Celebrate Participate & Liberate events throughout March: Women’s activism, exhibitions, HERstory, eco warrior women, feminist art & ﬁlms, family crafts, coding for girls, women's bike ride.
Special commemorative programme & magazine Inside: Inspiring Local HERoes, HERstory, Derby’s Rebel Women, Your Voice – your poems & articles, local support groups and charities for women and girls
Chair’s message Happy International Women’s Day! Welcome to our 2020 programme and magazine full of inspiring stories, poems and local change-making events. This magazine is a special part of our IWD 2020 celebrations as well as an important standalone record marking this moment in time for women. Please read it, enjoy it, pass it on, find the online version on our website, share it around! We join the global celebrations of IWD with joy and our event has a local HERstory going back over 100 years; we follow in the footsteps of the Suffragettes in our city who spoke up to eager crowds as well as facing a resentful misogynist backlash. Inspired by this HERstory for IWD 2020 we are amplifying the voices of women and girls who are speaking up to create change. We are proud to platform speakers and writers spanning female firefighters, faith leaders, engineers, feminist artists, poets, eco activists, human rights champions, community gardeners, politicians, entrepreneurs, animal rights campaigners, academics, our Rebel Women’s Choir and charity change-makers. We celebrate women and girls making changes in big ways and small ways; from those making waves in political leadership and the mass movement protests to the workplace trailblazers and the community project HERoes. We salute those role modelling change through example, through quiet acts of kindness and craftivism, tree planting, therapeutic parenting, fostering, volunteering, fundraising, food sharing, neighbourhood-building and being caring, encouraging, ethical influences. We say power to our sisters and non-binary siblings for whom simply being who you are is a radical act in this world. This International Women’s Day we celebrate the progress and achievements towards women’s liberation worldwide and we thank the women who went before us who fought for our rights; we stand on the shoulders of giants. We build and improve on past movements to address the inequalities and injustices we still face, locally and globally. We renew efforts to confront the backlash to our progression, to our rising; we renew work to end gender-based violence and to resist the threats of far-right ideology and the austerity funding cuts that have harmed our causes and refuges and so many women’s and families’ lives. We invite you to draw inspiration to put your ideas into action, to be bolder, braver, louder and unleash your inner change-maker! One way to create change is by leading this annual community event. This year is my final year as Chair; I have held this voluntary elected role for eight years and volunteered and supported IWD Derby for many years previously. I have supported this event for most of my twenties and all of my thirties. It has been hard work, with many sacrifices, but it has been one of the most wonderful things I have ever done. It has stretched me beyond my comfort zone, taught me new skills, connected me with amazing people and projects and given me some very special memories, with lots of ‘firsts’ from leading a march through Derby city centre encouraging young girls to take to the megaphone to taking a bus of protestors to Shut Down Yarl’s Wood; from launching the Rebel Women’s Choir harnessing singing as activism to overseeing the overnight construction of a huge marquee, in pouring rain, bringing the wonderfully diverse local communities together under shelter on the Arboretum. It’s now time for me to pursue new change-making goals ahead but I will remain a supporter as I call out to women to come forward to run for a leadership role with IWD Derby; it will take you on an amazing journey and your hard work will make a real difference - come along to the AGM (Annual General Meeting) 7pm Monday 27th April 2020 at Derby Women’s Centre to get involved. Even if it’s daunting, or new territory for you, unleash that part of you that feels excited about it. Go for it. Sister, I’ll be there for you. I’ll end with a huge thank you; my gratitude and love to the wonderful award-winning volunteer team who work hard all year to give the community this IWD celebration, and who are also a circle of nurturing support and strength. Thanks also to all the performers, speakers, stallholders, workshop leaders, funders, venues, partnerships and supporters of all genders over the years including comedian Richard Herring for fielding all the ‘what about men’s day?’ tweets, in solidarity. It has been so moving to create uplifting, inclusive and life affirming moments with you all for our community. Long may it continue. Love and Power, Vanessa Boon, Chair, IWD Derby
Join in the IWD conversation online via social media @WomensDayDerby #ShePersisted #EachforEqual #IWD2020
Contents IWD 2020 Programme at a glance Your #ShePersisted Speakers Nevertheless, She Persisted Your Voices - Articles Reclaiming the centrefold spread - Rebel Women’s Choir Sing-along Your Voices - Poetry Meet the IWD Derby Team Upcoming Events
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International Women’s Day Saturday 7th March 2020 #ShePersisted Programme 10.30am
Women’s Rights March & Rally Gather with banners at the Waterfall, Market Place from 10.30am, the march proceeds at 11.00am via Sadler Gate. FREE. Family friendly & wheelchair accessible; supporters of all genders welcome. Bring banners!
#ShePersisted Speak Up event at QUAD 12.00pm - 5.30pm Pre-book tickets via https://iwdderby2020.eventbrite.co.uk or come on the day (subject to availability). All genders welcome; most suited for children 8yrs+ but you know your kids best; babies & breastfeeding welcome. Explore our exhibition in The Box, QUAD showcasing local women’s projects, Universal Love Letters and Equal Pay HERstory timeline.
#ShePersisted Speak Up - Cinema Two, QUAD Welcome from MC / Uke Songstress & eco campaigner Sue Warren
IWD derby Volunteer Team Speeches including Vanessa Boon’s final year as Chair speech and call to action!
Discovering Local HERstory Sonya Robotham, Director, Vox Feminarum shares the Deeds Not Words Towards Liberation project uncovering 100 years of women’s activism in Derby & Derbyshire.
Eco Warrior Women: inspiring talk by ‘Queen of Green’ Penney Poyzer-Schalom Award winning campaigner, eco-home pioneer & TV presenter + panel discussion with local eco activist including Extinction Rebellion, with Q&A.
She Speaks Art is our liberation: powerful poets & spoken word artists.
Break Browse exhibition and enjoy refreshments from Quad Café Bar.
Women Rising Up To Resist Hate Anti-oppression campaigners share their experience and what we can all do to resist hate and division, with Q&A.
Sarah Maple, Feminist Artist Award-winning visual artist known for her brave, mischievous and questioning artworks that challenge traditionally accepted notions of identity, gender, religion and the status quo. Drawing on her mixed religious and cultural upbringing, her artwork explores what it means to be a woman and a Muslim in 21st century Britain. Sarah has dealt with a threatening backlash to her bold artwork, nevertheless #ShePersisted
IWD Rebel Women’s Choir led by Jo Lewis Singing songs to celebrate world-changing women, with an uplifting audience sing-along!
20 in 2020 1 minute messages from local change-making women & girls
IWD derby Team Closing Thoughts & Thanks
Plus FREE IWD crèche & activities on 7th March at QUAD: IWD Listen Love Learn family crafts drop-in 2.00pm-4.00pm Art gallery exhibit by Anna Bunting-Branch exploring a meeting of feminism & sci-fi + Make a night of it with QUAD’s 6.00pm Film Screening: Portrait of a Lady on Fire (15) tickets from QUAD Box Office Plus fringe programme of events throughout March including IWD bike ride, QUAD game design coding for girls, Vox Feminarum Women’s HERstory Month events, Artcore Stand Up! Feminist Art Exhibition and more; visit our website for details
Your #ShePersisted Speakers Sue Warren
MC uke songstress and eco campaigner is our host and will also join our eco warrior women panel sharing her work to address eco issues at council meetings and organising actions such as Unite for Mother Nature. Using songwriting and music to raise awareness of important issues Sue’s songs include Refugee, Media Symphony and songs celebrating women. Sue is an active supporter of IWD Derby fundraisers throughout the year as well as the annual celebration and can often be found hosting community events such as Pride and diversity festivals as well as touring and performing. www.suewarrenmusic.com
Director, Vox Feminarum, will present the findings of the Deeds Not Words Towards Liberation project uncovering the hidden HERstory of over 100 years of women’s activism in Derby & Derbyshire including courageous Suffragettes from the local area. Sonya has 16 years experience as a Senior Lecturer and Programme Manager at the University of Derby. Alongside her academic posts, Sonya has over 20 years experience, both paid and as a volunteer, in community development in the UK and overseas with vast experience in feminist activism, diversity and social justice projects and she has pioneered 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women and Women’s HERstory Month events in Derby. https://voxfeminarum.wixsite.com
is an award-winning feminist artist known for her bold, brave, mischievous and questioning artworks that challenge traditionally accepted notions of identity, gender, religion and the status quo, with works that explore what it means to be a woman and a Muslim in 21st century Britain based on her own multicultural upbringing. Sarah has exhibited internationally at galleries and institutions including Tate Britain, Golden Thread Gallery and Tallin Art Hall. Recent commissions include The Baltic, Nottingham New Art Exchange and Sky Arts. Sarah will share her story of dealing with backlash and staying determined. www.sarahmaple.com
Multi award-winning eco campaigner, fighter of food waste, Chair of Nottingham Good Food Partnership and TV presenter ‘Queen of Green’ will share her pioneering journey to become co-owner of the UK’s first eco-upcycled Victorian home and will also join our Eco Warrior Women panel.
Eco Warrior Women panel
Discussion facilitated by Ruth Strange, co-founder of Derby’s whole food shop SoundBites, writer/researcher for Ethical Consumer and Thrive Derby community change-maker, joined by Penney Poyzer-Schalom, young Extinction Rebellion activist Nia Large and eco campaigner Sue Warren, with audience Q&A.
Women Rising Up To Resist Hate panel
Inspiring local anti-oppression campaigners will share their experience, highlight current issues and what we can all do to resist the hate and division stirred up by the far-right, ‘hostile environment’ policies & the media, with Q&A. Chaired by social justice activist Sonya Robotham, joined by Professor Cecile Wright Professor of Sociology, campaigner and co- founder member of the Labour Black Network, Sue Arguile of Derby Stand Up To Racism with many years experience in anti-racism activism, Sonila Ellahi – trade union activist & Equality Officer, Karen Whelan of Derbyshire DPAC (Disabled People Against Cuts) and activist Joginder Bains of Derby Indian Workers Association.
Nevertheless She Persisted Our chosen theme this year is #ShePersisted inspired by the expression widely adopted by the feminist movement in 2017 after the United States Senate voted to silence Senator Elizabeth Warren’s objections to the confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General, as she highlighted concerns about his record on civil rights. Senator Warren quoted a statement from 1986 by former Senator Ted Kennedy regarding Senator Sessions’ nomination to federal court judge, “’He is, I believe, a disgrace to the Justice Department, and he should withdraw his nomination and resign his position” Senator Warren added “I will cast my vote against the nomination of Senator Sessions.” She continued by reading a letter that civil rights activist Coretta Scott King had written to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1986:
Civil rights leaders, including my husband [Martin Luther King] and Albert Turner, have fought long and hard to achieve free and unfettered access to the ballot box. Mr. SESSIONS has used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by Black citizens in the district he now seeks to serve as a federal judge. This simply cannot be allowed to happen. Mr. SESSIONS’ conduct as U.S. Attorney, from his politically-motivated voting fraud prosecutions to his indifference toward criminal violations of civil rights laws, indicates that he lacks the temperament, fairness and judgment to be a federal judge. While Senator Warren was reading the words of Coretta Scott King, Presiding Senate Chair Steve Daines of Montana interrupted her, reminding her of Senate Rule XIX, which prohibits ascribing “to another senator or to other senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a senator”. Senator Warren asserted that she had simply quoted former Senator Kennedy, and she asked whether reading King’s letter, which had been admitted into the Senate Record in 1986, was a violation of Senate Rules. Presiding Senate Chair Daines again quoted Rule XIX. Senator Warren asked to continue reading the letter, and Presiding Senate Chair Daines agreed. While Senator Warren continued reading the letter, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky interrupted, saying, “The senator has impugned the motives and conduct of our colleague from Alabama, as warned by the chair.” Senator McConnell objected to a line from King’s letter, “Mr. Sessions has used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens”, which Senator Warren had quoted prior to the warning Senator Warren said she was “surprised that the words of Coretta Scott King are not suitable for debate in the United States Senate” and requested to continue. Senator Daines asked whether there was an objection. Senator McConnell objected, and Senator Daines called for a vote, saying, “The senator will take her seat”, preventing Senator Warren from continuing. The Senate voted to sustain McConnell’s objection along party lines, 49–43, silencing Warren for the duration of the Sessions confirmation hearings. Thirty hours remained in the hearings, where Democrats objected to Senator Warren’s silencing. Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon subsequently read the letter from Coretta Scott King without objection. Following the Senate ruling to silence Senator Warren, Senator McConnell said on the Senate floor “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted” Feminists and supporters of Senator Warren immediately adopted the three-word sentence, “Nevertheless, she persisted” which went viral with the hashtags #Shepersisted and #LetLizspeak on social media along with pictures of strong women from history, or HERstory, who refused to be silenced. CNN reported, “For Warren’s supporters, it was a textbook case of mansplaining followed by males silencing a woman”. Megan Garber of The Atlantic wrote that “Nevertheless, she persisted” appeared on the internet next to “images not just of Warren and King, but also of Harriet Tubman, Malala Yousafzai, Beyoncé, Emmeline Pankhurst, Gabby Giffords, Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Princess Leia. It accompanied tags that celebrated #TheResistance”. It also appeared on merchandise with proceeds to the Women’s March. In 2018, the Women’s History Month theme in the United States was “Nevertheless, She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination against Women”. Commentators highlighted that the meme’s proliferation went beyond party-politics. Daniel Victor of The New York Times wrote, “A broader theme—that women are too commonly shushed or ignored—emerged on social media” and that “a man silencing a woman struck some as all too common”, and “rang familiar with many women who had their own stories of being silenced.” The Atlantic’s Megan Garber wrote, “[our] culture tells women to be quiet—many ways they are reminded that they would really be so much more pleasing if they would just smile a little more, or talk a little less, or work a little harder to be pliant and agreeable.” Further, she wrote, when Senator Warren was silenced, “many women, regardless of their politics or place ... felt that silencing, viscerally ... Because, regardless of their politics or place, those women have heard the same thing, or a version of it, many times before.” Valerie Schultz wrote “It is a phrase we women embrace because persistence is what we do” she added “Throughout history, we have persisted in our quest for respect, for justice, for equal rights, for suffrage, for education, for enfranchisement, for recognition, for making our voices heard. In the face of violence, of opposition, of ridicule, of belittlement, even of jail time, nevertheless, we have persisted”. Heidi Stevens of the Chicago Tribune commented, “Three little words that women can draw on for decades to come, when something needs to be said and, darn it, we plan to say it. When we’re being talked over in meetings. When we’re fighting to be heard in male-dominated fields. When we’re standing up for our values. When we’re doing valuable work and people reduce us to our appearance.” We draw strength and inspiration from #ShePersisted to speak up and change the world.
Your Voices - Articles We put out our annual call for IWD magazine submissions and you answered with stories shared, powerful poems and courageous causes thank you!
My name is Tomar and I was born in Berlin, Germany to Liberian parents. I love music, the arts, culture and new technologies. I also get involved in many things around me and take up learning opportunities. I try to be a positive role model - online, in person and through volunteering. I live in Derby and lead a not for profit organisation called M-prez Enterprise Ltd. I also volunteer for Derby Sound Community Radio and a youth group called Unity Works. I am an introvert and I honestly do not like putting myself out there. However, there are other ways to influence change that I can feel comfortable with. Through the not for profit organisation M-prez
Enterprise, I work closely with groups and individuals and try to connect with people. I gently introduce a different point of view by creating projects around the issues within today’s society. #ShePersisted - #Ipersisted My interests are empowering women, children and young people in particular issues that affect the Black community. I use my passion for music, arts/ culture and heritage to name a few. The projects we create stem from listening to complaints and ideas, analysing problems and thinking about creative ways for people to come together and engage. I think the most recent project Sisters Talk has been the most rewarding and difficult project to date. This brought together Black women from all walks of life. Being accused of being racist and exclusive I had to brush off other people’s opinions and stand in my truth that this was needed. It’s also been the most rewarding project, to create a space for Black women, where we dare to speak out about our daily experiences of sexism, racism, mental health and our communities. A space of sisterhood of very diverse women that needed a safe space to talk and not to justify themselves, what they experience on a daily basis and about how they felt and who they were. I have always believed that if you do not like a situation then change it. We can all be part of creating a world we want to live in. It takes courage, determination and persistence. Things are not going to change overnight, I don’t take a backseat in my life! I, We together can make changes by taking positive action. #IamWoke and aware!
Geraldine Curtis - Freelance Photographer
My exhibition is called ‘Women Engineers - portraits of the changing face of engineering’. I began this project two years ago following a chance conversation with some engineers who told me that in the UK less than 13% of the total number of engineers are women. The first thing I did was to contact the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) and they put a request in their next newsletter - I had around 20 replies. During the first year, I visited all the engineers by train and talked through my project with them and learned what they did. The following year I revisited them and took their portraits. Travelling by train meant that I needed to travel light, so I only took my camera, one lens and one flashgun. Although many of the engineers worked in London, I also travelled to Annan in Dumfries and Galloway, Edinburgh, Welshpool and Harlow in Essex. I have been sponsored by CrossCountry Trains and supported by the Women’s Engineering Society and the University of Derby. My objective is to raise the profile of women engineers, provide role models and encourage more girls to take up engineering as a career. This is my first solo exhibition and I hope to find other venues around the UK. As well as the portraits, there are quotes about why they became engineers and what they hope to achieve in the future. There will also be an information table where visitors can take away leaflets about careers in engineering and there are videos to watch showing fun STEM experiments. The exhibition is on until Monday 23rd March. It’s being held in the corridor, Markeaton Street Campus, DE22 3AW and anyone can visit Monday-Friday 9am-6pm.
Julia Smith - Watch Manager, Road & Water Safety, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service
When I left school I didn’t know what I wanted to do for a career, so I went to Manchester University to study Physics. After my undergraduate degree, I went on to study for a master’s degree in Medical Physics and began thinking about potential careers. I used to hear stories about being a firefighter from my brother-in-law and a family friend, and this started to form an idea that I would like to join the fire service too. Unfortunately when I looked into joining I found that I was too short – at the time there was a height restriction of 5’6”. Due to this, I decided to continue with my studies, going on to complete a PhD in Medical Physics. I then got a job at the Medical Physics department at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. Across the road from the hospital where I worked was a fire station. Every time I saw the fire engine tipping out on blue lights I would wish I was on it. In 1997 the height restriction was dropped from the application criteria, and I started to apply for jobs. Unfortunately, recruitment was few and far between at the time, but I tried Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Greater Manchester, each time failing on something different at the physical stage. I was offered a place as an on-call firefighter at Beeston fire station in Nottingham, but needed to live closer and so I was in the process of looking for somewhere to live within 5 minutes of the fire station, whilst also going through the recruitment process for Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service – the county where I originally grew up. After a series of tests which took place over six months, I was successful in getting a wholetime firefighter position and finally started my fire service career with Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service in 2001. I found the training course very hard, but the other recruits were great and there was another
female on the course with me. That helped me a lot, knowing we had each other for support all of the way through. After passing out from training, I was posted to Chesterfield fire station on the same watch as my family friend – the one whose stories had started this whole journey. I was really happy on my watch. The station was really busy, and it was a large watch (19 per shift) with many years of experience between them, so I learned a lot. We also had special appliances which meant that I was able to learn some different skills too. During my time at Chesterfield I had my 2 children (now 12 and 14), and this meant time on light duties whilst I was pregnant. This wasn’t easy for me, and when I was off on maternity leave with my youngest child the station was reduced in size due to the opening of another station nearby. The station itself then got moved to another site, but this did mean that we got a lovely new fire station to work from. In 2011 I moved to Alfreton fire station. It was a much quieter station, and a smaller watch than I’d been used to, but it was good to experience a new environment after 10 years in one place. All of a sudden, I found myself as the most experienced member of the watch, and when we needed a new driver I put my name down. It was one of the best things I did. I loved driving on blue lights and it became my favourite role. I decided to take some exams, and with the support of some of my watch members a few of us took the Institution of Fire Engineers exams. At the time I wasn’t interested in getting promoted, but I did it for personal development. I had enjoyed studying again and so after that I decided to do a work-related masters degree. I chose fire investigation as my subject, as it combined both my scientific background and my job as a firefighter. During this time I was offered a secondment to the fire investigation dog unit to support my studies, and I spent seven months with the unit working across the whole East Midlands. After a couple of years back on station I decided to apply for a temporary promotion. I was fortunate enough to get the job, and went to work at HQ in the Prevention & Inclusion department working on risk reduction strategies with vulnerable families in the community. It was a very different environment to station, but the biggest shock for me was working days again after 16 years of working shifts. Surprisingly, it was much harder in some ways for childcare than my shifts had been, especially for getting to and from school, but also it meant that my children didn’t have to sleep away from home for two nights a week. We all got to stay at home at night, and I rediscovered my weekends, which had been impacted on by shift work. I really enjoyed my time at HQ, started to appreciate that there is a big fire service world out there aside from stations, and realised that I also enjoyed being a crew manager. I applied for permanent promotion and was offered a role in the Operational Training department. I spent 18 months in the Department training new recruits coming into the service – both wholetime and on-call. It was a role that I loved because it was so rewarding. Pass out parades were amazing, watching the trainees show their friends and family and family how much they have learned during their training course, and seeing them excited to start the next stage of their career. It always reminded me of my own time as a recruit, and made me wonder where the last 19 years has gone. After my role in Operational Training, I moved back to HQ for a short stint in the Inclusion team, but shortly after my move I was offered a promotion into my current role – Watch Manager in the Road & Water Safety team. I never expected to get the rank that I currently hold, and I am very proud of what I have achieved.
Dani Heathcote - Firefighter, Wirksworth On-Call, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service
I had always wanted to join the Fire service, but when I looked into joining when I was 17, I was too young. I made a decision to work in a quarry whilst studying at college instead, allowing me to become a self-employed beauty and sports massage therapist until I had my little boy when I was 27. Whilst he was little, I studied Accountancy, which allowed me to work from home and fit my work around child care. Whilst on holiday with friends a few years later we were discussing what jobs we had always wanted to do and I mentioned that I had always wanted to be a firefighter. On returning from holiday I pulled up at the local petrol station and there was a sign advertising for on-call firefighters. I thought to myself ‘it’s now or never’! I applied and got in touch with the station. I was invited to attend a drill night to find out a bit more about the role, and then I knew I wanted to be a firefighter more than ever. After my initial application I worked on my fitness to make sure I could pass the equipment carry and as I’m short (‘cough’ 5ft 1!) I worked on upper body strength to pass the ladder lift. This was definitely the toughest bit for me, but I’m proud to say I passed and then had to wait for the interview and medical. At each stage I got through that hunger to be a firefighter grew and I was worried that I wouldn’t make it as I wanted to so badly! Thankfully, I passed everything and I eagerly awaited the start of the training course and kept pinching myself as I thought it was a dream (I still do now sometimes!) The course was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I learnt so many new skills and I grew as a person. The training is intense and there is a lot to learn but it’s all doable and enjoyable. When you reach the end of the course it’s an incredible feeling of achievement. Once I had passed out as a firefighter I eagerly awaited my first shout, which I didn’t have to wait long for (2 hours after I’d got home from my pass out parade!) It was fantastic turning out on the truck and I still get that same excitement now every time we turn out, not knowing where or what we are going to and being there for the community I live in. Two years on and I still have the absolute love for the job I did at the start. I have a whole new family in my crew and in Derbyshire Fire & Rescue and going to work is a pleasure. It never feels like a job as it’s so rewarding. It fits perfectly around my family life and I have a boy who is proud of his mama and I hope that it will encourage him to follow his dreams.
Carolyn Clarke founder of Cherish Me
Carolyn is the business owner of Cherish Me. She set up her business with her daughters and they want to create a special space for Black girls to strengthen their relationship with themselves. “We want to promote self-love and encourage them to be the best version of themselves and we do this in a variety of ways”. The range includes journals and notebooks, self care cards and affirmation cards, empowerment T-shirts. “We want our girls to feel inspired and empowered every time they are gifted with our products”. I know my worth~ self esteem for girls “Self-esteem can be hard to define. It’s more than just feeling good about yourself, taking pride in your accomplishments or liking what you see in the mirror. For me self-esteem is concerned with the way we judge our own worth”. “Girls with positive self-esteem tend to recognise their abilities, talents and strengths and feel proud about who they are and what they are able to achieve. I wanted to look at us as women to see how our self-esteem may impact on our girls. Cherish Me intends to help raise our girls’ confidence. For many of us our mothers play a significant role in our self-esteem as do our grandparents, aunts and friends. What I’ve learned over the years is that we are powerful role models for our girls, they identify with us and we impart self-worth to them”. Here are some tips in helping to raise confident girls. ~ Talk positively about yourself~ healing. For many of us, self-love journey starts within. I started mine through journaling. ~ Praise and affirmations ~ girls can write positive affirmations in their journals, post notes in their rooms, so that each day they can wake up with positive thoughts. ~ Positive home environment~ surround her with positive images and affirmations. Help her to read books that will lift her self-worth ~ Family time~ one of the many ways to connect with our girls is to turn off devices! (Something I’ve learned from my daughters). This could be board games, a picnic or learning a new hobby. ~ Help her to climb mountains~ allow her to try something new, it may be a new activity/sport, or even attending a new group: this will help her confidence. Remind her to go sparkle her magic! www.cherish-me.co.uk
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Tracy Harrison - CEO Safe and Sound Charity
I’m a married 50 year old lady loving her second career leading Safe and Sound charity supporting young people as others supported me as a teenager. I live in Derby and class it as my home. I care passionately about helping others. I like to make a difference every day. My childhood dream was to become a police officer but I didn’t think they would accept me – a teenager who had left home. Friends at the sports shop encouraged me to apply and the rest is history…. I share a little about my policing career in an era where women were few, thankfully since seeing huge growth. I grew up in Scunthorpe but due to a bereavement and some family issues I left home at 17 and moved to Derby. I worked in a sports shop as a YTS and became YTS of the year. My police career included uniform and CID duties at all levels from Constable to Superintendent. Latterly leading over 700 staff and budgets in excess of £10m and Commander of firearms incidents and public order e.g. protests and football matches. I was Chair of Gender Agenda support network and Vice Chair of BME support association and a Blue light Mental Health Champion I mentored and developed young officers and staff, particularly female, LGBT and BaME I loved every day of my 32-year career. I retired in February 2019, I knew the next chapter in my life would be working for a charity. I wanted to make a difference in a different way. It had to be local, at grassroots and supporting children and young people. Safe and Sound ticked all of the boxes and I started in May 2019 and I love every bit of it. It is an amazing charity that supports children and young people who have been exploited or at risk of exploitation. I am also chair of the Trustee board for Umbrella, another local charity supporting disabled children and young people. I have been a Trustee there for 12 years. I joined the board of Trustees for Derby County Community Trust in 2017 again supporting young people. Don’t ever give up.. you can achieve your dreams. If you have a dream just go for it. https://safeandsoundgroup.org.uk
Dani Bello - Creative Arts Practitioner and Artist Director of Bello Mind And Soul
When I was very young I always knew that I wanted to help others using creativity as I recognised that creativity has truly helped me get through so many hurdles in my teen years where I struggled with constant overthinking, accepting my emotions and trauma. Creativity allowed me to be myself and find a sense of peace and acceptance with myself. I looked into how art can help others and discovered the creative and therapeutic art course at the University of South Wales however during the course I struggled with losing a friend and a family member and went down the wrong path I ended up failing my second year and was devastated so I built up the courage to agree on resitting the two modules which I failed. During my resit year, I took on the role of support worker at the National Autistic Society whilst studying I implemented my creative therapeutic sessions at the NAS and recognised that my sessions where creating amazing benefits for others and I decided that this is something I would like to do when I graduated; therefore, I set up my own business. It was very small, to begin with, I facilitated workshops at the local family fun days whilst studying and then I finally passed my resits and graduated which was amazing! Since graduating I have been able to facilitate creative and wellbeing sessions at International Women’s Day Derby, Unlimited Wellbeing festival, Derby County Community Trust, Local primary and secondary schools, In the Community in four different cities and have been able to share my story and the power of creativity on BBC Derby Radio, in the Derby People’s Diary zine and for WiLD Derby. It has and is an incredible journey and I’m so happy that I persisted to share my creativity with others and have been able to make a difference to people’s lives. My next upcoming events are the 28th March Create to Motivate, I will also be speaking at International Women’s Day at QUAD and Lykke Wellness Festival and in local secondary schools across Derby! My message to you is never giving up because when you discover what your dream is and you believe, it will come true!!
Elizabeth Blades - draw your dreams
I am an artist and tutor with a studio based in Banks Mill which is situated in the centre of Derby. I run regular workshops for children and adults in schools and community settings as well as my studio. Empower Through Art: Paint your thoughts Draw your dreams Stitch your beliefs Inspire change and feel empowered. www.elizabethbladesart.com Instagram - @elizabethblades facebook - @ElizabethBladesArtist
Soroptimist International of Derby
Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement of women who work together in order to transform the lives of women and girls. Originally founded in 1921 in the USA, it has today, nearly 80,000 members in 124 countries. It is one of the few charitable organisations that has a voice at the United Nations. Soroptimists work at local, national and international levels aiming to educate, empower and enable opportunities for women and girls. Our vision is that they will achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities worldwide. Our endeavours are to treat all with dignity and respect, have no party political affiliation and work with all who share our objectives. Our club in Derby was founded 82 years ago! We are a group of professional and business women who meet once a month, and regularly hear from inspiring speakers on issues pertaining to women past, present and future. Locally, our club continues to support women escaping from domestic violence, provide gifts for girls leaving care, and help with projects to support women
who may be experiencing difficulties with childbearing and mental well-being. We also aim to help young girls in recognising opportunities available to them. In addition, each year we hold several fundraising activities to support our sisters in other countries. Recently we have supported the Meru project in Africa which educated local women to learn farming techniques in order to feed their families and Toilet Twinning in Asia enabling the safety and dignity of women and girls. Our latest international project, Chora Chori, assists girls in Nepal to escape from forced under age marriages, trafficking and to provide a safe house and education. We welcome new members.......would you like to join us? Please visit our website www.sigbi.org/derby/ to find out more.
Teresa Forde - The Marion Adnams Project
My primary work title is Dr Teresa Forde, Senior Lecturer in Film and Media at the University of Derby. I also undertake projects and work with organisations in Derby, including QUAD and Derby Museum and Art Gallery. I am currently organising events along with colleagues at the University of Derby on 11th March to celebrate IWD and also for Women’s History Month. The project on Marion Adnams has highlighted the ways in which women’s history can be reclaimed and incorporated into local, national and international art history. I began to investigate the artwork of Marion Adnams along with Val Wood, local history researcher. We planned an exhibition of Adnams’ paintings at Derby Museum, along with Senior Curator Lucy Bamford, which ran December 2017 to March 18. The retrospective brought together Marion’s paintings and explored her work and life. Subsequently, Marion has received a Made in Derby Star on the Derby Walk of Fame and her work has been included in ‘Fifty Works by Fifty British Women Artists, 1900-1950’ at London and Leeds, curated by Sacha Llewellyn, in which Marion was included as a direct consequence of the Derby exhibition. Marion’s work is also being included in an exhibition on British Surrealism at Dulwich Picture Gallery in 2020, which is an example of her being incorporated into a narrative of national and international art history. I have provided research details for both of these exhibitions and for an article in the Royal Academy magazine. The Marion Adnams project is being taken forward and will contribute to the exhibition ‘Women History Makers’ in Derby and Derbyshire at Pickford’s House in 2021, organised by Derby Museum and Art Gallery. The project has demonstrated how #ShePersisted expresses Marion Adnams’ determination and vision to continue her artwork whilst working full time as a teacher and lecturer. In later years her sight diminished but she would still talk about art. Also, she was active in civic life in Derby and had strong links to Manchester, London and France. It also shows how #ShePersisted acknowledges the need for persistence, vision and collaboration to take ideas and projects forward to completion, and I have learned so much along the way. Marion Adnams Project padlet https://padlet.com/t_p_forde/6a5aef6y5v2b Marion Adnams Project in development: www.marionadnamsproject.home.blog
Lucy Giuliano - WiLD women and Derby Cycling group
I’m the Local Project Manager in Derby for Love to Ride, a nationwide cycling initiative, the co-founder of ‘WiLD’ a social enterprise to support young women in the city, a climate change campaigner and serial volunteer for many different organisations! I live and work in my home city of Derby. In September 2019, out of 425 recorded cyclists only 94 were female. According to Love to Ride’s 2019 Cycle September report, in Derby just 22% of participants were female compared to a national average of 50%. Within cycling organisations in the city, female members of staff are in the minority. Derby Cycling Group currently has no female committee members. Studies have shown that more girls and women want to cycle but face gender specific barriers ranging from having to take on more emotional labour resulting in differing, more complicated journeys to saddles only being designed for men. it doesn’t have to be like this. As a cyclist and keen environmentalist myself, I am particularly passionate about encouraging and empowering more girls and women to cycle in 2020 and beyond. I want them to feel safe, supported and liberated when they cycle. So, I decided to create a campaign to make this happen. Working collaboratively within the local community is very important to me as it brings together skills, ideas and enthusiasm from across the city making the campaign more diverse and more sustainable. Love to Ride Derby are therefore leading on the project together with Breeze, Sustrans and Derby Cycling Group to create a series profiling female cyclists across the city, a female only event in February and led rides to join the IWD rally on Saturday 7th March. We hope that by making cycling relatable, fun and friendly more girls and women will get on their bikes and by September 2020 the statistics will be less male dominated. If you would like to find out more and get involved you can visit the Derby Cycling Group website or get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for reading and happy cycling! www.derbycyclinggroup.org.uk/site/international-womens-day-2020
Kerry Ganly - sports journalism and PR
I live near Belper with my family, husband Nick son Samuel (12) and eight-year-old daughter Grace. We have a six-year-old cockerpoo called Marth and our family love sport! I’ve lived in Derbyshire all of my life and I love living here; I was the first female sports reporter at the Derby Telegraph and I currently work for Derby-based public relations company, Penguin PR. I held the school long jump record for five years, I play netball twice a week and enjoy watching Derby County. I also like pizza and wine! As a woman and mother to a young daughter, I encourage her every day to live her best life; challenge decisions and try new things. If things don’t quite work out then learn from that experience. I have always enjoyed writing. At school, one of the most encouraging comments I received from a teacher was after she had marked an English essay. It read: “I always look forward to reading your essays and hope that, one day, you get paid for your writing!” I was desperate to work in sport and pestered Derby County for work experience in their press office. At the time - it was the late 90s - sport was still very male dominated and there were nowhere near as many women working in football as there are today. All that persistence eventually paid off and I worked every Friday - and the odd Saturday - making cups of tea, laminating posters, collecting the match-day programme from the printers and anything else I was asked to do. I LOVED it! At the time, Derby were in the Premier League. Their manager was Jim Smith and they had just moved to Pride Park Stadium. I got to kick a ball around with Steve McClaren - who went on to become England manager - and was given a sneak-peek of the Rams’ training facilities. I even managed to get Rory Delap to make me a cuppa; I thought he was joining me on work experience; I didn’t realise that he was Derby’s latest signing! So when a junior editorial assistant job came up at the Derby Telegraph, working on the sports desk, I applied and was thrilled to actually get it! The money wasn’t great; I took a pay cut to get my dream job - but I would be writing for a living and also covering sport. How great would that be? I was the first female to work on the sports desk at the Derby Telegraph and I worked my way up from office junior to senior sports reporter and, eventually, Derby County online reporter. The hours were long and unsociable but I worked with a fantastic, talented team who encouraged me to challenge myself; they were like a family to me. There were tears; discrimination, especially in the early days, was something I had to overcome. A woman covering a football match? Absolutely absurd! I was trolled by a Leeds United ‘fan’ on Twitter and one former manager got a little too close for comfort. The positives far outweighed the negatives, though. I got to ride on the back of a motorbike with racing legend Ron Haslam, I covered international netball at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, the Women’s FA Cup final at Pride Park Stadium and a hockey national league play-off final. It was great to welcome another female sports reporter - Amy Guard (pictured with Kerry) - to the Derby Telegraph sports desk in 2016. Amy was a breath of fresh air and is currently working for the BBC on Match of the Day. I’m super proud of her! A colleague once called us the ‘first and second ladies of sport at the Derby Telegraph’. After 17 years, I took redundancy to be with my children, it wasn’t an easy decision but one I don’t regret. I went on to join Penguin PR - a city-based public relations company which is run by former Derby Telegraph journalists Sarah Newton and Simon Burch. They too have young families and understand how important it is to make sure you don’t miss out on the school nativity when your daughter is a donkey! I also get to write stories and share them with the world; one of our clients told us how, aged 19, he was in a car accident and ended up impaled on a fence. He was about to open his first gym in Derby and approached Penguin PR for support. We shared his story and it had been featured on local radio, TV, in a couple of newspapers, online and even a glossy magazine! I even get to watch more football...! Over the years, I’ve experienced setbacks in my career but would encourage others to keep trying. Aim high, work hard and enjoy life :) @KerryGanly Facebook page is PenguinPR. Visit www.penguinpr.co.uk
Nia Large - young eco activist who will speak on our eco warrior women panel at IWD
I am a sixth form student from Derbyshire who has been taking part in the #Fridaysforfuture climate strikes. We were promised social media would give a voice to the people and allow us to hold the establishment accountable. Yet In this time of ineffective petitions and transitory twitter storms it’s easy to feel powerless. The climate strikes seem different. An opportunity, perhaps our last opportunity, to claim our world back as our own and look after it accordingly. Although politically little action has been taken the impact on the collective conscience and resulting individual actions provide hope for the future and we certainly seem to have made the right people angry.
Reclaiming the centrefold spread Join in the songs with the Rebel Women’s Choir Begin It (Venice Manley) Whatever you can do, or dream you can Begin it, just begin it. Boldness has genius, Power and magic in it. Boldness has genius, Power and magic in it.
Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around (Unknown Composer) “Don’t Let Nobody Turn You ‘Round”, the African American Spiritual, was the inspiration for the similarly titled civil rights song. It has been recorded by Sweet Honey In The Rock and Joan Baez, among others. 1. Aint gonna let nobody turn me ‘round turn me ‘round turn me ‘round Aint gonna let nobody turn me round I’m gonna keep on walkin’ keep on talkin’ marchin’ up to freedom land 2. 3. 4. 5.
Ain’t gonna let intolerance… Aint gonna let no bigots… Ain’t gonna let race hatred… Ain’t gonna let no misogyny…
(Repeat first verse)
One Heart Beating (Sue Kirkpatrick) We are one world, one voice, one heart beating We are one world, one voice, one heart beating Everybody living in this world Everybody’s got a voice, let’s use it Everybody living in this world; One heart beating We are one world - we are one heart beating We are one world - one heart beating
Shout, Sister, Shout! (Sister Rosetta Tharpe) Shout, sister, shout! Shout, sister, shout! Shout, sister, shout! Tell the whole world what it’s all about
May You Walk (Betsy Rose) May you walk in your life as a warrior Clear and loving and strong May you walk in your life as a warrior Trusting the path you are on May you walk in your life as a healer Clear and loving and strong May you walk in your life as a healer Trusting the path you are on May you walk in your life as a lover Clear and loving and strong May you walk in your life as a lover Trusting the path you are on May you walk in your life as a woman Clear and loving and strong May you walk in your life as a woman Trusting the path you are on
Singing For Our Lives (Holly Near / Rebel Women’s Choir) We are a gentle, angry people and we are singing, singing for our lives We are a gentle, angry people and we are singing, singing for our lives We are young and old together and we are singing, singing for our lives We are gay and straight together and we are singing, singing for our lives We are a land of many colours and we are singing, singing for our lives We are a justice-seeking people and we are singing, singing for our lives We’re all abilities together and we are singing, singing for our lives We are with and without together and we are singing, singing for our lives We are the Rebel Women’s Choir and we are singing, singing for our lives We are the Rebel Women’s Choir and we are singing, singing for our lives
An Extinction Rebel Writes
I am a working parent in her 40s. In the winter of 2019 I was feeling desperate. Every day I would commute by car, listening to the news. The dual carriageway in front of me was red with the taillights of cars ahead, and on the other side the heavy stream of traffic turned the road white. Every day the traffic seemed a little thicker. Most days came a news story talking about the ice caps melting, or the previous month having been the hottest/ wettest/driest/coldest in some part of the globe. The coral reefs were in trouble, the air quality in (some city) was dangerous, a new report had come out showing that a frightening proportion of some group of species was threatened with extinction. In the car, I would grip the wheel so hard my hands turned white. It was quite clear we were in an ecological crisis, why was no one making the connections? Why was no one DOING anything? I felt like I was trapped in a box, and my rage and despair were bubbling up, hot and unstoppable, threatening to burst off the lid. But what could I do? I was furious, desperate, but ultimately alone. Then one day there was a different news story on my homeward commute. In London, some people calling themselves Extinction Rebellion were blockading streets, calling for immediate urgent change. As soon as I got home I ran to the computer to read more. Who were these people? Could I conceivably get to London? How could I contact them? I racked my brains and thought of an acquaintance who was politically active. Could she put me in touch with this group? Did she know if there were any of these people in the Midlands? Since I found Extinction Rebellion Derby group I have never looked back. Because the need for climate action is so great, and the timescale for averting catastrophe is so short, my life in the group has been a constant learning curve, doing things I had never dreamed I would do. I have organised a benefit gig, taken a coach trip of people to London, planned actions, led meetings and spoken at a rally. My life has been transformed. and as well as what I have done, I have met an amazing group of people - open-hearted, enthusiastic, and absolutely committed to doing all they can to protect our planet (and our civilisation) from the calamity of climate change. In the twelve months since I was listening in despair to the news, so much has changed. There is a much greater awareness of the need for action, both in the population and in the media. The situation is still as grave as it could possibly be. But now I have hope. Involved in working for positive change, surrounded by the support of like-minded people, I see a transformation happening in our society, and around the globe. Too slow, still, but the ball HAS started rolling. And there really is no choice but to keep pushing and pushing for further change, for our own sakes and the sake of our children. This time last year I was trapped in a box. Now my life has changed completely through the new things I have done and the new people I have met. I feel so much larger. I am NEVER going back in.
Nansy Ferrett-Paine - the power of women’s stories
I am a Belper based, self employed artist and musician. My musical act is an acoustic duo with my husband called The Ferretts. I love to paint, write songs & put other musical acts on at a local bar. I have always wanted to write. I always loved words, their sound and rhythm, but I never found them easy. It took me a long time to learn to read and because I have never had much money, I used my lack of technology as an excuse for my lack of writing. Forty five years of no story writing. Just short of two years ago I was asked to write the songs for a local theatre production and through this I discovered the character Jane Foole - the only feedback court jester in history. She fascinated me but more than that, she opened a door for me. I needed to find out about more women. Women I had never previously heard of. And I needed to write their songs. And so, using a notes app on my phone, I wrote about nine remarkable women. I wrote their stories, their songs and I asked my daughter, Minerva Campbell, to illustrate each one, which she did beautifully. My husband wrote the music and at home, produced a double album, eighteen tracks in all. One acoustic CD and one with his imaginary computer orchestra. The title emerged from the life of Eleanor Glanville who studied butterflies at a time when women were not expected or allowed to do such a thing. She could have been sentenced to death or locked up and her awful, estranged husband had this in mind, so that he could acquire her estate via their son. The locals gladly offered the information that she was often seen beating the hedges for “a parcel of wormes”. They meant caterpillars, but the way wormes are often seen as lowly, inferior creatures seemed to be a reference to the treatment of women throughout history. So I created ‘A Parcel of Wormes” and each woman is magnificent, fascinating and remarkable. I hoped that my book would inspire other women, to see the incredible things these women achieved despite sometimes enormous hardships and obstacles. Minerva’s illustrations are the jewel in the crown for me, and I feel enormously proud of her and her own achievements, having faced many obstacles of her own.
And on a personal note, I am pleased for myself, and encouraged from the feedback to continue writing. My next book is already forming in my notes app, but it will be completely different. I hope to find venues around Britain so as to take the stories and songs for other people to hear. “An ingenious mind is never too old to learn.” - Mary Granville. And if you don’t know who she is, you can find out!
Heather Michalik - finding my vegan voice
I’m 28 years old and I’m a mother of two beautiful children. I have my own Hairdressing business, I’m a proud Vegan, and I’m an Animal Rights Activist. I live in Derby and have done my whole life. I first became Vegan as I just love all animals, and felt I wasn’t living within my own moral values and what I actually believed in. However going vegan was not an easy decision, as it went against everything I was brought up to believe, and I felt very isolated and alone in this new journey to start with! But when you know something in your heart feels right, you just have to go for it! I started off by saying I wouldn’t be active with veganism and I’d keep it super quiet, as it felt like something to almost be ashamed of as it’s ‘different’ to the majority. And how sad is it that anyone should feel like that! However, in time I’ve realised that I just couldn’t keep quiet. For a vegan, if you don’t speak up for the animals, then who will? They are poor, innocent, voiceless beings and that breaks my heart. So I joined my local animal rights group - Derby Animal Rights and I have met the most wonderful, like minded people and it’s been a breath of fresh air! I have now come out of my shell, and found my real passion in life! I have organised a few really successful events, helper people go vegan, spread the vegan message far and wide, I’ve interacted with numerous different vegan businesses getting them all on board with animal rights. I’ve stood outside courts protesting, I’ve organised animal rights social events... the list goes on! I’ve also created a blog style Facebook page, Derby Vegan, as well as started a YouTube channel and Instagram where Ishare tips for vegan family life and budget tips for vegan households. All of this is something I feel so passionate about and I’m now so confident within this movement, and it’s the best feeling in the world to know you are making some sort of difference to the world! https://www.facebook.com/DerbyBarbieVegan Instagram is Derby_barbie_vegan YouTube: The friendly vegans
Dolly - breastfeeding and badger-saving
I’m a thirty-something first time mum. I’m an animal lover but new to animal rights campaigning. I’m part of the LGBT community and work in a role that allows me to fight for those suffering injustice. I live in the picturesque surroundings of Cheshire with my partner Laura, our four rescued cats, rabbit and our six month old son, but with Derbyshire a stone’s throw away I’m lucky enough to work within the Derbyshire community. Originally a Lancashire Lass Derbyshire is my spiritual home. Badger milk: In April 2019 attending a walk five months pregnant someone gave me a leaflet about the badger cull in Derbyshire. I sent a message to the contact on the leaflet. Fast forward six months later and I found myself entrenched in the anti cull movement. I’ve been out badger sett surveying, fundraising and running event stalls all within a month from my due date. Climbing over fences and under brambles is no mean feat with a huge bump. My baby is now here and I’m breastfeeding. This is enough in itself but I don’t want to stop fighting for the cause I believe in. I agreed to set up and take over the running of an online Etsy shop to raise money for the fight against the badger cull. This is when I discovered baby brain is a real thing. Trying to process, pack and post orders with a baby is tough. When baby was 8 weeks it coincided with the start of the cull in Staffordshire. Every other Tuesday I drive the hour and a half to Uttoexeter. In order to do this I spend 2 weeks expressing milk prior to the day which becomes affectionately known as badger milk. Leaving my newborn at home is emotionally difficult. I spend from 9-5 in the fields still trying to keep up my milk flow, expressing with my hand free pump. Some weeks I choose to drive all day as people need lifts to save badgers. This is far easier with the milk pumping. There’s culling in Cheshire too and some nights I go out in the cover of darkness to look for badgers. Getting into bed at 2am and waking up at 5am for my baby is tough. I think it hits home my double life as a new mother and animal activist when I’m washing nappies and thinking about the protest march I need to organise for the coming weekend. Some weeks I feel guilty for leaving my newborn. Now the baby is bigger he comes to the march with me. Some weeks he attends the events or meetings I do. In my mind it’s possible to be a new mum and fight for a cause you believe in. You just need to get past what society tells you being a mum is. Oh and you need plenty of badger milk ;-) Join Derbyshire against the cull on Facebook.
Lindsey Banton - animal rights
Care note: article covers the slaughter and mistreatment of animals. I’m Lindsey Banton, one of the organisers of Derbyshire Animal Save. Our group is part of The Save Movement, a worldwide network of people who meet to bear witness to farmed animals in their final moments at slaughterhouses. We oppose all animal exploitation and advocate for positive change and veganism. Today, as we celebrate International Women’s Day, I want to talk about feminism and its intrinsic links with veganism. I am a feminist and I feel that anyone who believes themselves a feminist should seriously consider adopting veganism. Animals are exploited throughout the world for our food, drink, clothing and entertainment. However, female animals are particularly and comprehensively abused and so I would like to focus specifically on the abuse of female animals within the dairy industry and human’s persistence in perpetuating this cycle of abuse. The rural idyll depicted in supermarkets of dairy cows nursing their calves in green pastures bears no relation to reality. Many people think that cows produce milk routinely, but like all mammals, cows only produce milk when they have been pregnant. Dairy cows are continually made pregnant by artificial insemination and their calves are taken from them within a few hours of birth so that the milk intended for their baby can be taken from them and sold to us in supermarkets. If the calf is female she will be bucket fed a milk replacement, never satisfying her natural instinct to suckle from her mother. She will be sent to live with other calves and will join the herd to do the same job as her mother once she is old enough. If the calf is male, there are two possible outcomes. He may be shot on the farm straight after birth; males are not profitable as they cannot produce milk and are the wrong breed to produce profitable beef. Alternatively, he may become a veal calf and be taken from his mother, typically confined alone in a small plastic hutch and fed an iron-deficient milk replacement to make him anemic so his flesh is pale when he is slaughtered a few short months later. Dairy cattle and their calves are deprived of the strong bond so precious to so many human mothers and their babies, and are repeatedly traumatised by having their babies taken away. Mother cows have a deep and enduring love for their newborn calf and grieve for many weeks when the calf is removed. If they are able, they will return to the same spot they gave birth in the hope that they will eventually find their baby. I have heard their agonising cries with my own ears and this is what made me vegan. Cows must endure pregnancy after pregnancy, until at the age of 5-6 years, they are exhausted, their milk production falls and they are no longer profitable. They are then sent to slaughter, many actually pregnant as they are heavier and therefore sell for more. Premature calves are removed from their mother’s womb on the slaughterhouse processing line, and end up in pet food. As humans, we persist in causing our bovine sisters this terrible pain because people want to drink cows’ milk. I cannot imagine the pain of being separated from my baby. It is such a cruel and immoral thing to do. Going vegan is easy, healthy and moral. It is the least we can do when we consider our responsibility towards other sentient creatures who feel physical and emotional pain. I think it is amazing to celebrate equality and female strength but this must also extend to our animal friends. Please let our persistence in helping each other and our solidarity with other females encompass all species.
PCOS Support Group UK What is PCOS?
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS may have infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods or excess typically-male hormone (androgen) levels. The ovaries may develop numerous small collections of fluid (follicles) and fail to regularly release eggs. The exact cause of PCOS is unknown. Currently 1 in 5 women are experiencing PCOS. PCOS causes a lot of issues within the female body for example: • Infertility • Missed periods or frequent periods • Hairutism • Depression and anxiety • The list goes on….. What does the support group do? So the group was founded in 2016 by myself as I have suffered PCOS since the age of 19, now 36 and I am currently supporting over ten thousand UK women. It is hard to get diagnosis and also then hard to try and control symptoms as this is a lifelong illness. Not all medical professionals have an understanding about PCOS. The group helps all those with PCOS offload and get the support they need. The group discusses diet, mental health, beauty etc all to do with PCOS but also is an amazing group to support women with day to day issues if they have any. If you have PCOS and in the UK and need support please use the link provided and answer the questions to join the group. This is a private group so anything posted in the group is kept private. https://www.facebook.com/groups/625853114258241
Your Voices - Poetry Care note: poems in this section contain some mature and difficult themes including gender based violence, oppression and traumatic lived experiences, but in the powerful inspiring voices of the writers.
Josephine Lewis is a local songwriter, musician, and poet. She composes and performs original songs with the collective Umbilica, whose album ‘Where the Land Meets the Ocean’ was released in autumn 2019. She has recently been collaborating and performing with dream-pop outfit Grawl!x. Jo works as a children’s music tutor, arts workshops facilitator (music and noise, writing and theatre), and as the community choir leader of IWD Derby Rebel Women’s Choir. She has facilitated singing and noise-making workshops to enable women to raise their voices in activism and at protest marches. She has contributed to an anthology of women’s writing entitled ‘Talk About Change: Writing As Resistance’ and has previously been active as part of the collective She Speaks UK. She enjoys getting involved with IWD Derby each year, and is inspired by the voices and actions of the women involved. Electra Soggy Saturday morning’s shortcut slog through the park She takes in his giant strides Strong steps slowed by pattering little patent shoes the gathering distance between them with tap-tapping toes. No hand to hold this labyrinth of water and her own tiny feet; calls: - strained carrier bags claim her father’s grasp. “But Dad, I’m not like you!” Weighed down with packet soup and fun-sized fruit his frame retains momentum He pauses. From the other side aim and pace unrelenting he turns and sees his daughter; watches even as the way ahead becomes water. patiently, as she finds her own path through the water. Night’s downpour left a series of interconnected pools that stretch the breadth of the path, edged by steep and muddy banks. She falters at the puddle’s edge. Dad’s legs span sea and dry land his tread invades whole islands; he says: “Come on, this way! Just do what I do!”
Woman. Sister. Mother. Rebel. Poet. Born Belper. Live Chaddesden. Work Spondon. Play Normanton. Proud of kids protesting (pictured). Rise I won’t sit down, He said... I won’t shut up, I won’t just hold my tongue. He said you’ll never do it. I won’t give way, He said you’ll never be. I won’t be nice, He said you can’t, you won’t, you shouldn’t. I have done for too long. He tried to quieten me. I don’t obey, I don’t comply, I don’t care what you say. I don’t bow down, I don’t kowtow, I have until today.
I said just try and stop me. I said move from my way. I said I can, I will, I have, There’s nothing I can’t be.
I will rise up, I will stand strong, I will be who I want. I will shout out, I will push on, I have to fight this fight.
Lauren Nicole Whitter
I’m Lauren, I am an actress, poet, physical theatre performer and lecturer. I studied drama at Manchester Metropolitan University. There I grew very passionate about physical theatre and writing by women of colour in America and Britain. In my work I explore issues that aren’t that pleasant to look at but are important in our society. This includes physical theatre, clowning, comedy, puppetry and spoken word. I love moving my body in reaction to thought, feelings, music and sound. I enjoy seeing bodies in a space. I create self reflective pieces; I am a Black British female, I face racism, sexism whilst trying to find myself. My work refers to issues of mental health, culture and society. I am currently working on two shows - ‘Othello’s Sister’ and ‘Mental’. Growth Breathe, Take it all in. Your body, your thoughts, your power. Hour after hour, sometimes sour, when the world can become too much Push through Take it all in. Unlearn the tight container Break free from the sealed box Stretch and bloom Wildly, freely, messily Take it all in. You got this. You got this. Enjoy the warmth of the world Be aware the harmful. Learn to love all that you are, and all that you will be. www.laurennicolewhitter.co.uk Twitter- @LNicWhitter Instagram- @laurennic92
Nadine Peatfield #askhertostand
I am a councillor. I am a mother. I am a woman councillor. I am a mother of two girls. I am a woman councillor in Derby. I am a mother of two teenage girls. It’s not always easy. It’s not always easy. It’s not always fair. It’s not always fair. It’s not always fun. It’s not always fun. It is ALWAYS vital and I love it. It is ALWAYS my greatest achievement and I love them. Derby needs to change the gender balance of politics. Derby needs a future full of inspiring young women. Derby needs to change. Derby needs a future. Derby needs. Derby needs. I run a small business. I am blessed. I run a small business from home. I am blessed to do the things I love. I run a small business from home to be there for my children. I am blessed to do the things I love and inspire others to do the same. It’s not always easy. It’s not always easy. It’s not always fair. It’s not always fair. It’s not always fun. It’s not always fun. It is ALWAYS worth it and I love it. It is ALWAYS the right thing to do and I love it. Derby needs inspirational businesses. Derby needs women to stand in local politics and inspire. Derby needs inspiration. Derby needs women to stand. Derby needs. Derby needs. YOU I am a singer. I am a singer in a choir. I am a singer in a choir and I lead 50 others to sing with me. It’s not always easy. It’s not always fair. It’s not always (but mostly!) fun. It is ALWAYS the highlight of my week and I love it. Derby needs uplifting through music. Derby needs uplifting. Derby needs.
I am a local poet and writer, make-up artist, Ovarian Cancer survivor, with a Psychology degree, publishing a poetry book ‘The Barging Buddhi’ with Black Pear Press in March 2020 . GOOD LITTLE PUNJABI GIRL Shuffling off into extinction. She was the inferior prototype. Guarantor of good image. Chaperoned in her own culture. Regurgitating Sikh psalms. Malnourished on tidbits of Daal and Roti. Aloo Gobi (potato and cauliflower curry). Preprogrammed, serving the objectives of her cultural familial needs and honour. When authorised to go out it is a mandatory pilgrimage to the Gudawara, Punjabi School or to a relatives household. Clothed in unadorned Punjabi suits and plain chunni (headscarf). Sermonizing elders-brainwash her into becoming the good housewife, serving mango chutney with Menhdi (Henna) fingers. How to enter this arranged marriage? ‘No drinking alcohol, no meat consumption, no gambling, no skimpy clothes,no clubbing or going out. No boys! Especially no boys from other races and religions!’ ‘You don’t want to dishonour the family and be disowned do you ?!’ the elders pipe in superiority. Teen pregnancies, mental illness, no divorce or homosexuality these are stoning inducing taboos. They say ‘Cover your legs, no shaving any body hair, do not cut your hair, no waxing your mustache or plucking your eyebrows!’ ‘Become a doctor, a lawyer, go to university and get a good job,’ ‘Why haven’t you married yet Aiyah! You are getting too old for having babies. Respect your elders always.’ Constrained by this regime’s demands. You must venerate your elders. We ‘good little Punjabi Girls’ don’t talk about sex, sleeping around or boyfriends openly. Do not become a wanton enchantress or wayward mistress chattering about pyramids of rose champagne or diamonds. Psychologically groomed by the Patriarch Papa. Violently purging the westernism. Her jewels, cosmetics, make up, jewelry, phone, laptop, shimmering western garments and books are requisitioned. Painted as a harlot. Cosseted, contraband confiscated. Was she belligerent and provocative like they all said? Polluted by her western friends. She is famished or freedom. Her sister is exemplary in her Asian and feminine duties. Her spirit is dilapidated, adapted to the fundamental principles of sadness.
Meet the IWD Derby Team Vanessa Boon, Chair
Being Chair of IWD Derby for the last eight years has been a challenging and nourishing journey and has stretched me to become more bold in my activism. I am self-employed as an equality and diversity trainer and project leader. I also deliver the liberating Springboard women’s development programme and love seeing women take this journey, getting to know themselves, shaking off internalised oppression, finding their voice and unleashing their power; I especially enjoyed bringing Springboard to Karma Nirvana for survivors of forced marriage and honour based abuse, empowering women to create the future they choose for themselves. I balance my paid days of specialist work with giving unpaid time to community projects and activism including the Human Library, Hope Not Hate, Amnesty International, and as Presenter & Chair of Derby Sound Community Radio at Disability Direct. I have been a youth mentor/Independent Visitor with CGL (Change Grow Live, formerly Sova) for over ten years helping young people through complex issues including exclusion, deprivation, exploitation, abuse, bereavement, abandonment and being looked after in care and it’s great see them start to believe in themselves, grow self-esteem and lead a safer, brighter life with greater possibilities. I am an active mentor and source of support in the community, especially for women and non-binary folks and anyone who faces discrimination; I have faced hard times especially in my teenage years and am grateful I can offer this support to others. When you become known as a source of help people turn to it’s wonderful but tricky to find the balance so I have to regularly remind myself to set boundaries and self-care and seek sanctuary in creative activities and walks in nature to soothe my soul. In these challenging times I locate hope and optimism by channelling my anger and hurt at injustices into activism and find comfort in groups with shared values; I like to build in joy and creativity into activism to avoid burnout so I really value craftivism, banner-making fun, uplifting demos, and protest songs on Reclaim The Night and with our Rebel Women’s Choir. If you have an idea to make the community, or the world, better, or you want to join in activism but something holds you back, I encourage you to ‘turn down the volume’ on your inner critic - that little voice inside that fuels doubts and fears - and turn up the volume on your inner best friend - the voice that says go for it, try it, don’t wait for permission, don’t wait to be invited, reach out to others, collaborate, ask for support, believe in yourself, know your power, use it for good, make it happen!
Samantha Harker, Committee Secretary
My name is Samantha and I have been the Committee Secretary for International Women’s Day Derby for this current event year of 2019-2020. Being on the committee has enabled me to develop my organisational and communication skills significantly, as a key point of my role as Secretary is to organise the committee meetings for the current year and ensure that all the meeting minute and agendas are completed in good time for each meeting. I enjoy being part of an amazing team of women that work tirelessly through the year, juggling commitments and busy lives with working towards the same goal of creating an amazing community event for the whole community to enjoy. I value volunteering and have volunteered as part of the IWD team for the last 8 years in varying roles, starting off as a volunteer on the event day itself, then becoming a Trustee and now as current Committee Secretary. I think the key theme of this year’s IWD event is relevant in the current climate socially and economically in the UK of continual change and the impact of policies that do impact on women, girls and whole communities. It is important that we all find our strengths individually and collectively to persist in creating positive change and impact in our own communities. I find the IWD team to be a collective of women and girls that work together to support each other and create good vibes and a positive community event for the whole community. Why not come and get involved for the next event year? New people are always welcome. I hope to see you on the event day!
Nilam Narroya, Trustee
I was born and brought up in Derby. I am self employed working with children and volunteer for Children First Derby as a Support Worker. Derby is my home where my family and friends grew up. As we say ‘home sweet home’. I have been involved in IWD since 2013 and have had an opportunity to take on roles from Secretary to Vice Chair. I enjoy volunteering within the IWD Committee. I take the lead role on organising children’s activities including arranging a creche. ‘She persisted’ our theme for 2020 is encouraging women to actively get involved with change making in the community. I have taken part in a protest march ‘Reclaim the night’ in Nottingham to support women and girl’s rights to freedom to go out in the night and walk the streets safely, and would like to see this happen in Derby. I also attended a workshop at ‘Thrive Derby’ to come along and share our experience and thoughts on making future changes, with my focus subject on ‘Education’. The outcome was popular and I was pleased to know that these events will be running on a monthly basis. I am passionate about IWD especially when I see the actual success on the day with inspirational speakers and the changes it makes to our community in Derby. I would like to see more people come and take a share in organising the IWD event at our next AGM in April 2020. We have a lovely group of dedicated people in our committee and we welcome newcomers. I love being a part of this fun, inspirational, happy team - come and join us!
Claudia Bain, Volunteer including IWD Magazine Team
Hello all, I have been involved with IWD Derby for the last two years, and probably nearer 25 years and more with Independent Womens’ Day, as a way to celebrate recognise and support women in general. I have a strong background in creative arts (artwork pictured) and photography and have exhibited and sold work both in photography and textiles. I remain committed to my passion ‘to be doing art or be surrounded by it.’ I appreciate the ‘struggle’ of the creative mind especially in a society so focused on production. I applaud the individual who knows themself. For me creative expression is an invaluable asset. I also volunteer in my local community including with M-Prez Enterprise Ltd, a group that is working directly to support our community. Over the last 10 years I have been involved in art events throughout Derbyshire - Belper Arts Trail, Melbourne Art & Architecture Trail. Whilst I was not born in Derby, I can without a doubt say that Derby feels like home.
Viv Lucas, Trustee
My name is Viv Lucas and I have been a Trustee for International Women’s Day Derby since 2013. I have lived in Derby for 45 years. I am pictured wearing a dress I made from material that I designed myself from a photograph taken at the Grand Canyon. I have recently discovered the poetry style “Clerihew”, a four line rhyming verse with a person’s name in the first line, so I decided to try it out on a selection of women. She Persisted by Viv Lucas Senator Elizabeth Warren caused a bit of a riot When she was told to be quiet Nevertheless, SHE PERSISTED with her thing Reading the words of Coretta Scott King
The iron lady, Margaret Thatcher Thought that nobody could match her Like her or not, SHE PERSISTED to display What a woman can achieve today
Black American Rosa Parks Certainly created plenty of sparks SHE PERSISTED to sit in a bus seat for whites In order to change black human rights
Sixties fashion designer Mary Quant Designed the look that teenagers want SHE PERSISTED to create her signature style Wearing her clothes, one stood out a mile
Mathematician and writer Ada Lovelace Lived when women knew their place SHE PERSISTED to pursue her education With computing ideas for a future generation
Mexican Frida Kahlo liked to pain Even when she was feeling faint In her work, SHE PERSISTED to show How she felt about her body you know
Swedish Greta Thunberg, climate activist girl Certainly sent world leaders into a whirl SHE PERSISTED to show the real urgency Of tackling the climate change emergency
To Ethiopia went Catherine Hamlin The Fistula hospital was her planned thing SHE PERSISTED to perform many operations On young girls with pregnancy complications
Janet Fletcher, Trustee
This year, 2020 is my second experience of being involved in Derby’s contribution to International Women’s Day. After retiring from a long career in nursing and midwifery in the NHS, I was looking for opportunities to help others in the local community. I have been on quite a steep learning curve working with fellow volunteers and learning about the various voluntary organisations that are available to help and support local women. It has been a privilege to be part of the team and supporting the year round fundraising activities in order that this day could happen. Our planning committee is made up of women with quite diverse backgrounds in terms of work experiences, culture and background, so if you are thinking of getting involved- come and join us! You will be made welcome in planning the 2021 celebrations. I believe that we should all work towards gender equality, challenge stereotypes, broaden perceptions and celebrate women’s achievements in our world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions- all day, every day. Our sons and daughters can only benefit from inheriting a gender equal world.
Thank You Thank you to all the volunteers who help make IWD Derby happen; thanks to Jenny for working on funding bids and speakers, also our Treasurer Christine Johnstone, Trustees Tara Morris, who ran her first fundraising event this year, Queen of Clothes Swaps fundraiser Amanda Skrytek and family, Fatimah Razak, Anita Jones, Lucy Giuliano, Donna Underwood, Jo Lewis & the Rebel Women’s Choir and to the teams at Vox Feminarum and Derby Women’s Centre for support. Thanks to the students, especially Megan and Alice at Burton & South Derbyshire College for graphic design on our poster, gif and leaflets.
Upcoming Events Follow us on social media @WomensDayDerby andour website for upcoming events, join our Rebel Women’s Choir and our AGM 7pm Monday 27th April at Derby Women’s Centre Women’s History Month events take place throughout March - follow Vox Feminarum on facebook for details. Local charities such as Derby Women’s Centre, Women’s Work - Derbyshire, SV2, Refuge and Safe and Sound also hold regular events, support groups and fundraisers; Community Action Derby publishes an online voluntary sector calendar and can help match you with local volunteering opportunities and you can also discover and share grassroots events via the community calendar at www.derbypeoplesdiary.org
Artcore International Women’s Day Exhibition at Artcore Gallery
At Artcore’s Gallery our spring open show, STAND UP! invites artists from across the world to explore and celebrate International Women’s Day. STAND UP! will investigate the role of women in the arts, and their huge impact on the cultural fabric of contemporary society. It will be a platform for artists to re-imagine citizenship, identity and women’s labour with a view to informing new visions for the future, in testing times. FREE Entry Exhibition dates: 06/03/2020 - 28/03/2020 Opening Times: 11am to 5pm
FREE Funded Arts Enhancing Life - Creative sessions at Artcore Charnwood
Mondays: We welcome adults from diverse communities to join us in doing various creative activities in our Charnwood centre. We are going to explore canvas painting, introduction to sculpture and there will also be an interesting session on discovering a popular Artist Booking is advised: Please email at email@example.com or give us a call on 013320384561 Wednesdays: On this day we have the Health & Well Being group engaging them to explore different mediums of art specially programmed to increase activity and improve general health. We have felted handbags and wallets making, animals in acrylic painting, clay and canvas painting coming up. Personal assistant or carer are welcome to take part in the session. Booking is advised: Please email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 013320384561 Fridays (term time): Free creative art engaging children from age 6 to 15yrs. It is a lively session helping young people build confidence, explore arts and work on self-esteem. In this session we are going to explore bugs and create digital art. Booking is essential: Please email at email@example.com or give us a call on 013320384561
FREE - BBC Children in Need: Innocence & Expression
FREE - BBC Children in Need: Innocence & Expression at Artcore, Charnwood (alternate Saturdays during term time only) This is a program designed for young people from 6 to 18years old. They learn to work with various artistic mediums. We are exploring charcoal, oil, acrylic and other mediums in the of March session and going into wire sculpture making in April. Booking is essential: Please email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 013320384561 Artcore also hosts a variety of activities including creative living for over 55s plus volunteering opportunities. Visit the website for details http://www.artcoreuk.com/
International Women's Day Come and celebrate with us at our FREE event at the Rycote Centre!
Join us for a range of FREE activities from 3rd-12th March 2020, plus the opportunity to buy some delicious food and cake in the Rye Café: 3rd-5th & 10th-12th March at 12-1pm – Recognising special and inspirational women in the Rye Café, with cakes for sale including Mary Berry's Lemon Drizzle. 11th March at 12:30-1:30pm - Our own Fatimah Razak, trustee for 'Women's Day Derby' will be providing a talk about women's experiences from different minority groups. 11th March at 2pm – 'Women can do anything – This girl can.' Sheila Taylor (MBE) – Sheila's personal journey of perseverance and tackling the issues of child sexual exploitation in our society today. 11th March at 1pm - 'No Mans Blushing Bride – Songs of Strong Women.' A choir performance conducted by Lester Simpson. Visit Village Learning Centre (DE23 8DN) to be inspired by our 'Women in STEM' display. Event Information: Where: Rycote Centre, Parker Street, Derby, DE1 3HF For more information about the event, talk to one of our team today: Tel: 01332 717900 Web: www.adult-learning-derby.org.uk
IWD Derby is run entirely by volunteers with no paid staff for the benefit of the community Please make a donation to support our work if you can - maybe you feel inspired to organise a fundraising activity to help us towards IWD 2021? We wish to thank all our supporters and contributors
International Women's Day
â€˜A bird sitting in the tree is not afraid of the branch breaking. For her trust is not in the branch but in her own wingsâ€™
Come and celebrate with us at our FREE event at the Rycote Centre!
Join the conversation and feedback survey online via social media @WomensDayDerby #IWD2020 #ShePersisted #EachforEqual