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Engender’s National Conference, Women in Scotland 2012 – The Big Picture ~ 8th March 2012

Engender’s one-day conference on International Women’s Day will bring people from across Scotland together to reflect on our progress towards gender equality.

Held in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, 10am-4.30pm (Registration 9.30am), the event is an opportunity to hear speakers and take part in discussions around; gender budgeting, occupational segregation, welfare reform and poverty, childcare, women in the economy, criminal justice system and rights legislation, trafficking and prostitution, child poverty, women and enterprise, care, rural women, temporary special measures, women in political and public life, stereotyping and cultural prejudices, gender and asylum, equality before the law, violence against women, older women and more….

The learning from the day will inform Engender’s next submission to the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

We’re delighted to have Jean Urquhart MSP opening the day, which will be chaired by broadcaster and journalist Lesley Riddoch. Speakers include Professor Ailsa MacKay, Catherine Stihler MEP, Maggie Kelly, Morag Gillespie, Linda Somerville and Dr Fiona MacKay. The day will offer the opportunity to discuss and debate the issues with panel and breakout sessions and we will be introducing our ‘superhero for women’ – our animated film on CEDAW.

Please note:
* This is a FREE event with a £50 ‘no-show’ charge for those who register and fail to attend on the day.
* Tickets are fully transferable – to avoid the no show fee, transfer your ticket to another person or return your ticket/booking to Engender by 1st March.

To book a place:
* Register online at or contact or call 0131 558 9596



2 February 2012 at 8:10 pm

Manchester Women To Make Music For IWD ~ 4th March 2012

Women of all ages are invited to record, design and produce an album from start to finish with local female musicians

MUSIC is the universal language that unites people. It knows no boundaries, and it’s for that reason this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) is using the power of music to engage more young women in the annual celebration.

“We want women to come along and participate and leave the event with new aspirations, more skills, greater confidence and a positive outlook.”

Founded in 1910, women’s activist Clara Zetkin first proposed the idea of an International Women’s Day to celebrate women’s achievements and raise awareness of women’s issues.Clara ZetkinClara Zetkin

Her idea was gradually taken up by a range of women’s groups, trades unions, socialist societies and working women’s clubs. The Women’s Day movement went from strength to strength, spreading around the world and this year the event takes place on Thursday 8 March.

An interactive programme of events is being planned in Manchester as part of 56 events taking place around the UK for IWD.

In Manchester, there will be an emphasis on women working in the music industry. As part of the celebrations, women in the city are being asked to design and produce an album from start to finish with the help of local female musicians on Sunday 4 March, 11am-6pm at Manchester Town Hall.

Coordinated by a local grassroots music and community group, Un-Convention, the Great Hall will be turned into a fully operational studio space where young women can get involved in music production and learn about the music industry from experienced women in the industry including radio DJs, record label directors, sound crew and festival organisers.

There will also be panels featuring key women in music including Julie Weir (Visible Noise), Hannah Overton (XL Recordings), Kerry Harvey-Piper (Cherry Red Records), Jo Good (BBC 6 Music), Viv Albertine (The Slits) plus many more. There will also be a practical element, including design, screen printing and digital workshops.Jo Good Bbc 6 MusicJo Good Bbc 6 Music

Inspiring Futures is the overarching theme of IWD 2012 and all the activities at the event will support, inspire and develop women’s skills.

Councillor Suzanne Richards, lead member for women’s issues at Manchester City Council said: “We have gone for a totally new approach to this year’s event working in partnership with the Co-operative Group, MediaCity UK, the Pankhurst centre and the voluntary sector.

“I have been overwhelmed by the number of people, business and organisations volunteering their support and services. We are all working together to make this year’s event a positive, engaging and most of all inspiring experience for young women in our city. Its girl power in action.”We want women to come along and participate and leave the event with new aspirations, more skills, greater confidence and a positive outlook to help support them in whatever their next steps in life are.”Hannah Overton Xl RecordingsHannah Overton Xl Recordings

Ruth Daniels from Un- Convention said “Women face many challenges in music and media and we hope this event will go some way to redress the inequalities.”

All the activities on the day will be incorporated into rooms with the themes: recognise, represent and resolve. There will be opportunities to learn new skills, speak to influential women and get advice on employment and training, as well as recording your own album of course. For more information on getting involved in this event please go to


2 February 2012 at 7:56 pm

Oxford International Women’s Festival 2012

1st – 13th March (Main Event on International Women’s Day, 8th March.)

The theme for the 2012 Festival is Equality and Diversity, which celebrates our rich cultural diversity, and allows us to share experiences and to recognise women’s local and global contributions.

See here for a list of all events taking place during the Festival. Programmes are available free of charge at venues throughout the city (from February 2012).

Please join us for the Main Event on International Women’s Day, 8th March, Oxford Town Hall, where there will be stalls and performances throughout the day.

We hope you enjoy the exciting, educational and inspirational events during this year’s Festival.

Check for updates and contacts at

2 February 2012 at 7:36 pm

Join us on the Bridge for IWD!

Join me on the Bridge is the coming together of women worldwide, united in taking a stand for PEACE and EQUALITY.

Now in its third year, Join me on the Bridge is the biggest women’s rights campaign in the world today. What started as a gathering of Rwandan and Congolese women on the bridge connecting their two countries has sparked what is today a massive global movement.

Last year, on International Women’s Day, 8th March, over 75,000 people joined together on 464 bridges in 70 countries. To find out more about the campaign go to or watch this short clip.

By joining the campaign you will be linking with business women all around the world and those supported by Women for Women’s programmes in post conflict countries, which offer job skills training and comprehensive business services to enable women to start and manage their own small businesses. We would love to join forces with Women in London for International Women’s Day, 8th March showing the world the strength of more and more women coming together.

What can you do on 8th March 2012?

It would be amazing if you could organise a bridge campaign event. It’s a simple campaign idea of marching or standing together on a bridge, holding your message and uploading these to the campaign site. It works whether there are three of you, or 3000! Click here to find out how to organise a bridge event.

It’s really simple for you to adapt your event as you like. Over the past three years we have collaborated with over 50 different organisations, including Oxfam, The White Ribbon Alliance, Code Pink, the Soroptimists and the Women’s Institute.

You can register and upload your event direct on the campaign site here

The campaign had such a strong impact on women in war-torn countries, where Women for Women work. Last year for the first time we had events in Afghanistan and Iraq. Women who took part in these marches on bridges knew the personal risks they were taking – in Kabul there was a bomb explosion nearby but the women were determined to continue. They felt so empowered that they were able to express their messages of peace and hope, and they were strengthened in the knowledge that thousands of women and men around the world were likewise standing on a bridge alongside them.

Together we can build the bridges of peace and hope for our future.

2 February 2012 at 7:04 pm

Walk in Her Shoes Campaign

Imagine if you had to walk for hours every day, often in very dangerous situations. You must carry an average load of 20 kg – the equivalent to the UK’s average luggage allowance – simply to survive.

For many women and girls that’s a reality.

Collecting water, firewood and other basic necessities are responsibilities that usually fall upon women and girls in the developing world. This leaves little time to attend school, access health services or earn money to support their families.

Watch the video:

Walk for charity – Walk in her shoes

To support CARE’s work with women and girls and to celebrate International Women’s Day, 8 March 2012, we are challenging you to Walk In Her Shoes:
* Choose one week in March and walk 10,000 steps (approximately five miles) each day of that week. The average person in the UK walks less than two miles a day
* Aim to raise £100 for your efforts to help support CARE’s work with women and girls

We will support you every step of the way, with advice on fundraising and how to fit more exercise into your day. We will also send you a t-shirt and a pedometer so you can track your steps. Sign up today!

Make a difference by walking for charity

Women and girls in developing countries are disproportionately affected by poverty, but they can succeed when they have the right tools and resources. That is why CARE works with women and girls to improve access to healthcare and education, build water and sanitation facilities, and to increase opportunities to help women earn a living. Supporters in Canada and Australia will also be taking on this challenge. Please help us to spread the word by telling people you know in these countries.

Check for updates at

2 February 2012 at 6:54 pm

Manchester Women’s Aid event for IWD – expressions of interest sought by 10th February 2012

Manchester Women’s Aid are holding an event to celebrate International Women’s Day on Thursday 8th March 2012. This is a ‘save the date’ email to ask initial interest, there will be publicity to follow shortly.

The event is taking place between 10:00am-3:00pm at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester and we hope to provide a creche.

Whilst we are currently fine tuning the details, we would like to invite your organisation to come to the event and bring a group of young women.

This is a women only event.

Also if you feel there is anyone who would benefit from volunteering on the day, please get in contact as we have a variety of roles they could help with.

We will be delivering a series of 5 workshops on a carousel basis. The workshops will be delivered in partnership with Brook, LGBT Youth North West, Feminist Webs and the Roots Project and we aim to create a positive atmosphere in which young women can reflect on what it means to be a woman in society today and find out more about support services in the city of Manchester.

Attendees will have the opportunity to recognise and develop their creative skills through artistic workshops and focus on raising their self-esteem during a workshop on Living Life to the Full delivered by MWA’s Mental Health Worker. In addition to the workshops, other groups will be invited to hold a stall during the event or send publicity to promote their service.

The focus of one of the workshops will be the creation of an animation entitled I am … Women are … . In which all attendees will be encouraged to write a statement about women on the palm of their hand, that represents the many skills and strengths of women. The women’s hands will then be photographed individually and pieced together to make a stop motion animation. The animation will later be displayed as part of an International Women’s Day exhibition at the People’s History Museum, facilitated by Feminist Webs.

We intend to create a participatory event in which women will be able to take tokens home including an empowerment badge and an alternative self-portrait photograph of themselves. Some of these may also be chosen for the exhibition at the People’s History Museum and all women who attend our event will be invited to the exhibition which starts on the Saturday 10th the March.

If you are interested in attending and bringing a group of young women please respond to this email to by Friday 10th February with a provisional number of young women you would like to bring and if they require a creche place.

As this is a women only event the youth worker/Tutor would also have to be female.

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you soon. Publicity and itinerary will follow.

There may be the option of a stall too, so get in touch if this is something you are interested in.


Manchester Women’s Aid

2 February 2012 at 5:41 pm

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