Sharing Feminist Wisdom this evening with Apna Haq

Hi everyone, hope you are having a great start to the week!!

 Just  a little reminder that our next women’s group meeting is this evening Tuesday 7th November at 7.15pm-9.00 pm at the Sheffield Quaker Meeting House

Zaklh Ahmed , Chief Executive of Apna Haq, Rotherham 

will be speaking about

‘ Marginalised Women and Women’s Rights when Austerity Bites’

Known locally for her work in developing specialist support services for BAME women experiencing domestic and sexual abuse she was awarded the MBE in 2015 for services to the community and her campaigning work to raise awareness of the hidden difficulties for women in minority communities.
Zlakha will describe the impact of the austerity agenda on services and access to justice and consider how the voices of these women are heard and respected. This is especially important in the context of Islamophobia, rising levels of intolerance and the painful aftermath of enquiries into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham. 
Active on the national stage and in the feminist movement Zlakha is a Muslim woman who is linked to the global women’s Islamic initiative for Spirituality and Equality (WISE).

All women are welcome.
£2/free (concs)
Please circulate the attached flyer amongst your networks.

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SFN treats galore!!!

Happy Hallow’een feminist friends,

Whatever your plans for this evening, whether you are staying indoors polishing a broomstick or two, or planning a ghoulie night partying with family and friends, have a great one!!

Because we like to treat you here at SFN- here is a rundown of our forthcoming events at the network- if you have never attended one of our events before, or haven’t been for a while-witchever one you attend you will be spellbound by the variety of meetings on offer!!!

November 7th “Marginalised Women, Austerity, Women’s Rights” with Zlakha Ahmed, CEO Apna Haq.

December 5th “A Feminist Perspective on Disability” (For International Day of People with Disabilities) with Alice Kirkby, Disability Sheffield

January 9th 2018 “Women in Film and Media” with Laura Hegarty Sheffield Showroom Outreach Worker.

February 6th 2018 “Female Genital Mutilation” with Meyoma Usen Training lead, Ashiana.

March 6th 2018 “Red Rags and Menstruation Matters” with Irise International.

April 3rd 2018 “Women and Prosperity? The Gender Pay Gap” Speaker tbc.

May 8th 2018 “Developing a City Wide End Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy” with Maureen Storey VIDA and Sheffield Women’s Hub.

June 5th 2018 “Faith and Feminism” – A panel debate with representatives from different Faith communities

July 3rd 2018 “The Hidden Feminists in Sheffield History” with Sheffield Feminist Oral History Project.

Meetings at 7.15pm /first Tuesday of month unless otherwise advised * These are women’s meetings and are trans-inclusive.

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Why not check out our Facebook Community Page, for further details of events, news, and views- we would love to hear from you!!

Don’t forget to email with any queries you have regarding events!!

Happy Hauntings!!

 

 

Step back in Time!!

Happy Sunday feminists,

Hope you have all remembered last night to set your clocks back one hour to gain all the benefits of that extra shut-eye!!

Off The Shelf may have drawn to a close last week, but there are plenty of feminist events to look forward to coming right up!!

Remember remember on November 9th to light up your evening between 17:30 to 20:30  with a fascinating SWIM event “Keep Calm and Champion Gender Equality”!!!

Who said fire and water don’t mix?

Guest speakers include Labour Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, fresh from the Question Time studios who will no doubt be discussing her latest book “Of Women in the 21st Century”, https://www.penguin.co.uk/authors/shami-chakrabarti/79283/

As if that wasn’t enough time to get the balance right with Kirstie Stott, Managing Director of Equilibrium, who earlier this year worked in partnership with several women’s networks, including SWiM, to undertake what is possibly the largest survey on flexible working to date in the NHS. Kirstie will be presenting the findings from the survey and challenges in moving towards an approach of ‘flexible first’!!

Networking beforehand, so why not come over and say hi to WEP Sheffield who have a stall at the event- here’s your chance to discover more about the work of the local branch, and how YOU- yes YOU can become more involved in becoming a councillor!!

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keep-calm-champion-gender-equality-tickets-

On November 15th,  those of you interested in participating as well as spectating at feminist events should pop along to Sheffield Town Hall between 5.30 to 7pm for the Sheffield Domestic and Sexual Abuse Strategy Consultation Workshop co-ordinated by Alison Higgins!!

To book your place or for further information please contact Hardeep at:

Hardeep.Pabla@faithstar.org

0114 350 3314

 

 Last but not least why not support a Shiva collaboration as the renowned and fabulous She-fest aims to increase funding with Aviva Community Fund which will ensure wider participation in the project-register online following this link to vote for She-fest!!  https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-1104

Have a great week all!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wordy Writinghood #Why I Write

Write here feminists,

I’m back again- this late evening, with yet more Off The Shelf event info!!!

For the initiated, the wonderful world of Twitter has trended the theme #Why I Write today, and all day long there have been some wonderful insights into the world of famous authors and their motivation to put pen to paper, fingers to keyboards, all to amuse, enthral, and often inspire their millions of fans!!!

Your humble author of this WordPress site loves to write from inspiration, passion, and purely from the heart over and above everything else ( as you may have noticed!!)

Writing can be uplifting, joyous and inspirational, also therapeutic and cathartic, as the great authors and songwriters of this world can certainly attest to!!

On that note, I would like to share some more Off The Shelf events with you that might just fan the flames of your creative spark, with some more literary workshops to conclude the festival!!

http://www.offtheshelf.org.uk/event/poetry-business-october-writing-day/

Booking is by email for this event, see the full OTS guide for more details of all future workshops in the final week!!

http://www.offtheshelf.org.uk/events

Hope you find something of interest to whet your appetite!!

Good night for now and keeeep writing!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crumbs-WEP are Canvassing for councillors!!!

Hi all,

As OTS draws to an end, and festive feminist forays loom on the agenda, why not polish the dust off your shelf and do brunch at Union Street Cafe where WE will be picking your creative brains ( ok not literally!!) to focus on campaigning for the party ahead of the seasonal C word Christmas!!!

If you want to have your cake and eat it WE are ready for your canvassing support!!!

See WEtails below:

Sunday 10th December- Let’s do Brunch 10.30 at Union ST.  Open invitation to members and supporters to join us for brunch – please bring cake/croissants etc.  It will be busy in town, so we will follow this up with a bit of leafleting ….
Have a fabulous WEekend!!!

 

 

 

 

Conflicts and Conquests- to Fashion Heaven-it’s the Off The Shelf week ahead!!!

Happy Friday feminists,

The week has ended, and as ever in the world of feminism and politics there is so much to be excited about!!!

Off The Shelf may be coming to an end, but there are still some exciting events to look out for this weekend and over the week ahead!!

Sew if you have a passion for fashion don’t forget to button it and listen to Lynn Knight’s fascinating herstory of women’s apparel throughout the 20th Century, ( you never know extra tickets may be on sale due to popular demand-so don’t panic if you don’t have one just yet- here are the event details for tomorrow 21st October @ 2pm at The Creative Lounge-http://www.offtheshelf.org.uk/event/the-button-box-lynn-knight/

From Boudicea to Mary Quant on Sunday 22nd October @ 1pm why not grab your tickets for Murray in a hurry as Jenni Murray presents a fascinating herstory of 21 women who helped to shape the history of Britain, http://www.offtheshelf.org.uk/event/a-history-of-britain-in-21-women-jenni-murray/

Last but not least on 26th October at 7pm Harriet Harman is presenting material from her inspiring political memoir ” A Woman’s Work”  which is being held at Sheffield Hallam University at the Pennine Theatre.

Full price tickets and concessions available at time of writing here:http://www.offtheshelf.org.uk/event/a-womans-work-harriet-harman/

Tell your friends, bring a friend, make friends, or just sit and relax with a coffee and maybe a signed copy of one of the author’s hot pressing publications!!

 

 

 

Blossom Thrills in Black History Month!!!

Hi Fems,

Well yesterday we promised you more forthcoming events to announce- and in conjunction with Black History Month this coming Monday 16th October, discover the art of noise as Black Blossoms collaborate with Melanin Fest!!!

‘Black Blossoms’ exhibition lands in Sheffield!
The stunning exhibition of art from Black female collective Black Blossoms is landing in Sheffield, and we’re throwing them a party in collaboration with Melanin Fest!

Join us for a celebration of art from the perspective of Black Women on Monday 16th October. Our laid-back launch party will include short films, live painting, live hair-braiding and an intimate look at the Black Blossoms exhibition. Plus, let your hair down to a playlist of ‘Hip-Hop, Dancehall, Bashment, Roots and Afrobeat rhythms’ created by Latifah Stone. Entry is free, we welcome everyone, the bar will be open & the goodtimes will roll! 

– Bar open from 6.00pm
– A selection of artists short films: 6.30pm – 7.30pm 
– Music & good vibes from 7.30 
– Live painting from 7.30 
– Live hair-braiding from 7.30 

Black Blossoms is a creative revolution, highlighting the voices of self-identifying black women in creative industries and education. A UK touring exhibition exploring socio-political issues, feminism and self love from the perspective of black women artists, living in Britain in 2017.

Check out this Buzzfeed article about the Black Blossoms Collective here.

Join our Facebook Event page here.