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FRINGE What is Nottingham Women’s Conference? Nottingham Women’s Conference aims to bring together women in Nottingham and the surrounding areas to look at ways forward on some of the key issues facing women today, such as: the objectification of women, violence against women and girls, women, power and poverty. Nottingham Women’s Conference aims to bring together women in Nottingham and the surrounding areas to look at ways forward on some of the key issues facing women today including sexism, violence and poverty.

Nottingham Women’s Conference Saturday 21st September, 2013 9.15am – 4.45pm at the Atrium (ICCA), 99 Hucknall Road, Carrington, Nottingham, NG5 1QZ. All women are welcome. Lunch provided. Free crèche. Tickets available online at: http://nottinghamwomensconference.wordpress.com/ or from reception at Nottingham Women’s Centre.

What’s the Fringe Festival? One day simply isn’t enough to cover the breadth of issues facing women today so individual women and organisations have come together to organise fringe events during September to celebrate women and put women’s issues back on the agenda.

LAUNCH EVENT FOR NOTTINGHAM WOMEN’S CONFERENCE FRINGE FESTIVAL Spoken Words Sunday with the Mouthy Poets A night of poetry and music centred around the theme of female empowerment with the aim of creating awareness about Women’s Aid Integrated Services (WAIS) and Nottingham Women’s Centre. 1st September • 5pm - 8pm • This is a mixed event CAST Bar, Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus, Nottingham, NG1 5AF FREE entry! Funded by Apple & Snakes


C er t a i n C u r t a i n T h ea t r e C o.

Nottingham Playhouse Neville Studio Friday 6th Sept 2013 7pm (no late entry) Tickets £6 waged / £3 unwaged. Not suitable for children. Supported by Nottingham Family Law Group.

The story of one woman’s struggle to break the ‘Chains of love’ Written by Claire Moore and John Woudberg.

“Excellent performance, superbly written”

Victim Support Worker

“Totally blown away - found it amazing” Midwife“ “Breathtaking - Utterly brilliantly performed”

Homestart


What is Radical Feminism?

Young people, pornography and objectification

Come along and find out more about what radical feminism is. A chance to ask questions, take part in a discussion (if you want to) and hear more about this branch of feminism. All women are welcome. Don’t worry, you don’t need to know anything at all about radical feminism to come to this session.

Porn has never been more available than it is now. Young people can now access a very broad range of very explicit and ‘hard core’ material on their mobile phones and through the internet which can be shared among their peers. However, in contrast many young people are not receiving suitable sex and relationships education which can equip them with the knowledge, skills and understanding to assist them with recognising their own value base. This event aims to offer activities and ideas to help young people understand that porn is entertainment for adults and not sex education for young people. It’s not anti-porn or proporn but encourages discussion and critical thinking around the subject. It tackles the wider topics of self-esteem, body image, boundaries, communication, pleasure, relationships, sexuality and oppression. This is a 9th September mixed 6.00pm - 9.00pm (TBC - please phone event

3rd September 7.00pm - 8.30pm Nottingham Women’s Centre 30 Chaucer Street, Nottingham NG1 5LP

This is a women only event

Female Beauty A fringe event for ALL women to meet, talk, laugh and share time with other women while relaxing and being pampered! It is important for each of us to feel beautiful as we are and free to enjoy our own image. This event will feature beauty treatments for skin, hair and nails. We want you to have fun, relax and if you don’t want treatments to still enjoy the support of other women in a women only space. Also an opportunity to find out what Nottingham Women’s Centre has to offer and to enrol on courses as it is also COURSE ENROLMENT DAY, 10am -2pm. 4th September 10.00am - 4.00pm Nottingham Women’s Centre 30 Chaucer Street, Nottingham NG1 5LP

This is a women only event

Juice Women’s Disco Women-only disco. The Health Shop will also be hosting a health promotion stall at the event. Entry: £6 waged/£4 unwaged. 7th September This is a 8.00pm - late women only Federation club, Claremont Rd, event Sherwood, Nottingham, NG5 1BH

Sexual Health Awareness for Female Drug Users This is a workshop aimed at drug-using women discussing the impact of drugs on sexual health, with an opportunity for screening and/or vaccination afterwards. 9th September This is a 2.00pm - 4.00pm women only Nottingham Women’s Centre event 30 Chaucer Street, Nottingham NG1 5LP

The Health shop to confirm on 0115 947 5414)

Hosted by NGY at 31 Castle Gate Nottingham NG1 7AR

Suffrage to Liberation: A journey through Women’s History A talk on women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom by Ailish D’Arcy leading up to the vote for women and on the Women’s Liberation Movement by Dr Sarah Browne. Dr. Browne will look at the origins and development of the Women’s Liberation Movement in Britain during the 1960s and 1970s and will also discuss the various different groups which were set up in Britain, including in Nottingham. Free entry. 11th September 6.00pm - 7:30pm Nottingham Central Library Angel Row, Nottingham NG1 6HL

This is a mixed event

Women Mean Business Launch

The Health Shop are hosting the regular Lesbian/Bi Women’s Café evening this month and will be discussing topics such as cervical screening, self examination and STI information. Plus there will be the usual food, non-alcoholic drinks, magazines and a chance to make new friends in an informal atmosphere.

Networking reception with light refreshments from 6pm. Inspiring us will be... • Ruth Spellman, first female Chief Executive of the Workers’ Educational Association • Anita Davies, Director of In2People Ltd, In2Nature and Property Developer • Bhavna Sohal, Director of Visage Beauty, Asian Business Woman of the Year 2012 • Sharon Stephens, Director of Model Behaviour • Poetry performance by Sacha Wise Women Mean Business is a partnership project between WEA, Bright Ideas, Kemet FM and Mona Lisa.

9th September 5.30pm - 7.30pm Nottingham Women’s Centre 30 Chaucer Street, Nottingham NG1 5LP

12th September 6.00pm - 8.30pm The New Art Exchange 39-41 Gregory Blvd , Nottingham NG7 6B

Lesbian/Bi Women’s Cafe evening - Health Workshop

This is a women only event

This is a women only event


Writes for Women

Women Leading Learning: Coffee, Cake and a Chat

Join members of Notts Nano writers’ group as they embark on a sponsored writing event, raising money to support equal opportunities and women’s services throughout Nottingham and further afield. At Writes For Women, writers will set personal challenges to fundraise for charities of their choice. But Writes For Women is not just for women, nor is it just for existing Notts Nano writers. We want to see participants from all backgrounds joining in to make a difference to women everywhere. The idea is to have a sociable and flexible event for creative participants. The challenge is in your hands. Perhaps your aim is to write a news article, perhaps a monologue or performance piece. Maybe you want to write a song, a short story, a comic or a series of poems. Set your challenge beforehand and decide how you want to be sponsored; poets may want to be sponsored per poem, novelists per hundred words. Or perhaps you would prefer to be sponsored per hour. For more information see: http://www.writes4women.blogspot.co.uk/.

Just turn up and meet some of our amazing (and very friendly) tutors and WLL volunteers and find out more about learning opportunities for women in Nottingham. We are also running a series of free two- hour taster sessions throughout September.

14th September 11.00am onwards Malt Cross Café 16 St James’s St, Nottingham NG1 6FG

This is a mixed event

How Men Can Support Feminism A fringe event which welcomes people of all genders to come and discuss some of the key issues facing women today, including: the objectification of women; violence against women and girls; women, power and poverty. 14th September 10.45am - 1.00pm, 2.00pm - 3:30pm The City Gallery, 14a Long Row, Nottingham NG1 2DH

This is a mixed event

Radiant Yogis A yoga class for women and men, followed by yogi tea, cake and discussion around the themes of Nottingham Women’s Conference. 15th September 1.00pm - 3.00pm International Community Centre 61B Mansfield Rd, Nottingham NG1 3FN

This is a mixed event

Intersectionality 101 A discussion on the nature and meaning of intersectionality – or the idea that people experience oppressions/disadvantage in overlapping ways - from the coining of the word by women of colour in the 1960s to its revival more recently. 16th September 6.00pm - 8.00pm Nottingham Women’s Centre 30 Chaucer Street, Nottingham NG1 5LP

This is a women only event

17th September 2.00pm-8.00pm Nottingham Women’s Centre, 30 Chaucer Street, Nottingham NG1 5LP

This is a women only event

Women Only – What’s the Point? A talk by Emma Maraio on why women only spaces are important, touching on themes of identity, empowerment and patriarchy. An opportunity to hear about research on the subject and participate in discussion over tea, coffee and cake!  18th September 2013 5:30pm - 7.00pm  Nottingham Women’s Centre 30 Chaucer Street, Nottingham NG1 5LP

This is a women only event

Rape Culture – Rape is No Joke fringe event Discussion forum with speaker Sarah Wrack, national organiser for Rape is No Joke – campaigning against misogyny in comedy. 18th September 7:30pm - 9.00pm International Community Centre 61B Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG1 3FN

This is a mixed event

Ms-Education: Women, Equality and Education in the 21st century One of the most striking trends of the last fifty years has been more women continuing their education beyond school. This is a positive and welcome trend but despite this progress educational spaces can still pose significant problems for women including sexism and the ‘glass-ceiling’. This event will hear from speakers across a range of perspectives including student activists, academics and trade unionists before opening up for a discussion of what we can do to ensure a rewarding educational experience for all. This event has been organised by UCU-University of Nottingham branch and University of Nottingham students’ union.

This is a 19th September mixed 5:30pm - 7.30pm event University of Nottingham Room LG11, Trent Building, University Park Campus

Radiant Women Yoga workshop for women 20th September 1.00pm - 3.00pm Nottingham Women’s Centre 30 Chaucer Street, Nottingham NG1 5LP

This is a women only event


Lesbians and Feminism

WEA Women’s Learning Taster sessions

In the last wave of feminism, lesbians were a large part of the feminist movement. Yet this time around, few lesbians seem to be becoming part of the new wave of feminism. This workshop is in an informal discussion about this, looking at why that might be the case and considering whether it matters. All women are welcome. 7.00pm - 8.00pm

23rd September to 10th October This is a All sessions held at Nottingham Women’s Centre, women only event 30 Chaucer Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LP unless otherwise stated.

Launch of Lesbians in Nottingham A new social group for lesbians. Want to meet other lesbians? Want to make friends? Come along to this fortnightly group where we will chat, play board games and drink lots of tea and coffee. This is open to lesbians and women who are questioning whether they are lesbians. 8.00pm - 9.00pm 20th September Nottingham Women’s Centre 30 Chaucer Street, Nottingham NG1 5LP

This is a women only event

Radical Readers: Focus on Black Feminism A special session of the monthly reading group ‘Radical Readers’ focusing on Black Feminism with a screening of the film ‘Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years’ directed by Dagmar Schultz. Books for the month are Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism by Bell Hooks and Women, Race and Class by Angela Davis.

Women and society: how to survive and thrive This session will explore challenges in women’s lives. Recent approaches in psychology will offer useful explanations and methods to enable you to confidently contribute to discussions and to take action to improve women’s lives. Tutor - Jill Arnold Date - Monday 6.00pm - 8.00pm, 23 September or Friday 10.00am - 12.00pm, 27 September Women and maths This session will look at the history and culture of maths and consider how they could be made more appealing and relevant to women and girls. NB. this is not a practical maths session. Tutor - Sue Moore Date - Wednesday 1.15pm - 3.15pm, 25 September Women and social media This course will enable students to create and develop their own Wordpress blog, with on focus on using it for the online promotion of women’s activities. It will also introduce students to Facebook and Twitter and demonstrate how these sites can be used to aid women’s networking.

This is a free but donations are welcome to cover the cost of the film!

Tutor - Lorna Poole Date - Friday 1.00pm - 3.00pm, 27 September

Radical Readers meets on the last Wednesday of every month.

How to win campaigns Learn from other successful campaigns about effective strategy and how to target and influence decision makers. Study imaginative events that catch media attention and how to apply this to your chosen interest. Practice skills of lobbying, organising a flash mob, or street campaigning.

25th September 5:30pm - 8pm Nottingham Women’s Centre 30 Chaucer Street, Nottingham NG1 5LP

This is a women only event

Nottingham Women’s Conference Speakers including OBJECT, Southall Black Sisters, The Co-operative and Nordic Model Advocates. Workshop events, networking and a lightning panel highlighting local campaigns. Tickets £10 / limited free places available. More information and tickets from: www.nottinghamwomensconference.wordpress.com 21st September 9.15am - 4.45pm at the Atrium (ICCA), 99 Hucknall Road, Nottingham, NG5 1QZ

Tutor – Jeannie Thompson Date - Tuesday 10.00am - noon , 1 October 2013

Women into art Following the successful pilot course run by artist Sian Watson Taylor, we are continuing a conversation inspired by the latest exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary. The conversations will be animated, creative and visual, giving women all the tools to express their ideas and voice their opinions about contemporary art and the wider world.

This is a Tutor – Sian Watson Taylor women only Venue – Nottingham Contemporary, event Weekday Cross, Nottingham NG1 2GB Date - Thursday noon – 2.30pm, 10 October 2013


Love Yourself Workshop

Celebrating Women

A day of positive affirmations and guided meditation. Focusing on the natural healing energies of the body and heart. Come along for a shared experience of fun and empowerment.

Refreshments provided. Bring a sandwich or food to share (with no obligation).

Forty years of women’s activity in Nottingham and beyond: Successes, victories, voices, stories...brought to life in this fun drama event. Come along be part of the audience or join in. Free event but donations welcome. Hosted by WoLAN Nottingham Women’s History Project and Playback Drama. Contact Natasha@nottinghamwomenscentre.com.

27th September 10.00am - 3.00pm Nottingham Women’s Centre 30 Chaucer Street, Nottingham NG1 5LP

28th September 6.00pm - 9.00pm Nottingham Women’s Centre 30 Chaucer Street, Nottingham NG1 5LP

Free entry (crèche available - contact Nottingham Women’s Centre on 0115 941 1475)

This is a women only event

This is a women only event


STOP PRESS! Additional events added after the print deadline: Workshop on Honor Based Violence

Women's Literature Discussion

A workshop hosted by Women's Aid Integrated Serviced on Honour Based Violence (HBV) with the aim to raise awareness around HBV and FM looking at the following:

Listen to Victoria Oldham and Catherine Clay from Nottingham Trent University talk about their research into women's and feminist writing.

What is HBV, different forms of HBV, different types of crime, what is a Forced Marriage, differences between arranged marriage and forced marriage and the concept of shame/ dishonour and what constitutes dishonour.

Hosted by Dime Store Pulp. Free entry.

3rd September 10.00am - 12.00pm Nottingham Women’s Centre 30 Chaucer Street, Nottingham NG1 5LP

Football: Homophobia in the women's game Join Lincoln Ladies centre forward and England Women's Captain Casey Stoney and other panelists to discuss homophobia in the women's game. Hosted by the University of Nottingham LGBTQ Staff Network and Football v Homophobia 7th September 2.45pm - 3.45pm University of Nottingham Sports Centre University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD

Little Yogis A children's yoga event for girls and boys building children's confidence, self esteem and self expression in a gender neutral way. 13th September 1.00pm - 3.00pm Nottingham Women’s Centre 30 Chaucer Street, Nottingham NG1 5LP

14th September 10.00am - 12.00pm Nottingham Central Library Angel Row, Nottingham NG1 6HL

Skills for working with young people: Human rights and Gender Equality A practical workshop for those working with young people aged 7-13 about discussing rights, relationships and gender stereotypes. The session will involve games and activities, as well as evaluation techniques and practical information on how to involve parents and establish safe space. Limited places available – please book by emailing Tracy at: tracy.hawkes@googlemail.com 24th September 9.30am - 12.00pm WEA East Midlands 39 Mapperley Road, Nottingham NG3 5AQ


Skills for working with young people: Breaking the Taboo A practical workshop for those working with young people aged 14+ about discussing violence, sexting, consent and healthy relationships. The session will involve activities and discussions, including how to engage boys in gender equality, as well as offer practical information on agencies, resources and how to measure outcomes. Limited places available – please book by emailing Tracy at: tracy.hawkes@googlemail.com 24th September 1.30pm - 4.00pm WEA East Midlands 39 Mapperley Road, Nottingham NG3 5AQ

Nottingham Women's History Group: Stories of The Croft

Girls with Guitars Join us for the second Girls with Guitars, a night of fantastic music all in aid of the Nottingham Women's Centre. 30th September 8.00pm - late The Maze 257 Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG1 3FT

The Incredible Adventures of Clown Slut A one-woman show, performed by Joanna Griffin and directed by Lauren Bracewell. Hosted by the Women's Network at the University of Nottingham Students' Union. Entry £3. Tickets available from the University of Nottingham Students' Union Box Office and Nottingham Women's Centre.

Stories of The Croft’ is an online exhibition of the oral testimonies and photographs of the first generation of women who lived at The Croft, a ground-breaking Nottingham housing scheme set up in 1966 for unsupported mothers and their babies. In this talk, Emma Golby-Kirk of Now Heritage CIC discusses her motivation for creating the Oral History project and describes how she persuaded her mother Barbara, who lived at The Croft in 1972, to participate in running the project despite her initial protestation at still being “defined by single parenthood even after 40 years”. Speaking candidly, Emma reflects on the issues she and her mother faced, both practical and ethical, in finding other women who lived at The Croft four decades previously and encouraging them to share their stories. For more information about Nottingham Women's History Group, please visit: http://www.nottinghamwomenshistory.org.uk or 'like' us on Facebook. 28th September 2.00pm - 4.00pm International Community Centre 61b Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG1 3FN

'The Incredible Adventures of Clown Slut rips away the stereotypes of feminism and proves that to be a feminist you do not need to be an angry man-hater or give up wearing skirts, but just to be a normal person' ayoungertheatre.com 1st October 1.00pm The Den, Portland Building University of Nottingham University Park, Nottingham NG37 2RD

More events being added at www.nottinghamwomensconference.wordpress.com


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Thank yous to sponsors and supporters: When we embarked on our mission to organise this event in summer 2012 we had no funding, just an idea (a pretty good one we thought!). Thanks to the generosity of supporters we are now able to turn that idea into a reality.

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Nottingham Women’s Centre The Co-operative Membership Ernst and Young NUT Nottinghamshire and Mansfield TUC Nottingham City UNISON

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UCU University of Nottingham neonniche Andrew Fleming Alan Story And all the individuals who have supported us along this journey

Please keep an eye on our website for more events:

www.nottinghamwomensconference.wordpress.com Coming soon:

Reclaim the Night Nottingham 9th November 2013 A march and rally to challenge men’s violence towards women and girls Visit: www.reclaimthenightnottingham.wordpress.com for more info


Nottingham Women's Conference Fringe programme