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Events: 30 September – 6 October

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diary of women centric events in UKHere are some dates for your diary of woman-centric events going on around the UK this week.

Bristol:

1 October: Rape Crisis benefit and Vision of Trees live launch at Mr. Wolf’s Bristol, 33 St Stephen’s Street, Bristol.

Hysterical Injury launch their latest single “Vision of Trees” in a benefit for Bristol Rape Crisis, with support from Annette Berlin and Drunken Butterfly.

3 October: Meet Bristol’s women leaders at City Hall, College Green, Bristol from 11am-1pm or 6-8pm

The Bristol Women’s Commission and Bristol Women’s Voice have teamed up to host an event which seeks to encourage more women to become Councillors by offering the opportunity to go and meet those women that are already working within Bristol City Council.

Glasgow:

Every Thursday until 17 October: Read, Relax, Recharge at Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street, Glasgow from 12-2pm

Are you a book lover? Or maybe you want to get back into reading again after a long break and don’t know where to start? This friendly read-aloud group, led by Magi Gibson and Librarian Wendy Kirk, offers the perfect chance to relax and recharge for a couple of hours.

Bring along your lunch and explore stories and poems by a range of amazing women writers from around the world, all washed down with lots of tea and friendly chat.

A small donation of £2 (or whatever you can afford) is requested, to cover the costs of running the group, but free places are also available. Click here to register your interest or contact the library for more information.

London:

30 September: Stonewall Comedy Gala Presents…Girls’ Night Out at Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, London, WC1H from 7.30pm

Kerry Godliman, Zoe Lyons and Francesca Martinez, are among the fabulously funny all-female line up who are supporting Stonewall for this special one-off night.

Joining them on the evening are Jen Brister (MC), Hannah Gadsby, Angie McEvoy, Leisa Rea, Suzi Ruffell and Rosie Wilby.

Tickets £25/£15

2 October: Tracking the Gender Politics of the Millennium Developent Goals: from the Millennium Declaration to the post-MDG consultations at the Old Theatre, Old Building, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London, WC2A, from 6.30pm

The Millennium Declaration, signed by over 180 world leaders at the start of the new millennium, committed the international community to targeted achievements on a number of goals by 2015. Along with poverty reduction and human development, these goals included gender equality and women’s empowerment. Now, as we draw close to 2015, there have been worldwide consultations on what will replace the MDG agenda.

This lecture will focus on the gender politics of this process: the gender text, and sub-text, the goals themselves, the extent to which gender advocates and activists were involved in the formulation of the goals, how the goals relate to previous gender-related commitments of the internal community, including the Beijing Platform for Action and the Vienna Declaration on human rights and what has been achieved so far. It will conclude by examining how feminist organisations are seeking to influence the post-MDG agenda.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required, but entry in on a first come, first served basis.

2 October: Mind Games: The science of sexism at The Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BS from 7pm

The number of female politicians in Britain is decreasing, teenage girls are suffering increased violence from boyfriends, and the pay gap between men and women over the age of 30 shows no sign of equalizing. Some claim that inequality and sexism are on the increase. But where does sexism come from? Claudia Hammond chairs an expert panel discussion.

Tickets: £12/£8/£6

2 October: Kate Adie: Womens’ role in World War I at the National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London at 7pm

When World War I broke out in 1914, women emerged from their domestic lives whilst a generation of men went off to fight. They began to occupy important roles in transport, policing, munitions and even politics.

Join Kate Adie as she explains how the First World War began the seismic shift towards equal rights, and explores what these women achieved for future generations.

Tickets £10.

3 October: Open meeting and discussion with Kavita Krishnan, secretary of the All-India Progressive Women’s Association at the DLT Lecture Theatre (Room G2) SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG at 7pm

What does the anti-rape movement which arose from the protests of December 2012 mean for struggles against sexual and gender violence across India?
What are the implications of the rise of Narendra Modi and the activities of the Hindu Right for violence against women in India?
How does the UK’s current relationship with India affect gender violence?
What are the possibilities of international solidarity against gender violence?

4 October: A Feeling for Things: The work of Jane Bennett at Birkbeck, 30 Russell Square, London WC1B from 6pm

The work of Jane Bennett, the political theorist over the last decade has consistently drawn attention to and had a feeling for things, for the inorganic, and for the agency or quasi-agency of nonhuman actants.

This first of a two-day event makes the writing of Jane Bennett a vibrant matter for discussion across the fields of philosophy, psychosocial studies, political theory, cultural studies, literary theory, visual theory and performance studies among others. In particular, the focus will be on how Bennett’s explorations of vitalism, anthropocentrism, agency, biopolitics and new materialisms contribute to the emerging and fraught conversations between feminist and queer theory, Object Oriented Ontology and Speculative Realism.

This event is free, but registration is essential.

5 October: A Feeling for Things: A conversation around the work of Jane Bennett at Birkbeck Main Building, 30 Russell Square, London, WC1B from 10am-5pm

This second of a two-day event will discuss the intersections between Jane Bennett’s political thought and feminist/queer theory featuring responses from Eileen Joy, João Florêncio, Jussi Parikka, Nigel Clark, Milla Tiainen, Lisa Baraitser and Michael O’Rourke.

Tickets: £40/ £20 Birkbeck Staff and all students.

5 October: She Grrrowls: SEX at The Gallery Café, 21 Old Ford Road, London, E2 from 7.30pm

She Grrrowls showcases a range of female spoken word – including poetry, comedy and a music finale. Go along and take part in the all-inclusive open mic section, with this month’s theme: SEX.

Hosted by Cat Brogan, with poetry from Hannah Chutzpah and Ebele and music and comedy from Ann Domoney.

Tickets: £5

Until 11 October: Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale at Shakespeare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, London, SE1 from 2pm and 7.30pm

It is 1896 at Girton College, Cambridge, and Elizabeth Welsh is preparing for battle. Girton is the first college in Britain to admit women. The girls risk their reputations for their education. They study ferociously and match their male peers grade for grade. Yet, when the men graduate, the girls leave empty handed, with nothing but the stigma of being a ‘blue stocking’ – and unnatural, educated woman – to their names. They are unqualified and unmarriageable.

Principal Elizabeth Welsh is determined to win the girls the right to graduate, whatever the cost Can they persuade the University? Not if the average fellow or undergraduate can prevent it.

Meanwhile, Cambridge offers far more than merely educational opportunities to the Girton Girls. The battle for the vote, it seems, is the least of Elizabeth’s worries. Blue Stockings follows Welsh and the Girton Girls over this tumultuous year in their fight to change the history of education.

Manchester:

30 September: The Politics of Motherhood: Are the Conservatives doing enough to support women’s choices? at Richter Room, Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, Peter Street, Manchester from 1pm

This BPAS fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference will look at the politics of motherhood.

Women’s decisions about when they should have children, how they should have them and what they should do when they do have them seem increasingly subject to public scrutiny. What role can policymakers play in supporting women’s choices and how far can they go?

Speakers include Claire Perry MP, Ann Furedi, Eleanor Mills, Jennifer Howze, and Cathy Warwick.

All are welcome to join and you do not need a conference pass to attend.

3 October: WTF! Presents Elf Lyons is a Pervert! At The Kings Arms, 11 Bloom Street, Manchester, from 6.30pm

Presented by What The Frock! and part of the Women in Comedy UK Festival. Elf Lyons is 22 years-old, 6ft tall and a self-described pervert. Showcasing her first solo stand-up show, join Elf for an epic hour of anecdotes, erotica, library raps and facts on the London Underground.

3 October: What The Frock! in Manchester at The Kings Arms, 11 Bloom Street, Manchester from 8.30pm

Part of the Women in Comedy UK Festival, join What The Frock!’s Comedy Club in Manchester with resident MC Jayde Adams, along with: Harriet Kemsley, India Macleod, Bethan Roberts, and Annabel O’Connell.

Tickets: £8

Nottingham:

5 October: Get Up! East Midlands Million Women Rise Fundraiser at The Polish Centre, Clumber Avenue, off Sherwood Rise, Nottingham from 8pm

Compered by Pam Burrows, this fundraising event for East Midlands Million Women Rise will feature international Folk Artist of Distinction Julie Felix and singer/songwriter Natalie Duncan.

Tickets: £10/£7/£3

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