(Illustration by Femke de Jong)

What the Frock! Comedy and Bristol Women’s Voice Present – 27th of March 

Update: This event has been rescheduled to Tuesday the 27th of March at 8pm. The deadline for refunds if you cannot attend is Thursday 16th of March. Please contact WeGotTickets direct by 16 March if you require a refund. Thank you!

For one night only, Bristol’s award-winning all-female comedy night What The Frock! is back, back, back. This very special, one-off comedy show is a fundraiser for the charity Bristol Women’s Voice and is part of BWV’s series of events throughout 2018 celebrating the centenary of (some) women finally receiving the vote. Our phenomenally popular compere CERYS NELMES is returning as your host for the evening and will introduce a star-studded line-up that includes KATE SMURTHWAITE, ATHENA KUGBLENU, AMY MASON and the incomparable ADA CAMPE. Tickets are available here.

Your Future Your Choice 

A series of events throughout 2018 bringing girls from years 6 and 11 together from six schools at each event. Girls will meet inspirational women role models on identity and empowerment with an emphasis on delivering positive change. Girls discuss what changes they would like to make in school and in their lives and how to do it. The girls will also plan future events.

Votes for Women at MShed –  30th June 2018

10.30 – 4.30

Free – donations welcome

A one-day event at M Shed in May 2018 informing the city about its rich suffrage history

  • Screening of the film ‘Make More Noise: Suffragettes in Silent Film’
  • UWE drama students performing the short play How the Vote Was Won, written by Cicely Hamilton in 1913
  • Contemporary panel discussion on what the vote has done for women
  • A women’s suffrage walk by Lucienne Boyce, author of “Bristol Suffragettes”
  • An introduction to women’s suffrage in Bristol by Lucienne Boyce and June Hannam
  • ‘Meet the experts’ stall to discover local women’s history and how to do your own research
  • A ‘Voting Booth’ by Dreadnought Southwest to hear stories about local pioneering women.
  • Activities for children facilitated by the Children’s Scrapstore.

Future Brunels – the week of the 23rd June (International Women In Engineering Day)

The SS Great Britain Trust’s Future Brunels programme, launched in 2011, is committed to giving young people real-world experiences – working closely with school and industry. From exploring the science behind the rollercoasters at Thorpe Park, discovering forensic science at a ‘Crime Scene House’ or learning about the latest animation technology with Aardman, the programme aims to inspire students to consider career possibilities in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). To mark International Women in Engineering Day 2018, the Trust’s education team and the Society of Women Engineers are developing a hands-on science event particularly aimed at encouraging young women to consider studying STEM subjects and showcase the range of exciting career options available in this field. More details to follow soon.

 An Audience with Sarah Guppy – June 2018

An audience with Sarah Guppy, a new play by Sheila Hannon in partnership with Show of Strength about an unsung inventor and designer. Kim Hicks plays the remarkable woman who mat have taught IK Brunel more than a thing or two about suspension bridges. Sarah Guppy was responsible for bringing Brunel to Bristol in the first place.

UpFest: Women & Walls – 28th – 30th July 2018

Europe’s largest, free, street art & graffiti festival, attracting over 350+ artists painting 35 venues throughout Bedminster & Southville, Bristol from 28th-30th July. Talented artists travel from 40+ countries and across the UK to paint live on 40,000 sq ft of surfaces in front of 50,000 visitors.  The festival had a media reach in 2017 of 498 million! Upfest plans to commission four female Street Artists to mark the centenary with work exploring and celebrating the Suffrage Movement. This will include an international female artist and two British Artists. One piece will celebrate the history of suffrage, a second will look at present day women’s lives, and the third will look to the future for women’s rights. In 2008 Upfest had only 5% female artists by 2017 this has increased to 25%, their goal for 2018 is to push this past 30%.

Conversations with Suffragettes – 10th -16th October (Local Democracy Week)

Actors and volunteers dressed as Bristol suffragettes will be out and about  in the city at places such as supermarkets, bus stops, buses,schools and community centres. The Suffragettes will engage people in conversation about the importance of women gaining the vote and why it is important for modern day women to use their vote and how this can raise women’s policies up the political agenda.

Women’s Landmarks: A Site Specific & Digital Game. A collection of digital site specific games, designed and built by young women in Bristol.

The games tell the story of the women’s suffrage movement through interaction with place and history. The games will be designed to fit with a specific location/story. To play participants will scan the QR code on a floor decal which gives access to that location’s games. The decal will have a short overview of the historic event so it also acts as a temporary plaque about suffrage history in Bristol. The project will be led by Dr Constance Fleuriot (Women In Games Ambassador) and founder of Bristol Women’s Tech Hub, partnering with Girrrl Games. The games will be developed and built by young women aged 13-18, with two day workshops being run at three different locations across Bristol. The programme takes participants through game development, from concept to design and delivery. The workshops will include talks from inspirational women in the tech industry, and a site visit to the location their game is based on with Madge Dresser – a leading women’s suffrage historian. The games will go into a competition with the public voting for an  audience award and also a professional award selected by a panel of industry experts. The winning game design team will be given ongoing mentorship following the programme.

Bristol Radical History Group – October 29th

BRHG are screening MAKE MORE NOISE! Suffragettes in the Silent Cinema at The Cube Cinema on May 7th. This film highlights the passion and media savvy of the suffragette’s struggle, offering a fascinating portrait of British women during this time. “You have to make more noise than anybody else” Emmeline Pankhurst

£4 waged/£3 unwaged

Bristol Ensemble At St Georges Bristol Notes For Women – Throughout 2018

Organised by St Georges Bristol, this will be a year long celebration of music by women composers through the ages: bringing to light neglected names from the past and new voices for our time.  The events will inspire and engage audiences of all ages with adventurous and wide ranging concerts, sharing individuals’ stories in the context of women’s suffrage. New music commissions will be created to swell the repertoire & create legacy. An outreach programme & workshops will inspire the next generation of composers & performers. More information can be found about the events here.

Women with Vision at Royal West of England Academy (RWA) – 16 Dec 17 – 11 Mar 18

In a year of national milestones, the RWA marks the impact of female artists on our country’s artistic landscape with four diverse exhibitions of historic and contemporary works. Women with Vision includes works by Cornelia Parker, Sandra Blow, Sonia Lawson, Elisabeth Frink, Anne Redpath and many others.

As well as coinciding with Vote100 celebrations, the exhibitions also commemorate 160 years since the RWA first opened its doors and 250 years since London’s Royal Academy was founded. Featuring members of both Academies, Women with Vision celebrates the pivotal roles the artists have played in the histories of both institutions.

A programme of talks, lectures and tours also accompany the exhibition. Find out more and book your tickets via the RWA websitehttps://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/women-vision

Bristol Women’s Literature Festival

Organised by Women’s Literature Festival, the programme will include:
● Spoken word launch party ● Women writing today: a celebration of contemporary writers ● 1918 – 2018: Feminism 100 years after suffrage ● Writing YA: organised in partnership with Cotham School and Rife ● Why we love talking about books: The Read Women project discusses our relationship with reading ● Schools workshops: Workshops will introduce 6th form students at Backwell, Cotham and Bristol Cathedral to work by women modernist writers. This ties in with the themes of novel The Red Deeps. ● Children’s workshop

Women of The Year Awards 

The Bristol Post and Bath Chronicle Women of the year Awards are all about celebrating inspiring female role models across our two cities. With new research showing that UK is missing out on a £10.1 billion economic boost by not doing enough to support women in business, these role models are more important than ever. The winners and finalists of this year’s awards set a glowing example to the next generation. They are the pioneers working to narrow the gender gap in business; inspiring young women with the confidence to go out and make their mark.

Bristol Cathedral Events

Bristol Women at War 15th January – March

Bristol Women at War examines the types of war work performed by women during WW1 and charts the shift in the workplace as women took on jobs traditionally performed by men. The exhibition will

examine the growth in voluntary work across the City that saw women taking leading and influential roles in organisations like the Bristol Inquiry Bureau and the Red Cross Society, and tell the stories of often unsung ‘sheroes’ including the women who tried to keep families running whilst husbands, sons and brothers were away. The exhibition is presented as part of the Cathedral’s ongoing First World War remembrance.

No Man’s Land 6 April – 1 July

No Man’s Land offers rarely-seen female perspectives on the First World War, featuring images taken by women who worked as nurses, ambulance drivers, and official photographers, as well as contemporary artists directly inspired by the conflict. Commemorating the First World War Centenary, No Man’s Land features photographs by three women of the epoch, alongside three women making work a century later.

Rife Film 

Rife Magazine premiered their short film In Our Hands at IWD on the 3rd of March. The film was produced in partnership with Watershed, Bristol Youth Links and Bristol Women’s Voice. Featuring a poem by Malaika Kegode, the film reflects the diverse experiences of young people and what women are still fighting for.

Watch In Our Hands online now.

Bristol Women’s Voice are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and innovative person to our staff team as a Volunteer Coordinator. We have funding for an exciting work programme for the next 4 years.

The successful candidate will enjoy a pivotal role in organising and supporting the volunteers that support and work with us each year.

For more information please see the job description and person specification.

The deadline for applications is 18.00 on 1st May

Interviews are to be on May 24th

Prospective start date is July 4.

For further information or an informal chat please do not hesitate to contact Maryanne Kempf, Vice Chair at maryanne@bristolwomensvoice.org.uk or 07944948156.

How to Apply:

Please email your completed Application Form and Equality Monitoring Form to Maryanne Kempf, Vice Chair at maryanne@bristolwomensvoice.org.uk

Bristol Women’s Voice are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and innovative person to our staff team. We have funding for an exciting work programme for the next 4 years. Our flagship event each year for International Women’s Day is the centennial time for us to celebrate and will be a huge production. The successful candidate will enjoy a pivotal role in organising and celebrating with us. Aside from IWD we have a yearly programme of smaller events and projects.

For more information please see the job description and person specification.

The deadline for applications is 18.00 on 2nd April.

Interviews are to be on the 10th and 11th of April.

For further information or an informal chat please do not hesitate to contact Maryanne Kempf, Vice Chair at maryanne.kempf@yahoo.co.uk or 07944948156.

How to Apply:

Please email your completed Application Form and equality monitoring form to Maryanne Kempf, Vice Chair at maryanne.kempf@yahoo.co.uk

A member of BWV, based in Bristol, has an online survey looking at the effect of a mother’s empathy on a child’s emotional development.  

She is looking for mothers who live in Bristol to participate in this study (which is a 5-minutes online questionnaire) who have children aged 2-4 years. See the Participant Information Sheet for more details on research study.

Should you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact her at freya.h.howard@stu.mmu.ac.uk

BWV Reporter Nancy Fielding has published a piece in Bristol 24/7.

A copy of it is below – note, *possible trigger warning*.

‘What on earth is Bristol doing inviting a known rapist to speak here?’

By Nancy Fielding

In the week when Bristolian women celebrated International Women’s Day in a multitude of exciting ways, we also experienced a boxer who has been convicted multiple times of violence against women visiting our city, and the promise that a man who freely admits he is a rapist will be speaking at an event here on Monday night. What on earth is going on?

Boxer Floyd Mayweather is one of the wealthiest men on the planet and is celebrated for his sporting achievements. He has also been convicted multiple times of domestic violence against women, he has been sentenced to community service, given a suspended jail term and, in 2012, spent three months in prison for six offences of violence towards women. His presence in Bristol (where his event was cancelled last year due to objections, and moved around several venues this year due to further objections) was greeted by a protest outside the venue. (http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/floyd-mayweather-event-met-with-raucous-protest-over-domestic-violence-charges/story-30190374-detail/story.html)

And there’s more. On Monday, rapist Tom Stranger will be speaking at a Festival of Ideas event in a bookshop… alongside Thordis Eva, the woman he raped. (http://www.ideasfestival.co.uk/events/thordis-elva-tom-stranger/)

Stranger raped Elva in 1996 when she was 16 and he 18, in an ordeal lasting two hours while she was so drunk she could not even speak and he took advantage of a vulnerable young woman of whom he was supposed to be looking after. Chillingly, Elva now says: “In order to stay sane, I silently counted the seconds on my alarm clock. And ever since that night, I’ve known that there are 7,200 seconds in two hours.” (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/rape-victim-thordis-elva-attacker-tom-stranger-tell-story-together-sexual-violence-understand-shame-a7571076.html)

Eight years after the rape, Elva decided to contact Stranger and confront him via a series of emails, which culminated in a decision to meet up. The result of this is a joint TED Talk, a co-written book, and a series of talks promoting the book where both Elva and Stranger take the platform. And this is what will be happening in Bristol on Monday as part of the Bristol Festival of Ideas.

The Bristol event has so far faced an online petition, a volley of upset and angered people who are expressing themselves on social media, and a range of blog posts. All against the event and expressing shock and disgust at the event, and at the invitation of a rapist to speak in our city. Elva and Stranger had been due to speak in London this weekend at the Women of the World Festival, but this has just been cancelled due to a huge outcry from angered women. (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/mar/09/womens-festival-drops-event-with-rapist-protests-thordis-elva)

There seems no difference between Stranger and Mayweather. They are both men who have committed violent acts against women, and who are being ‘celebrated’ and invited to come and speak in our city about themselves as if they are heroes. It is inappropriate. And it is insulting that we are expected to pay to hear them, as if their opinions are valuable.

In many ways, the Tom Stranger event is even more unpalatable than the Floyd Mayweather one, because Stranger has not been convicted of his crime, because he is presented as a charming, white, middle-class, conventionally attractive man who therefore isn’t a criminal (yet he freely admits he is a rapist), and because of the devastating message this puts out to women everywhere that there is no point seeking a conviction for their rapist because rapists rarely get convicted. This reinforces the existing damaging message that women are not to be believed.

While this event may pretend to be (and the Festival of Ideas insists this is the case) about Thordis Elva and her experience, it is not. It has, of course, become all about this man and not about the woman at all. Despite the fact Elva is an extremely interesting and strong woman who has achieved impressive things in her career. But this story has now become about him, not her. Which is a shame, because in her native Iceland Elva is an acclaimed feminist writer, journalist and public speaker who was named woman of the year 2015, and she is a recognised specialist on violence against women and girls. She sounds amazing.

Elva’s story is important, as is the story of all rape survivors. But just as her words are overshadowed by the very charming voice of her rapist in their TED Talk (a rapist who makes jokes while he talks, and who stands with his hands in his pockets while his victim talks), Elva’s story is also being overshadowed by the presence of Stranger in their live talks. Scribe, who published their book South Of Forgiveness this month, have said: “Tom Stranger is a perpetrator of rape. He has acknowledged as much publicly, and seeks to avoid inappropriate praise for his admission of guilt. He believes taking responsibility for committing any form of sexual violence should be viewed as essential rather than praise-worthy, whilst going to lengths to avoid suggesting that perpetrators should make contact with any individuals they have subjected to sexual violence. He will be donating a proportion of the proceeds from the project to charity.”

That’s great in theory but the reality is that Stranger is of course dominating all of the discussions, newspaper articles, social media posts and general debates around Elva’s story – a story that she has a right to explore in whatever way she feels appropriate for her. Yet again, he is dominating her and her experiences. And whether or not Elva feels this herself, the message being put out there for all other survivors of rape and sexual assault is that their voices and experiences do not count, that they should be making peace with their rapist.

The Bristol Festival of Ideas has issued a statement saying: “We have organised a number of events around violence against women and girls and have supported many women’s and feminist organisations in their work. These are issues we continue to explore and organise events and initiatives around.” But this doesn’t excuse anything. The fact that they have included some events in their past and future programmes around feminism has no bearing on the fact this this one event is alienating and potentially triggering to existing survivors of sexual assault – women will doubtless feel excluded from the event as why on earth would they wish to attend?

 It is worth also remembering that Bristol has good credentials as a feminist city. Bristol was the first city to sign up to the European Convention against Trafficking; was the first UK city to sign up to the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life; was the first city to create a mayoral Women’s Commission; was one of the first UK cities to have a violence against women strategy; was awarded White Ribbon status, showing the city’s commitment to eliminating violence against women and girls; has the ‘This Is Not An Excuse’ programme of public advertising across the city to challenge ideas of sexual entitlement; has a programme of education available to all of Bristol’s early years, primary and secondary schools via the Bristol Ideal; offers workplace DV training sessions being developed by Public Health Bristol; and Bristol is host to the widely acclaimed Zero Tolerance initiative, working towards a city that is free from gender-based violence, abuse, harassment and exploitation.

Bearing all of this in mind, what on earth is Bristol doing inviting a known rapist to speak here? It’s truly staggering. Not only did this man commit a violent sexual assault on a woman, but he has received no criminal punishment, and now he is profiting from his actions as a rapist (as noted above, Stranger is only donating ‘a proportion’ of his fee from the book and talks to charity).

This whole episode puts out the very harmful message that as long as you say ‘sorry’, you can get away with the most hideous of crimes.

Nancy Fielding is a reporter for Bristol Women’s Voice: an organisation seeking to make women’s equality a reality in Bristol.

Transport in Bristol is frequently discussed in the media and by commuters.  Councillor Nicola Bowden Jones is seeking to influence transport policy across our city from the information gained in this survey, by feeding it into the Mayor’s congestion taskforce and other council policy groups.

All responses will be treated confidentially.

The survey takes less than five minutes to complete and is available to view here.

In January this year, Bristol Women’s Voice discovered that The Marriott Hotel Bristol is hosting ‘An Evening With Floyd Mayweather’ on the 8th of March 2017, which is also the date of International Women’s Day. Mayweather is a man who has long history of violence against women, including several convictions and Bristol Women’s Voice does not believe we should be providing a platform for him to speak and sell his image. In February 2016 the Colston Hall cancelled a similar event after objections from women’s charities and groups. Ashton Gate, who were previously hosting, canceled the event stating that it went against the family values of the club and stadium.

A petition has been created to urge the Marriott Hotel to cancel the event. You can sign the petition here.

There will also be a protest outside the Marriott Hotel – details can be found here.

On 30th January 2017, Bristol Women’s Voice wrote an open letter to Marriott Hotel, City Centre Bristol. A copy of the letter is below:

To whom it may concern,

It has come to our attention that the Marriott Hotel is hosting an event called ‘an evening with Floyd Mayweather’ on the 8th of March 2017, which is also the date of international women’s day. In February 2016 the Colston Hall cancelled a similar event after objections from women’s charities and groups. Tour events in other cities including Cardiff were also cancelled, and Jonathan Ross pulled out of hosting the event. 

Mayweather is a man who has long history of violence against women, including several convictions. We do not believe that the Marriott Hotel should be providing a platform for him to speak and sell his image, especially on a day celebrating the achievements of women. The idolising of a dangerous perpetrator of domestic violence is unacceptable and we believe you should cancel your event.

Over fourteen thousand women and girls aged sixteen to fifty nine suffered from Domestic Violence in Bristol last year. In a time of austerity when services for domestic violence are being cut, and still two women a week are dying in the hands of male ex/partners, we believe providing Mr Mayweather with a platform to speak, particularly without questioning him about his violent, misogynist acts, gives a dangerous and damaging message to the public.

As a community we must stand together against violence against women and challenge the idea that talent and money make it excusable. By not providing Mayweather with a platform we can make that stand and choose to tell him and others that his actions and behaviour are not acceptable. Many of the women that face domestic violence do not have a platform to speak from and we believe that seeing Mr Mayweather speak and be celebrated will further their suffering and anxiety and reconfirm that actions such as his are acceptable. Those who face domestic violence often have a long and difficult recovery suffering from social stigma and lack of action by officials and we do not want them to feel that access to justice is dependant on celebrity status.

We should remember that one in three women globally will experience violence at the hands of a partner. Domestic Violence is not a rare incident and we must all take action to put an end to it.

We urge you to take this matter seriously and cancel your event. If you choose to go ahead with the event you risk damaging your otherwise good name.

We look forward to your response on this matter.

Yours Faithfully,

On behalf of:

Bristol Women’s Voice

SARSAS (Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support)

Bristol Fawcett

Bristol Sisters Uncut

On 1st February, Bristol Women’s Voice received the following response:

Thank you for taking the time to share your concerns with me.  We are a hospitality company that simply provides public accommodations and function space.  Acceptance of business does not indicate support, or endorsement of any group or individual.

Disappointed with this response, Bristol Women’s Voice wrote another letter to the Marriott, again urging them to reconsider. A copy of this letter is below:

We are wholeheartedly disappointed by your response that the Marriott Hotel is “a hospitality company that simply provides public accommodations and function space.  Acceptance of business does not indicate support, or endorsement of any group or individual.”

Having reviewed Marriott Hotels website, we would like to draw your attention to your Corporate Responsibility, Core Values and Heritage pages whereby it states:

“We demonstrate our purpose, values and principles of responsible business through policies on employment, human rights, environment, supply chain, and in the conduct we uphold and expect of others.”

“We Act with Integrity

How we do business is as important as the business we do.

We hold ourselves to uncompromising ethical and legal standards. This extends to our day-to-day business conduct, our employee policies, our supply chain policies, our environmental programs and practices, and our commitment to human rights and social responsibility.”

We ask that you please clarify how these principles of “responsible business” and “uncompromising ethical standards” is in keeping with your decision to host Floyd Mayweather on International Women’s Day?

Further, we would like to draw your attention to some other points to take into your consideration. As we previously explained in our initial letter, many women in Bristol suffer from domestic violence but we also wanted to draw your addition to the fact that statistically, there may be employees of the Marriott Hotel City Centre too that are impacted by domestic violence. The Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence have produced a handy calculator that helps you assess the cost impact of domestic violence on your workforce – we recommend that you look at this tool which is available to view here.

In addition, we want to draw attention to the impact domestic violence has on the workplace. The lost economic output of women affected, costs the UK £36.7bn annually. The cost to UK businesses is over £1.9 billion annually. In the UK in any one year, more than 20% of employed women take time off work because of domestic violence and abuse, and 2% lose their job as a direct result of the abuse. 56% of abused women arrive late for work at least five times and 58% miss at least three days of work a month. On average, workers who experience domestic violence miss 26% more work time due to absenteeism and lateness than workers who do not experience violence.

As an employer, the Marriott has a legal obligation and responsibility to support and protect your employees. You must adhere to legal requirements around health, safety and the mitigation of harm to the physical and emotional wellbeing of employees. You have a duty of care to the people you employ, for example ensuring anti-harassment, discrimination, and bullying within your codes of conduct. By hosting Mayweather, you are compromising the duty of care are that you give to your staff.

Again, we ask you to re-consider your decision to host Mayweather at the Marriott on International Women’s Day.

Yours Faithfully,

Bristol Women’s Voice

Bristol Women’s Voice has also written to the event sponsors asking them to reconsider sponsorship:

Sam FM

Bristol Blue Glass

Level Crooks

Whats on Bristol

Greyhound Print

Central Chambers

As of date of publication of this post, we are yet to receive a response from any of the sponsors, nor a further response from the Marriott Hotel.


On February 27, the Bristol Post announced that it was pulling out of holding the Women of the Year Awards 2017 on March 9 at the Marriott Hotel, City Centre. Instead, it is now being hosted at an alternative venue. More details can be found here.

On February 28, the following businesses and organisations have joined BWV as signatories to the open letter to the Bristol Marriott:

  • UNISON University of the West of England
  • Bristol University Student’s Union
  • The University of West of England
  • Hollie Gazzard Trust
  • Bristol Disability Equality Forum
  • See it From Her
  • One25

This week, Bristol Women’s Voice met with Carly, the organiser of Bristol Women’s March to chat to her about her motivations behind organising a march in Bristol, and ideas about how to encourage action for women to take forward the enthusiasm, passion and drive that they gained from last week’s march.

Carly moved from London to Bristol only six months ago, after years of anxiety about feminism, that her voice doesn’t deserve to be heard and a lack of confidence. Her work in a professional capacity in the women’s fitness community around respecting your body and yourself bubbled away under the surface until Trump came along, and at this moment, she never felt so passionate about wanting to do something positive.

Carly had never organised a march before, so when she noticed four days before that her closest one was Cardiff, she thought that she would march in Bristol, and if she was the only one walking, so be it. She set up an event on social media that evening, and overnight, 200 people had registered. By the Friday morning, it was 600 and then by the Friday evening, 1144 sign ups. She had a bit of a panic, phoned 101 and then emailed attendees to let everyone know that she wanted the march to be happy and positive.

After a sleepless night, she got up at 6am, put on Missy Eliot and thought, well what would Missy do in this situation? Own it and enjoy it. So she did.

When Carly herself arrived on College Green and looked back to still see women on Queens Square, it felt quite emotional that her seemingly small decision four days ago to march herself in Bristol had garnered such an amazing response from women across the city.

Carly’s life changed dramatically over those four days – she had wonderful women across the city emailing her to offer help with supporting her on the march, as well as helping with press releases on the day. And whilst she has her own life and job to go back to, she feels inspired to help empower others to take further action, and is setting up a monthly meeting to provide women with the opportunity to find out about what is going on in Bristol, and take forward action about what is important to them. Can you make it?

WHEN: Wednesday 1st Feb, 6.30-8.30pm

WHERE: The Watershed Cafe Bar @ “The Link” area 

(up the stairs/lift and on the right as you go in. It’s fully accessible!)

Register: Take 10 seconds and click to register HERE.

In the meantime, we spoke about immediate ways women can take forward their action, passion and enthusiasm –

  1. Donate spare money to local women’s charities (like ourselvesSARSASMissing Link, Womankind, One25, Refugee Women of Bristol to name a few)
  2. Donate your time to local charities – many are always on the look out for additional pairs of hands, some will have specific voluntary programmes and many are looking for people to fundraising for them – particularly as women’s charities have felt the impact of the cuts and austerity over the last few years
  3. Donate old clothes and umbrellas to One25
  4. Support local female artists, women-run businesses etc.
  5. Start conversations with friends and/or colleagues about why you decided to march last week – by talking with people, you are creating new dialogues with people who may not have felt the same way!
  6. Let Bristol Women’s Voice know if you have an idea of how to create change – often we can help, facilitate or provide support.

Change starts with you, and you can make a difference.

Bristol Women’s Voice is organising an event for International Women’s Day under the theme “Taking Up Space”. It will take place on Saturday 4th March 2017 from 11am until 5pm at the MShed.

Women are under-represented in many spheres of life – whether that is political representation, as CEOs in private companies, in science and technology industries and even in the media. We aim to challenge that narrative on International Women’s Day – bringing women’s voices to the forefront and showing that value that women have in our city.

Each year, we invite women to participate in the day with us!

We will be putting together a collection of workshops, talks, performances, debates and stalls. We are asking interested women’s groups in Bristol to submit a brief form if you would like to participate in the day. For previous examples, please check out last year’s programme.

Please note, that we have limited time, space and capacity, so unfortunately, we will not be able to select everyone to participate. Selection will be based on its relevance to our theme, aim and diversity of activities.

Download our form to register your interest here and please send to sian@bristolwomensvoice.org.uk by Friday 20th January.

Many thanks,

Bristol Women’s Voice