12 June 2015 19:00 ~ Sylvia – Crossroads Women’s Centre – London

Sylvia Pankhurst has been called “the greatest Englishwoman of the twentieth century”. SYLVIA tells the story of her youth, starting in her childhood in a radical Man¬chester family when she longed to become an artist “in the service of social betterment” and won three art scholarships, including one to Venice.

But, after her mother and sister had founded the Women’s Social and Political Union, she gave up her art to rouse the women of the East End to fight for the vote.

Christabel threw her out of the W.S.P.U. because of her socialist ideas, but it was Sylvia who forced Asquith, the Prime Minister, to see a delegation of working women, and to concede that their argument was “moderate and well-reasoned”.

SYLVIA is a one woman show played against a background of 250 slides, including photographs taken specially on location in England and Europe; original photographs of almost all Sylvia’s paintings; and photographs gathered from nine local, national and international picture libraries, showing some of the leading figures, events and places of the suffragette movement.

This performance will be followed by an audience discussion led by Jacqueline Mulhallen, the author and actress, and Kate Connelly, Sylvia Pankhurst’s most recent biographer.

Crossroads Women’s Centre, 25 Wolsey Mews, Kentish Town, London NW5 2DX Wheelchair

£3.50 unwaged & low-waged £7 higher waged
no one turned away for lack of funds

Booking: contact@crossroadswomen.net or 020 7482 2496

Lynx Theatre and Poetry first performed SYLVIA in 1987. It played for more than 100 performances in theatres, art centres, schools and other venues across England and Ireland, and there has been constant demand for its revival. Now Lynx is supporting a new updated production, but with the original actress still playing Sylvia.

The play can be booked for performance at schools or public venues by contacting Lynx Theatre and Poetry at lynxtheatre@btinternet.com, or by phone at 01366 500799.

http://www.crossroadswomen.net/Crossroads%20Women_Sylvia_Play.htm

May 14, 2015

26 May 2015 12:00 ~ Women and the ‘S Word’ – Discussion and film screening – Engender – Glasgow

Until 13:30 @ Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB.

Engender has been working to explore women’s experience of sectarianism, and women’s role in replicating intra-Christian sectarianism in Scotland.

As part of this work, three young women, Gaby Renehan, Lorraine Monaghan and Najma Abukar were selected to take part in a film project. Working with Urbancroft Films based in Glasgow, the young women were given training and support to enable them to contact and interview a range of participants.

We are delighted to invite you to a screening of their film at the Glasgow Film Theatre. Following the film there will be a chance to hear from the young women themselves, as well as journalist Angela Haggerty who features in the film and has been a victim of sectarian-based abuse. You can see a trailer for the film below.

For those who want to find out more about the wider project, we will be holding a meeting at The Renfield St Stephen Centre from 10am – 11.30am and then walking over to the Glasgow Film Theatre together.

This will be chance to explore the need for a gendered approach to tackling sectarianism, and test current projects and initiatives against our toolkit. Speakers will include Emma Ritch, Executive Director of Engender, Rachel Thain-Grey of the Glasgow Women’s Library, and Sarah Robinson of YouthLink Scotland.

Breakfast will be provided. There will be an option to register for this event on the booking page.

http://www.engender.org.uk/content/events/36-women-and-the-s-word—discussion-and-film-screening/

Book for this event http://www.engender.org.uk/content/events/36-women-and-the-s-word—discussion-and-film-screening/?action=book

May 14, 2015

6 June 2015 13:00 ~ No Platforming of Radical Feminists – RadFem Collective – Sheffield

Following on from the successful event on 28 February in Nottingham, Julie Bindel will again be talking about the No Platforming of radical feminists, followed by more than an hour of questions and discussions.

The event is organised by RadFem Collective and Miranda Yardley and will take place Saturday 6 June 2015 between 1 and 4pm.

This is a mixed event and everyone is welcome, whatever your views.

We are trying to make this event as inclusive and productive as possible and get as many people involved in this as we can, with all viewpoints. To do this, it is incredibly important that we can have a respectful dialogue with each other and not resort to name-calling or personal attacks. Please respect this.

The venue we are using for the talk is fully wheelchair accessible. If you have any other accessibility needs, please let us know about them and we will do our very best to meet them.

The ticket price is purely to cover costs such as room and PA hire. Everyone involved are volunteers.

Tickets – £5.00

Book online at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/no-platforming-of-radical-feminists-tickets-16168985872

For the facebook event page go to https://www.facebook.com/events/383481701831348/

May 14, 2015

16 May 2015 13:00 ~ Disabled Women Sexuality and Solidarity – Sisters of Frida – London

Sisters of Frida is happy to host AccSex in London. Shweta Ghosh will be there to answer questions co chaired by Lucia Bellini and Becky Olaniyi from Sisters of Frida

View trailer here.

Within stifling dichotomies of normal and abnormal, lie millions of women, negotiating with their identities. Accsex explores notions of beauty, the ‘ideal body’ and sexuality through four storytellers; four women who happen to be persons with disability. Through the lives of Natasha, Sonali, Kanti and Abha, this film brings to fore questions of acceptance, confidence and resistance to the normative. As it turns out, these questions are not too removed from everyday realities of several others, deemed ‘imperfect’ and ‘monstrous’ for not fitting in.Accsex traces the journey of the storytellers as they reclaim agency and the right to unapologetic confidence, sexual expression and happiness.

The experience of minority genders with disability largely reflects double discrimination. In the Indian context, identities and stories are further layered by virtue of diversities in caste, class, ethnic and religious backgrounds. The issues of persons with disabilities are often seen through a welfare approach in laws, programmes and policies. A similar charity-tinted lens is employed by educational books and media texts and a basic reading of these shows how the mildest physical and psycho-social disabilities are viewed as ‘abnormal’.

Accsex has won a number of awards and been part of several festival selections. It has also been used as a strong advocacy and educational material by activists in the field of disability and gender rights. It has been incorporated into the CREA Disability and Sexuality Rights online institute in 2015.

Shweta Ghosh is a documentary filmmaker and researcher. A silver medalist from the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (SMCS, TISS), Mumbai, she has explored her interest in disability, cuisine, travel and music through research and film projects.

Shweta’s debut documentary Accsex, a film exploring notions of beauty, body, sexuality and disability was awarded Special Mention at the 61st Indian National Film Awards 2014 and has been screened across India and abroad. The film has been appreciated for its rights-based approach to disability and sexuality and has been used widely as advocacy and training material by NGOs and academic institutions.

Lucia Bellini works for StaySafe East to tackle violence and abuse against disabled and Deaf people. She spoke for disabled women at Million Women Rise at Trafalgar Square this year.

Becki Olaniyi is a young disabled women. She was on a panel on disability, race and gender at the WOW Festival at the South Bank this year.

We will also be discussing setting up a disabled women group on sexuality, relationships and intimacy.

This event is a women only event intended as a safe space for women to discuss sexuality and disability issues.

Confirmed BSL for discussion!!

Until 16:30 @ Roots & Shoots, Walnut Tree Walk, London SE11 6DN

Nearest Tube stations
Waterloo Station | Bakerloo, Jubilee, (accessible for wheelchair users)
Lambeth North Station | Bakerloo line
Kennington Station | Northern line
Elephant & Castle | Northern line
Northern, Waterloo & City lines

Buses
3, 59, 159, 360

Please register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/screening-accsex-disabled-women-sexuality-and-solidarity-tickets-16811051307 Details are on the eventbrite.

May 12, 2015

16 May 2015 14:00 ~ 40th Anniversary Feminist Walk – Rights of Women – London

Back in the 70s

Rights of Women led a series of walking tours through the feminist history of London.

Join us to revisit these historical sites!

Visit the home of the Pankhurst family, the publication house for The Vindication of the Rights of Women, Marie Stopes’ birth control clinic and other important sights from feminist history.

The walk is approximately 4 miles and will take approximately 3 hours to complete. This event open to all.

Start: Exit 2, Euston Station (National Rail, London Overground, Northern Line, Victoria Line)

End: Chancery Lane Station (Central Line)

Suggested donation: £10 per person on the day (please note that we cannot accept payment by card)

For further information call us on 020 7251 6575

Register on line at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/40th-anniversary-feminist-walk-tickets-16411728923

Rights of Women is a national women’s charity which aims to achieve equality, justice and safety in the law for all women.  For further information visit our website.

http://rightsofwomen.org.uk/

also on Sunday, 12 July 2015 from 14:00 to 17:00 (BST)

May 12, 2015