Archive for 2 March 2012

International Women’s Day events calendars updated ~ 2nd March 2012

IWD Calendars updated


You can also use the date and region categories listed on the right of the blog to look at events in those groupings eg:

As well as using the “tag” options, also listed on the right, eg:

(we still have more events to add for next week)


2 March 2012 at 10:31 pm

Using International Women’s Day As An Opportunity For Corporate Cause Branding

International Women’s Day on March 8th is fast approaching and as we have in past years, the Feminist Peace Network calls for boycotting the corporate-run website.

The website is owned by Aurora Ventures, a private company run by Australian businesswoman Glenda Stone. The corporate sponsors seem to vary from year to year, this year’s sponsors include:

Also included this year is a link to financial giant Deloitte’s International Women’s Day Global Retention of Women (GROW) Toolkit. And who you ask are the executive sponsors of the GROW council? These guys, that’s who:×199.png

And here is the picture used in the toolkit to illustrate women’s history:×131.png

And because it is a GROW toolkit, there are lots of awesome plant pictures–a crop circle, a clove of garlic and an adorable little girl blowing dandelion seeds. Really worth the read just for the illustrations, not to mention helpful event planning tips like hiring a caterer. Inappropriate and self-serving? Just a tad.

Nowhere on the site has there ever been any indication of editorial and decision-making input from women-run organizations or NGOs. While the website does provide links to information on International Women’s Day, it is a blatant example of corporate cause branding that is completely inappropriate for International Women’s Day and as we have pointed out before, it is beyond inappropriate for the site to refer to itself (as it does in its metatags) as “The International Women’s Day Site”.

While considerably different in format, the site is also disturbing. It is run by the Women’s Information Network and seems to be primarily geared towards running for profit seminars about women’s issues. While it does count a number of women’s organizations on its list that support International Women’s Day, these look to be primarily organizations that table at WIN events, rather than participating in decision-making roles for event planning. If there is any doubt about the commercialization of this website, as I write this, the top post on their blog reads What do the Kindle and Nook have to do with you?

To say that is inappropriate would be an understatement. The bottom line is this–International Women’s Day is an international event that belongs to the women of the world. No one organization should control websites that hawk themselves as official websites for the day and it is beyond unfortunate that these url’s have been taken over for the primary benefit of private concerns.

The Feminist Peace Network encourages a boycott of both sites.

Plus: Boycott–Corporate Cause-Branding IWD Is NOT Acceptable

See also:
2011: Officially There Is No ‘Official’ International Women’s Day Website
2010: Is NOT The “Official” IWD Website!

2 March 2012 at 8:17 pm

Hub International Women’s Day screenings and discussions – London ~ 8th March 2012

Hub Westminster and Open City London Documentary Festival invite you to a special screening and discussion to mark International Women’s Day 2012 at Hub Westminster screening room.

Thursday 8 March 2012 @ 18.30
Hub Westminster, First Floor, New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TE

Admission is free, but you must book your place in advance. Please sign up via Eventbrite (see link below)

At Hub Westminster we’re always trying to host the conversations that matter. Our ambition is to inspire and support imaginative and enterprising initiatives for a better world and to host a global community of people from every profession, background and culture working at ‘new frontiers’ to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges.

March 8th is a global day to do just that. International Women’s day celebrates the groundbreaking work of the Suffragettes who campaigned for women’s right to vote. It is a day to celebrate the success of women everywhere, but also a day to put a spotlight on inequities still to be addressed: two-thirds of all children denied school are girls and women still hold only 14% of the world’s parliamentary seats. In the UK same-sex couples are not allowed to marry and while same-sex couples are lawfully allowed to adopt, the realities of the process remain challenging. Hub Westminster and Open City London Documentary Festival are thrilled to invite you to join us in giving voice to issues of gender that tend to get lost or forgotten on all the other days of the year.


12.30-14.00: #HubIWD lunch special by Made In Marylebone and the Hub LGBT Circle

Your chance to get a bit of brainfood with your plate of salad. Having launched Munch – a little catering business with big dreams – early last year, Naomi Smith has now joined forces with an inspiring group of women to create Munch in Marylebone, a one-of-a-kind catering social enterprise, right here in Westminster. Munch in Marylebone is a new venture for the Marylebone Project which, since 1996, has worked with over 7000 homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless women, to empower them towards independent living. Every week, the women of Munch create delicious, high quality meals for the Hub Westminster and beyond. Munch in Marylebone will be cooking and serving at this member-curated lunch, hosted by the Hub LGBT Circle (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender, for those not in on the feminist lingo), providing thought provoking conversation to go with your meal.

Tickets are free, but Munch in Marylebone’s lunch is £6 for non Hub members, £5.50 for Hub members.

17.00-17.45: Introducing the #Nomos (the Not-mothers)
Talk + Q&A with Jody Day, Founder of Gateway Women

1 in 5 women are now reaching menopause without having children – the largest cohort of childless women since the post WW1 years. Yet our culture’s idea of what these women ‘are for’ is similarly stuck in the past. Whether a woman has chosen to be ‘childfree’ or finds herself ‘childless by circumstance’, she is marginalised, misunderstood and misrepresented in our culture.

There have probably never been so many liberated, educated, intelligent, self-aware and motivated women in their 40s and 50s alive at one time and free from bringing up children. Gateway Women’s mission is to encourage these women to embrace their new identity as #nomos (not-mothers) and get back out into the world and make it a better place for everyone’s children to inherit!

18.30: #HubIWD film screening in partnership with Open City London Documentary Festival

Partnering with Open City London Documentary Festival, we’ll be screening 4 short documentaries that deal with gender and sexuality, but in very different ways. The screening will be followed by an open discussion with filmmakers Timothy Ahrensbach, Amy Rose and Farinaz Nikbakht and Treasa O’Brien, Producer and Programmer of Open City London Documentary Festival.

Home for the Golden Gays
Nola Grace Gaardmand, Timothy Ahrensbach & Dennis Lehmann, 2011, 13mins

The story of a special place, a home for elderly gay men in Manila, Filipines. Meet Leony, who spent most of his life as a prostitute for the American soldiers, Frederica who was abandoned by his mother for being too ‘girly’ and Semmy who spent his whole life hiding his sexuality.

Farinaz Nikbakht, 2005, 9min

Three Iranian women of contrasting ages, life-style and background speak candidly about their individual lives and personal stories as they tell us how they freed themselves from oppression. Contrary to common belief, these women are not victims but fighters.

Barbara Hammer, 1974, 4mins

Barbara Hammer said recently in her major Tate Modern retrospective that Dyketactics is the first ever lesbian film showing lesbians made by a lesbian. Hammer has made films with what she calls a lesbian or queer aesthetic and has been documenting women and lesbian communities with experimental film techniques for 40 years.

Amy Rose, 2010, 12mins

Tea and cake, stilettos and gentle murmurs; old ladies in an Essex church welcome a towering transvestite into their midst. But families ask questions that polite old ladies do not dare; this is an observational film about courage, family and the cost of being happy.

With thanks to the filmmakers for permission to screen their films for this event.

Open City London Documentary Festival takes place 21-24 June 2012 in multiple venues in and around UCL in the heart of London:

Tickets are free but spaces are limited.

2 March 2012 at 7:40 pm

International Women’s Day Lecture 2012 – University of Edinburgh ~ 8th March 2012

The third in the series of the University of Edinburgh International Women’s Day (IWD) Lectures to celebrate International Women’s Day 8 March 2012.

We are delighted to announce that Phillippa Gregory, best selling author and UoE Alumna of the Year in 2009, has agreed to be our speaker for the IWD Lecture on 8 March 2012.

Philippa Gregory takes an amused look at how hard it is for a woman to be famous, get paid, or run the world. The lecture is open to all and free. Doors open at 5.30pm.

The Lecture will be chaired by theatre critic of The Scotsman, Joyce McMillan.

The Lecture is being held in G1, Patersons Land, Holyrood and will begin at 6.00pm on 8 March 2012.

Book here via Eventrbrite

2 March 2012 at 7:32 pm

Translated Identities – event to mark International Women’s Day – Edinburgh ~ 8th March 2012

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the the Humanities (IASH) and Scottish PEN are hosting and event ‘Translated Identities, to mark International Women’s Day bringing together creative writers, scholars and critics.

The event is free, including lunch and refreshments but early booking essential as space is limited.

    9.30 – Introduction by Susan Manning and Jenni Calder
    9.45 – Marilyn Booth: The Hidden ‘I’: Women and Autobiographical Writing in Egypt, 1885-1925
    10.45 – Coffee
    11.15 – Marianne Boruch: Closely at a Distance: The Unlikely Friendship of Elizabeth Bishop and Flannery O’Connor
    12.15 – Dilys Rose reads from her work
    12.45 – Lunch
    13.45 – Olga Taxidou: Translating Tragic Women: Medea, Trojan Women, The Bacchae
    14.45 – Kapka Kassabova reads from her work
    15.15 – Tea
    15.45 – Round table discussion
    17.00 – Ends

Thursday 8 March 2012, 9.30am – 5pm
IASH, Hope Park Square, Edniburgh

The event is free, including lunch and refreshments but early booking essential as space is limited.

Book here via Anthea Taylor at

2 March 2012 at 7:27 pm 1 comment

AkiDwA International Women’s Day 2012 – Dublin ~ 8th March 2012

Connecting Young Women … Inspiring Futures

To mark International Women’s Day, AkiDwA invites you to an evening of celebrations. The theme for this year is ‘connecting young migrant women, inspiring future.’ There will be a line of activities on the day that include launch of AkiDwA new Strategic Plan 2012-2015 by Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin Maria Parodi, speakers panel, screening of a video clip featuring young migrant women in Ireland discussing their future hopes and dreams, a fashion show, and other entertainment.

Date: Thursday, 8 March 2012
Venue: Dublin City Hall, 52 Dame Street, Dublin 2
Time: 5pm – 9pm

Light refreshments will be served.

For further information, contact Amaka at / 01 81485821, 086 3096859, or visit .

Established in 2001 by a group of African women, AkiDwA is a network of migrant women living in Ireland. AkiDwA vision is a just society where there is equal opportunity and equal access to resources in all aspects of society, social, cultural, economic, civic and political. Our mission is to promote equality and justice for migrant women living in Ireland.


2 March 2012 at 7:19 pm

International Woman’s Day Film Festival – Dublin ~ 8th March 2012

In association with Concern Worldwide, Hot Press and the Light House Cinema

Concern Worldwide, Ireland’s largest humanitarian agency, Hot Press and the Light House cinema are teaming up to co-host the first-ever International Women’s Day Film Festival at the Smithfield venue on March 8th.

The schedule includes box-office hits and award-winning films such as His & Hers, As If I Am Not There, Music By Prudence, Oranges and Sunshine, and The White Dress. The event starts at 4.40pm and runs until 10.30pm.

4.40 pm: The White Dress
The white dress is the story of a little girl on her communion day but unlike other little girls she is making her communion all on her own

4.50 pm: Video on International Woman’s Day – facts & figures

5.00 pm: Oranges and Sunshine
Starring Emily Watson as Margaret Humphreys, the British social worker who brought a shameful secret to world attention in the late ‘80s, Oranges and Sunshine tells the true story of hundreds of thousands of children who were deported to Australia in the 1940s and 1950s by the British government, and the struggle of one woman to reclaim their identity.

6.30 pm: Music by Prudence
This Oscar winning documentary has received an amazing response from press and audiences all across the world.
Music by Prudence tells a self-empowering story of one young woman’s struggle who, together with her band, overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds and, in her own voice conveys to the world that disability does not mean inability.

7.00 pm: As If I Am Not There
‘As If I Am Not There’ is a story of a young woman from Sarajevo whose life is shattered the day a young soldier walks into her apartment and tells her to pack her things.
Stripped of everything she ever had and facing the constant threat of death, she struggles against all the hatred she sees around her. In a final act of courage or madness, she decides to make one last stand: to dare to be herself. And this simple act saves her life.

8.40 pm: Q&A session

9.00 pm: Video on International Woman’s Day – facts & figures

9.10 pm: His & Hers
“A man loves his girlfriend the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.”
From kitchens, living rooms, and hallways across the Irish midlands, His & Hers delightfully combines observation and charm to tell a 90-year-old love story through the voices of 70 women. This intimate gender and cultural snapshot explores a woman’s relationships with the men in her life—father, boyfriend, husband, son.
His & Hers is an enchanting and affectionate appreciation for woman in all her versatility.

Tickets are available from the Light House cinema box office at a cost of €20 for a daily ticket or €9 per feature film and 50% of the proceeds will go towards Women of Concern, supporting women’s projects in Bangladesh.

Visit or call Concern on 01 417 8064 for more information on this event and on Concern’s other International Women’s Day events on March 8th – see also:

2 March 2012 at 7:09 pm

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