Events happening in London

See list of events by individual days below, or click on the link for events and exhibitions being held throughout March.

Thursday 1st March

Event: WISEWORDS introduces Women’s History Month and International Women’s Week
Time: 18.00
About: 6pm Reception with Rushanara Ali MP, then at 6.45pm Speakers and Performers including:- Kate Williams historian, TV presenter & novelist, Carolyn Simpson SERTUC Women’s Rights Committee, Chandan Mahal The Women’s Library, Natalie Langford Climate Week, Bethan Cansfield Amnesty International, Jessica Metheringham-Owlett political researcher, with films by WORLDwrite, music and dance by Nari Diganta, Sister Elements, Equator WOMEN of the WORLD, stories by Shamim Azad, poetry by Comfort and Jammie Sammy from Apples & Snakes and Bridget Minamore from Tongue Fu.
Venue: Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch E1 6LA (Shoreditch High St Stn, Liverpool St/Old St tube)
More info: RSVP info@alternativearts.co.uk 020 7375 0441, http://www.alternativearts.co.uk

Event: ALL WORK AND LOW PLAY: The Story of Women and Work Exhibition tour
Time: 18.30
About: Come and hear about the many different types of jobs women have held and see the highlights of the exhibition.
Venue: Women’s Library, London Metropolitan University
More info: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/thewomenslibrary/whats-on/events/tours.cfm

Event: ‘IT’S A GIRL!’ ART EXHIBITION
About: A brand new solo show by feminist artist Sarah Maple. Entry is free and runs until 9th of March
Venue: Aubin Gallery, Redchurch Street, London. Nearest tube stations are Shoreditch high street or Old Street.
More info: www.aubingallery.com www.sarahmaple.com

Friday 2nd March

Event: A WOMAN’S PLACE IS EUROPE
Time: 10.00 – 12.00
About: This free event, which includes a strong line up of female speakers, will discuss with an audience what Europe has done, is doing or should be doing to improve gender equality, particularly in the work place and on the issue of equal pay.
Venue: Europe House, 32 Smith Square, SW1P 3EU
More info: to ensure a space email events@nawo.org.uk

Event: WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
Time: 14.00 – 15.30
About: Joint services all round the world to offer prayer specifically for women. This year it is written by the women of Malaysia
Venue: Churches all around the world – it will be advertised locally, every town
More info: http://www.wwdp-natcomm.org/

Saturday 3rd March

Event: MILLION WOMEN RISE
Time: 12.00
About: All women marching against male violence in all its forms. Join in raising awareness of International Women’s Day 2012, and celebrating the strength, resilience and courage of women together.
Venue: Orchard Street, London W1 (outside Selfridges Food Hall)
More info: http://www.millionwomenrise.com/

Sunday 4th March

Event: FAME AND INFAMY: HOW HACKNEY WOMEN HAVE SHAPED OUR WORLD
Time: 14.00
About: Guided Walk £7/9
Venue: Hackney Tours, Stoke Newington Rail
More info: http://www.hackneytours.com

Wednesday 7th March

Event: WOMEN IN BLACK VIGIL
6pm ~ 7 pm, at the Edith Cavell statue, opposite the entrance to the national portrait gallery
Violence against women knows no borders. It occurs in peacetime and war.
And everywhere, women are organising against it.
Honouring women’s lives, celebrating women’s resistance
NO TO VIOLENCE ~ in the home   ~  in the community  ~  in the state  ~  in international relations
YES TO A GENTLER WORLD
Women are welcome to join our silent vigils, women only, wear black if you can.
Wednesdays 6 to 7 pm, Edith Cavell statue, St. Martins Place, London WC2
Further info from PO Box 14072, London N16 5WB, wibinfo@yahoogroups.com
Website: http://www.womeninblack.org.uk    Donations for leaflets etc most welcome

Event: WOMEN’S HISTORY: HALF THE FUTURE, HALF THE PAST
Time: 19.00
About: Jessica Metheringham-Owlett, one of Women’s History Month steering committee, speaks about the importance of women’s history. Why is the history of the UK, Europe and the world overwhelmingly male-dominated? What are we missing and why does it matter? And should we go about changing this through politics, through education, or as individuals? Followed by questions and discussion. Entry is £3, which is refunded if books are bought during that visit!
Venue: Housmans Radical Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, London N1 9DX
More info: http://www.housmans.com

Event: WISEWORDS: POETRY OPEN MIC NIGHT – Wisewords celebrates women writers, artists and performers
Time: 19:30
About: WISEWORDS is a project developed by Alternative Arts, a pioneering arts organisation based in Spitalfields in East London
Venue: Vibe Bar, Brick Lane E1 6QL
More info: www.alternativearts.co.uk  www.vibe-bar.co.uk www.applesandsnakes.org

Event: BESIDE THE SEA
Time: 19.45 (repeat performance on 8th of March)
About: A one-woman play about a mother who is driven to the extremes of mental and physical despair, performed by Lisa Dwan
Venue: South Bank Centre
More info: http://ticketing.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/literature-spoken-word/tickets/beside-the-sea-62274

Event: QUEEN ELIZABETH II BY CECIL BEATON
Time: 13.00
About: Cecil Beaton was the leading royal portrait photographer of the twentieth century and his glittering photographs helped to shape the Queen’s public image between the 1930s and the late 1960s. V&A Curator Susanna Brown discusses Beaton’s myriad influences and his life-long fascination with monarchy and celebrity.
Venue: V and A Museum
More info: http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/1545/

Event: PICTURE ME (7th March – 10th March)
Time: 19.30
About: Celebrating voices of women. Truthful performances, compelling readings and moving stories about women. Featuring excerpts from The War Is My Bed by Yasmine Berverly Rana.
Venue: New Diorama Theatre, 15-16 Triton Street, Regents Place.  Performances 7-10 March at 7:30pm, matiness on 8th and 9th at 2:30pm., London, NW1 3BF
More info: http://sparetyre.org/whats-on/events/picture-me/

Thursday 8th March

Event: JOIN ME ON THE BRIDGE
Time: 10.30 am
About: Join in this London event over Millenium Bridge for a fantastic celebration of women around the world!   Meeting place will be on the south side of Millenium Bridge.
Venue: Millenium Bridge (South side)
Organisation: Women for Women International
More info: http://joinmeonthebridge.org/events/event/listByDate?date=2012-03-08

Event: WANDERING WOMBS AND WICKED WATER: WOMEN’S COMPLAINTS AND THEIR TREATMENT
Time: 18.30 – 19.30
About: How did the Egyptians deal with period pains, contraception, cystitis, ‘terrors of the womb’, or determine a woman’s fertility? The Kahun Gynaecological Papyrus is the oldest known medical text dating from Egypt’s Middle Kingdom (2025-1700 BC). The fragments that survive offer an intriguing insight into ideas about women and their bodies in ancient Egypt.
Venue: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL
More info: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/petrie

Event: WISEWORDS: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY LECTURE
Time: 19:00, tickets £8/£6 concessions
About: Addressing the Autobiography: The Life of Lady Rhondda (1883-1858)
Venue: At the Women’s Library, London Metropolitan University, Old Castle Street E1 7NT
More info: www.womenslibrary.co.uk or call 020 7320 2222

Event: ‘REBEL REBEL’ AT THE FEMINIST LIBRARY
Time: 14.00 onwards
About: The Feminist Library will be opening its doors to welcome you for a day of bookstalls, food, drinks, discussions and celebration of rebellious women.
Venue: The Feminist Library, 5 Westminster Bridge Road SE1 7XW
More info: http://feministlibrary.co.uk/2012/02/29/iwd2012/

Event: WOMEN IN SCIENCE: NURTURING NOBELS
Time: 19.00 to 21.00
About:  Why has only one British woman ever won a Nobel Prize for science? Learn about the MRC’s jewellery heirloom scheme for leading women scientists.
Venue: Science Museum’s Dana Centre, 165 Queen’s Gate, London, SW7 5HD
Organisation: MRC Clinical Sciences Centre: Pioneering excellence in science across the disciplines of epigenetics, genes and metabolism and integrative biology.

Event: QUEEN POKOU
Time: 20.00 – 21.00
About: A new play written by Dean Atta based on the life of Ashanti Princess Abla Pokou and her legendary journey to create a new nation.
Venue: Stratford Circus, Stratford, E15 1BX
Organisation: StoneCrabs Theatre
More info: http://www.stonecrabs.co.uk/

Event: WHY WE WON’T CALM DOWN DEAR
Time: 19.00
About: SWP Public Meeting: Raunch culture, old school sexism, Tory assault: Why we won’t “calm down dear”! Celebrating the socialist tradition of International Women’s Day.
Venue: University of London Union, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY
More info: http://www.facebook.com/events/297698783624186/

Event: BETTY MAKONI POETRY BOOK WOMAN, ONCE A GIRL LONDON LAUNCH AND FILMING OF AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY FILM, TAPESTRIES OF HOPE ON VIRGINS CURE AIDS MYTH
Time: 16.00 – 20.00
About: A holistic empowerment and healing poetry book,Woman, Once A Girl and documentary film to inspire activism to hold women`s movement intact as well as ensure next generation of girls is supported to carry the work forward.
Venue: The Lodge Lecture Theatre, 100 London Road , London, SE1 6LN
Organisation: http://www.girlchildnetworkworldwide.org: Girl Child Network Worldwide mobilises global support for African girls who are invisible and who will never reach their potential as women unless something is done right now.

Event: ELECTRA PRESENTS WORKS FROM THE ARCHIVE OF POLISH EXPERIMENTAL FILM
Time: 19.00 – 21.00
About: Electra selects films from the Archive of Polish Experimental Film, examining pioneering explorations of female self-representation under state socialism.
Venue: Calvert 22 Foundation, 22 Calvert Avenue London E27JP, London, E27JP (UK’s only not- for-profit foundation focused on contemporary art and culture from Russia, CIS Countries and Eastern Europe.
More info: http://www.calvert22.org/

Event: MAKING HERSTORY DEBATE – Motion: Equality between men and women CANNOT exist
Time: 18.30 – 20.00
About: A debate focusing on the sexualisation of women’s bodies and their use by the mass media as the means to sell products / lifestyles to the wider public.
Venue: The St. Ethelburga Centre for Peace & Reconciliation, 78 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AG.
More info: email i.am@makingherstory.org.uk for reserved seating

Friday 9th March

Event: WOMEN OF THE WORLD 3 DAY FESTIVAL
Time: 10.00 AM
About: Join inspirational women from all walks of life to explore topics such as politics, arts, education, science, human rights, environment and the economy.
Venue: South Bank Centre
Info: http://ticketing.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/literature-spoken-word/tickets/wow-women-of-the-world-festival-3-day-pass-62931

Event: MARY PICKFORD REVIVED
Time: 20.00
About: Celebrating screen icon and movie mogul Mary Pickford, three female composers (Tanya Auclair, Anna Meredith and Roshi) premiere their new scores live to three silent films.
Venue: South Bank Centre
More info: http://ticketing.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/literature-spoken-word/tickets/birds-eye-view-sound-silents-mary-pickford-revived-63494

Event: EQUALS LIVE 2012
Time: 19.30
About: A night of passionate song, powerful words and exceptional talent, recognising women’s accomplishments and raising awareness of the inequalities and challenges around the world.
Venue: South Bank Centre
Organisation: WOW Women of the World
More info: http://ticketing.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/music/gigs-contemporary/tickets/equals-live-2012-63490

Saturday 10th March

Event: WOMEN’S HISTORY GUIDED WALK
Time: 11.00
About: Walk around London Bridge and Waterloo looking at famous women from the local area – men welcome. The walks are part of the Living Memory heritage project. Walks last roughly 1hr to 1h30 and must be booked in advance.
More info: Contact Laura Reynolds l.reynolds@coinstreet.org, 0207 0211600 or visit www.coinstreet.org

Event: WONDERFUL WOMEN OF WHITECHAPEL
Time: 14.30
About: This ever popular tour by Rachel Kolsky visits sites associated with women who have defined Whitechapel and Spitalfields. Hear the stories of such significant figures as Eva Luckes and Edith Cavell at the London Hospital; radical campaigner Annie Besant; and philanthropists Mary Hughes and Miriam Moses. The walk also explores locations related to influential characters in the contemporary cultural scene such as artist Tracey Emin and author Monica Ali.
Venue:  Whitechapel and Brick Lane, ending near Spitalfields.
More info: Book via  Women’s Library  /  020 7320 2222 – Meeting place provided on booking.

Event: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S FAIR
Time: 10:00
About: A market dedicated to showcasing the work of women’s organisations and women traders.
Venue:  Trader’s Market, Spitalfields, London
More info: Apply for a stand or stall to info@alternativearts.co.uk
Event:  Annual International Women’s Day Event for over 450 women, at:
Inner Space – a wellbeing centre in Covent Garden.
Their theme for 2012 is: Invest In You.  Because it’s smart to invest in your most important asset – YOU!  The Event is Free  and happening on Saturday 10 March, from 2pm – 4.30pm at Savoy Place, London.  Please see below for web site details  more details, and contact info:
Inner Space l 020 7836 6688 l event@innerspace.org.uk l http://www.innerspace.org.uk

Sunday 11th March

Event: MIRTH CONTROL, MARCH OF THE WOMEN 2012
Time: 19.30
About: Join Sandi Toksvig as she hosts a night of comedy, stories and music inspired by great women, with Jo Brand and an astounding all-woman orchestra.
Venue: South Bank Centre
More info: http://ticketing.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/music/classical/tickets/mirth-control-march-of-the-women-2012-63506

Event: WOMEN IN CARIBBEAN HISTORY
Time: 18.00 for 19.00
About: Black History Studies present an informative and inspirational talk about the story of the hidden contribution of women to the development of the Caribbean, as well as celebrating its 5th birthday.
Venue: Public Commercial Services Headquarters (Clapham Junction), 160 Falcon Road, Clapham Junction, London SW11 2LN, (3 minute walk from Clapham Junction mainline station. Buses to the venue 35, 37, 39, 49, 77, 87, 156, 70, 219, 239, 295, 319, 337, 334, 345, C3, G1).
More info: Please confirm via email info@blackhistorystudies.com how many people will be attending this event

Monday 12th March

UK TIBETAN WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION
53rd Anniversary of Tibetan Women’s Uprising Day
Time:  6:30 pm – 9 pm
ADMISSION FREE – ALL ARE WELCOME
Refreshments – Tibetan food served
Venue: October Gallery:
24 Old Gloucester Street, London, WC1N 3AL
“An event to mark the 53rd anniversary of the first women’s uprising in Tibet on March 12, 1959.  On the day of the uprising in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, thousands of Tibetan women joined together in a peaceful manner outside the Portola Palace.  They gathered to non-violently protest the illegal occupation of Tibet by Communist China. The women joined in a peaceful force to try to save their homes, customs, culture, lands and most of all their loved ones. Many of the women suffered greatly due to brutal force used against them during their non-violent social action. They were imprisoned, beaten, and tortured. This is a remarkable history in the Tibetan culture because  women took a strong stance during a time in history when women were still very subdued”
Further info, please email: uk_twa@yahoo.co.uk

Wednesday 14th March

Event: NADINE GORDIMER
Time: 19.30
About: Nadine Gordimer talks about her life and writing. Gordimer won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991, and is widely recognized for her activism and for confronting moral and political issues in her writing.
Venue: South Bank Centre
More info: http://ticketing.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/literature-spoken-word/tickets/nadine-gordimer-62299

Saturday 17th March

Event: MARCH FOR MOTHERS – HEALTH POVERTY ACTION
Time: 10.00 am
About: A 5k or 10K pushchair-friendly sponsored walk, hoping to raise awareness of the 340,000 women who die each year in pregnancy and childbirth whilst raising funds to help save the lives of mums and babies in some of the world’s poorest countries.
Venue: Greenwich Park
More info: www.marchformothers.com

Event: WOMEN IN FILM AND TELEVISION
Time: 14.30 – 16.30
About: SPEAKERS: Dr Melanie Williams and Dr Eylem Atakav, Dept of Film and Television Studies, University of East Anglia. Melanie will talk about women filmmakers in British cinema in an attempt to making invisible women visible and re-writing women’s film history. Eylem will be talking about women in television adverts in Turkey, referring to gender politics, Islam and politics.
Venue: Please RSVP to jenniferdrew@fastmail.fm for venue details and to confirm attendance.
More info: http://londonfeministnetwork.org.uk/feminar-women-in-film-tv

Event: FORWARD YOUTH PROGRAMME’S TUNAWEZE FESTIVAL
Time: 15.00 – 19.00
About: Join us for a feast for all the senses; mixing entertainment and information, inspiration and fun, culture and celebration as we dedicate a day to celebrate the amazing African Young Woman!
Venue: The Africa Centre (38 King Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8JT
More info:  Contact FORWARD’s Youth Programme Officer, Saria Khalifa –saria@forwarduk.org.uk or 0208 960 4000

Sunday 18th March

Event: MOTHER’S DAY AT HAM HOUSE
Time: 11.00 – 17.00
Venue: Ham House and Garden, Ham Street, Ham, Richmond-upon-Thames, TW10 7RS
About: Treat your mum to a memorable day out.  Children can make a special gift for Mum to take away and all accompanied mothers receive free entry and voucher to use on their next visit.
More info: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ham-house/things-to-see-and-do/events/

Event: WOMEN OF WORTH
Time: 11.00
About: Discover Jewish and non-Jewish women with Rachel Kolsky who made an impact on the Jewish community of the East End. Ending at the Kindertransport memorial at Liverpool Street Station we will have visited en route sites of Whitechapel and Spitalfields including those associated with Alice Model and her maternity hospital, Miriam Moses and her youth work, the philanthropy of the Rothschild ladies and the actresses of the Yiddish theatre.
Venue: Book via  Jewish Museum  /   020 7284 7384 – Meeting place provided on booking.
More info: http://www.jewishmuseum.org.uk/

Monday 19th March

Event: THE SUGAR GIRLS East End Life and Work at Tate and Lyle’s Factories
Time: 19.00
About: Authors Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi will be speaking about their new book The Sugar Girls,  which tells the true stories of female workers at Tate and Lyle’s East End factories in the 1940s and 1950s.
Venue: Bishopsgate Institute, London
More info: To book a free place, email Stefan.Dickers@bishopsgate.org.uk

Wednesday 21st March

Event: THE PARLIAMENT, THE CITY & CIVIL SOCIETY: WOMEN AS CHANGE LEADERS
Time: 18.00 – 20.00
About: Where do women stand as leaders in parliament/government, finance/corporations and civil society? What steps have been and are being taken to advance women’s leadership and women as leaders? Speakers: Lesley Abdela, MBE,  – Co-Founder of the 300 Group, Barbara-Ann King – BarclaysWealth, Zoe Chan – Association for the Advancement of Feminism, Hong Kong, Sarah Masters – IANSA
Venue: Committee Room 1, House of Lords
More info:  For a registration form email Ianbeckertonmail@virginmedia.com

Saturday 24th March

Event: EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY – WOMEN AND POLITICS NOW
Time: 13.00 – 17.00
About: Celebrated artists, politicians, performers, community workers and LGBT activists will offer insights into contemporary gender issues in this unique symposium hosted by October Gallery Education. Taking Palestinian artist Laila Shawa’s Disposable Bodies No.3 (pictured) as a trigger, the symposium offers a layering of narratives to create a collective portrait of women today. How conflicted will these multiple perspectives be? Do we really need a Women’s History Month anyway?
Venue: October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, London, WC1N 3AL England
More info: Email education@octobergallery.co.uk and to buy tickets click on: http://womenandpoliticsnow.eventbrite.co.uk/

Sunday 25th March

Event: DAY OF THE GODDESS
Time: All day event
About: A jam packed day of 7 hours of Performers, Inspirational Speakers, Presentations & Workshops, Free Raffle & Gift Bags & Indoor market stalls displaying the best in arts & crafts.
Venue: Unity Centre, 103 Church Road, London NW10 9EG
More info: www.dayofthegoddess.co.uk, For tickets: Phone – Sheryl 07984 979 413 / Aama 07794 388 425, By Email – info@dayofthegoddess.co.uk

Tuesday 27th March

Event: SHAPING THE GLOBAL HEALTH AGENDA – WOMEN, CHILDREN AND SOCIETY
Time: Two day event, start time 9.00
Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, LONDON, W1G 0AE
About: A two day conference organised by the Royal Society of Medicine in association with the Royal Colleges of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH)
More info: http://www.rsm.ac.uk/academ/evc07.php

Event: WORKINGMUMS.CO.UK LIVE
Time: 9.00 – 16.00
About:  a unique one stop exhibition and seminar event for all things ‘flexible working’ – presented by jobs board Workingmums.co.uk. This event allows employers to meet with talented and experienced professional women who want to work flexibly or in a family friendly way, and for women to get advice and support on returning to work or setting up their own business.
More info: http://www.workingmumslive.co.uk/london/

Wednesday 28th March

Event: SUFFRAGETTES IN WIMBLEDON
Time: 19.15
About: The suffragette movement was very active in Wimbledon.  Local historian Janet Koss will give an interesting talk about the suffragettes in Wimbledon.
Venue: Museum of Wimbledon 22 Ridgway, Wimbledon, London SW19 4QN, close to the 93, 493 and 200 bus routes which run from Wimbledon station. The cost is £7.50 to include wine and nibbles. Place numbers are limited so please apply early. Cheques should be made payable to Museum of Wimbledon and sent to: Mrs C. Taylor, 96 Dora Road, Wimbledon SW19 7HJ
More info: www.wimbledonmuseum.org.uk

Saturday 31st March

Event: BLOOMSBURY BABES
Time: 14.30
About: Long associated with the Bloomsbury Group who ‘lived in squares and loved in triangles’, Bloomsbury has also been home to many other women who lived, loved and worked there. On this leisurely walk with Rachel Kolsky you will ‘meet’ educational, medical, society and, of course, literary ladies including Virginia Woolf, Mary Kingsley, Christina Rossetti and Lady Ottoline Morell.
Venue: Meet outside Holborn tube, Kingsway exit. No need to book, just turn up.

Event: ALL WORK AND LOW PLAY: The Story of Women and Work Exhibition tour Time: 12.00
About: Come and hear about the many different types of jobs women have held and see the highlights of the exhibition.
Venue: Women’s Library, London Metropolitan University
More info: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/thewomenslibrary/whats-on/events/tours.cfm

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