11 March 2015 ~ All of Me – Women and Theatre – Birmingham + 12 March 2015

@ mac birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, B12 9QH Birmingham, United Kingdom
www.macbirmingham.co.uk

A new performance using theatre, music and discussion to highlight the benefits that remembering together makes to the here and now, using the principles of Life Story Work.

Performances on Wednesday 11 March at 11am & 3pm, and on Thursday 12 March at 11am, 3pm and 7pm.

Foyle studio, mac Birmingham.

Tickets free, but booking required(*).

https://www.facebook.com/events/424670387691547

We’re very pleased to be premiering ‘All of Me’ at mac Birmingham on Wednesday 11 March at 11am, with further performances at 3pm, and on Thursday 12 March at 11am, 3pm and 7pm. Created in partnership with Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust ‘All of Me’ uses theatre, music and discussion to highlight the benefits that remembering together makes to the here and now, using the principles of Life Story Work. bit.ly/1wjcd6A

(*) Book online at http://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/all-of-me/

Women & Theatre is an award winning Birmingham-based Theatre Company that has been pioneering new ways of addressing contemporary issues through performance since 1983. We aim to reflect the language and lives of ordinary people, giving voices to those not usually heard.

http://www.womenandtheatre.co.uk/

March 4, 2015

1 March 2015 ~ Women’s History Month in East London – Daily Diary – until 31 March 2015

1-31
Jenny Matthews: Women in War Idea Store Bow E3 5ES & Idea Store Canary Wharf E14 5RB www.ideastore.co.uk

1-21
Variant Space: Cultural Bonds NSH Arts Gallery E3 4PB www.variantspace.com

2
The Queen’s House Queens (tour) National Maritime Museum SE10 9NF www.rmg.co.uk

2 & 9
The Women’s Royal Naval Service 1917-19 (talk) National Maritime Museum SE10 9NF www.rmg.co.uk

2-31
On Beauty (installation of photographic portraits) Cass Foyer Gallery E1 7PF www.thecass.com

3
Uniting for Women Amanah Centre E1 2BT campaigns@rushanaraali.com
Going Through the Change (NWAPC) (film) Bishopsgate Institute EC2M 4OH www.bishopsgate.org.uk
Reading from ‘Testament of Youth’ (Vera Brittain)  Idea Store Chrisp St E14 6BT www.ideastore.co.uk

3-15
Rev It Up (group exhibition) Espacio Gallery E2 7DG www.espaciogallery.com

4-31
Alix Edwards: What I Love About Summer Hackney Central Library E8 1GQ www.artographylondon.com

5
Granny’s Girls (film) Tower Hamlets History Library E1 4DQ www.ideastore.co.uk/localhistory
Sylvia Pankhurst: Everything is Possible (film) Worldwrite Centre E5 0AL www.worldwrite.org.uk
Tania Edwards Backyard Comedy Club E3 0EL www.backyardcomedyclub.co.uk
Book Break Idea Store Whitechapel www.ideastore.co.uk

6
Tamasha Theatre / Mothers & Daughters Rich Mix E1 6LA www.richmix.org.uk
Scottee: Fraff (comedy) Rich Mix E1 6LA www.richmix.org.uk

7
Arab Women Artists Now (festival) Rich Mix E1 6LA www.richmix.org.uk
Women in the Archive (workshop) Tower Hamlets History Library www.ideastore.co.uk/localhistory
Women’s Tales & Threshold (music & dance) Rich Mix E1 6LA www.richmix.org.uk
International Women’s Day Celebration Museum of London Docklands www.museumoflondon.org.uk
We Can Do St Georges Church E1 0BH www.kollun.org.uk

8
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
Nurse Edith Cavell
(film) Idea Store Chrisp St E14 6BT www.ideastore.co.uk
Women at the National Gallery Lon-art workshop www.lon-art.org
Mother & Daughter Ride Mile End Stadium E14 7TW www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/sports
Swing Pit (social dance) Bishopsgate Institute EC2M 4OH www.bishopsgate.org.uk
Loud & Clear Brady Arts Centre E1 5HU www.naridiganta.wordpress.com
East End WI (live music evening) Gallery Café E2 9PL www.eastendwi.co.uk
International Women’s Day Celebration Espacio Gallery E2 7DG www.espaciogallery.com

9
Looking for Light: Jane Bown (film) London Met Uni E1 1LA www.thecass.com
A Very Long Engagement (film) Idea Store Whitechapel E1 1BU www.ideastore.co.uk
Sport4Women Whitechapel Leisure Centre E1 5BA www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/sports
Keep the Rag Trade Going Old Spitalfields Market E1 6EW www.heba.org.uk
Sharing Our Successes Limehouse Project E14 7HG www.limehouseproject.org.uk
Women’s Voices in the Community (Mohila Ongon Assoc) Brady Arts Centre E1 5HU

10
The Rugged Road (talk) Four Corners E2 0QN www.fourcornersfilm.co.uk
Reading from ‘Regeneration Trilogy’ (Pat Barker) Idea Store Chrisp St E14 6BT www.ideastore.co.uk
Three in 4 Concert Rich Mix E1 6LA www.richmix.org.uk
Sport4Women York Hall E2 9PJ www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/sports
Women’s Projection Workshop John Scurr Community Centre E14 7JQ www.newlonfusion.org.uk
Sisters ‘ Voices St Hilda’s Community Centre E2 7EY www.sthildas.org.uk

11
Business Start-Up Workshop (LARG) St Paul’s Way Community Centre E3 4AJ
Women of Tower Hamlets – Finding Your Voice Jagonari Resource Centre E1 1DN www.jagonari.org.uk
Pioneering Women’s Voices Maryam Centre E1 1JQ www.muslimwomenscollective.org.uk
Find Your Voice Unitarian Centre for Social Action E2 6LX www.simplegiftsucsa.org.uk
Harmonies from the East East London Chinese Community Centre E14 6DR
Bow East & Whitechapel Women’s Celebration Brady Arts Centre E1 5HU www.whfs.org.uk
Women’s Business Fayre (Poplar HARCA) St Paul’s Way Community Centre E3 4AJ
Women Speak Account 3 E2 6JY www.account3.org.uk

12
Steakhouse Live (perf) Toynbee Studios E1 6AB www.artsadmin.co.uk
Many Wars Ago (film) Idea Store Whitechapel E1 1BU www.ideastore.co.uk
Stella Graham Backyard Comedy Club E3 0EL www.backyardcomedyclub.co.uk
One Day Young (photobook by Jenny Lewis) published by www.hoxtonminipress.com
Every Herb Tells a Story (wkshp) Spitalfields City Farm E1 5AR www.spitalfieldscityfarm.org

13
Hagit Yakera Dance Co In the Middle With You Rich Mix E1 6LA www.richmix.org.uk
Bishopsgate Ballroom (social dance) Bishopsgate Institute EC2M 4OH www.bishopsgate.org.uk
Find Your Voice St Mathias Community Centre E14 0AE www.neighboursinpoplar.com
Celebrating Women in Leadership SpotLight Centre E14 6GN www.licprojects.org
Voices Found Praxis Community Projects E2 0EF www.praxis.org.uk

13 & 14
Abstract Art & Society (symposium) Whitechapel Gallery E1 7QX www.whitechapelgallery.org

14
Basketball Tournament Mile End Leisure Centre E3 4HL www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/sports
At Sea (talk) National Maritime Museum SE10 9NF www.rmg.co.uk
Bengali Women’s Voices Brady Arts Centre E1 5HU www.udichiuk.org

15
MOTHERS DAY Time for Tea

16
The White Ribbon (film) Idea store Whitechapel E1 1BU www.ideastore.co.uk

17
Reading from ‘My Dear I Wanted To Tell You’ (Louisa Young) Idea Store Chrisp St E14 6BT www.ideastore.co.uk
Women in Business & the Arts (discussion) Toynbee Studios E1 6AB www.artsadmin.co.uk

18
Poetry Group Idea Store Whitechapel E1 1BU www.ideastore.co.uk
Sylvia Pankhurst’s Suffragettes (talk) Idea Store Chrisp St E14 6BT www.ideastore.co.uk

19
Amalia Pica (perf) Whitechapel Gallery E1 7QX www.whitechapelgallery.org
Katherine Fearns Backyard Comedy Club E3 0EL www.backyardcomedyclub.co.uk
War & Peace (wkshp) Bishopsgate Institute EC2M 4OH www.bishopsgate.org.uk
fanSHEN (event) Toynbee Studios E1 6AB www.artsadmin.co.uk

20
Diane Spence Backyard Comedy Club E3 0EL www.backyardcomedyclub.co.uk
Music to Change Lives Rich Mix E1 6LA www.richmix.org.uk
Hackney Flashers (discussion) Four Corners E2 0QN www.fourcornersfilm.co.uk

21
Diane Spence Backyard Comedy Club E3 0EL www.backyardcomedyclub.co.uk
Amina Khayyam Dance Co Yerma Rich Mix E1 6LA www.richmix.org.uk
Fade to Black & Country Stars (perf) Rich Mix E1 6LA www.richmix.org.uk

22
Amy Sharrocks: Museum of Water Chisenhale Dance Space by the Canal www.museumofwater.co.uk

23
Hot Chicks & Tough Mamas Biddle Bros E5 0QR www.cookiesjam.wordpress.com

23-27
MMM Mother Darnley Gallery E9 6QH www.centreforbetterhealth.org.uk

24
Girls Book Club Idea Store Whitechapel E1 1BU www.ideastore.co.uk

25
At Sea (talk) National Maritime Museum SE10 9NF www.rmg.co.uk

26
Spin the Signs (event) Whitechapel Gallery E1 7QX www.whitechapelgallery.org
Hayley Ellis, Robyn Perkins, Stephanie Laing Backyard Comedy Club E3 0EL www.backyardcomedyclub.co.uk
Off the Grid (film) Khiyo (band) Rich Mix E1 6LA www.richmix.org.uk

27
Tiff Stevenson Backyard Comedy Club E3 0EL www.backyardcomedyclub.co.uk
Jacquin Trio (music) Bishopsgate Institute EC2M 4OH www.bishopsgate.org.uk
Swing Den (social dance) Bishopsgate Institute EC2M 4OH www.bishopsgate.org.uk

28
Anna Parkina (perf) Whitechapel Gallery E1 7QX www.whitechapelgallery.org
Show Me the Edgeware Road (theatre) Rich Mix E1 6LA www.richmix.org.uk
Tiff Stevenson Backyard Comedy Club E3 0EL www.backyardcomedyclub.co.uk

29
Seriously Cheap Comedy Backyard Comedy Club E3 0EL www.backyardcomedyclub.co.uk
Komola Collective Of Blood & Fire (theatre) Rich Mix E1 6LA www.richmix.org.uk

31
Reading from ‘One of Ours’  (Willa Carthe) Idea Store Chrisp St E14 6BT www.ideastore.co.uk

Supported by Tower Hamlets Council, Tower Hamlets Partnership, Alternative Arts and all the venues, projects, artists and performers participating.

Women’s History Month in East London and International Women’s Week in Tower Hamlets are co-ordinated by Alternative Arts www.alternativearts.co.uk email infor@alternativearts.co.uk

See also http://www.womensgrid.org.uk/groups/?p=2989

March 4, 2015

Oxford Child Abuse & Government Response: Action Needed On Schools, Services & Attitudes – EVAW

Responding to the publication of the serious case review on the rape, trafficking and torture of girls in Oxford, and to Government announcements of new national measures to tackle child sexual exploitation on 3 March 2015, the End Violence Against Women Coalition said:

We applaud the Prime Minister’s recognition of child sexual exploitation as a ‘national threat’ and the Government’s instruction that police must treat it as top priority, alongside a new ‘national taskforce’ and helpline.

“We are appalled at the Oxford serious case review finding that police officers judged the girls to be choosing the abuse, and that social workers similarly knew about the abuse and failed to protect girls. Alexis Jay’s report on the rape and torture of girls in Rotherham found that the failure by police and social workers to protect girls who were being abused gave the perpetrators a sense of impunity, and over time considerably worsened the abuse.

“We note the announcement that some frontline professionals may face a greater possibility of sanction for failing to act on abuse. But we are concerned that there is still no commitment to tackling some of the roots of these crimes – the attitudes and behaviour of perpetrators, the lack of appropriate support for victims and the sexualisation of girls and young women.

Compulsory Sex & Relationships Education

“There is overwhelming public support (1) for making sex and relationships education (SRE) compulsory in schools so that boys and girls are guaranteed to have the conversations with trusted adults about what respect and what abuse look like in intimate relationships (2).

Support services for victims

“The national soul-searching over child sexual exploitation in Rochdale, Rotherham, Oxford and many other towns has rightly asked how we can provide a better criminal sanction and deterrent for perpetrators, but usually fails to ask what actually happens to victims and their families, and whether they have adequate support for rebuilding their lives.

“Many specialist independent support services for women and girls are struggling to stay open at a time when survivors of sexual abuse are disclosing abuse and seeking support at higher rates than ever before. Ensuring women and girls can access support, including counselling and practical help, at any time they need it, should also be a national priority. Independent women-led support services in the community are trusted by survivors of abuse and are known to provide the best long-term outcomes.

Attitudes to young women and sexualisation

“There are deeply held attitudes in our society which blame women and girls for sexual violence by asking first what did the victim did to provoke an assault, and by making excuses for and failing to scrutinise the behaviour of perpetrators. Judges sometimes make such remarks during prosecutions and at sentencing. Criminal justice professionals have allowed such attitudes to derail prosecutions. Social workers and teachers have failed to look harder in Rotherham, Rochdale and Oxford.

“In addition, the sexualisation of young women and girls across popular culture creates a ‘conducive context’ where girls may believe that they are to blame for abuse, and where perpetrators may get a sense that they will get away with abuse. We have to address these attitudes to women and girls and to sexual violence – through public awareness campaigns, political leadership and good SRE if we are to create a better deterrent and a safer society for girls and young women.”

Press Release at http://www.endviolenceagainstwomen.org.uk/news/196/child-sexual-exploitation-action-needed-on-schools-services-attitudes

March 4, 2015