Archive for 18 February 2012

Women and the Cuts – Northern TUC Women’s Committee – Newcastle ~ 8th March 2012

The reality behind austerity and the negative impact on women

The unfairness of the government’s attacks on the public sector has been widely recognised, not just by the trade union movement, but by much of the national press, the NGO and charity sector, community groups, religious organisations, many academics, and a range of think tanks.

On an almost daily basis, the government announces new policies that will have a negative impact upon women. The abolition of the Women’s National Commission, cut backs and a review of the functions of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and cuts to legal aid are just a few examples of recent government announcements, before and since the CSR, which will have a direct, negative effect on women.

The labour market statistics for Sept 2011 revealed
* Unemployment amongst North East women is at its highest since records began.
* The number of women claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance is at its highest level since 1996.
* Women now make up 33.9% of JSA claimants – the highest proportion since the data began in 1983.
* The number of women made redundant increased 72.3% on the previous quarter.
* 295,000 women have been unemployed for over 12 months, the highest level since Sep – Nov 1994
* 120,000 women have been unemployed for over 24 months, the highest since 1996.
* 701,000 women in involuntary part-time work are the highest figures since 1992.
* There are 1,347,000 women who are economically inactive who said they wanted jobs, an increase of 49,000 – the largest increase since 1992.

This International Women’s Day, have your say!

Join with other women from all over the region to fight back against the unfair, unmitigated and unneccessary cuts that are plunging women back into unemployment, poverty and 2nd class citizen status.

The meeting will also launch the TUC’s ‘Women and the cuts Toolkit’ and discuss a programme of work to highlight the continuing impact of austerity on women.

* Sally Young: Chief Executive of Newcastle Council for Voluntary Services
* Catherine McKinnell: MP for Newcastle North
* Clare Williams: Chair, Northern TUC Women’s Group

Thursday 8 March 2012
* The Collingwood Room, Civic Centre Newcastle upon Tyne.
* From 5.00pm to 7.00pm. Drinks and canapés from 5.30pm

RSVP Melanie Lowden: or call: 0191 232 3175

Registration closing date 2 March 2012

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18 February 2012 at 8:40 pm

Stand Up Women – A comedy night in aid of Amnesty International to mark International Women’s Day – London ~ 9th March 2012

Come to The Bedford in Balham on Friday 9th March at 7:30pm

With performances from award-winning comedian Lara King and Sara Pascoe – Channel 4’s Stand Up For The Week regular


Tickets £10 Concessions £8

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Limited tickets on the door

18 February 2012 at 8:16 pm

International Women’s Day Celebration – Chester Women’s Aid – 4th March 2012

From 11am – 4pm at Hoole Community Centre, Westminster Road, Hoole, Chester

Come along to a fun packed day organised by Chester Women’s Aid with market stalls, workshops, entertainment, bric-a-brac, raffle, children’s activities, information on local charities and groups, a crèche and a fab cafe!

We have sign language interpreters and it’s fully accessible. There’s something for everyone!

Free entry and everyone welcome

18 February 2012 at 7:53 pm

Meet us at the Co-operative’s Women’s Day – London ~ 3rd March 2012

The Co-operative is celebrating the UN International Year of Co-operatives by hosting a women’s day in partnership with CARE International.

The day will showcase a number of organisations and groups that particularly assist women both in the UK and internationally. There will be a range of speakers, as well a number of stalls where you can find out more about how to get involved.

We’ll be there to show you how you can join our campaign to mark International Women’s day, Walk In Her Shoes supported by the South East Co-operative membership. We’re asking participants to support women and girls in the developing world who are often burdened with the task of walking for hours to collect items like food and water simply to survive. By joining the campaign, supporters will commit to feeling just part of their daily struggle by picking any week in March to walk 10,000 steps each day. Visit for more information.

The Co-operative Women’s Day 2012 – We Build a Better World, will take place at the Commonwealth Club in London on Saturday 3 March, between 11 am and 3.30 pm. If you are passionate about women’s issues, come down, meet us and find out about a range of ways that you can get involved!

The event is free to attend and refreshments will be provided, but you need to register your attendance by following this link or emailing

18 February 2012 at 7:40 pm

International Women’s Day Service at St Mary’s Church – Morpeth ~ 8th March 2012

Starts at 12 Noon.

International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

Join Civic Dignitaries in laying wreaths on the grave of Emily Wilding Davison – a famous suffragette who campaigned and lost her life fighting for women’s’ rights.

18 February 2012 at 7:18 pm

International Women’s Day – fundraising dinner party – Harlow ~ 11th March 2012

All ladies are invited to come along and join us for an evening of fun, exitement and great food!

All proceed from the event will go towards ISS emergency fund, to support families with no resource to public funds.

Pink Spice, Commonside Road, Harlow, CM18 7JB

Adult £12
Child (under 16) £0
OAP £0

For more information about this event please contact Joanna Hewelt
Tel:01279 639442


18 February 2012 at 7:13 pm

Electra Presents Films From Filmoteka Muzeum – London ~ 8th March 2012

7pm at Calvert 22, 22 Calvert Avenue, London E2 7JP

Free event, but book a place*

In celebration of the International Women’s Day, Electra chooses films from Filmoteka Muzeum, the Archive of Polish Experimental Film. The event brings together work by amongst others KwieKulik, Natalia LL, and Teresa Tyszkiewicz and will be presented with a conversation between Electra’s Fatima Hellberg and curator, writer and lecturer Maxa Zoller. In focus here is the role of performativity and staging in the selected works, and associated questions around the collective body.

* Book a place online via

18 February 2012 at 7:06 pm

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