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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

Celebrate International Women’s Day: Raunch culture, old school sexism, Tory assault—why we won’t ‘calm down dear’! – SWP meetings, various cities and towns ~ 7th and 8th March 2012

Area Title/Speaker Date Time Venue
Bradford   7 March 6pm Equity Centre, 1 Longlands St, BD1 2TP
St Albans   7 March 7.30pm Upstairs, Trinity Church Hall, 1 Beaconsfield Rd, AL1 3RD
Leicester   7 March 7.30pm Leicester Adult Education College, 2 Wellington St, LE1 6HL
Edinburgh With Esme Choonara 7 March 7.30pm Friends Meeting House, Victoria Terrace, EH1 2JL
Dundee   7 March 7.30pm Dundee Voluntary Action, 10 Constitution Rd, DD1 1LL
Wolverhampton   7 March 7.30pm City Bar, King St, WV1 1ST
Cardiff   7 March 7.30pm Cathays Community Centre, Cathays Terrace, CF24 4HX
Aberdeen   8 March 6pm Seminar Room, Belmont Cinema, 49 Belmont St, AB10 1JS
London With Judith Orr and others 8 March 7.00pm The Venue, University of London Union, Malet St, WC1E 7HY
Plymouth   8 March 7.00pm Room 210, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University, Drake Circus, PL4 8AA
Glasgow With Esme Choonara 8 March 7.00pm Centre for Contemporary Arts , 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD
Stoke-on-Trent   8 March 7.15pm Room S010, Mellor Building, Staffordshire University, College Rd, ST4 2DE
Barnsley   8 March 7.30pm YMCA, 1 Blucher St, S70 1AP
Southampton   8 March 7.30pm The Lounge, 31 Bedford Place, SO15 2DG
Portsmouth   8 March 7.30pm Southsea Community Centre, St Paul’s Square, PO5 4EE
Sheffield   8 March 7.30pm SADACCA, 48 Wicker, S3 8JB
Brighton   8 March 7.30pm Phoenix community Centre, 2 Phoenix Place, BN2 9ND
Oxford   8 March 7.30pm Oxford Town Hall, Saint Aldate’s, OX1 1BX
Bristol   8 March 7.30pm Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, BS1 3QY
Cambridge   8 March 7.30pm Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, CB5 8BA
Swansea   8 March 7.30pm Brynmill Community Centre, St Albans Rd, SA2 0BP
Manchester With Judith Orr 14 March 7.00pm Lecture Theatre E419, John Dalton Building, MMU, Oxford Rd, M15 6BH

Please contact the SWP national office on or 020 7819 1170 if you want to contact SWP members in your local area.


7 March 2012 at 5:07 pm

2012 International Women’s Day Events – Edinburgh ~ 8th March 2012

Here is a list of events happening on Edinburgh University campus and in the local community celebrating International Women’s Day, Thursday, 8 March, this year.

‘Women of faith: breaking taboos’ A Multifaith-Multicultural Workshop
11am-12noon, Chaplaincy Auditorium
For more information

Discussion on Women and Employment with Dr. Kim Waldron, University Secretary
12:30-1:30pm, Teviot Dining Room. Please register here.
All are welcome.

Networking Lunch for Women
1:30-2:30pm, Teviot Dining Room. Please register here
The lunch is free and open to women staff and students.

Public Speaking Workshop for Women
2:30pm to 4pm, Teviot Dining Room. Please register here.
The event is free and open to women students.

Translated Identities
9:30am to 5pm, Hope Park Square, Edinburgh
The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) and Scottish PEN are hosting an event to mark International Women’s Day, bringing together creative writers, scholars and critics. The event is free and open to all, including lunch and refreshments. Booking is essential as space is limited. Please email to book a place.
Institute for Advanced Studies International Women’s Day

Philippa Gregory – Third Annual University of Edinburgh’s International Women’s Day Lecture
6pm (doors open at 5:30pm), G1 Patersons Land, Holyrood
We are delighted to announce that Phillippa Gregory, best selling author and Alumna of the Year 2009.
For more information and to register for your free ticket

7pm, Scottish Storytelling Centre, The Royal Mile
A rippling. There’s something bubbling under the surface. Set between two worlds. The first, an ancient Scottish landscape of female dynasties and river goddesses where the figureheads of a matriarchal community face a changing of the tides. The other, a disconnected urban Scotland with complicated contradictions of female power where three women
negotiate their evolving identities. The earth is trembling with the promise of a new wave. Tickets – £9 (£7 concessions
Storytelling Centre

Edinburgh Women for Women Fundraising Event
TBC -Women for Women International, Feminist Society, Exchange 360
More details to come!
Edinburgh Women for Women

Women in Scotland 2012 – The Big Picture
9.30am-4.30pm,The Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh
Engender’s one-day conference on International Women’s Day will bring people from across Scotland together to reflect on our progress towards gender equality. The event is an opportunity to hear speakers and take part in discussions around various topics.
Women in Scotland 2012

International Women’s Day 2012, Scottish Women’s Convention
This event is closed, but visit here for more information on the Scottish Women’s Convention.

Other activities

“Abandon the Knife” & “Silent Scream” Female Genital Mutilation Film Screening
Monday 12 March 2012 at 6.00 pm, Filmhouse, Lothian Road

The Scottish Government is sponsoring this screening of two short films about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) at the Filmhouse, as part of events to commemorate International Women’s Day in March 2012.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion session chaired by Mukami McCrum (Scottish Government), and composed of Khadija Coll (African Women’s Health Project), Laura McCrum (Saheliya), Monica Mhoja (DARF)
For more information

African Caribbean Society’s Black Literature LibraryEdinburgh University African Caribbean Society is proud to present the Black Literature Library. Supported by the EUSA Global Fund, this is an ongoing book collection that can be accessed by both members and non members, which will promote literature of black origins.
Black Literature Library

Hearing, Connecting, Building: A Feminist Day Workshop in Edinburgh
Hearing, connecting, building is a feminist day school hosted by Scottish Women’s Aid at the University of Edinburgh on the 17th of March 2011. The day will be split into two main events: a day school and a networking event.
Feminist Day School

Edinburgh Women’s Interfaith Group ‘Food for the Soul’
An International Women’s Day Event with Scottish Inter Faith Council
on Sunday, 11th March from 2-5pm at St John’s Church Hall, Princes Street, (corner of Princes Street and Lothian Road). Event includes healthy eating, complementary therapies, food for the soul and heart, arts and crafts and much more! Please drop in any time between 2 pm and 5 pm. Tea, coffee and healthy snacks provided.
For more information

250th Anniversary of English Literature
In 2012, the University’s English Literature department will celebrate its 250th anniversary. We’re marking the occasion with exhibitions, events, talks, readings and seminars throughout the year.
250th Anniversary of English Literature

Goddess events
Strange Theatre presents Goddess, a series of events in collaboration with the Scottish Storytelling Centre to celebrate the 101st International Women’s Day (Thu 8 Mar) and Women’s History Month during March 2012.
Goddess at the Scottish Storytelling Centre

Check for updates at

6 March 2012 at 2:07 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

Events calendar updated, and calendars for London, England and Ireland, Scotland, Wales created

Events calendar updated today
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Events calendar Ireland, Scotland and Wales created
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22 February 2012 at 3:00 pm

W@W Inspiring Viewpoints – Argyll ~ 3rd March 2012

Rosslea Hall Hotel in Rhu, Argyll and Bute at 12.30

Actress and writer Naomi Breeze is bringing her warm and funny one-woman drama about life and love in Argyll and Bute to the Rosslea Hall Hotel in Rhu, on Saturday 3rd March 2012. The WEA Women@Work Project is really pleased to have the opportunity to include this performance as part of their International Women’s Day 2012 celebrations.

Naomi, Director of Breeze Productions, interviewed dozens of people across Argyll and Bute over several months to help her write her play, called Viewpoint, which is based on her impressions of the places and the people.

Naomi said: “I was very moved by many of the tales I heard from the people I interviewed for Viewpoint and it was a privilege to meet them. There’s a great strength about the people and the landscape here. Communities are very active and people look after each other, but for some folk the lack of employment and the lure of the cities and the central belt is strong. ”

“‘Some people indicated that there are issues associated with a lack of facilities and transport, and problems with drugs and alcohol. That said, it’s clear that the quality of life, strong family ties and friends and the glorious landscape draw many people back and attract newcomers. That’s a very rich tapestry for a writer to draw inspiration from so I hope people will come and see the play and enjoy it.”

Light lunch and refreshments from 12.30pm, the play starts at 1.15pm.

There will also be an opportunity to express your own viewpoint. The play will be followed by a discussion around the issues facing women in Argyll. The WEA Women@Work Project would like to include your views in their input to the CEDAW (UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women) Shadow Report on the UK’s progress in relation to this. Your views will also inform the future direction of the WEA Women@Work Argyll Network.

All women welcome.

Admission to the play is free and are funding by Argyll and Islands Leader Programme and tickets may be available on the door but as spaces are limited by the size of the venue to avoid disapointment and be sure of a place please register on-line or contact or call 01463 710577.

Register online at

18 February 2012 at 6:47 pm

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