Posts Tagged ‘international women’s day’

durham-women-risingAs part of the Durham Women Rising Festival, Durham Women Rising will be hosting One Billion Rising For Justice: A Public Awareness-Raising Event in Durham on Friday 14th February 2014.

One Billion Rising for Justice will take place 11.30am-3pm in Durham Market Place, and will include: music from the Ladies of the Midnight Blue (http://www.hannabiell.com/ladies-of-midnight-blue.html);  speeches from the Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg, MP Roberta Blackman-Woods, and Nicole Westmarland; information stalls, and much more.

Durham Women Rising, based on the global One Billion Rising project, aims to empower women and girls in the county through creative endeavours, support work and campaigning.

Durham University Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse launched the campaign in December last year as part of a bid to eliminate violence against women and girls in County Durham.

For more information, see: http://durhamwomenrising.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/dwr-programme.pdf and to get involved with Durham Women Rising, email durhamwomenrising@gmail.com

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IB imageSnapshots of law, gender and sexuality news from the past couple of weeks

International Women’s Day

Laura Graham

Today, 8th March, marks International Women’s Day 2013, a day to celebrate the achievements and lives of women across the globe, as well as speaking out against oppression of women and the issues still facing women today.

International Women’s Day has been celebrated for over 100 years. The first National Women’s Day was celebrated in the US in 1909, following a declaration by the Socialist Party of America. The very first International Women’s Day was launched in 1911 on 19th March (not 8th March) – the 19th March was chosen to mark the promise made by the Prussian king on this date during the 1848 revolution to introduce votes for women. Since 1913, it has been celebrated on the 8th March.


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The Newcastle Women’s Collective (with the Newcastle Feminist Society) would like to invite you to celebrate International Women’s Day at the Cluny 2, Ouseburn, Newcastle, Wednesday 7 March from 7.30pm (*women only*). Tickets on the door at £3 minimum donation.

Join us to celebrate women and women’s achievements through live music, art, the spoken word and more! The line-up includes:

Live Music

Iceni https://www.facebook.com/pages/Iceni/117104391717999?sk=app_178091127385

Miss Danby http://www.myspace.com/cheersmedusa

Comedy and Poetry

Pippa Little http://www.biscuitpublishing.com/comp/pippa.htm

Kate Fox http://www.katefox.co.uk/

An all women Suggestibles line up – the mayhem will be managed by the amazing Bev Fox: http://www.thesuggestibles.co.uk/


Roweena Russell

Kate Sweeney

For updates and further information see http://www.newcastlewomenscollective.co.uk/

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Chantell Burrows & Nikki Godden (Blog Editors)

In the Press

All over the world women were celebrated, inspired and acknowledged for their achievements.   It’s a time to reflect on the progress that has been made towards gender equality, as well as raising awareness as to particular challenges women still face in certain countries, and problems that are shared worldwide.  On 8 March 2011, in its 100th year, International Women’s Day has acquired a dominant presence in the press globally.

From the UK, the Guardian had a fantastic webpage dedicated to the day – check this out if you haven’t already for the many and varied reports and stories – and all the comment articles were written by women.  Overall, the feeling conveyed is of both pride and disappointment.  Women should be proud to celebrate their history and progress in many ways, but we should not lose sight of the issue at hand.  (more…)

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