Category Archives: The Gender Institute

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

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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

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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:.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

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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;

Become a Member                                                                                                                          Follow on Twitter                                                                                                                                  Like on Facebook                                                                                                                                  Join the Mailinglist

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

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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.

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