International Women’s Day events in Bristol 2012

24 February 2012 at 7:06 pm

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

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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

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