Archive for 9 March 2012

International Women’s Day: March Against the Cuts – Glasgow ~ 10th March 2012

From 14:00 until 17:00
Assembly point: Shuttle Street

Glasgow Coalition of Resistance is calling this demonstration and welcomes support from women’s groups, trade unions and campaigns. Please contact:

The cuts of the Condem government disproportionately affect women, with over 70% of those hit women. Women are also 65% of public sector works who face redundancies and attacks on their conditions. In particular, public care services, often staffed by women, are being targeted, leaving women more vulnerable to precarious work. Additionally, women bear the double burden of picking up unpaid caring work in the home, increased through attacks on benefits and services.

Cuts are also hitting vital women’s services in an environment where 1/5 women experience domestic violence, with 2 women killed every week by an intimate partner, and 1/4 women are seriously sexual assaulted during their lifetime. Just on university campuses a recent study showed that 1/7 female students are seriously assaulted and almost 70% are a victim of sexual harassment during their period of study.

Cuts will disproportionately affect women’s access to education, particularly as a major barrier to education is in childcare and costs. Cuts to child benefits will therefore have a huge impact on women’s ability to gain entry and remain in education. Courses which are more likely to be taken by women are the hardest hit under proposed cuts. Women are also disproportionately represented in college, adult and continuing education which are facing cuts, thus again restricting women’s access to higher education.

Fight against cuts and fight for women’s rights.

March assembling at 2pm, with a rally at 4pm. Open to everyone.

We demand:
* No cuts to women´s services
* Free childcare
* Decent working conditions
* An end to sex discrimination
* Support working mothers- rebuild the welfare state

We welcome input and suggestions for the march, and demands that women should make.

Backed by:
* Glasgow University Feminist Society
* PCS Union
* USDAW Scottish Youth Committee
* Nathan Sparling-NUS Scotland LGBT Officer
* Kelley Temple-NUS Scotland Women’s Officer
* NUS Scotland Women’s Campaign
* Edith Halvarsson-Glasgow University SRC Gender Equality Officer
* Lucky Dhillon-Glasgow Univeristy SRC Race Equality Officer
* Unite Scotland
* Equity
* CWU West and Central Scotland
* Patrick Harvey MSP



9 March 2012 at 9:01 pm

Political Puppet Films on Child Pornography Industry & Prison System – London ~ 13th March 2012

Hooray for Hollywood, a puppet film for adults which premiered at Amnesty International, and has been supported by charities such as Childline. This film is set within the child pornography industry, and was written and directed by a survivor.

This criminal underworld is revealed in flashes and glimpses from a child’s vantage point. It presents a window on both human frailty and resilience.

It is based on the director’s life story. (22 min) The night will also feature ‘Prison?’ a visually rich and thought-provoking film by former political prisoner and outreach worker Charlie Ryder about his experiences in prison told through puppetry, masks, visual art, poetry and dance.

Charlie created the film to challenge perceptions of prison and prisoners. (88 min) A chance to discuss the two films will follow.

Date & Time 13 March 2012 at 19:00
Venue 3K Studio Near Manor House Tube Station/Harringay Green Lanes Overground. Buses 141, 341, 29.
Please email to reserve your seats.
Cost / Free Free entry, but donations appreciated.

9 March 2012 at 8:42 pm

Sugar & Spice 6 – Lesbian and Gay Foundation – Manchester ~ 10th March 2012

Following last year’s celebrations that marked 100 years of International Women’s Day, the Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s (The LGF) annual women’s event – Sugar & Spice – is back for 2012!

Now in its sixth year Sugar & Spice is an event for lesbian, bisexual, trans women and their friends, and will take place at the charity’s Community Resource Centre on Saturday 10th March (12pm – 6pm) and it is totally free!

To mark the talents of womankind, this year’s Sugar & Spice will focus on this year’s theme of I Am Woman – Here Me Roar. with a diverse range of workshops, encouraging women to share and acknowledge their many talents.

Workshops will include: circus skills, laughology, relaxation techniques, radio skills with Gaydio, African drumming, self defence, sexual health, and a session on career goals and how women can get to where they want to be.

There will also be wellbeing pop-ins, complimentary therapies (such as massage and reiki), a cafe, people can have their say in the consultation corner, we’ll be creating in the legendary LGF craft space and all attendees will receive a free goodie bag.

New to Sugar & Spice this year is the Power Panel – where attendees will have the chance to put their questions to lesbian and bisexual women who have excelled in their chosen fields.

Sugar & Spice is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people, try new skills, pick up info, air your views, get involved and have loads of fun. Not to mention it’s all free as well!

Celebrate International Women’s Day at Sugar & Spice 6
at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s Community Resource Centre, Number 5, Richmond St, Manchester, M1 3HF.
Saturday 10th March 12pm til 6pm.

For more information please visit, call 0845 3 30 30 30 or email If you have any access requirements please let us know in advance.

9 March 2012 at 8:38 pm

Fundraising Dinner Party for ISS – Harlow ~ 11th March 2012

To celebrate the International Women’s Day ISS is organising the fundraising dinner party on the 11 of March.

Come along and join us for an evening of fun, excitement and great food as we celebrate International Women’s Day

The attractions include:
* raffles;
* quiz;
* dance;
* and much more…

All women’s are invited!

Ticket price £12
Bookings ring 01279 639 442

From 5pm at Pink Spice, Commonside Road, Harlow CM18 7JB

9 March 2012 at 8:35 pm 1 comment

International Women’s Day – Havering ~ 10th March 2012

Unleash your potential – Play, Believe, Achieve.

Join us for free taster pamper sessions, local arts & crafts, refreshments, opportunity zone and workshops and much more…..

Date: 10 Mar 2012
Location: Havering College FHE, Ardleigh Green Campus, Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch RM11 2LL
Time: 11.30am – 4.00pm
Contact: 01708 432494

See poster at

9 March 2012 at 8:22 pm

Migrant & Refugee Woman of the Year Award on International Women’s Day

More than 250 people gathered at the Royal Festival Hall for the first ever Migrant and Refugee Woman of the Year Award on International Women’s day to honour three outstanding women.

This year’s winner was Nazek Ramadan, founder of Migrant Voice, and two honorary awards were also given to Luljeta Nuzi, founder of Shpresa Programme for the Albanian speaking community, and Clara Osagiede, London Underground RMT Secretary for Cleaners.

The ceremony was hosted by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Natasha Walters, and Zrinka Bralo.

Last autumn a group of organisations that supports migrants, refugees and women joined forces to launch this award to honour inspirational migrant and refugee women who are improving the lives of people and communities across London. 40 nominations were received.

“Women cross borders to come to the UK for many reasons; many of them come fleeing human rights abuses. They have often faced great challenges to get here and further challenges once they arrive here in our asylum and immigration system. Yet their courage and resilience is so often remarkable. The leadership many provide at the grassroots to others is an inspiration, and it’s wonderful to be able to celebrate this.” said Natasha Walter, author of The New Feminism and Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism, and director of Women for Refugee Women.

Read more about the award winners and pictures of the event at

9 March 2012 at 8:18 pm

A Poem For International Women’s Day: Bridget Minamore Performs ‘Hypocrites And Double Ds’ (VIDEO)

Bridget Minamore is a 20-year-old writer and student from London who has won numerous poetry slams across the capital, including respected spoken word events Farrago and Hammer & Tongue.

In addition to being a regular on the slam scene, she has performed at 10 Downing Street and the King’s College Cambridge Women’s Dinner and is a member of poetry collectives Rubix and Point Blank Poets.

Here, to mark International Women’s Day 2012, she gives an exclusive performance of her poem Hypocrites And Double Ds, a piece she wrote while working with a group of teenage girls in a drama workshop.

“We discussed role models and realised we couldn’t think of one female celebrity who had unanimously positive press,” Bridget explains.

“For me, International Women’s Day is about highlighting the problems women face and celebrating the positive female role models we have already.

“There are so many issues women have to face, both in our country and around the world, that are dismissed as something we just have to ‘deal with’.

“Well I don’t want to deal with anything. Inequality is inequality and the fact it exists should be a problem for everyone – men and women.”

Read and / or listen at

9 March 2012 at 8:11 pm

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