Brighton Oasis Project is pleased to have a stand at the following event which takes place at Brighton Dome this coming Saturday. Details as follows – we hope to see you there!
A free day of celebrations for INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY.
Saturday 4th March 10am – 5pm
From 10-5 on Saturday 4th March, Brighton Women’s Centre’s annual IWD celebrations will take up the fight for gender equality. Bursting with activities, with feminism firmly on the agenda, IWD2017 will bring together local politicians, artists, activists and speakers for a marketplace of ideas alongside a specially curated programme of FREE talks, workshops, arts & crafts across Brighton Dome and Brighton Museum.
Collaborating with Brighton Dome for the last 5 years, IWD is now Brighton Women’s Centre’s biggest event of the year, helping to raise funds for the local charity which provides safe, inclusive and non-judgmental spaces to all women across Sussex.
IWD2017 will weave the stories of the women who use BWC’s services into a day that brings gender equality and activism to the forefront, tackling subjects from trans-inclusion, fat bodies and intersectionality to women and travel, feminism in the arts and IVF. Highlights from this year’s programme include:
Live performances and discussion groups, stalls, crafts areas, complementary therapies and a range of workshops from zine making and self defence to poetry writing and blogging.
Free talks include best-selling author of Running Like A Girl Alexandra Heminsley discussing her latest book Leap In; musician and writer Helen McCookerybook lifting the lid on women in the punk scene; writer and broadcaster Laura Barton speaking on women travelling alone and Kurdish-British writer, academic and activist, Arianne Shahvisi introducing the idea of ‘intersectionality’.
Explore the important women of Brighton’s history with a walking tour of the Royal Pavilion Estate and take part in the debate ‘Do We Need Women Only Spaces?’ hosted by writer Sophie Heawood, with panellists Caroline Lucas MP, Lisa Dando of Brighton Women’s Centre, Katherine Sacks-Jones of Agenda, Natasha Scott, winner of Miss Transgender Brighton and Larissa Kennedy, intersectional feminist and Girl Guiding LaSER champion.
Director of Brighton Women’s Centre, Lisa Dando said:
‘International Women’s day is always a proud moment for BWC. It allows us to look around and and see the diversity of women who live in our city and the strength and empowerment that everyone of them brings to the event. IWD celebrates women and girls from across the globe and 2017 feels like a particularly important year to pull together and fight against gender inequality.’
Brighton Dome and Brighton Women’s Centre have been working together to celebrate IWD since 2013 and it is now one of the biggest International Women’s Day celebrations in the UK.
IWD2017 is open to everybody: All ages, all communities together. Our women only spaces are inclusive and welcome all women.
Further highlights of Brighton’s 5th IWD celebrations include:
*How can we stage the female experience? Charlotte Vincent discusses her 25 years of being a feminist in the arts. While in Vincent Dance Theatre’s workspace, participants can explore the sexualisation of young women and girls through a range of creative activities.
*Fotodocument will launch The Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award for women photographers – in association with Miniclick– hosted by the Mayor of Brighton & Hove.
*Cultural Sharing Area, including performances, poetry reading and a lunchtime conversation with Nada Saleh about women’s issues in the Arab world.
*What does it mean to be a feminist in 2017? Sophie Gibson of BWC will be facilitating an open space discussion. Everybody welcome.
*Craft area including feminist rock painting, unconventional quilting and radical self portraits.
*Children’s area with activities for children ages 0-12, with an emphasis on gender equality. Led by The Early Childhood Project.
*For the first time ever, Brighton Women’s Centre provides one of their core services at IWD: A safe, nurturing, women-only drop in space.
*Pay as you feel refreshments provided by friends of BWC, The Real Junk Food Project from midday onwards.
For the complete Brighton IWD2017 programme, go to: www.brightoninternationalwomensday.org
For further press information please contact: Brighton Women’s Centre, Events coordinator, Stef Lake via firstname.lastname@example.org or 01273 698036
Brighton IWD2017 is a FREE event.