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Date(s) - 07/03/2015
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

M Shed


March 7 will be a day of celebration, when Bristol Women’s Voice takes over MShed’s top floor for International Women’s Day.

This International Women’s Day is for women to come together to celebrate Bristol women’s achievements and to make new connections across our communities and networks. The event, which will be held from 11am until 5pm is free to attend, and there is no need to book – turn up and celebrate the day with us!

We are pleased to announce to you all today the line up of our programme for International Women’s Day!

End Suite

11AM Kathryn Llewelyn, CEO Concern Universal – Building Bridges this International Women’s Day

Concern Universal is an international development organisation tackling poverty from the grassroots. They create opportunities for people around the world to improve their lives, shape their own futures & help communities deliver practical solutions with long term impact.

11:15 VDay Monologues Drama Performance, community theatre

Community group VDay Bristol will be performing a few short extracts of this popular funny play by Ms. Ensler. By creating this global community,VDay strives to empower women to find their collective voices & demand an end to violence against women & girls.

11:45 Can Women Save the Planet? Environmental debate, organised by Bristol Women’s Commission

Chaired by Professor Wendy Larner from University of Bristol. Panellists include: Katie Alcott from Frank Water, Anna McMullen from Labour Behind the Label, Dr. Mary Phillips from University of Bristol and Angela Jarquiin, fairtrade cacao producer from Nicaragua.

1:00 Zero Tolerance City

Bristol Women’s Commission and Mayor George Ferguson join forces with city leaders to launch the Zero Tolerance City initiative. Organisations across the city are invited to pledge their support for zero tolerance of gender based violence and abuse and to take significant and demonstrable action within their own organisation to eliminate it and support survivors of violence, abuse and exploitation.

1:30 Dilemma: Spotting and Dealing with FGM Integrate Bristol

Who better than the amazing young people of Integrate Bristol -who took their campaign against the practice of FGM to national and world leaders-to lead this workshop on how to spot & deal with female genital mutilation, looking at issues that we all may or may not face.

2:30 Vanessa Kissule – Spoken Word Poetry from 2014 Poetry Slam Winner

2:45 You’re never too young to change the world

Sanya and Issi from Bristol’s Youth Parliament join forces to discuss Bristol, Youth Activism and Gender Equality

3:00 Come and Play with Breathing Fire

Black women’s playback theatre company Building on last year’s hugely popular drama workshop with this inspiring theatre company, we have given over an hour of our programme to their ‘Building Bridges’ event; the theme of International Women’s Day in Bristol this year

4:00 Get Your Voice Heard: Joy of Singing with Jules Olsen

Back due to popular demand. Join Jules, a well-known Bristol based vocal coach who will tlead in helping you to achieve vocal heights you didn’t think possible. No experience necessary – open to all ages – just bring your voice and give it a go!

Middle Suite

11AM – Health and Wellbeing with Self Injury Support

An interactive and relaxed workshop exploring what it means to look after your wellbeing as a woman and considering how to nurture the different aspects of ourselves.

12:00 – Puppet Making with Lady Strong’s Bonfire

A theatre company that creates powerful and joyous visual theatre. They combine puppetry and mask with stunning design and wild physicality. Come along, have a natter and learn how to make a simple puppet with Lady Strong Bonfire’s creative team.

1:00 Sisters doing it for themselves?

Discussion group on women and representation – What we can learn from our own local leaders in helping women to become more influential in politics, business and communities? Facilitated by Peninah Achieng, Chair of African Voices Forum, with Professor Sarah Childs (University of Bristol), Deborah Waddell (Director CBI South West).Negat Hussein (Refugee Women of Bristol) and Marie Adeyemi (British Aerospace). Join our discussion on what Bristol as a city can learn from Mozambique, through how mentoring and positive role models can encourage you to go for that job or take up a position in public life.

2:30 Breaking Stereotypes and Building Bridges: Women in Sport Deborah Fleming, England Women’s Rugby Player and Bristol Ladies Rugby Premiership Player

Thomas Edison once said “if everyone did what they were capable of, we would astound ourselves.” It’s time to start achieving your potential. You’ve got a vision and a passion, let’s explore it. A challenging talk on identifying your area of influence, rebuilding stereotypes and breaking the mould.

2:45 Bristol Fawcett in 2015

Local campaign group are sharing with us their actions, priorities and changes for 2015.

3:00 Shagufta K – Spoken Word

Described as one of the most talked about performers in the region, Shagufta K is a powerful and brave voice. Her vivid thought provoking work beautifully transports audiences to a world where, gender, race, and culture are examined through a fresh, passionate and exciting perspective. Never has there been a more timely poet.

3:15 Speak Out Chlo Winfield, Founder of Project Speak Out

Teenager Chlo Winfield will be talking about her project to show how abuse isn’t always physical and anyone can be a victim. Chlo will talk about the police and their attitude towards victims of abuse, plus how feminist activism has helped her.

3:30 Making a Stand

Local activist and BCFM chat show host Faisa Barre talking violence against women, activism and mental health.

3:45 Speed Friending

Come and meet women from across the city in very short, timed, one-to-one chats. Learn something about 6 other women. Go away with new friends and new insights.


Plus …

11:30 Women’s History Cycle Ride  – starting at MShed (details and booking info here).

2:45 Netwalking: making connections on the move

Walk, talk and discuss some juicy questions with Rosalind Turner from Netwalking South West. As a woman in 2015, do you have to be a feminist? What does feminism today mean to you? Do you have to be a feminist to take part in the full representation debate? What changes, if any, can you play a part in between now and next International Women’s Day?

For more information about Netwalking, check out the website here.

And throughout the day…

Join Concern Universal for the Indoor Static Cycling Challenge – we will be attempting to cycle across Lake Malawi to raise awareness of how cycling can empower girls across the world!

Weaving Women for IWD2015

Sometimes in ancient poems weaving seems to stand for women’s work and, metaphorically, for storytelling. The act of weaving (and embroidering, and other forms of fabric-working) conforms to certain expectations of women’s work within the home. And yet the stories that unravel around these epic weaving women often seem dissenting. Helen weaves and works-in scenes of the war that the Greeks and Trojans fought over her, although she has no say in the outcome. Penelope weaves by day, and then unweaves her work again each night, keeping time suspended. Philomela, so violently denied a voice, concealed within her weaving a desperate message to her sister. And Arachne’s fabulous weaving was a challenge to Athena. Although she was turned into a spider for her trouble, it didn’t deter her: ‘if you bash into the web of a spider she doesn’t get mad. She weaves it and repairs it’ (Louise Bourgeois)

The poet borrows terms to weave a web of words, to spin a yarn. But all the time, without the text, women are weaving and repairing. It is the very fabric that makes our material culture. Skills and hopes are shared in samplers; multiple stories are spelt out in a patchwork of quilts and protest banners: lives are connected by interwoven threads and apron strings. Join us to celebrate IWD2015 with Bristol Women’s Voice, and help make a collective piece inspired by ‘weaving women’, and the themes of IWD2015, Building Bridges and Paint It Purple. All welcome. Making Learning will be joined by Dr Maud Perrier (SPAIS, UoB) to talk about two collaborative community projects Making Mothers and Text(iles) to Transgress.

Plus stalls from Bristol Women’s Voice, Lady Strong’s Bonfire, Soapbox Science, WhattheFrock, PlayPauseStop, BristolWoman, Parliamentary Outreach, Bristol and Avon Chinese Women’s Group, NoMoreTaboo, ThisGirlCan, TIGERBristol, BetterforBike, Refugee Women of Bristol and more…

There will be a free crèche, as well as free transport for groups of women. To book free transport (for groups of women from agreed locations) or for further information, email info@bristolwomensvoice.org.uk or call 07972 673782.