp, The Holy Girl) that adopts an intense, near hallucinatory first-person perspective; the story concerns a successful dentist uncertain what to do when she runs over a dog or could it have been the dog’s owner? In tune with the heroine’s intense anxiety and post-traumatic state of mind, the story lingers on the puzzling clues that slither into a fog of guilt and denial. Possibly her darkest and most acutely political statement, the film offers a modern exploration of the female psyche as well as a pointed critique of class inequality and bourgeois indifference.  With an introduction by Selina Robertson, Club Des Femmes FACEBOOK EVENT:https://www.facebook.com/events/657808187606535/

28 June || PRIDE IN LONDON PARADE @ From Baker Street to Trafalgar Square.More than 180 groups are taking part in this year’s Parade . There will be a whole week of activities and events in the run up to the big day, so stay in touch by following PRIDE LONDON on Twitter, Liking us on Facebook or adding your details to ‘Join in’ below and we’ll keep you posted by email. FULL PROGRAMME: http://prideinlondon.org/whats-on/2014/parade/#sthash.mFLKCQGl.dpuf

28 June @ PROUDWOMEN – Official London Pride Afterparty@ Adam Street Club, WC2N 6AA. ProudWomen are incredibly excited to announce the Official Women’s After Party headline DJs are the incredible Maze & Masters, regulars at London clubs Fire, Protocol and Gravity; they are big on the festival scene with high profile spots at Secret Garden Party, Bestival, Brighton Pride Wild Fruit Tent & Girlie Circuit Barcelona this year. Hosted at the stunning and exclusive Adam Street Private Members’ Club, 4 rooms; 3 bars; 2 floors and all a stone’s throw from Trafalgar Square and Soho. Advance tickets on sale now at £17.50. Tickets will be available (subject to availability) on the door at £20. 7.30pm – 3.00am. MORE INFO:http://prideinlondon.org/whats-on/2014/proudwomen-official-party/

29 June || Women Artists & The Second World War @ Tate Britain, Grand Saloon.What contribution did women artists make during the Second World War? Why is their work not widely discussed or acknowledged? Join art historian Dr Alicia Foster as we explore the role of women artists, their contribution to the war effort, and the gendered power struggles that occurred and still occur. Using Foster’s novel Warpaint – which features Kenneth Clark as a character – as a starting point, we will delve into his position as Chairman of the War Artists Advisory Committee and what that meant for women artists.14.00pm – 15.30pm £10, £8 concessions Book here                                  MORE INFO: http://goo.gl/ss82KR

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

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 scotwomenslib@gmail.com 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/

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

Over and Out,

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

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,

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

SIATC *UPDATE* DECEMBER 2013

The Suffragette1

SIATC *UPDATE* DECEMBER 2013

Dear Teacups,

Its that time of the year again and looking back it’s been another landmark year for Feminism in the UK with many finally heralding the fourth wave of feminism. With campaigns like Lose the Lads Mags and No More Page 3 covered by mainstream media and opening up a debate across the country including fantastic support from UK universities. Debate and awareness around FGM has gained momentum this year and just this week GirlGuiding UK published a report on what girls think about Equality in the UK today. The report was based on a survey of more than 1,200 girls and young women aged seven to twenty one and found that sexisim is still widespread in the UK and affects “most aspects” of the lives of girls and young women. Read the full report here. If anything the report highlights the ingrained sexism in our society and how it affects our young girls – as feminists we have so much to fight for, and still a long way to go to progress the media, culture and society for all young women, no matter what background, ethnicity and sexuality. Despite all this so much progress is being made and so many more young women identify as being a feminist. Let us all keep making waves in the areas we specialise, get involved in activism on a local level and keep feminist issues in the spotlight in 2014!

In June this 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.

This 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

From the 25th of November until the 10th of December there are lots of local events happening across the country in support of The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign. 16-Days is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute conference sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. Over 2,000 organizations in approximately 156 countries have participated in the 16 Days Campaign since 1991. This year’s theme is “Let’s challenge militarism and end violence against women”. There are lots of ways to get involved whether you want to go along to a local event or raise awareness within your own networks –Amnesty International have some great resources and activist toolkit available on their website. There are lots of events happening locally across the country.   Please see below a list of events for 16 Days – coming up in December. For a full Calendar of Events please visit Womensgrid

LONDON

December is normally a quiet month for our SIATC listings but there are lots of feminist friendly events happening this December. Get your Christmas presents at BUST magazine’s annual Bust Craftacular at York Hall in Bethnal Green on Sunday 8th of December, with 65 stalls of the hottest of craft and homemade with DJs. The Gender Institute at London School of Economics co-hosts the Feminist Review annual panel discussion on representations of feminism in the media on the 10th of December. Also don’t miss “NOT FOR SALE” an event at The Feminist Library on the 2nd of December exploring fighting sexism in advertising and toys with an appearance from member of the French feminist collective CCP.

FEMINIST ACTIVISM

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED                                                      

THE FEMINIST REVIEW: Submit your papers on “The politics of austerity” Feminist Review is calling for articles and Open Space pieces for a special issue on ‘The Politics of Austerity’. The financial and economic crises of the last four years, together with an ascendance of conservative politics, have had far-reaching material and discursive consequences in regards to deepening social and economic inequalities. As capitalism seeks to reinvent itself in order to survive a crisis of its own making, austerity politics exacerbate divides of class, gender, race, ethnicity and disability at local, regional and global levels. In this special themed issue, we invite contributions that will provide new feminist analyses of the origins, modalities and effects of this contemporary economic, political and social crisis.

PDF DOC: Please read the full Call for Papers [PDF,22KB] for details on suggested submission topics.                                                                                           DEADLINE: 15 December 2013.                                                                                           MORE INFO: http://www.feminist-review.com/

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

FREE PUSSY RIOT Support the Russian feminist punk group, who have been handed a 2 year sentence for hooliganism and religious hatred. Find out how to support;                                                                                                                                                    FOR LATEST NEWS & DONATE: http://freepussyriot.org/

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

OPEN SUBMISSIONS | GET INVOLVED                                                    

SKY ARTS FUTURES FUND @ IDEAS-TAP 5 x £30,000 bursaries available for artists, musicians, practitioners, producers and writers (aged 18-30) DEADLINE: 6 December 2013                                                                                         MORE INFO: http://www.ideastap.com/Opportunities/Brief/Sky-061213#Overview

PERFORMANCE ART LAB We will explore the theme of Alice in wonderless (Franca Rame), the feminine voice, ritual and sexuality. We aim to present participants with an opportunity to create a 7 minutes solo/ duet or group performance by the end of three days of work where we will discover the body, its infant memories, fears, and understanding of gender, its playfulness and hedonistic movement. A physical approach to text and character combined with composition of movement through external and internal stimuli, to create a language of collaboration between the fields of dance and theatre, the concrete and abstract. HOW TO APPLY: anabaldas2002@yahoo.com                       DEADLINE 15th December 2013

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 DECEMBER

1 December || Queer Zine Fest @ Space Station Sixty-Five, SE11 4PS      FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/160624710775600/                                                MORE INFO:http://queerzinefestlondon.tumblr.com/

1 December || ELF Presents; Sarah Lucas – Free Exhibition Tour @ Whitechapel Gallery. Poppy Bowers, co-curator of the outstanding Sarah Lucas show is kindly giving ELF a personal tour of the exhibition.Exploring the bawdy euphemisms, repressed truths, erotic delights and sculptural possibilities of the sexual body, the exhibition takes us from Lucas’s 1990s’ foray into the salacious perversities of British tabloid journalism to the London premiere of her sinuous, light reflecting bronzes.. Please email – events@eastlondonfawcett.org.uk to register for a place. Very limited places for this event! MORE INFO:http://eastlondonfawcett.org.uk/events.html

1 December – 21 December ||  Inspirational Women North East: An Exhibition, Newcastle upon Tyne. A portrait exhibition featuring the work of photographers Bryony Bainbridge and Kami Dodds, celebrating the achievements of women who have played a vital role within the North East including politician Mo Mowlam, suffragette Emily Davison and explorer Gertrude Bell MORE INFO: http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/hatton-gallery/whats-on/exhibitions/inspirational-women-north-east.html

2 December || NOT FOR SALE: Fighting Sexism in Advertising and Toys @ The Feminist Library. Both the advertising and toy industries are powerful tools in the subjugation of women and shaping ideas of femininity. The former spreads the lies that women are inferior objects and commodities to be consumed, while the latter indoctrinates girls to accept roles of passivity and submission. What can be done to resist that? The Feminist Library is hosting an event with members of the French feminist collective CCP (Collectif Contre le Publisexisme – the Collective Against Sexism Through Advertising), which, since 2001, has fought against sexism in advertising and toys using a variety of tactics. The collective prioritises direct action (with sit-ins in department stores and sticker bombing poster ads, among others), and have produced two books of theory and research to back their actions. 6.30pm onwards.                           FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/596284507093456/

2 December || Feminisms in Scotland : Our Journey @ University of Edinburgh, Trevoit Lecture Theatre, Medical School.  Feminisms in Scotland. Our journey” . Feminism is a huge umbrella term, and one size doesn’t fit all. So what does feminism mean to individuals? How can we learn from each other? What does it mean to work in solidarity? And how do we be a movement that moves? In this evening panel discussion, co-hosted with Edinburgh University Students’ Association, we’ll hear from feminist activists sharing their experiences of feminism and campaigning. Attendees will have the opportunity to take part in a Q&A session to explore issues raised. 6pm -8pm. FREE                 MORE INFO: http://www.scottishwomensaid.org.uk/news-events/events/feminisms-scotland-our-journey

4 December || Martha Mosse: Body Sculpture @ Debut Contemporary, Nottinghill. Body Sculpture is an innovative performative installation lasting 2 hours. An analysis of the female form striving for perfection, the work is a feminist exploration of the lack of control women have over their own bodies in contemporary society and examines how the ideal of perfection is used to oppress, define and limit women’s individuality and personality in the 21st century. 7.30pm -10pm. MORE INFO: http://www.debutcontemporary.com/artists/martha-mosse/#.UptHY8TwnSl

4 December || Dykes! Ditch those Dungarees: Lesbians do Fashion @ Bishopsgate Institute, EC2M 4QH. Lesbian fashion. A misnomer? Surely, lesbians don’t do fashion. But contrary to perception, clothing and style have been a crucial part of establishing an identity for women who love women. But if what we wear says who we are, can we be sure we’re all talking in the same dialect or could we be misread? And is it possible to be outside the language of fashion?Speakers include Melanie Rickey (fashioneditoratlarge.com) and Campbell X (Film Director/writer). Live and Let Louche in partnership with the Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive (LAGNA). Tickets: £7, £5 conc.                                   FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/432015683576488/

5 December || Clam Jam @ Dalston Superstore, E8 2PB. Fourth “Christmas Special” Instalment of the Joyous Lesbo Gathering that Is cLAM jAM, Every First Thursday of the Month in Dalston Superstore. FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/615583315167407

5 December ||  Fundraiser for Edinburgh Women’s Rape &  Sexual Abuse Centre, Edinburgh University.Edinburgh Women’s Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre is going through a massive funding crisis, has a 12 month waiting list & is at risk of losing 75% of its funding next year. On the 5th of December we are having a fundraising & awareness raising event through the Ragged University as part of the 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence Against Women Campaign. This will take place at Edinburgh Uni & includes a Ted style talk & a charity auction with over 50 prizes.                                                                  FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.ewrasac.org.uk/

6 December || TEDx Whitehall Women -@ BAFTA, London. TEDx Whitehall Women will explore the theme ‘Invented Here’ and speakers will be invited to explore how women and girls are reshaping the future.We’ll hear from women who are innovating in business, social enterprise and government; and women who have reinvented themselves or their organisations. Participants will come away with ideas, inspiration and connections to help them in their personal and professional lives. MORE INFO: http://www.tedxwhitehallwomen.com

8 December || Bust Christmas Craftacular @ York Hall, Bethnal Green. Over 65 stalls of the very hottest in handmade. Craft Workshops and DJs! From 12.00pm- 6.00pm. £2.00 admission                                                                    FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/572877636115743/

10 December || Feminist Review Annual Panel: Women in the Media @ The Gender Institute, LSE. This panel will interrogate current representations of feminism in the media and share suggestions about avenues of intervention. Natalie Hanman is the editor of Comment is Free at theguardian.com. Lola Okolosie is a writer, teacher and prominent member of Black Feminists. Tracey Reynolds is a reader in social and policy research at London South Bank University. 6.00pm-8.00pm MORE INFO: http://www.lse.ac.uk/publicEvents/events/2013/12/20131210t1830vSZT.aspx

11 December || n.paradoxa feminist art salon @ Beaconsfield, SE11 6AY.    n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal (a specialist visual arts journal, published in London: http://www.ktpress.co.uk) has started a regular monthly salon in London for women artists, writers and curators. The salon is a networking and exchange event for contemporary women artists (visual arts), writers, critics and curators who readily identify themselves with feminist art practices and would like to discuss feminist ideas, recent and/or future opportunities and art projects.TICKETS: http://www.ktpress.co.uk/salon.asp  MORE INFO: ktpress@ktpress.co.uk

12 December – 28 February || ‘Transformer: Aspects of Travesty’ @ Richard Saltoun Gallery, W1W 6RY. On the 40th anniversary of ‘Transformer: Aspects of Travesty’ – a groundbreaking show curated by Jean-Christophe Ammann in 1974 – Richard Saltoun Gallery announces a re-proposition of the original exhibition, that will reunite all the artists, in London. This is the first such reunion to commemorate the exhibition which deals with the aesthetics of desire and sexuality through travesty and drag performance. 6pm- 8pm                                                                                                                               FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/204540389730477/

14 December || Club Debbie – Lady Gaga Party @ Resistance Gallery, Bethnal Green. DEBBIE is a Female-Fronted Rock Pop Indie Electro Big Gay Dance-Party for Everyone. Rock Chicks, Girl Groups, Disco Divas, Witchy Women. 10pm – 3.00pm.                                                                                                                  FACEBOOK EVENT:  https://www.facebook.com/events/171793549695869

16 December || She Grrrowls: Birth :@  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: BIRTH HOSTED BY SOPHIA BLACKWELL,POETRY FROM SOPHIE FENELLA ROBINS AND AMY ACRE, COMEDY FROM BISHA ALI, MUSIC FROM TONIA THORNE. £5.00. 7.30pm – 10.30pm                                                                                                  FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/532308006849864

16 December || Fundraiser for Rape Crisis South London @ Old Blue Last, London. Featuring music from Bat & Ball, Oh Boy, Katie Malco and Girls Get Busy DJs. £5.00 on door.                                                                                                 FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/305914566213768/

20 December || So Tough! So Cute! @ Waiting Room, Stoke Newington. Indiepop, Soul, Pop Punk & Girl-Groups. So Tough! So Cute! returns to London and the Waiting Room to raid the top shelf cookie jar filled with handpicked roarin’ soul sounds, arse kicking teen queens and girl-groups, jangly twee as fuck indiepop, rioting grrrls, snotty garage pop. £4.00 entry. 10pm – 4am. FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/418590541576352/

31 December || Traumfrau New Year’s Eve Extravaganza @ Phoenix, Brighton. 7:30pm Italian Folk Aperitivo – eat with the traumfrau family to welcome the new year – free Italian food and live folk music! Meanwhile: BUNTY: free vocal improv workshop – join in and be part of the show later! 9:00pm – 4:30am: A Queer Dancefloor – that’s when the serious fun begins 11.00pm -Live: Bunty. TICKETS: £7/9                                                                                   FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/46821043996663

31 December || Girl Germs New Year’s Eve party @ Power Lunches, E8 4AE. Bands: Shopping, My Therapist Says Hot Damn, Giant Burger, Actual Crimes. DJs: Girl Germs, Don’t Dance Her Down Boys, Vampire Sushi. 9pm -4am .£10.00 FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1383078671933740/

COMING UP IN JANUARY

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

Over and Out,

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

The Gender Institute & Feminist Review | Annual Panel Discussion: Feminism in the Media @ LSE

FeministReview

The Gender Institute, LSE & Feminist Review co-host Annual Panel Discussion; Feminism in the Media

Date: Tuesday 10 December 2013
Time: 6-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Natalie Hanman, Lola Okolosie, Tracey Reynolds
Chair: Dr Sadie Wearing

This panel will interrogate current representations of feminism in the media and share suggestions about avenues of intervention.

Natalie Hanman is the editor of Comment is Free at theguardian.com. Lola Okolosie is a writer, teacher and prominent member of Black Feminists. Tracey Reynolds is a reader in social and policy research at London South Bank University.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEfeminism

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries email events@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 6043.

Media queries: please contact the Press Office if you would like to request a press seat or have a media query about this event, email LSE.Press.Events@lse.ac.uk. Please note that press seats are usually allocated at least 24 hours before each event.

From time to time there are changes to event details so we strongly recommend that if you plan to attend this event you check back on this listing on the day of the event.

MORE INFOhttp://www.lse.ac.uk/publicEvents/events/2013/12/20131210t1830vSZT.aspx