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Events 20 May – 26 May

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diaryHere are some national events for and about women for your diary for the week 20 May – 26 May

Activism:

21 May: Hollaback Sheffield Chalk Walk 

Starting at Sheffield University Student’s Union at 6.00pm

Join us as we chalk our way around the streets of Sheffield on an adventure to show whose streets these are… all of ours! Let’s reclaim the streets where we’ve been followed, insulted, harassed or assaulted.

Go with your chalk and the messages you want to spread!

For inspiration take a look at the last Chalk Walk.

24 May: Reclaim the Night Northampton 2013

Starting from Abington Park, Park Avenue, Northampton, NN1 5LW

The first ever Reclaim the Night Northampton,  a march to demonstrate the belief that it is a community-wide responsibility to make Northamptonshire a safe place, free from risk of rape or any form of violence.

Please bring a torch, a glowstick or whatever you fancy to light up the night! Don’t forget your placard!

For further details call NRICC on 01604 250721.

Entertainment:

21 May: Girl Rising t the Harris Lecture Theatre, Oriel College, Oxford University at 7.15pm

A groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrated writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses.

Girl Rising showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.

Tickets are £3 with online ticket booking. Watch the trailer. Or email Suzanne  for more information.

Ends 25 May: The Gut Girls at The Space, 269 West Ferry Road, London, E14 3RS:  from 7:30pm – 10:30pm

This play is a fantastic representation of Victorian oppression and early feminism.

Set at the turn of the 20th Century in Deptford, South East London, it centres around the lives of 5 young women working 13 hours per day in the gutting sheds, discussing their existence, deliberating their futures, recalling their past, all the while disemboweling live stock. Unmarried and ostracised by polite society for their vocation and unrefined manners, the girls compensate by earning adequate salaries, reveling in their independence and putting by a few bob for extravagant hats.

Evidently, they yearn for finer circumstances, but The Gut Girls are aware their lives could be far more harrowing – dreading the likelihood of domestic toil embodied by working class marriage or domestic service.

Fundraising:

22 May: The Stand – Comedy night fundraiser  at 33 Woodlands Road, Glasgow, G3 6NG from 7.30pm

To book, call The Stand – 0844 355 8879 or go to  their website

The Women’s Support Project works to raise awareness of the extent, causes and effects of violence against women, and for improved services for those affected by violence. Main areas of work are:  support for women whose children have been sexually abused or exploited; raising awareness of the harmful impact of commercial sexual exploitation and highlighting demand as the root cause; improving service responses to violence against women including delivery of training; public education

Lectures/Debates:

21 May: Feminar – London Feminist Network: Women and the City : how urban planning policy impacts on women

Held at Future Leaders Assessment Centre, Unit 2 Bridge Wharf, 156 Caledonian Road, London N1 9UU from 7.00pm

Clara Greed, Professor of Inclusive Urban Planning, University of the West of England, will examine how urban planning can impact on us as women in every aspect of our lives, both at the level of overall policy decisions and at the more detailed design level to show that urban spaces are still heavily gendered.

Transport: nearest tube station King’s Cross; buses 17, 91, 259 nearest stop Killick Street on the Caledonian Road.

RSVP  by email to Jennifer Milligan. Donations of £5, or whatever you can afford, to cover the cost of room hire are kindly requested.

21 May: Feminist Object(ive)s: Writing Art History at The Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building, York University, York from 12.00 noon – 7.00pm

Feminist object(ive)s: Writing Art Histories will explore the aims, challenges and complications of writing art histories from a feminist standpoint, considering feminist methodologies, encounters with feminist art and culture, working with women artists as well as more broadly politically engaged art practices.

22 May: Transforming politics: how women activists can and should participate in electoral politics

The Sheila McKechnie Foundation (SMK) –  the only UK charity that connects, informs and supports campaigners – invites you to a special talk and networking event aimed at campaigners, lobbyists, policymakers and strategists alike who are trying to increase the participation of women in politics.

At 356 Holloway Road, N7 6PA London: sliding scale tickets from £0.00 to £25.00

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