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2016 Events:

January 2016

  • 20 January – The Fawcett Society – Women at the top: time for quotas?

  • A lively debate discussing the role quotas can have in evening the playing field for women at the top – how can we speed up progress?

    Should we be enforcing a 50:50 gender balance with quotas, or is the voluntary approach the only way to achieve lasting culture change?

    Chaired by Darshna Soni, Channel 4 News, with Charlotte Proudman, feminist barrister and fearless campaigner for women’s rights, Heather Jackson, Executive Chair and Founder of An Inspirational Journey, Seema Malhotra, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Anne Francke, CEO of the CMI and Damian Lyons Lowe from Survation, who will also be presenting the fascinating findings from our latest public opinion poll.

    Further speakers to be announced.

    Find the Facebook event page HERE

    Time: 6pm-8pm

    Location: Aldersgate Room, Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, London, SW1H 9NH

    Price: Fawcett Society Members: £7, General Admission: £12. Click HERE to buy tickets.

    Accessibility: Venue appears to have good accessibility. If you require further information, please contact the venue directly HERE.

  • 26 January-20 February – Ensemble and York Theatre Royal presents: The Restoration of Nell Gwynn

  • A fine vignette of Britain, then and now, where the personal is heroically, hilariously political. King Charles II lies ill. Nell, his royal whore, once star of the Restoration stage, rages against the fate that may befall her if Charles dies. Margery, Nell’s maid, is no whore but a survivor whose fate too hangs on the life or death of the Royal patriarch. We see Nell in breeches, a perfect boy. She sings like an angel. Margery dances, emptying chamber pots with priceless asides on sex, love, class and power… Wonderful roles for distinguished actresses Elizabeth Mansfield, Olivier Award nominee, and Angela Curran, star of ITV’s hit comedy series Job Lot. An intriguing reinterpretation of our national treasure Nell Gwyn and a timely celebration of female resilience in a world where women seldom thrive. * There will be a Q&A after the performance on Fri 29 Jan with Beatrix Campbell OBE.

    Time: Tue – Sat Evenings 19.45, Thu & Sat Matinees 15.15 (except Thu 28 Jan)

    Location: Park Theatre, Finsbury Park, Clifton Terrace, London N4 3JP

    Price: £14.50 Previews (26 Jan), £18 Full, £16.50 Concessions. To book tickets, click HERE.

    Accessibility: Park Theatre is fully accessible with a lift serving all floors. The theatre can accommodate wheelchair users in both theatres – Park200 and Park90. Please note that the theatre will be unable to accommodate wheelchair users in the circle level of Park200 due to steep rake of the seating banks – but there will be plenty of space in the stalls. If you are attending in a wheelchair please notify the theatre when booking so that they can ensure you have an excellent position.

    Access Tickets: access bookers and their carers/assistants are entitled to the concession rate for all shows.

  • February is LGBT History Month

    Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month takes place every year in February. It celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community.

    See the LGBT History Month website for more information.

  • Saturday 13 February, East London Strippers Collective: Stripper Wear Fair

    A unique pop-up fashion sale specialising in vintage and artisan striptease, burlesque and performance lingerie and costumes hosted by the East London Strippers Collective. For the ‘Stripper Wear Fair’ there will be a curated group of designers showcasing and selling unique designs as well as performers selling pre-loved outfits which are not usually on sale to the general public and have different features and durability compared to high street lingerie. The East London Strippers Collective are a group of forward-thinking, feminist activists who host events, parties and talks with an aim to lessen stigma, better working conditions and celebrate strip club culture and performance.

    Time: 12 – 5pm

    Location: Red Gallery, 1-3 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3DT

    Price: £5 on the door, £3 if you book in advance. Click HERE to buy tickets.

    Accessibility: No accessibility information provided. Please contact the venue HERE for enquiries.

  • V-Day London, “The Vagina Monologues”, 19th-21st February

    12 fantastic London ladies of all different ages and ethnicities are joining forces as volunteers to be part of an upcoming benefit production of The Vagina Monologues, which is part of 2016 V-Day Campaign (for information on this campaign, click HERE). All proceeds from ticket sales will be going to a small London based charity, nia, whose remit supports V-Day

    The Vagina Monologues is an episodic play written by Eve Ensler. Each monologues deals with an aspect of the feminine experience, touching on matters such as sex, love, rape, menstruation, female genital mutilation, masturbation, birth, orgasm, the various common names for the vagina, or simply as a physical aspect of the body. A recurring theme throughout the piece is the vagina as a tool of female empowerment, and the ultimate embodiment of individuality.

    The Vagina Monologues is the cornerstone of the V-Day movement. Benefit performances of the show like this one take place worldwide each year between February 1 and April 30. All V-Day performances generally benefit rape crisis centers and shelters for women, as well as similar resource centers for women.

    Time: 7.30 pm

    Location: The Proud Archivist – 2-10 Hertford Road, London

    Price: £12. Click HERE to buy tickets.

    Accessibility: No accessibility information provided. Please contact the venue HERE for enquiries.

  • March 2016

    • Women’s Aid Comedy Gala – with Bridget Christie, Roisin Conaty and Sara Pascoe, 2nd March

      Amazing line-up of comedians performing for Women’s Aid in celebration of upcoming International Women’s Day. The line-up is: Suzi Ruffell (MC), Bridget Christie, Sara Pascoe, Roisin Conaty, Felicity Ward, Lou Sanders, Twayna Mayne, Joanna Neary, Evelyn Mok, Bec Hill

      Time: 7.30 pm

      Location: The Proud Archivist – 2-10 Hertford Road, London, N1 5ET

      Price: £25, Students: £15. Click HERE to buy tickets.

      Accessibility: No accessibility information provided. Please contact the venue HERE for enquiries.

  • India’s Daughter: Film Screening + Q&A with Director Leslee Udwin, 3rd March

    ‘A girl is more responsible for rape than a boy’.

    A chilling statement made by Mukesh Singh, reflecting the views towards women held by many within India, and around the world. The statement was made in an interview for the documentary ‘India’s Daughter’, directed and produced by Leslee Udwin, made in response to the 2012 rape and murder of Jyoti Singh. It examines the details of the case and perpetrators, using telling interviews to explore the underlying attitudes towards women that although not universal, were widespread in India at the time. Mukesh Singh was one of the 6 prosecuted and convicted for the atrocious crime. The attack and subsequent documentary resulted in international outcry and a women’s equality movement in India larger than had ever existed before.

    But what has been the impact? Have attitudes changed in India in response to the documentary? Was there any impact here in the U.K.? Is violence against women likely to be decreasing? It is questions like these that this event seeks to discuss.

    So join us in what will be a fascinating event, where you will have the chance to:

    – Watch one of the most powerful documentaries of the past decade.

    – Hear from its director Leslee Udwin, who will give her views on the issues raised through a discussion with Dilisha Patel, a UCL researcher working in the Institute for Women’s Health within Sexual and Reproductive Health Group at UCL.

    – Discuss your questions about violence against women and how we can tackle gender inequality globally and in the UK.

    Time: 6.30 pm

    Location: Darwin B40 Lecture Theatre, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

    Price: FREE. Click HERE to register interest.

    Accessibility: No accessibility information provided

  • 8 March – International Women’s Day

  • International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. The day also aims to raise awareness to the fact that progress towards gender parity has actually slowed in many places around the world so urgent concrete action is needed to accelerate gender parity.

    See the IWD website for more information.

  • Campaigning for Abortion Rights: Public Meeting, 12th March

    Speakers and discussions. All supporters welcome.

    Line-up of speakers: Goretti Horgan (spokesperson for Alliance for Choice), Jillian Merchant (a lawyer and a Committee member for Abortion Rights in Scotland) and Marianne Owens (the Chair of Abortion Rights Cardiff and PCS Union NEC)

    Time: 1.00 pm

    Location: Unite the Union, 128 Theobalds Rd, London, WC1X 8TN

    Price: FREE. Click HERE to see the Facebook event.

    Accessibility: No accessibility information provided. Please contact the venue HERE for enquiries.

  • April 2016

  • Orlando Issue 01 Launch, 19th April

    Orlando’s second print magazine, Issue 01, will be launched on Tuesday 19 April at The Book Club in Shoreditch from 7-10pm. The evening will bring aspects of the content of the magazine to life, with interventions, screenings and discussion, led by Orlando’s founder and editor Philomena Epps, with three of the issue’s collaborators – Jade Jackman, Poppy Jackson and Alice Wroe.

    Herstory: Alice Wroe will facilitate a participatory exploration of a key woman’s collective that created a publication that united the second wave feminist movement. www.twitter.com/herstory_uk

    Letters To Home: Jade Jackman invites you to find the intimacy inside the deeply political, showing fragments of personal correspondence, film and photography she has been gathering about Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre. Opening up to comments from the audience, the work intends to pose a wider question about whether the conventional news or documentary form is the most appropriate way to develop understanding. www.jadeshamraeff.com

    Site: Poppy Jackson will screen the Chameleoneye Film made about her performance ‘Site’, which took place during SPILL Festival of Performance at Toynbee Studios in 2015. The film returns to the live experience of the actionist performance, after the significant national and international media attention it garnered last year. Including passer-by responses from the street, audience feedback, and moments from the piece that the live audience weren’t able to view, Jackson will consider the memory of the event, and how this has shaped her future work. www.poppyjackson.co.uk

    Ticket price is £10 (+booking fee), which includes a copy of the magazine – fresh from the press. The issue considers the relationship between history, memory and the future, and also features contributions from Justin Bengry (Pride of Place), Emily Carlton, Patricia Cronin, India Doyle, Georgia Horgan, Catie Keck, Mary Kelly, Megan Pickering and Sophie Risner (Doing What Comes Naturally).

    This event is additionally operating as a fundraiser for Orlando to support its independent status. The magazine is non-profit, non-commercial and advertising free. All the money generated from ticket sales will circulate back into printing fees, distribution costs, web development and hosting the online platform. Please send an email to info@weareorlando.co.uk regarding unwaged tickets.

    Time: 7.00 – 10.00pm

    Location: The Book Club – 100-106 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4RH

    Price: £10 + booking fee. Click HERE to buy tickets.

    Accessibility: No accessibility information provided. Please contact the venue HERE for enquiries.

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    October 2016

    • 13 October – Ada Lovelace Day

      Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging to celebrate the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths.

      For more information on how to get involved, see the Finding Ada website and Facebook group and Finding Ada on Twitter

    November 2016

    • 20 November – Transgender Day of Remembrance

      The Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day set aside each year to memorialise those who have been killed as a result of transphobia (anti-trans hatred or prejudice).

      See the Transgender Day of Remembrance website for more information.

    December 2016

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