Archive for 10 February 2012

Women and Media: Representations Past and Present 2012 – Belfast ~ 9th-10th March 2012

The ‘Women and Media Conference: Representations Past and Present 2012′ is the annual postgraduate conference of the First Mondays Research Forum at Queen’s University Belfast. This forum acts as a meeting place fro academics interested in gender and sexuality studies.

This year’s conference aims to open a dialogue about the conflicting influences of the press on the daily lives of women. It will provide a platform for discussion about such diverse subjects as: the ojectification of women; the pornification of culture; women and power in the media; the victimisation and vilification of women; the cult of celebrity; the influence of blogging and social networking; politics; the treatment of gendered issues such as rape and abortion.

All academics and activists with an interest in gender studies are invited to attend. If you would like to present your work, please see our call for papers.

We can be contacted here:

You can register for the conference here :

Conference registration is £10.

You can also pay for the conference dinner, at £25. The dinner menu will be confirmed soon.

Full information available at:

For more background information see Call for Papers (deadline now past) at


10 February 2012 at 8:01 pm

Sussex International Women’s Day – ‘ARE WE WINNING’ ~ 10th March 2012

10am-4pm at the Laburnum Centre,
Lyon Street, Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO21 1UX

A FREE day for women and girls
(boys under 12, all children must be accompanied by an adult)

We welcome volunteers for the organising committee and on the day

Provisional plans for the day

Upstairs – Therapy/Pamper Room
• Indian Head Massage, Binky Slade
• Sussex Healers, Rosemary Isherwood plus two more healers – 10am – 2.30pm
• Touch for Health, Sheila Gibbons
• Nutritionist, Maria Griffiths

Art and Craft Room
• Various, Lyn Leese
• Card Making, Maggie
• Beadwork, Maureen Taylor

• Sexuality and Feminine Power Workshop with Annabell and Selene from The Goddess Foundation
• Laughter Workshop with Lisa from Laughter Lines coaching
• Chanting Workshop, Chandra Chanters
• Singing workshop with Mel

• Mary Knight and her wonderful accordion music
• Storytelling from U3A – morning Stories relating to women, Stella Porter
• Morgana – Belly dancing

Information Stands
• Amnesty International
• Sussex International Women’s Day
• The Goddess Foundation
• Nyodema – Fighting poverty with music
• Unison (West Sussex branch)

For more information and contacts and to check for updates go to

10 February 2012 at 7:53 pm

On Thursday 8th March – International Women’s Day – there are a series of events at Brecon Cathedral

5 p.m. a talk by the Cathedral Sacristan, Jan Roberts, who has worked there for 12 years making and tending the special robes the clergy wear -the Cathedral Vestments. An unusual and informative talk about the significance of the colours, why they change and the robes themselves.

6 p.m. the International Women’s Day Special Service also held in the Cathedral. The Director of Music, Mark Duthie, will be playing the organ and there will be prayers and readings.

After the talk and the service, participants are invited to a Special Supper in Pilgrims Restaurant in the Cathedral Close. (From 6.30). Tickets are £10 for 2 courses and £12 for 2 courses with wine. For supper queries and to book your place call the restaurant on 01874 610610.

For further information please call the Cathedral Office on 01874 623857

10 February 2012 at 7:40 pm

Every Woman’s Right to Learn – International Women’s Day Conference London – NIACE ~ 8th March 2012

Central Hall Westminster, Storey’s Gate, Westminster, London SW1H 9NH

Imagine a world where the ambitions, dreams, talents and skills of girls and women are not limited by the barriers they face simply because they were born female. Imagine how the world would benefit from all their energy, creativity, brain power, passion, and ‘know how’. Continuing gender inequality is an unacceptable source of large-scale injustice. But it’s also an unacceptable waste of women’s hidden potential. We know things can, and should, work differently and that learning is the key to unlocking a better future. That’s our vision. We hope it will be yours and that you’ll join us in making it a reality.

NIACE has a long history of supporting women’s right to learn through our research, publications and events and last year organised an event that celebrated the 100th International Women’s Day. Women started drafting a manifesto for women’s access to learning at this event and worked through the year to produce Every Woman’s Right to Learn which is being launched at this event.

The gender gap has undoubtedly narrowed since the first International Women’s Day in 1911. Women have made gains in many spheres of life – economic, political, health, educational – but there is still much more to do to win full equality. Moreover, in a climate of funding cuts and continuing economic uncertainty, there is a danger that some of this progress, and particularly the essential services that support it, will be lost as the poorest people, families and therefore, women, are hardest hit.

Learning provides a route for women of all ages and backgrounds to find and fulfil their potential, whether it is at work, in their communities, or in discovering a creative talent or passion. It enables them to become leaders, to inspire others, to get things done and make changes in all spheres of life. Learning opens doors to employment, to progress at work, and better paid jobs with better conditions. Many women already benefit from adult learning and we celebrate their achievements. But many still don’t participate or have access to the advice, guidance and support they need to take up and get the most out of what’s available. You are warmly invited to join us in celebrating women’s achievements through learning and building the movement for Every Woman’s Right to Learn.

The conference aims to:
* To launch A Woman’s Right to Learn – a manifesto for women’s learning – and kick start activity to protect existing opportunities for women’s learning, and create more of them
* To gather materials (learning, campaigning, research…) to help us all take action to achieve the Manifesto’s ambitions
* To stimulate new thinking, practical ideas, creative solutions to building a better future for women in adult learning
* To celebrate women’s achievements through learning and inspire us all think more about how adult learning can address women’s inequality

Event Information
* Arrival and registration is at 10.15am for a 10:45am start. The event will end with tea at 3:20pm
* Event fee per person: £35
* Free bursary places for learners and learning support staff. Places can be applied for by explaining your circumstances via email to
* (includes sandwich lunch, tea/coffee)
* NB: NIACE does not charge VAT on conference or course fees.

Contact: NIACE Events Team ( Tel: 0116 204 2833

See also:
* NIACE is co-ordinating a manifesto for women’s learning. We hope you support our vision whoever and wherever you are – Read
* Download a copy of the Manifesto (Word, 32KB) from

10 February 2012 at 7:30 pm

RCN to Celebrate International Women’s Day – London ~ 8th March 2012

The Royal College of Nursing is set to celebrate International Women’s Day, which takes place on 8 March.

The RCN Diversity Unit will host an evening reception from 5:30pm to 7pm at RCN HQ, 20 Cavendish Square in London, and members are invited to come and learn about the work of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) (Doctors Without Borders) and Women for Women International.

MSF is an independent international medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid in more than 60 countries to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters or exclusion from health care.

Women for Women is a non-governmental organisation working with socially excluded women in eight countries where war and conflict have devastated lives and communities.

Come and hear from Alison Criado-Perez, an experienced Médecins Sans Frontières nurse, who will share her experiences of working with MSF to deliver expert nursing care from the centre of stricken combat zones. Alison has served in the Central African Republic, Uganda, Colombia, Nigeria and most recently in Libya.

To reserve your place at the reception, please email the RCN Diversity Team. Another key part of the day’s celebrations will be the “Join me on the bridge” event, organised by Women for Women International.

RCN members are being encouraged to join the event between 10.30am and 2pm on the south side of the Millennium Bridge in London.

Those attending will march across the river, and towards the Royal Festival Hall. Entertainment will be provided along the route and will be followed by the launch of WOW – Women of the World 2012. This is an annual festival that presents, celebrates and recognises women from all walks of life.

This is your opportunity to stand in solidarity with women united in taking a stand for peace and women’s equality.

Email the Diversity Team to advise the RCN if you are able to attend bridge event.

Read more about Women for Women International at and about MSF at

Check for updates and contacts at

10 February 2012 at 7:14 pm

International Women’s Day – Get together for women worldwide – Oxfam ~ 8th March 2012

Get together with friends on International Women’s Day and raise money to support women around the world.

We’ll give you everything you need to make organising your event simple and a huge success – so you can just focus on catching up with your friends!

Sign up for your fundraising pack!

Get together…

At home – Dinner party, coffee and cake or a movie night…

At work – Cake sale, get together lunch …

In the community – Local gig, a ceilidh, an aerobics class …

Out and about – Hold events in your favourite local cafe…

More details at

10 February 2012 at 7:09 pm

On song for Women’s Day – Newcastle Soroptomists ~ 8th March 2012

Tickets have gone on sale for a musical event to celebrate the success of women.

The Newcastle branch of the Soroptomist International club is to host the evening which will include performances from musicians and choirs from across Staffordshire.

Among the highlights will be songs by Songbirds, the Castle Centenary Choir and Knutton’s St Mary’s Primary School Choir.

The aim of the musical evening is to support International Women’s Day – an annual event which celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women.

The event is taking place at St Giles Church, in Church Street, Newcastle, on Thursday, March 8 from 7.30pm.

Admission is £3 which includes refreshments.

Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Julia House women’s refuge.

To book, call Helen Russell on 07593 351190 or Polly Greig on 01782 395358.

10 February 2012 at 7:05 pm

red women’s symbol with black continents


International Women's Day!March 8th, 2012
IWD is celebrated all over the world on 8th March

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