INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S WEEK
Events in Tower Hamlets
3-10 March 2012
Supported by Tower Hamlets Council and Tower Hamlets Partnership
Thursday 1 March
LAUNCH of WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH, INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S WEEK and the
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch E1 6LA
6pm-9pm FREE 020 7375 0441
Reception with Rushanara Ali MP followed by performers and speakers including poets
Comfort and Jammie Sammy; music and dance by Nari Diganta, Sister Elements and
Equator Women of the World; films by WORLDwrite. Speakers include representatives from
SERTUC Women’s Rights Committee, Amnesty International and Climate Week. All
Sunday 4 March
THE SOCIAL WARRIORS-stories inspiring Bengali women
Nari Diganta (Women’s Horizon) Brady Arts Centre, 192-196 Hanbury Street, E1 5HU
5pm-9pm FREE 020 8551 1190
Celebration of the life and achievements of two remarkable Bangladeshi women, poet Begum Sufia Kamal and educationalist Jahanara Imam who are and have been fighting for equality for women in Bangladesh. Inspiring songs and dances performed by artists from Nari Diganta and the Soytten Sen School of Performing Arts.
Monday 5 March
WOMEN’S HEALTH EVENT
Lincoln Area Regeneration Group, Burdett Neighbourhood Centre, Masjid Lane, off Walwood St, Poplar E14 7BW
11am-4pm FREE 020 7538 5748
Inspiring women and their families to lead healthy lives with free health checks, healthy eating demos and food to try, fitness instructors, exercise resources, line dancing, and gentle exercise for Senior Citizens.
Tuesday 6 March
INSPIRING WOMEN VOLUNTEERS WEEK
East London Chinese Community Centre, Trussler Community Hall, 78 Grundy Street,
Poplar E14 6DF
Tues 6 to Thurs 8 March 10am-3pm each day FREE 020 7733 4377
Event to mobilize local women who have time to share in befriending older citizens. Featuring dancing and singing performances, Kung Fu demonstrations, Chinese calligraphy and speakers.
TOWER HAMLETS INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN’S AWARDS
Pritchards Road Day Centre Marian Place, E2 9AX
11am-3pm FREE 020 7364 2436
Awards Event to recognise women who have inspired others through their achievements. Opportunity for people between the ages of 18 to 65 who use the Day Centre services or work
in Tower Hamlets or East London Mental Health Foundation Trust to make nominations and attend the Awards.
Boundary Women’s Project, St Hilda’s East Community Centre, 18 Club Row E2 7EY
11.30am-2.30pm FREE 020 7739 8066
Event in partnership with University of East London to inspire local women to be more active in the community. Photographer Sarah Ainslie will be collecting and collating inspirational wardrobe stories, together with photographs of women in their wardrobes and these will be exhibited on the day together with a photo-booth for women to come and take pictures posing as their most inspirational female role model.
Account 3, 3 Birbeck Street E2 6JU
4pm-8pm FREE 020 7739 7720
Exhibition and presentation by 10 local young women who have researched women whose achievements inspire them. Attendees may vote on who is the most inspirational. Local women artists, photographers and designers will also be exhibiting their work.
Wednesday 7 March
Heba Women’s Project, 164 Brick Lane E1 6RU
Wed 7 & Thurs 8 March 9.45am-3pm FREE 020 7377 0400
Two full day writing workshops aimed at learners of English and women who would like help with literacy. With tips on how to make your writing interesting and organizing your ideas, word-processing, wordpress demonstration and how to upload stories on to a mini website.
Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton Street, E1 5AR
11am-2pm FREE 020 7247 8762
Be part of the gardening team at the farm and learn how to make a planter from recycled materials and receive expert advice on which food plants to grow when. Free fresh herbal teas!
FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF
U-Turn Women’s Project, St Margarets House, 21 Old Ford Road E2 9PJ
11am-3.30pm FREE 020 8983 1553
A day for women to feel good about themselves especially those who have suffered homelessness, mental illness and abuse. With health and beauty tips, yoga, healthy eating and music.
WISEWORDS POETRY OPEN-MIC NIGHT
Vibe Live @ the Vibe Bar, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane E1 6QL
7.30pm Adm ?3 on door/?2 concs & open mikers.
Women’s open-mic poetry night with special guests Hollie McNish, Vanessa Kisuule and
Cecilia Delatori. Arrive early to book yourself in for a slot. Presented by Apples & Snakes 020 8465 6154 www.applesandsnakes.org
Thursday 8 March
INTERNATIONAL QUILTMAKING DAY
Stitches in Time Dora Hall, Dora Street E14 7TP
11am-4pm FREE 020 7987 6161
Inspiring local women to help create a series of International Friendship Quilts. A quilting workshop will take place in the morning and afternoon on small and large frames for sewers and beginners. Lunch will be provided and guest speakers will give short presentations.
BEGUM: stories of inspiring women from the Bangladeshi Community in Britain Bishwo Shahitto Kendro, Idea Store Whitechapel, 321 Whitechapel Road E1 1BU
7pm-9pm FREE 07947 249744
Inspiring stories from six Bangladeshi women who are making a massive contribution to their communities in some of the most challenging situations. This event will be followed by an exhibition in April.
Friday 9 March
BIG I.T.UP – Computer Literacy Event
Poplar Harca, The Linc Centre, 70 Fern St, Bow, E3 3PR
11am-4pm FREE 020 7538 2253
Event to inspire women to become more IT literate.
Opened by Nadira Hussain Project Manager for Future I.T.Sourcing LBTH, who is also the first Asian woman to be elected as Vice-President of SOCITM (Society of I.T Managers). There will be a series of bite-sized workshops with lots of support and refreshments and lunch will be served.
INSPIRING WOMEN NOW AND IN THE FUTURE
Kollun, Wapping Women’s Centre, Princhine Street E1 1PJ
11.30am-3.30pm FREE 020 8924 7871
Four inspiring single mothers will tell their stories of how they overcame many barriers such as language, culture, domestic violence, ill health and housing & financial problems to help their children and achieve something with their lives through education and hard work.
Saturday 10 March
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S FAIR
Celebrating International Women’s Day
Spitalfields Traders Market, Brushfield Street E1 6AA
10am-5pm FREE 020 7375 0441
Women’s Groups & Organisations, Artists, Books, Craftswomen, Designers, Performers and Workshops. To book a stall contact email@example.com
Monday 12 March
WOMEN’S CELEBRATION DAY
Somali Women’s Development Project, Tredegar Community Centre, 333 Morville Street
12noon-4pm FREE 020 8980 5532
Cultural activities to help women overcome language barriers and improve the quality of their lives.
Please note that this programme of events in Tower Hamlets for International Women’s Week may be subject to alteration and it is advisable to ring and check beforehand. All venues are accessible to wheelchair users. To receive this information in large print please contact firstname.lastname@example.org The International Women’s Week programme is co-ordinated for the
London Borough of Tower Hamlets by Alternative Arts. www.alternativearts.co.uk