Raising the Rooftops: Regional Refugee Women’s Conference – Sheffield ~ 7th March 2012

21 February 2012 at 1:16 pm

Northern Refugee Centre and partnering organisations around Yorkshire and Humber will be holding a regional refugee women’s conference on Wednesday 7 March 2012.

The conference will be held in celebration of International Women’s Day at the St. Mary’s conference centre in Sheffield.

Raising the Rooftops, the Regional Refugee Women’s Conference, will take place on Wednesday 7th March, 9am to 4pm, at St Mary’s Conference Centre, Sheffield.

Raising the Rooftops is an excellent occasion for activists and agencies to network, exchange ideas, develop a regional action plan, and discuss strategies for ensuring that services are sensitive to the needs of refugee women.

Confirmed Speakers:
* Beatrice Botomani (Yorkshire and Humber Refugee of the Year 2011 and activist)
* Yvonne Cass (Deputy Chair of the Refugee Council)
* Charlotte Gage (Women’s Resource Centre, London)
* Rose McCarthy (Refugee Council/NCT)

Workshop topics will include:
* Trafficking
* Forced Marriage
* Using CEDAW to defend the rights of refugee women
* Sexual Health and the rights of refugee women
* The Refugee Women’s Charter
* Working with women affected by rape and sexual violence – looking after ourselves
* Campaigning with a gendered focus

There will also be a reading by former Derbyshire Poet Laureate and current Hawthornden Fellow River Wolton.

Groups that have participated in planning the event include:
Apna Haq; Ashiana; Bradford Refugee Forum; Centre for HIV & Sexual Health, Sheffield (CHIV); Development and Empowerment for Women’s Advancement (DEWA); the Northern Refugee Centre; Refugee Council; South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG); Why Refugee Women; and WomenCentre (Calderdale & Kirklees).

Raising the Rooftops is free to attend, but please complete the booking form and return it to us no later than 21 February 2012.

There will be a children’s area for pre-school children. Children must be booked in advance. A map of the location is attached. It is a 10 minute walk from Sheffield Station and Interchange. There is parking at the venue. Public or shared transport costs can be paid for asylum-seekers and refugees in receipt of benefits from the Yorkshire and Humber region.

To contact the organisers, book a place or download a conference flyer go to http://www.nrcentre.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=411:raising-the-rooftops-regional-refugee-womens-conference&catid=83:womens-news

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