Help make a women’s mag with a difference

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Help us create content for the International Women’s Day (IWD) Festival Derby magazine. Unlike most women’s glossies this mag will be about inspiring women and girls, activism, issues and campaigns.

Join our discussion groups on Wednesday 22nd January 2014 to shape the magazine content and film clips. Come along to any sessions that interest you –

Wednesday 22nd January 2014:
11.00am: International Flavour Discussing global gender campaigns, how IWD is marked around the world and the global issues it can highlight.

12.00pm: Across the ages – letters to your younger & older self Discussing different stages of women’s lives and what you would write in a letter to your younger self and your older self.

2.00pm: Men Supporting IWD Discussing why IWD is important for everyone, every gender. We are keen to hear from male supporters.

3.00pm: How can we make a difference? Discussing ideas and experiences on what we can do to make progress on gender issues such as examples of campaigns to support, ways to challenge the status quo and activism for women’s rights.

4.30pm: Generations of women Discussing how women’s lives, issues and the feminist movement have all changed over time, and appreciating the contribution of different generations and age groups. We would like to attract a wide age range for this intergenerational discussion.

These sessions will take place at Vox Feminarum in the Mandela Centre, Pear Tree Road, Derby. Please e-mail iwd@energise.biz or call Vanessa on 0791 368 0088 for info – if you can let us know you are coming that’s helpful, if not just pop in anyway!

Plans for International Women’s Day Festival Derby

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Thanks to everyone who has taken part in our consultations including our survey, social media and open meetings to help shape the festival, which will be on 8th March 2014, 10am-4pm at the Assembly Rooms. It is free entry but donations if you can are vital to our funding.

Here’s a sneak preview of the plans so far:
* The Red Tent – a special women-only space for reflection and celebration with drumming, psychic readings and lots more
* Variety of Workshops
* Science busking
* Arts & crafts including multicultural crafts, banner-making, empowerment dolls & self-portraits
* Stalls including No More Page 3, Vox Feminarum, Soroptimists, Derbyshire Football Association, Derby Co-op Women’s Guild, Positive Birth Movement, Oxfam Derby Campaigns Group, Friends of the Earth Derby, Endometriosis UK, Bralosophy, Spiral Arts, Upbeat Communities
* Performers – a diverse showcase of local talent including women’s and girls’ choirs, protest songs, cultural dance, sports skills & lyricism
* Children’s activities and creche
* Info on local services – education, health, police, council, citizen’s advice
* Foods from around the world
* Festival magazine highlighting local, national and global campaigns for girls and women

Want to be part of it? Contact us to get on the programme!

Come along to our open meeting and help us plan IWD

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Help us plan the International Women’s Day (IWD) Festival Derby 2014 at our open meeting 6-8pm Wednesday 15th January 2014 at Children First, 13 Leopold Street, Derby. Join our friendly team of volunteers to find out about our aims, what we have planned so far and to tell us what you would like to see at the festival – there are opportunities for stalls, workshops, speakers & performers. Please let us know if you will be coming along so we can look out for you and give you a warm welcome – e-mail iwd@energise.biz or call/text 0791 368 0088 (dial 18001 first for Text Relay from a textphone).

The festival itself takes place 10am-4pm Saturday 8th March 2014 at the Assembly Rooms, Derby and is free to all the community to enjoy – we ask visitors to consider making a donation towards the festival costs if they can and this helps us make sure we can keep this annual event going strong. Thank you for your support.

Join our discussion groups

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We are organising some discussion groups on 22nd January 2014 to feature in the International Women’s Day Derby Festival 2014 Magazine & Films.

Come along to discuss the issues – it’s an informal and friendly discussion over some nibbles and local students will take some photos, notes of key points and film footage (with your permission), for the magazine and online film clips.

Just let us know if you can come along and join us and which session/s you can take part in from the following:

Wednesday 22nd January 2014:
11.00am: International Flavour

Discussing global gender campaigns, how IWD is marked around the world and the global issues it can highlight.

12.00pm: Across the ages – letters to your younger & older self
Discussing different stages of women’s lives and what you would write in a letter to your younger self and your older self.

2.00pm: Men Supporting IWD
Discussing why IWD is important for everyone, every gender. We are keen to hear from male supporters.

3.00pm: How can we make a difference?
Discussing ideas and experiences on what we can do to make progress on gender issues such as examples of campaigns to support, ways to challenge the status quo and activism for women’s rights.

4.30pm: Generations of women
Discussing how women’s lives, issues and the feminist movement have all changed over time, and appreciating the contribution of different generations and age groups. We would like to attract a wide age range for this intergenerational discussion.

These sessions will take place at Vox Feminarum in the Mandela Centre, Pear Tree Road, Derby. Please e-mail iwd@energise.biz or call Vanessa on 0791 368 0088 to let us know which session/s you will take part in.

Please note that other events will be added shortly to include evening and weekend sessions and other locations. Watch this space!