Archive for 24 February 2012

The International News Safety Institute is publishing the first book dedicated to the safety of women journalists on Thursday March 8 2012

“No Woman’s Land – On the Frontlines with Female Reporters” is a unique collection of articles written by 40 women from around the world who work in the news media. They have covered conflict, disasters, corruption and civil unrest and come from more than a dozen countries as far afield as Mexico and Burma, Russia and Somalia, Indonesia and Egypt.

The idea for the book arose from the attack on CBS correspondent Lara Logan during her reporting from Tahrir Square in Egypt last year. She has written the foreword for “No Woman’s Land”.

Other contributors include the BBC’s Lyse Doucet and Caroline Wyatt, CNN’s Hala Gorani, Fox News’s Jennifer Griffin, Al Jazeera’s Zeina Awad and the former Egyptian state TV anchor Shahira Amin.

The women – photographers, camerawomen, correspondents and reporters – have had their work featured by some of the world’s best known media organisations and publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Reuters, Marie Clare and TIME.

“The stories tell of the risks and the safety measures these women must take to get the story,” said INSI Deputy Director Hannah Storm, who compiled and edited the book with her colleague Helena Williams.

“But above all these are human stories – compelling, heart-rending, inspiring and harrowing – about wives, mothers and daughters who face huge danger to bring us the news.”

As well as telling the stories of brave women journalists the book contains safety advice and guidance for women and men in the news media.

The launch of the book coincides with International Women’s Day and takes place at the Thomson Reuters building in Canary Wharf, London from 18:30.

The launch will feature a panel of high profile women journalists, including war photographer Kate Brooks and Sky News Head of International News Sarah Whitehead, who will debate issues raised by “No Woman’s Land”. Journalists from CNN and the BBC will also be on the panel.

Featuring photographs kindly donated by Thomson Reuters, the book will be on sale for £20. Proceeds will go towards INSI safety projects for women journalists around the world.

For more information, please contact Hannah Storm on +447766814274 or Helena Williams on +44 7949 048474

There will be a tribute to Marie Colvin at the launch – see


24 February 2012 at 7:28 pm

From Britain to the Middle East – women fight back! (International Women’s Day meeting) – London ~ 8th March 2012

8th March 2012 from 19:15 until 21:30
Room B102, Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornaugh Street, London WC1H (Euston, Goodge Street or Russell Square tube)

A meeting to celebrate International Women’s Day, organized by Women’s Fightback and the Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq

* Becky Crocker, RMT activist on London Underground
* Houzan Mahmoud, Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq
* Dr Sami Zubaida, professor of politics and sociology, University of London
* Diba Ali Kani, Association in Support of Women in Iran
* (more tbc)
Chair: Esther Townsend, Women’s Fightback and Workers’ Liberty

The economic crisis since 2008 has seen both huge attacks on women’s rights and the growth of feminist organising and activism as a response. Women have been at the forefront of the protests in Britain, the huge strike waves in Greece, USA, across Europe, and the revolutionary movements still sweeping North Africa and the Middle East.

But we are also under severe threat, from the Tories’ cuts and bigoted moralism in Britain to the danger of Islamist counter-revolution in North Africa. At the same time, we face a struggle to make our own movements open, accessible and responsive to women, whether that’s the trade unions, the Occupy movement, the student movement, or socialist organisations.

Come and join us for an evening of celebration and discussion about the fight for women’s liberation today.

For more information email or ring 07883 520 852

Facebook event page

24 February 2012 at 7:15 pm

International Women’s Day events in Bristol 2012

The celebrations in this programme are being held by community groups and organisations in Bristol and offer a variety of events and activities for women to participate in.

International Women’s Day commemorates the struggle for equality by women textile workers in New York and by women’s movements in this and other countries in the early 1900s. It is the story of ordinary women as creators of change; it is the story of their struggle for equality and emancipation. Women around the world come together to celebrate this important date and lots of information can be found on the International Women’s Day website.

This programme has been produced by The Equalities Team, Bristol City Council email or telephone 0117 352 1457 or 0117 352 1091

Download in pdf format from

Platform 51, Employment and education: A fair deal for women
Wed 7 March | 9:30 – 14:30 | The Watershed | Crèche spaces are available but need to be booked in advance |

A light lunch will be provided | Travel costs will be re-imbursed on request.

All girls and women should receive education that works for them. They should be able to progress in their working lives without being held back by gender stereotypes, or penalised for motherhood, or hampered by low pay. The talents of too many women are being wasted. For the past year, women in Bristol have been telling us that their rights in education have not been met. This conference will give you the opportunity to discuss how we can move forward on these issues and propose practical solutions.

This will be an interactive event and we invite you to share your experiences and ideas for change around such issues as career progression, accessibility and affordability of education and training, childcare, wage inequality. Spaces are limited, so please sign up in advance by email: or phone 0117 966 4856.

Bristol Drugs Project Women’s health and wellbeing day
Wed 7 March | 10.30 –15.00

Unitarian Church, Brunswick Square | FREE event |

A buffet lunch and drinks will be provided | Bus fares will be refunded on presentation of ticket

Activities on the day include arts and crafts, hula hooping and Zumba dance with space to chat and relax. There will also be advice and information on contraception, staying safe and healthy eating. Reiki and acupuncture therapy treatments available.

For further information phone Karen Black on 0798 086 3673

Bristol Fairtrade Network, Bristol Link with Nicaragua and African Initiatives
Thu 8 Mar | 19:00 – 21:00 | Halo Cafe Bar, 141 Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7 8BA | £7.50/£5 (conc)

Delicious food from Halo included in ticket price Please join us for a Celebration of International Women’s Day with an informal evening of music, food and top speakers. Live music from Ujima Radio and Vanessa Melody.

Speakers: Sandra Rojas, Womens community activist and Fairtrade sesame producer from Nicaragua Rosie Martin, Chief Exec, African Initiatives: ‘Women’s Rights and the Millenium Development Goals’ Peninah Achieng, Chair Bristol Link with Beira: Women’s projects in Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Both women and men are welcome.

For further information and booking please email Jenny Foster

Thur 8 March | 13.00 and 19.00 | Malcolm X Centre |

Both performances are FREE | Lunchtime performance for women only with a free registered créche | Evening performance, everyone welcome | Doors open 30 mins before for music and refreshments | Simple English and Somali subtitles provided.

A documentary play based on personal interviews with seven extraordinary women activists who are working to effect major change worldwide performed by local women working for equality.

For further information please email

Organised by Rebecca Cant and Natasha Machin in partnership with the Malcolm X Centre and supported by Bristol City Council.

‘Portrait of the Artist as…’ Workshops and exhibition
Thu 8 Mar – Sun 11 March | 12:00 – 18:00 |

The Showroom, Park Street, Bristol BS1 5TB.

The Women’s Group are a collaborative group of female artists who came together through art + power. To celebrate International Women’s Day they have put together a diverse and creative exhibition on the theme of self portraiture. On the 8 and 9 March there will be the opportunity for people to join in various portrait workshops.

Come to one of our workshops to create your own self portrait for the exhibition. All abilities welcome!

Thursday 8 March | The Showroom, Park Street
11:00 – 13:00 |Traditional self portrait workshop with The Women’s Group artists and volunteers. Come and learn drawing techniques in a supportive environment.

14:00 – 16:00 | Experimental Self Portrait Workshop Experiment with different ways of making a self portrait using colour, mark making, collage and paint.

Friday 9 March | The Showroom, Park Street |
11:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 16:00 | Explore your identity through Creative Character Photography.

art + power artists and volunteers will be on hand to help you create a dynamic self portrait that expresses who you are, or who you aspire to be! (feel free to bring props). For more information and to book a place on the workshops please contact Charlotte or 0117 317 8099.

Places are limited so book your place as soon as possible.

Workshops are free and tea and coffee will be provided. Please note the venue is accessible but the nearest accessible toilet is in Bristol Central Library.

Wonderful Women Guided Tours
Sat 10 March | Guided tours 13:30 to 15:00 |

Arnos Vale Cemetery | £5/£3 Concessions | Tickets can either be purchased from the Gift Shop, open daily 10:00 – 16:00 or via the website | Please note that this event needs to be booked and paid for in advance. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Celebrate some of Bristol’s many wonderful women and the contributions they made to the city from Victorian times through to the mid 20th Century. This special guided tour marks the 101st anniversary of International Women’s Day and builds on last year’s sell-out event. For more information please contact our Box Office Reception on 0117 971 9117 or email or via the website at

The launch of Bristol Women’s Voice
Sat 24 March |Watershed | 15:00 – 17:00

We’ll be launching the new Bristol Women’s Voice website which has information on events, activities and organisations that support women. A blog and forums to share views on issues affecting women.

Women have already told us that four of the most important issues for them in Bristol are employment and skills, caring responsibilities, safety and health. We’d like to start working on these together to get ideas for action that would make a real difference.

The event will be informal and open to anyone committed to the equality of women. Children are welcome.

Together we will be developing a Women’s Strategy for Bristol. You can contribute by joining the group, sending ideas via the website, joining the Bristol Women’s Voice face book page, emailing us at or bringing ideas to the launch. If you can’t come get a friend to bring your ideas.

Hannah More Primary School
Thur 8 March | 09:00 – 15:00 | Refreshments provided | A Créche is available from 09:00 – 11:00 and 13:00 – 15:00

A day of creative fun. All women welcome. Contact Ruth Cochrane on 0117 903 9936 email

24 February 2012 at 7:06 pm

Bristol choir shopping centre concert in aid of International Women’s Day ~ 25th February 2012

Bristol-based Red Notes Choir is to perform a ‘Get Together’ in aid of International Women’s Day and Oxfam’s Get Together campaign.

The singers will perform an impressive international repertoire in Cabot Circus shopping centre.

The concert will mark 101 years of International Women’s Day.

Red Notes Choir campaigns for peace, justice, freedom and internationalism, fighting for the rights of working people, those who are oppressed, and those seeking the right to self-determination.

They are supporting Oxfam’s Get Together campaign which aims to raise money for the charity’s projects that have gender equality at their heart.

Oxfam works to ensure women overcome the discrimination they face, and secure their basic rights.

The charity is encouraging people to hold events all across the UK for the Get Together campaign.

International Women’s Day, which is on Thursday, March 8, has been marked in countries around the world since the early 1900s.

Oxfam is trying to help women in developing countries who are often greatly disadvantaged, particularly if they live in poverty.

Oxfam’s Get Together campaign is aimed at raising funds for Oxfam’s projects which help girls into education, assist expecting mothers to access healthcare easily, help women escape abuse and help them set up in business so they can work and provide for their families.

Women and men are being asked to Get Together in the run up to International Women’s Day and hold any event of their choice and raise funds at the same time. For example, a coffee morning that raises £46 will train a midwife in Ghana. A movie night that raises £80 will buy a woman in Liberia a sewing machine.

Joanna Dew, Oxfam’s head of events said: “There are 1.3 billion people living in poverty worldwide – more than two-thirds of them are women and girls. With the help of volunteers and the general public, through our Get Together campaign, Oxfam is working to change this.”

For hints and tips on hosting a ‘Get Together’ and to find out more see

Red Notes Choir will be performing on the ground floor of Cabot Circus from noon on Saturday 25th February 2012.

24 February 2012 at 4:37 pm

To celebrate International Women’s Day on the evening of 8 March Birdhouse Fund is hosting our flagship annual fundraiser – Manchester ~ 8th March 2012

The best girl’s night out in the city at the fab and glam BIRDCAGE, Withy Grove, Manchester (opposite Printworks)

The evening will include 12 brave birds performing The Vagina Monologues, a VIP cocktail reception sponsored by Pannone, specially created Birdhouse cocktails, a shopping avenue, dancing till midnight, prizes, a special VIP host and a whole lotta tears and laughter!

Make no mistake this event is going to be a sell out and will be the biggest, cause driven event taking place in Manchester to celebrate International Women’s Day so get ya glad rags and heels ready and ya girlfriends on red alert – you do not want to miss this one!

Doors open at 6.30pm and tickets start at £25 with a limited number of VIP tickets available which include a cocktail reception and best seats in the house at only £50 each.

Private booths will be allocated on a first come, first served basis for block bookings of 10 so get ya skates on!

And remember, as ever, all the money raised goes to support vulnerable women, in particular women fleeing from violence and/or abuse in the Greater Manchester area.

More info from

Buy tickets online at

About the Birdhouse Fund

It’s all about helping women right across Greater Manchester. Anyone who needs funding to change their lives for the better can apply- (no, that doesn’t include an all-expenses paid shopping trip to New York, sorry). They may be women who’ve been held back by a lack of qualifications, a deprived background, or even a violent relationship. Often, they’ll need some help to get a leg up on life’s slippery ladder, and achieve their goal. That could be finishing a college course that will help them get a career going, learning new skills that will help them to cope more easily, helping them to find suitable work, or even setting them up in a safe place where the past can’t hurt them.

The Birdhouse Fund can help individual women with grants of up to £500. Birds who are interested in accessing the fund just need to complete a brief application, describing their situation and identifying the one thing that would help them move forward. Applications will then be considered by a selection of women involved in raising the funding, who will make the decisions based on a very fair and open process.

It’s all about ‘helping ordinary people do extraordinary things’, making a real difference at grass roots level, and ensuring its women who are taking the lead in making this happen. Making a difference in a natural female and nurturing way.

24 February 2012 at 4:26 pm

International Women’s Day Celebration for all at the Hive Shrewsbury ~ 9th March 2012

The Hive Music and Media Centre in Shrewsbury will be hosting a free afternoon of varied activities in March as part of celebrations for International Women’s Day 2012.

This unique celebration event will be taking place on Friday 9th March between 12pm and 4pm, providing the opportunity for people of all ages to participate in a selection of diverse workshops.

Activities available on the day will include storytelling, hand percussion, textile design and crafts – plus there will also be live acoustic music.

All of the workshops will be led by highly experienced and talented female artists from across the county and the event will feature one of the Hive’s popular Music-time sessions for toddlers.

Habib Malik-Mansell, Marketing Assistant at the Hive said “Organised by local artists and musicians in association with the Hive, the day aims to celebrate the creative talents of women who are living and working in Shropshire, whilst offering a fun filled afternoon of activities for the whole community. The workshops are open to everyone and we encourage families to come along and discover new artforms.”

The event is free to attend and people are invited to drop by the Hive at any point to participate and support the day!

Friday 9th March from 12pm until 4pm
The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury, SY1 1TE

01743 234970

24 February 2012 at 4:18 pm

A conference to raise awareness of domestic violence will be held on International Women’s Day – Dorchester ~ 9th March 2012

Women’s Action Network Dorset, Equality South West and Fair Play South West are hosting the day-long event on March 9th at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester.

The event will provide information on domestic abuse, feature workshops on rape, women’s refuges and relationship issues and how to break cycles of abuse.

For more information call Sue Bickle on 01305 252314, email, or book online at

No Excuse for Abuse (Dorset) – 9th March 2012


This interactive day aims to challenge attitudes and behaviors that give rise to sexual violence and perpetrate myths around rape. There will be a focus on the rights of victims of domestic violence and abuse, and ways to access support. The day also aims to share good practice and inspire delegates to help deliver quality services in their local area, as well as general awareness raising. The day will also celebrate International Women’s Day.

Who should attend:

This event is for everyone involved in working with communities, the delivery of services, or policy making decisions, in the voluntary, public or private sector. We also welcome those interested in the subject and keen to learn more.

Location: Kingston Maurward

The programme is available to download from

Please contact Samantha Partridge to see if any spaces are still available

More at

24 February 2012 at 4:08 pm

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