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Events 5 May – 11 May


Diary. Here are some dates for your diary of woman-centric events going on around the UK this week.Here are some dates for your diary of woman-centric events going on around the UK and Dublin this week.

Wherever you are:

7 May: Wear Red! Education for Women and Girls around the world.

On 7 May 2014 we are inviting you all, women, men and children, to wear red in support of the One Million Women march in Abuja, Nigeria, on 30 April, for the 200 plus abducted schoolgirls.

Please wear something red and take photos of yourself and/or your friends, work mates, colleagues, family etc. holding signs saying #BringBackOurGirls , education for all women & girls, love & support from ……… and insert the name of your town/city and country. Then post the photos on the Wear Red facebook page.

We will then forward them to the organisers of this march to show our on-going support for the girls and their families.

#BringBackOurGirls solidarity protests and vigils are planned in Dublin, Nottingham and London.

And sign the petition.


7/8 May: Sister at Marlborough Theatre, 4 Princes Street, Brighton, from 7.30pm.

Amy and Rosana are sisters. Amy has worked in the sex industry. Rosana is a lesbian with a shaved head and hairy armpits. They are both feminists.

‘Sister’ sees them revealing everything in an attempt to understand their own and each others’ sexual identities, and how the world they grew up in shaped them into the women they are today.

Tickets £8.50/ £6.50.

Part of Brighton Fringe Festival, a completely open-access festival, which means anyone can put on an event and be included in the festival programme. Brighton Fringe can also include any art form.

No artistic judgement or selection criteria are imposed on participants, enabling the development of both new and established work to attract fresh audiences, press and promoters.


8 May: Book launch: The Illicit Worlds of Indian Dance, by Dr Anna Morcom,  at The Guildhall, Leicester LE1 5FQ at 5.15pm.

As part of the Let’s Dance International Festival in Leicester, Anna Morcom launches her new book, The Illicit Worlds of Indian Dance, about India’s performance arts over the last century and its female, transgender and cross-dressed dancers.



10 May: Gender, Fundamentalism and Racism at the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (UEL) and Centre for Gender Studies (SOAS) at Khalili Theatre, SOAS, London WC1H, from 2-5pm.

Georgie Wemyss, UEL, and Rebecca Durand: Voices from Adult Education;

Rita Chadha, RAMFEL: Faith, the new Border Agent for Immigration: Perpetuating sexism and inter-community racism within faith based organisations–an East London case study;

Hana Riaz, LSE: The Woolwich Attack: The racialisation of Islam and Muslim identity in Britain;

Pragna Patel, Southall Black Sisters: Excusing the inexcusable: Some reflections on the place of gender in the politics of race and religion in the UK.

Tickets free.

Until 31 May: Judith Barry: Cairo Stories at Waterside Contemporary, Clanbury Street, London, N1

This is the first Judith Barry’s solo exhibition at Waterside Contemporary where she presents her project “… Cairo stories” consisting of a video and photographic installation.

Created from a collection of more than 200 interviews Barry conducted with Cairene women between the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the beginning of the Egyptian Revolution in 2011, “… Cairo stories” is a series of short video monologues.

The stories chronicle personal experiences of women from a variety of social and economic classes in Egypt and expand the artist’s concerns with notions of representation, history, subjectivity, and translation – particularly as these ideas circulate across cultures.

A selection of 15 narratives is performed by actors, highlighting that all stories, including those we tell ourselves, are ultimately fictions.

“… Cairo stories” is a continuation of Not Reconciled, a series of ‘as told to’ stories Barry recorded in a variety of countries and cultures, and bears witness to the artist’s long-term interest in the strength and the political implications of the voice.

Since the Egyptian revolution, the voice – and the right to vote or ability to speak out – has become a central concern in everyday life.

The position of women in the public, political – and private – spheres is also at the forefront of these discussions.

Free entry.


7 May: Alyse Nelson, president and CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, at the Oxford Union, Frewin Court, Oxford, from 7pm.

The Oxford Union and Oxford Women in Politics are pleased to host Alyse Nelson, president and CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that identifies, trains and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe, the aim of which is to enable them to create a better world for us all.

Nelson has worked with women leaders to develop training programmes and international forums in more than 140 countries and has interviewed more than 200 international leaders. Under her leadership, Vital Voices has tripled in size and expanded to serve a network of more than 14,000 women leaders in 144 countries.

Previously, Nelson served as deputy director of the Vital Voices Global Democracy Initiative at the U.S. Department of State. She helped former First Lady Hillary Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s commitment to promote the advancement of women as a US foreign policy objective. She has helped design and implement Vital Voices initiatives throughout the world.

From July 1996 to July 2000, Nelson worked with the President’s Interagency Council on Women at the White House and US Department of State. She is a Member in the Council on Foreign Relations. She serves on Secretary Clinton’s Advisory Committee on Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society and is a Board member of Running Start and RAD-AID International.

She is also the author of ‘Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around at the World,’ which tells the stories of remarkable, world-changing women, as well as the story of how Vital Voices was founded.

In 2006 Nelson was named one of ”Ten Women to Watch” by the Washingtonian Magazine, in 2011 she was featured in Newsweek as one of ”150 Women Shaking the World,” and in 2012 she was The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) World of Difference 100 Award recipient.

9/10 May: The Vagina Monologues at EP Abraham Lecture Theatre, Green Templeton College, 43 Woodstock Road, Oxford, from 8pm.

The award-winning play is based on V-Day Founder and playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women. The piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength with humour and grace.

For more than a decade, The Vagina Monologues has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public and brought a deeper consciousness to the conversation around ending violence against women and girls.

And through this play and the liberation of this one word, countless women throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives.

Tickets £5. Profits go to the Oxford Rape Crisis Centre and V-Day.

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