Politics Conference Season and The Parliament Project on the road!!!

Hi fems,

Hope you are looking forward to the week ahead, and those of you who are Labour supporters may well be enjoying the Conference coverage on tv- you can watch it live on BBC Parliament or on I-Player- see the link here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/live/bbcparliament and closer to home just a gentle reminder that Labour Paul Blomfield is hosting his Big Conversation meeting for women at St Mary’s Church this Thursday 28th September with Paulette from Radio Sheffield and Sheffield City Council Deputy Leader Olivia Blake- take your seats from 7.00 pm to 08:30 pm!!

This time of year is such an exciting one for political junkies as conference season provides us with hours of undiluted viewing pleasure- but never forget that feminism and politics are inextricably intertwined and if you would like to become more involved check out one of The Parliament Project workshops coming up featuring talks from local politicians and details of how you can become more involved!!!

Don’t miss out!!

 

 

Inspired to get involved in politics by the General Election? Our mission is to encourage women to get elected in the UK. We’ve had many women write to us since the general election asking how to get involved, how to start their political journey.  We are running workshops from Perth to Exeter this year to help answer some of your questions about how to begin your political career. Come along to hear female politicians from the SNP, Labour and the Conservatives share their stories and make your own action plan.
We are running a ‘Becoming an MP’ workshop in the House of Commons, London on Thursday 12th Oct 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Our special guest speaker is Gillian Keegan Conservative MP for Chicester who will share her story of how she got elected. FREE Book tickets here
We are running two ‘How to Get Elected’ workshops as part of the Women of the World Festival in Exeter. Held at the Exeter Pheonix, to attend the workshop you need a day pass for £10 or weekend pass for £16. Our workshops are on Sat 14th Oct at 12.45pm and Sunday 15th Oct at 11.15am. Tickets here.
We will be at the Women of the World Festival Bradford on November 18th with special guest speaker Labour MP for Dewsbury Paula Sheriff. Tickets aren’t on sale yet but please keep your eye on the WOW Bradford facebook page for more details.
At the Women of the World Festival in Perth we are running a Women’s Guide to Getting into politics on Sunday 29th Oct at 3pm. Our special guest speaker is former SNP MP for Ochil and South Perthshire Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh. Again, you can attend the workshop with a day pass for £12 or a weekend pass for £20. Tickets here.
In conjunction with Inclusion Scotland, we are running a ‘Becoming an MSP’ workshop in Edinburgh on Thurs 23rd of November at 6.30pm. This workshop will look at how women can start on their path to getting elected to the Scottish Parliament with special guest speaker Monica Lennon Labour MSP. FREE. Tickets here.
See you there! Lee, Vicky, Nicola and Eve.
The Parliament Project team.

 

 

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Magnificent 7 Monday!!!

It’s a milestone today fems as our very own Sheffield Feminist Network WordPress site is 7 years old today!!!

What an achievement- and don’t forget if there’s an issue close to your hearts you would like to see on this site- please feel free to let us know!!!

Happy birthday to us!!!

Here’s to another 7 years of posts and toasts!!!

 

The future’s bright- the future’s feminist!!!

Good morning feminists,

Happy Orange Day to you!!!

As you may be aware every 25th of each month, we have a theme to unite together to end violence against women and girls, and this month focuses upon violence against older women.

Why not follow the website link to see how you can get involved with the project- http://www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/ending-violence-against-women/take-action?utm_source=Say+NO+%E2%80%93+UNiTE+to+End+Violence+against+Women&utm_campaign=36d8361636-

This is one of our most serious problems in society, and the UN recognises that we need to continue to raise awareness of the mistreatment of elders on an international scale.

Wearing a splash of orange today will brighten your mood on the first day of the working week, as we continue to demonstrate our pledge to improve conditions for all women!!

I leave you with this phenomenal quote from Maya Angelou that perfectly encapsulates our shared feminist solidarity.

“Each time a woman stands up for herself,without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” Maya Angelou

 

 

 

 

Celebrating activism @ next SFN meeting Tuesday 3rd October 7.15-09.00 pm Quaker Meeting House

Hi fems,

Details of the next meeting below!!

Sheffield Feminist Network Womens Group Meeting   

 TUESDAY 3RD OCTOBER  2017 7.15  9pm 

Sheffield Quaker Meeting House 10 St James Street S1 2EW  

CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF LESBIAN ACTIVISM     

 Join us for an evening of laughter – maybe tears – and some serious politics as we celebrate all that lesbian activism has achieved 

  Our facilitator is Roz Wollen, local activist and part of the Sheffield scene. She will be joined by other lesbian activists who will bring memories and memorabilia and reflect on:          

Abortion Campaigns, Clause 28, Gay Rights and Marriage, Women and non Traditional Trades, Consciousness Raising and  Womens Studies, Women and Industry including Women and Pit Closures. 

And   the big question – what next for lesbian activism? 

This is a women’s meeting and trans inclusive. All women   welcome. 

 Contributions £2 /Free concessions.   

Sheffield.feministnetwork.wordpress.com E: sheffieldfeministnetwork@gmail.com 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheffield Feminist Network Womens Group Meeting   

 TUESDAY 3RD OCTOBER  2017 7.15  9pm 

Sheffield Quaker Meeting House 10 St James Street S1 2EW  

CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF LESBIAN ACTIVISM     

 Join us for an evening of laughter – maybe tears – and some serious politics as we celebrate all that lesbian activism has achieved 

  Our facilitator is Roz Wollen, local activist and part of the Sheffield scene. She will be joined by other lesbian activists who will bring memories and memorabilia and reflect on:          

Abortion Campaigns, Clause 28, Gay Rights and Marriage, Women and non Traditional Trades, Consciousness Raising and  Womens Studies, Women and Industry including Women and Pit Closures. 

And   the big question – what next for lesbian activism? 

This is a women’s meeting and trans inclusive. All women   welcome. 

 Contributions £2 /Free concessions.   

Sheffield.feministnetwork.wordpress.com E: sheffieldfeministnetwork@gmail.com 

 

 

 

 

 

Forthcoming SFN activities

Hi feminists,

Hopefully our recent posts have whetted your appetite for the Autumn season ahead and don’t forget the Off the Shelf festival at the beginning of October for both feminist and activist related events.

We aim to present the majority of our posts in as lighthearted a manner as possible to engage interest, however there are occasions when a more serious tone seems more appropriate for the subject matter in question.

My colleagues within the network have been involved in many worthy causes, and campaigns affecting women internationally, and if you haven’t been to one of our SFN meetings recently, then our packed programme of activities for the next year should provide something of interest for everyone- see previous posts for details.

One such topic is the controversial subject of abortion for Northern Ireland women, and our recent September meeting covered this subject.

If there are any subjects that you would like us to cover on this site- please post your comments – we are open to new ideas for topical discussion!!