Global Feminist Calendar January and February 2020

Photo credit: Femspectives

2020 is going to be a big year for The Circle, here’s some fantastic events to get it started!

18 January – Jumble Fever (Oxford)

After the huge success of The Oxford Circle’s Jumble Fever last January, they are back again! This year, in the Oxford Town Hall, to raise funds for the Nonceba Family Counselling Centre. Collect your preloved items, jumble and bric a brac to donate to a good cause! There will be DJs and entertainment throughout the day, as well as an exciting celebrity raffle.

£5 entry fee OR bring a bag of donations before 2pm and just pay £1 to enter!

18 January – Electrifying Women: a Wikithon (Leeds)

Join Electrifying Women, an AHRC funded project based at the University of Leeds, to edit and add information about historical women engineers to Wikipedia. Training and historical resources (including suggested women engineers) will be provided. This is a free event, open to everyone!

Don’t worry if the idea of creating a whole new page sounds daunting. Some of the most valuable work is done by people adding new information and improving data. On the day, the group will also be demonstrating how working with Wikidata can make women’s history more searchable and accessible.

20-21 January – International Conference on Feminist History of Philosophy and Feminist Philosophers (London)

This conference aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Feminist History of Philosophy and Feminist Philosophers.

23 January – Archives Tour: Women’s History (London)

Fancy meeting the suffragette who was so excited by the cause she bought the WSPU tea set twice, the remarkable woman who put up Ghandi in the East End, Britain’s first ever female firefighter, and the Berwickshire Granarchists?

Join Special Collections and Archives Manager Stefan Dickers to hear about these activists and many more in a tour of the fascinating women’s and feminist history collections.

25 January – January Intention Setting with The Oxford Circle (Oxford)

To celebrate the new possibilities in the upcoming year, The Oxford Circle are holding a 3 hour workshop to help you step into 2020 with clarity and focus in all aspects of your life. There will be space to reflect on the past year and decide what you would like to take with you into this new decade.

They will discuss the power of intention setting as a tool for inspired action throughout the year and hope that you will leave with a vision board to refer to as you step into 2020 consciously and with purpose.

There will be tea from The Happy Larder, coffee from Missing Bean and cake from Barefoot Bakery provided.

4 February – Trailblazers: Letters to My Younger Self (London)

Maya Angelou, at the age of 85, had this advice for her 15-year old self:

‘Find some beautiful art and admire it, and realise that that was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less’.

Advice like that has both universal resonance and specific relevance to women of colour. Most people have fallen in love, discovered the power of art and wondered whether they have the capacity to achieve great things. But women of colour have to contend with unique experiences. Many feel the sting of erasure when they are young – not seeing themselves in literature, on TV or occupying positions of power.

In the second instalment of gal-dem’s Trailblazers series, Intelligence Squared has partnered with gal-dem to bring together a collection of outstanding women – and their letters – to stage. They range from playwright Bonnie Greer to footballer Eni Aluko and comedian Shappi Khorsandi. The event will be chaired by BBC Radio 1 presenter Clara Amfo.

5 February – The Cruel Cut Screening (London)

The Dahlia Project presents BAFTA nominated documentary The Cruel Cut, which will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers and other prominent voices in women’s rights and FGM. All proceeds will go towards The Dahlia Project, which works to achieve an end to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) by creating safe spaces to support individuals and societies affected by FGM, protect children from harm and empower communities to lead change.

10 February – When the Going Gets Tough: women and the future of global peace and security (London)

This talk hosted by LSE’s Centre for Women, Peace and Security will be introducing their new Director, Sanan Naraghi-Anderlini. This is the centre’s 5th anniversary and will be an opportunity to celebrate their mission of providing an academic space for scholars, practitioners, activists and policy makers to develop strategies to promote justice, human rights and participation of women in conflict affected areas.

15 February – Suitable Women: Films of Female Friendship (Glasgow)

Pity Party Film Club will return to CCA Glasgow for their third all-day event showcasing four on-screen depictions of female friendship. Throughout the day, they will be screening Career Girls, Clockwatchers, Tangerine and Thelma Louise. Tickets for each screening cost £6 and or you can purchase an all-day ticket for all four films for just £15. For more information on each film, click the link!

20 February – Femspectives 2020 – Glasgow Feminist Film Festival (Glasgow)

Femspectives is a film series and festival in Glasgow. It provides a platform for feminist storytelling and safe spaces for conversations about feminisms, social issues, and politics. They are yet to release the line- up for the 2020 festival, but make sure to save the date! We’ll add the full details as soon as they’re released.

20 February – Everything I Ever Wanted to Tell My Daughter About Men (London)

As part of The Globe’s Voices in the Dark series, next year they will host a staged reading of Everything I Ever Wanted to Tell My Daughter About Men, a new black comedy by actor and writer Lorien Haynes and directed by Tara Fitzgerald, which traces a woman’s relationship history backwards, exploring the impact of sexual assault, addiction and teen pregnancy on her adult relationships.

Presented in association with Rise and The Circle, all profits from this reading will go towards supporting survivors of sexual violence, and will also mark the planned introduction of the Worldwide Sexual Violence Survivor Rights United Nations Resolution at the United Nations in January 2020, which addresses the global issue of sexual violence and pens into existence the civil rights of millions of survivors.

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