2018 Events

The 2018 Festival takes place between Saturday 24th February and Sunday 11th March 2018, with the main event at the Town Hall on Thursday 8th March 2018.

The theme for the 2018 Festival celebrates the centenary of the first British women getting the vote, following the Representation of the People Act in 1918. The festival theme is ‘Winning the Vote’.

EVENTS

SATURDAY 24th FEBRUARY, 10–4pm

Bloomers and Bicycles

Venue: Modern Art Oxford, Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP. Free/All welcome/wheelchair access. Freewheeling workshop to make Suffragette Bloomers & Saddle Covers. Bloomers signified freedom for women at a time when their clothing was specifically designed to restrict their movements. We wish to honour the campaigners for Suffrage who enabled us to enjoy those freedoms. Lead Artist: Nicola Donovan.

Booking recommended. Contact: Miff Crockford 07779265249  www.cowleyroadworks.co.uk  | outreach@cowleyroadworks.org 


Three Cheers For Women FOR WEB


SATURDAY 24th FEBRUARY, 3–5pm

Discover Mindfulness – Free Taster Session

Venue: St Alban’s Church Hall, corner of Catherine St & Charles St, OX3 3AH. Free/All welcome/wheelchair access. Ready to take a deep breath and give mindfulness a go? Offering practical tools for coping with stress, pain, and the general ups and downs of life, this free taster session will explore key ideas, practices and benefits of the Breathworks approach to mindfulness.

Booking essential. Contact: Sally at info@mindfulnessinoxford.com | www.mindfulnessinoxford.com


SUNDAY 25th FEBRUARY, 10am–4pm

Make your own Suffragette Sash

Venue: South Oxford Community Centre, Lake Street, OX1 4RP. All welcome/wheelchair access/Toy corner for children/Cost £5.00 (includes materials) / Tea, coffee & biscuits. Drop in to a friendly workshop for 1.5/2 hours and make your own suffragette sash in ‘Give Women the Vote’ colours of green, white and violet. Fabric pieces pre-cut, all equipment provided, lots of helpful instruction.

Booking recommended. Contact: Christine Eady 01865 245 793 | Christine.eadywat@gmail.com by Friday 23 February.


SUNDAY FEBRUARY 25th, 2–4pm

Women’s suffrage and what it means to you

Venue: South Oxford Community Centre, Lake Street, OX1 4RP. All welcome / wheelchair access. Cost of admission: donations for the Festival. If you have any suffrage memorabilia and/or stories about family members who were involved in the suffrage campaign, then please come and share these and learn more about the women’s suffrage movement.

Booking essential. Contact: Dr Katherine Bradley 01865 724371. Email k.h.bradley@open.ac.uk | Closing date: Friday 23 February.


WEDNESDAY 28th FEBRUARY, 6.30–8.30pm

Make More Noise! Suffragettes in Silent Film

Venue: Ultimate Picture Palace, Jeune Street, Cowley, OX4 1BN. Wheelchair access. £9.50 adults, £8.50 seniors, £8 students/ claimants. A selection of BFI Archive silent films showing how suffragettes were portrayed on the cinema screen while their battles were still being waged on the streets outside. A fascinating compilation of short films combining newsreels and documentaries with early comedies, plus post-screening discussion with Dr Katherine Bradley, historian, co-founder of OWIF and member of OWIF Committee; Debbie Hollingsworth, trade union and women’s activist; Chair of OIWF Katherine Connelly, author of ‘Sylvia Pankhurst: Suffragette, Socialist and Scourge of the Empire’ and Tracy Walsh (Chair), Programme Co-ordinator OIWF.

Booking recommended. Contact: Tom Jowett 01865 245288 | INFO@UPPCINEMA.COM | http://www.uppcinema.com


WEDNESDAY 28th FEBRUARY, 7–9pm

Talk: From Heart to Empowerment –how Biodynamic Body Psychotherapy can help you bring your passion into life and your dreams into the world

Venue: Ekgenesis Centre for Psychotherapy and Wellbeing, 2a Temple Court, 107 Oxford Road, OX4 2ER. Wheelchair access but no disabled toilet / All welcome / Refreshments provided. Cost £7, concessions £5. Biodynamic Body Psychotherapy was pioneered by Gerda Boyesen (1922–2005) – a psychotherapist who developed a compassionate body and energy approach to helping people fulfil their human potential. She created an intelligent and liberating contribution to psychotherapy for all in a largely male dominated professional milieu in the mid-20th century. Julie Jenner UKCP CIT is a Biodynamic Body Psychotherapist, she will explore how this approach can help you connect with your heart and find out how empowerment feels in your body. In this way you can bring your hopes and dreams into being in the world, through your heart connection to your power and the experience of empowerment of yourself and others.

Booking recommended. Contact: Julie Jenner 07947-279843 | info@ ekgenesiscentre-oxford.com | www.ekgenesiscentre-oxford.com


THURSDAY 1st MARCH, 6:30pm – 8pm

Taking Control of Our Housing: Women Leading the Charge

Venue: Garden Room, Quaker Meeting House, 43 St. Giles, Oxford OX1 3LW

In conjunction with Oxford International Women’s Festival , Oxford Community-led Housing research project and Transition by Design is organising a session on “Taking Control of our Housing: Women Leading the Charge”, to celebrate the efforts of a number of women pioneering community-led housing in various forms in Oxfordshire. In line with the festival’s broader theme of “Winning the Vote: Women’s Suffrage 100 Years On”, the session aims to raise awareness around community-led housing and an opportunity to gain fresh interest and broaden the movement.

Join us in the much-needed discussion to highlight that affordable, self and secure housing is a basic human right. The session will champion the idea that women can and are taking action to tackle the housing crisis in Oxford, and to generate discussion that homes and housing shape our identity as women and as human beings. We’re also very keen to find out more about the challenges you’re facing with the housing market. And to top it up, let’s celebrate the efforts of women in community-led housing.

More information on the event, list of speakers and register on EVENTBRITE

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/taking-control-of-our-housing-women-leading-the-charge-tickets-42912426222

 


THURSDAY 1st MARCH, 2–4pm

Women on the March – A Suffrage Walk around Oxford City Centre

Venue: Meet inside Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates. Wheelchair access in the Town Hall but not on the walk / All welcome.

Cost of admission £8 and £4 concessions. All money will go to the Festival. This popular walk retraces some of the history of the women suffrage activists in Oxford. It is a gentle guided walk by women’s historian, Dr Katherine Bradley, author of the illustrated booklet, ‘Women on the March’.

Booking recommended as maximum numbers are 20 people. Contact: Dr Katherine Bradley 01865 724371 | k.h.bradley@open.ac.uk


FRIDAY 2nd MARCH, 1–3pm

Exploring the Menopause past and present: Taking the lid of the last taboo

Venue: Risinghurst Community Centre, Kiln Lane, Risinghurst, OX3 8ER. Wheelchair access/Women only. Minimal donation £5 to cover costs. Refreshments provided. The ‘change’, ‘the time of life’ – call it what you will, the fact is that all women go through the menopause. Yet, it is often still a subject of embarrassment and myths. Join other women to learn and share experiences of what the menopause means for women today and what, if anything has changed over the last 100 years. Facilitators Jayne Wright & Bev Gurney.

Booking recommended. Contact: jayne@oxfordcounselling.org


SATURDAY 3rd MARCH, 1.30–3.30pm

Exploring the Menopause past and present: Taking the lid of the last taboo

Venue: Risinghurst Community Centre, Kiln Lane, Risinghurst, OX3 8ER. Wheelchair access/Women only. Minimal donation £5 to cover costs. Refreshments provided. The ‘change’, ‘the time of life’ – call it what you will, the fact is that all women go through the menopause. Yet, it is often still a subject of embarrassment and myths. Join other women to learn and share experiences of what the menopause means for women today and what, if anything has changed over the last 100 years. Facilitators Jayne Wright & Bev Gurney.

Booking recommended. Contact: jayne@oxfordcounselling.org


SATURDAY 3rd MARCH, 2–4pm

Women on the March – A Suffrage Walk around Oxford City Centre

Venue: Meet inside Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates. Wheelchair access in the Town Hall but not on the walk /All welcome. Cost of admission £8 and £4 concessions. All money will go to the Festival. This popular walk retraces some of the history of the women suffrage activists in Oxford. It is a gentle guided walk by women’s historian, Dr Katherine Bradley, author of the illustrated booklet, ‘Women on the March’.

Booking recommended as maximum numbers are 20 people. Contact: Dr Katherine Bradley 01865 724371 | k.h.bradley@open.ac.uk


SATURDAY 3rd MARCH, 2–5pm

Words to Action – Reflections from Creators of Peace

Venue: Long Room, Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates, OX1 1BX. Wheelchair access /All welcome / Free admission donations welcome. International women sharing stories from past and present times, inspiring us into action. Radical nourishment through words and cake. For speakers and event info visit www. facebook.com/creatingpeaceUK | Miranda Shaw and Elizabeth Laskar

Tel 07780 963239 / 07538 222405 | Email elizabeth.laskar@iofc.org | www.uk.iofc. org/creators-of-peace | Walk in or book in advance to secure a space https://creatorsofpeaceoxford.eventbrite.co.uk


SUNDAY 4th MARCH, 4–7pm

SYLVIA PANKHURST – Suffragette Anti-racist and anti-colonialist

Venue: The Lounge, East Oxford Community Centre, Princes Street, OX4 1DD. Wheelchair access /All welcome / Light refreshments provided. Free entry. Celebrating Sylvia Pankhurst’s life and work. Votes for women and world peace campaigner. Advocate for workers rights, equal rights and better healthcare for women, nursery education and widow’s pensions. Anti-fascist, anti-racist champion for Ethiopian independence from colonial rule.

Speakers: Professor Mary Davis, Visiting Professor of Labour History at Royal Holloway University of London. Meirian Jump, Archivist & Library Manager, Marx Memorial Library.

Sponsored by: ODTUC, African Caribbean Kultural Heritage Initiative, Faringdon Peace Group, Network of Oxford Women, Oxfordshire CPB.


MONDAY 5th MARCH, 6–8pm

Sophia – a forgotten suffragette

Venue: East Oxford Community Centre, 44 Princes Street, OX4 1DD. Wheelchair access/All welcome/Admission free but contributions to OIWF welcome. Short film and discussion about Princess Sophia Alexandra Duleep Singh, a prominent UK suffragette. Her father was Maharaja Duleep Singh, who abdicated his kingdom of Punjab to the British Raj and was exiled to England. Sophia’s Godmother was Queen Victoria.

Booking optional by email or phone Debbie Hollingsworth 07812350892 | wedgedaisy@gmail.com | Unison Oxfordshire County Branch and Oxfordshire Unison Health Branch.



TUESDAY 6th MARCH, 5pm

Dorothy Hodgkin Memorial Lecture: ‘Fabulous Fluorine‘

Venue: Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, OX1 3PW. Wheelchair access /All welcome /Admission free. The position of Fluorine in the periodic table confers unique properties that have been explored in many creative ways. This lecture will discuss how fluorine chemistry has advanced medical imaging for diagnostic and pharmaceutical drug development. Speaker: Professor Véronique Gouverneur, PhD. Chemistry Research Laboratory, University of Oxford. Organisers: Oxford Association for Women in Science & Engineering (AWiSE) in collaboration with the Museum of Natural History & Somerville College. https://sites.google.com/site/oxfordawise/

Contact: Dr Yasmin Robson | Tel: 01865 750143 | yrobson1@yahoo.com


TUESDAY 6th MARCH, 7–9pm

Women’s Voices in Fair Trade

Venue: Christ Church College, The Undercroft Bar, St Aldates, OX1 1DP. Wheelchair access /All welcome / Free – donations welcome. Light refreshments.  An evening exploring gender, fair trade and the ‘tipping point’ – what influences women to take action and have a lasting impact in the fair trade movement. Three women share stories, explore significant challenges and celebrate the successes. Visit eventbrite for info on speakers.

Booking recommended.

www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/womens-voices-in-fair-trade-tickets-39006843519


WEDNESDAY 7th MARCH, 6–7pm

Why gender diversity matters in corporate Britain

Venue: John Henry Brookes Main Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane, Oxford OX3 0BP.  Free / Wheelchair access / All welcome.Tea Colaianni, Non-Executive Director of Mothercare, will discuss the most pressing issues facing women in business with Oxford Brookes Professor Simonetta Manfredi.

Booking recommended.

http://www.brookes.ac.uk/about-brookes/events/ols-17-18–why-gender-diversity-matters/


MAIN EVENT: THURSDAY, MARCH 8th, 7–9.30pm with music from Horns of Plenty at 6.30pm

OXFORD INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S FESTIVAL PRESENTS: Winning the Vote: Women’s Suffrage One Hundred Years On

VENUE: Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates, OX1 1BX. Entrance: £2 Refreshments included | All welcome | Wheelchair access

Join us in our celebration of International Women’s Day!

The theme, ‘Winning the Vote: Women’s Suffrage One Hundred Years’ on will be explored through music, discussion and debate. Oxford had large women’s suffrage and anti-suffrage organisations. They held many meetings in Oxford Town Hall. The first part of the evening will be an imagined debate between leading local and national speakers from both sides. This takes place in 1912, just after the failed arson attempt by two suffragettes and the subsequent court case in Oxford Crown Court and the failure of another women’s suffrage bill in Parliament.

Come, meet and hear the participants: Millicent Fawcett – President and Founder of the National Union of the Women’s Suffrage Societies (suffragist); Mrs Winifred Haverfield – Secretary of the Oxford Women’s Suffrage Society (suffragist); Annie Kenney – Organiser for the Women’s Social and Political Union (suffragette); Professor Albert Dicey – Vinerian Professor of Law, author of ‘Letters to a Friend on Votes for Women’ (anti-suffragist); Countess of Jersey – President of the National League Opposing Women’s Suffrage; Mrs Humphry Ward – Founder of the Women’s Anti-Suffrage League and editor of ‘The Anti-Suffrage Review’. The debate will be chaired by Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC. Suffrage music will be provided by the Windrush Quartet.

The second part of the evening will be a discussion and reflection of what the vote means to women in the 21st century. This will be led by Diane Atkinson (historian and author of ‘The Remarkable Lives of the Suffragettes’); Helen Ghosh (Director-General, National Trust and future Master, Balliol College, Oxford); Kerry-Anne Mendoza (political journalist, writer and author of ‘Austerity: the Demolition of the Welfare State and the Rise of the Zombie’); a member of the Women’s Equality Party and chaired by Anneliese Dodds (MP, Oxford East and Treasury Shadow Minister).

How to book! Contact: oxfordwomen@gmail.com or just drop in.


THURSDAY 8th MARCH, 10am–5pm

A day of wellbeing activities for women

Please note the change of venue. A Day of Wellbeing Activities for Women is now at Ark-T, 10-5.30pm,with food provided by Camerados.

Wheelchair access/Women only, including all who identify as women. All therapies, workshops and food free, but donations gratefully accepted.

 A space for women to celebrate IWD with classes from Big Beats Dance, Pure Relaxation Yoga and Om & Bass Yoga. Local therapists giving massage, reiki and treatments. Wellbeing workshops and BuddhaBing café.

Contact: Tina Tosti & Rozz McDonald https://www.facebook.com/Oxford-International-Womens­Day-Celebration-Free-Workshops-and-Therapies-289007851503142/


THURSDAY 8th MARCH (TBC), 6.30–8.30pm

HATCHED 2018 Art Exhibition Preview Night

Venue: The Jam Factory, Hollybush Row, OX1 1HU. Wheelchair friendly/Baby changing facilities/Disabled facilities/All welcome/Admission free.

HATCHED 2018 will run from 8th March–23rd April and will showcase Oxfordshire-based artists’ work addressing private and public female experiences. It aims to start conversations and make a difference to current social, political and cultural concerns.

Curated by Maga Esberg by open call. http://www.magaesberg.com/ Part of International Women’s Day.  | www.thejamfactoryoxford.com


THURSDAY 8th MARCH, 2–4pm

“Are you a bad feminist if you don’t vote?” Women’s impact on elections, elections’ impact on women

Venue: International Gender Studies Centre, Lady Margaret Hall, Norham Gardens, OX2 6QA. Some stairs at venue /All welcome / Free.

A roundtable of feminists reflects on a diversity of feminist standpoints, ideological perspectives and life-experiences, exploring together with the audience problematical but enduring assumptions about the intrinsic link between women’s votes, women’s empowerment, shared aspirations and commonality of choice.

Contact: Dr Maria Jaschok and Anna Arutshyan | www.lmh.ox.ac.uk/igs/home.aspx


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SATURDAY 10th MARCH, 3–6pm

Celebrating Women – Strength in Diversity

Venue: Asian Cultural Centre, Cowley, OX4. Wheelchair access downstairs only/All welcome. Admission £1 per adult, children free. Money raised from entry will go to a local women’s charity (to be decided).

A family-friendly event, in demonstration of and celebrating diversity. Audience from a wide range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds as guest speakers talking about their perspective on the suffrage, where we were, where we are now and what more needs to be done. All in a backdrop of stalls, food and entertainment, aiming at bringing communities together. Running for the second year. Not to be missed! Opening by Lord Mayor (TBC)!

M&A Social Enterprise: mandasocialenterprise@gmail.com


SUNDAY 11th MARCH, 2–5pm

Journey to the Divine Feminine

Venue: Ekgenesis Centre, 2a Temple Court, 107 Oxford Road OX4 2ER. Wheelchair access but no disabled toilet / All welcome / Admission £30/£25/£20

In this experiential workshop we will journey with a drum beat to meet an aspect of the Divine Feminine, then explore this through creative expression, to bring more beauty and blessing into your life and more balance to the world. Led by Jackie Singer.

Booking essential as numbers are limited. Contact: js@jackiesinger.co.uk or telephone 07984 154203 | www.jackiesinger.co.uk


SUNDAY 11th MARCH, 7.30–10pm

Let’s Celebrate….

Venue: East Oxford Community Centre, 44 Princes Street, OX4 1DD. Wheelchair access / All welcome / Admission free but contributions to OIWF welcome.

Come and join us to celebrate women’s suffrage across the world. Enjoy a fantastic evening of live music and spoken word hosted by Oxford Love Music Hate Racism.

Booking recommended by Saturday 10 March.

Contact: Debbie Hollingsworth 07812 350892 | wedgedaisy@gmail.com | Unison Oxfordshire County Branch and Oxford Love Music Hate Racism

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