Get Together Women and grab a pizza the political pie!!!

Happy Monday feminist friends,

Hope you have all had a fabulous weekend!!

What joy as Parliament returned today, with some engaging and heartfelt debates- catch up with them on:

BBC I-Player Live I-Player http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/live/bbcparliament and Parliament TV!!!

http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/3397868e-3ad0-48dd-b772-ca4e47e122e4

If Parliament is your passion- and you want to become more involved- I am pleased to give early notice of this exciting event coming up in November- a collaboration between the fantastic She-Fest and The Parliament Project- will remind you all again nearer the time!!!

Parliament Week: Discover Parliament – SheFest

Thursday 16 November 2017, 5.30pm to 7.30pm

The Printhouse, 21-23 North Church Street, S1 2DH

As part of Parliament Week, in partnership with the Houses of Parliament Outreach Team, SheFest is proud to present an opportunity to discover UK Parliament. The women only workshop will include an introduction to Parliament and its work, plus practical advice and tips on taking action, with a special focus on how women can get more involved and get their voices heard. This free event also includes pizza! So come along to meet Lynn, grab a slice (or two) of pizza and get clued up on your Parliament and how to get involved. Open to all self-identified women (18+). Book your free ticket via www.shefestsheffield.eventbrite.com. Got questions or need support to access the event, just email us at shefestsheffield@gmail.com and we’d be happy to help. www.shefest.wordpress.com

 Well the sun was shining today in Steely Sheffield and the feminist events keep coming along- nationally , we have the bi-annual Feminism In London Conference- featuring our very own Sheffield based Alison Boydell, of Not Buying It-and some more exciting news is that the leader of the Women’s Equality Party Sophie Walker will be attending the conference- follow the web link for your tickets- https://filia.org.uk/filia-conference-2017/

It really does promise to be something special this year!!

Locally, the events keep stacking up, October sees Off The Shelf featuring many feminist related talks, workshops and events, as well as Black History Month, and Together Women have an event on Wednesday 11th October which runs throughout the afternoon. The focus is on Street Harassment and Safer Cities – see below for details!!

Street Harassment and Safer Cities focus group – Together Women

Wednesday 11 October 2017, 1.30pm to 6.30pm

Together Women Project, 106 Arundel Lane, S1 4RF

Working with Plan UK, Together Women Project will be hosting 2 focus groups to understand how street harassment affects girls in UK cities, and the degree to which this impacts on their autonomy, safe mobility and freedom to participate fully in society. The final report will include recommendations for service and policy improvement, and will help inform Plan’s future work in this area. We are looking for young women aged 14- 25 years to take part. Please call 01142758282 to book on, or email JessicaR@togetherwomen.org.

Watch this thread for more events to get your teeth into soon!!!

Happy Monday!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stop press- Off the Shelf is here!!

Happy Thursday feminist friends,

Well after months of anticipation, it’s finally here- Off The Shelf returns with a packed agenda of exciting events, and if you love the written word, or perhaps have some feminist scribblings in the pipeline-why not go along to this event this Saturday and see if you can get yourself published!!

http://www.offtheshelf.org.uk/event/how-to-get-published-alysoun-owe

Today marks the International Day Of No Prostitution, and if both fictional and factual discussions and representations of prostitution interest you, why not pop along to two OTS events next week- on 11th October Michele Roberts presents a reading from her book “The Walworth Beauty” at 7.30 pm at The Quaker Meeting House- http://www.offtheshelf.org.uk/event/the-walworth-beauty-michele-roberts

If that wasn’t enough don’t forget that the following evening at the same time and place, Julie Bindel presents a discussion on sex trafficking and prostitution with opportunity for debate afterwards!!

http://www.offtheshelf.org.uk/event/abolishing-the-sex-work-myth-julie-bindel/

Finally we all recognise the importance of personal safety in public as we go about our daily lives, today 5th October is also National Personal Safety Day so why not check out the Suzy Lamplugh Trust site https://www.suzylamplugh.org/ to discover and share advice and information on public transport- and if you want to become more involved locally why not join The Know The Line South Yorkshire campaign https://twitter.com/knowthelineSY meet like minded individuals and community groups promoting this goal!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SWIM in the equalisea with Shami Chakrabarti on November 9th-book with Eventbrite!!

Hi feminists,

More great news today as The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists prove that they trust women as they have voted overwhelmingly to support the decriminalisation of abortion in conjunction with the BMA!!

And The SWIM team at the Hallamshire Medical school are hosting this fantastic event in November!!! See the Eventbrite below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keep-calm-champion-gender-equality-tickets-38109946877?ref=enivte001&invite=MTI3NTIyNDIvc3dpbUBzaGVmZmllbGQuYWMudWsvMA%3D%3D&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=invitemodernv2&ref=enivte001&utm_term=attend?mc_cid=897c73d485

 

WE are in the driving seat!!!!

Happy Wednesday feminist friends!!!

Half-way through the week already and what news we have to share both locally and on the international front!!!

In Saudi Arabia, yesterday women were granted permission to drive for the very first time, after being prevented from enjoying the same rights as those of us who live in a Western democracy take for granted for so long!!!

As well as this fantastic news, WEP Sheffield are gearing up to build on their 2017 Southey by-election and 2017 General Election campaign in Shipley with Sophie Walker party leader by standing yourself in the local 2018 council elections!!!

Just think you could win yourself a seat on the council helping to steer the decisions that matter to you- check out this email from Sheffield branch leaders Charlotte and Carol for details as to how you can get involved!!!

And make sure you come along to our next Sheffield branch meeting, on October 17th at 6pm at Union Street Cafe to find out more!!!

Here’s Sophie Walker’s speech from the first ever WEP conference in November 2016 for some inspiration https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2j6uMTUKANc

So over to Charlotte with hints on points to consider if you want to get involved!!

  • discuss the idea with friends and family
  • come to our meeting to find out more on October 17th at 6pm at Union St Cafe, S1 2JP
  • contact us on sheffieldwep@gmail.com to find out more about what might be involved
  • call Carol Keen on 07790 588031 – Carol stood for us back in May and is happy to share her experience
  • don’t be afraid to put yourself forward

Closing date for prospective candidates is October 27th – we look forward to hearing from you.

 

Best wishes

Charlotte Mead

Branch Leader

 

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