Subject: February E-bulletin- International Women's Day

Message from Helen's desk
Happy International Women's Day!
International Women’s Day is about raising awareness of gender inequality and women’s rights across the world. Before we look at this year’s events let's look back over the progress that has been made since the last International Women’s Day.

Last year saw the launch of the Equal Pay International Coalition by the Organisation of Economic Development, the International Labour Organisation and UN Women as an attempt to get countries to enforce equal pay policies. Norway’s football association also announced pay equality across the sport.

Tunisia, Lebanon and Jordan finally eradicated the law allowing rapists to escape charges if they married their victims and there was great progress across Latin America and the Caribbean to protect against forced child marriage. In a huge breakthrough for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, women are also now being granted driving licenses after many years of campaigning.

Importantly, the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements more recently have empowered brave victims of sexual abuse to come forward and speak up about the crimes, forcing sexual abuse and harassment at work into public view and encouraging action to be taken.

Despite this action, sadly much remains to be done to ensure gender equality. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development released a report earlier last year commenting that progress to gender equality is far too slow. The Fawcett Society also released a Sex Discrimination Law Review in January with considerable findings of inequality within Britain. The main focuses included the gender pay gap, violence against women and girls, hate crime and misogyny and Sex Equality in Northern Ireland.

So it feels as important as ever to #PressforProgress on this International Women’s Day! If you want to get involved yourself, come along to some of the many events on in Nottingham over the next month! We've created a calendar of all the events going on in the city which you can find here.

News Round Up
Become a trustee of Nottingham Women's Centre! 
Join our Board of Trustees!
If you're passionate about Nottingham Women's Centre and its values, look into becoming a Trustee- you'll be able to assist us in providing support to women all over Nottinghamshire!
For full details, see here.
#TimesUp NOTTS network
We've been working to try and establish a #TimesUp network here in Nottingham and have had a great response so far. Have you ever experienced harassment at work? The Women and Equalities Select Committee wants to hear about it! Read here for full article.

Meet the Team

In every edition of of our e-bulletin, we introduce you to a member of the Nottingham Women's Centre team and this time, it's the turn of Katy, Megan and Beth, our International Women's Day interns. Meet them here.

Events and Dates for your Diary
International Women's Day Celebration at Vine Community Centre
Come along on the 6th March anytime from 09:30- 15:00 to enjoy this free women-only event. 
Pop along to the stalls and enjoy a free lunch while you're walking round. Guest speakers such as Dame Asha Khemka DBE DL, Mayor Cllr Halimah Khaled MBE and Barrister Usha Sood will also be there. 
Full details here or on our calendar.
Your voice, your choice: POhWER Self-Advocacy Session
To celebrate International Women's Day, on 7th March 13:00-16:00 we're hosting a taster session of POhWER's self-advocacy course for women. This free session is about supporting, enabling, and empowering women to express their views and concerns in a safe space.
Booking required so don't forget! Full details can be found here.
Centenary Cities: 100 Years On… The Long Road to Gender Equality
This 7th March, 18:00-20:30 there wi
ll be a panel discussion between our CEO Helen Voce, Sandeep Mahal, Professor Shearer West, and Rabbi Tanya Sakhnovich, giving us their views on progression towards Gender Equality. 
The event takes place in Nottingham Council House and is free but ticketed, so click here to get yours or find out more information!

Nottingham Women's Centre celebrate International Women's Day!
We'll be hosting our own free, women-only event here at the Centre on 8th March 11:00-15:00 and are excited to be featuring a great range of activities including archery, drumming, meditation, poetry, and a boxing workshop prize draw. Pop in for some hot food and refreshments and say hello to us, there's always a great atmosphere! 

Fempowerment: International Women’s Day Celebration
For International Women's Day on 8th March, Hyson Green Community Centre are hosting a day of workshops, stalls, inspirational speeches, and even an intercultural fashion show. This women-only event is free, lasting from 09:30-15:00 and is a great opportunity to make new friends and celebrate International Women's Day together.
Further details here.
SheAfriq Collective Therapy
On Saturday 10th March at the New Art Exchange, SheAfriq, a Nottingham based collective of creative women of African descent, have planned an afternoon packed with creativity, workshops and activities to empower women. The sessions will focus on health and wellbeing in a relaxed and safe space for positivity, connection and mutual support. 
This women-only event is free, lasting from 13:00-16:00.
Full details here on their website.
We've just listed a few of the International Women's Day events in this newsletter but if you click here you can find the full list of what's on! Enjoy!
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