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International Women’s Week

Event preview

IN TOWER Hamlets during International Women’s Week (March 7 to March 14, 2015), women’s groups from all over the borough are celebrating their achievements and presenting events that focus on gender equality, encouraging and empowering women to FIND THEIR VOICE.

We Can Do – Saturday, March 7 at St Georges Church, 16 Cannon Street, E1 0BH (10.30am – 5pm). Free.

10.30am Registration, 11am – 1pm Discussion: ‘How local women can become involved with mainstream activities and learn to empower themselves’ led by Kollun. 1pm – 2pm Lunch prepared by Healthy Lunch Box Women’s Group. 2pm – 5pm Performances of music and dance by Soytten Sen School of Performing Arts and Udichi Shilpe Guste Sangsad UK.

International Women’s Day – Sunday, March 8 at the Brady Arts Centre, 192-196 Hanbury Street, E1 5HU (4.30pm – 8.30pm). Free.

The new generation of Bengali women in the UK are taking increasingly confident steps into the British creative landscape in the fields of literature, music, dance, film making and the fine arts. There are many outstanding talented women in Tower Hamlets and Nari Diganta has invited some of the very best to be part of this International Women’s day programme which will include performances, presentations and a screening of Sarah Begum’s award-winning documentary film Amazon Souls.

This programme is intended for a diverse audience and everyone is welcome.

Guided Tour of the Houses of Parliament – Monday, March 9 (9.15am – 2pm). Free.

A group of approximately 30 women from Heba and the general public will be led by a qualified ESOL tutor to the Houses of Parliament. Rushanara Ali, Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow has agreed subject to availability to meet the group, give a talk and show them around. During the visit participants will be able to improve their knowledge regarding all aspects of the electoral system, from voting to writing petitions to their local MP in order to effectively improve the quality of their lives and identify their political voice.

Sharing Our Successes – Monday, March 9 at Unit 2, 789-791 Commercial Road, St Anne Street, E14 7HG (11am – 3pm). Free.

Local women who have completed the training programme and entered paid employment will be invited to share their success stories with other local women. Limehouse Project’s multi-lingual Employment Advisers will be on hand to offer new attendees one-to-one practical advice on steps they can undertake to begin moving into their preferred fields of training, study or work. The event will celebrate milestones crossed by local women and act as a platform through which they can access guidance and support.

Women’s Voices in the Community – Monday, March 9 at the Brady Arts Centre, 192-196 Hanbury Street, E1 5HU (11am – 3pm). Admission £1.

An event featuring inspirational talks given by women who have overcome difficulties to become working professionals, by women who have built up their own business, and by women who have become involved in working with the community. Speakers include Dr Vanessa Ogden, Head of Mulberry School for Girls, Sabrina Hossain CEO NTV Europe and Husna Purrin local artist. The aim is to boost the confidence of women and encourage them to build up their own career and independence. This is a day of celebration with live music, games, a raffle, refreshments and relaxing beauty treatments.

Women’s Projection Workshop and Evening Screening – Tuesday, March 10 at the John Scurr Community Centre, 1a Bekesbourne Street, E14 7JQ (9.30am – 9.30pm). Free.

One day interactive socio-visual arts workshop to create a presentation incorporating the themes of empowerment, gaining a voice and achievement. The project will take place at the John Scurr Community Centre and the screening will be in St James Park. Contributions will be invited by email on the day and edited through the hub before sending to the screen.

Sisters’ Voices – Tuesday, March 10 at St Hildas Community Centre, 18 Club Row, E2 7EY (11.30am – 2.30pm). Free.

Crescendo event to six weeks of preparatory workshops designed to empower women and promote gender equality. The day of celebration will incorporate a photographic exhibition of local women’s views of cultural attire, a spoken word performance by women about domestic violence arising out the workshops by Amina Khayyam, and a bazaar marketing arts and crafts products by women encouraged to use their creative skills by the new Women’s Enterprise Initiative. There will also be stalls by other partner organisations and a delicious lunch.

Business Start-Up Workshop – Wednesday, March 11 at St Paul’s Way Community Centre, St Paul’s Way, E3 4AJ (9.30am – 12noon). Free.

For women who have an idea for a business but lack the skills or knowledge to turn it into a reality. The workshop will be run by a Business Tutor and deliver practical information on how to start a small business. Women will be asked to bring along their Business Plan and sign up for a one to one session in three months time so that their progress can be assessed. They will also be given the opportunity for a one year coaching programme.

Pioneering Women’s Voices – Wednesday, March 11 at The Maryam Centre, 45 Fieldgate Street, E1 1JQ (11am – 2pm). Free.

Sufia Alam – Project Manager of the Maryam Centre, Tanjina Nasrin – Link Community Garden and Safia Jama from the Somali Integration Team will be speaking about their experiences living and/or working in Tower Hamlets. Refreshments will be prepared by a local community organisation and there will be an exhibition of photography and painting by local women.

Find Your Voice Spa Day – Wednesday, March 11 at 117 Mansford Street, Bethnal Green, E2 6LX (11am – 2pm). Free.

This event will honour Simple Gifts volunteers with a relaxing afternoon combined with two optional workshops – a life coaching taster and how to run a social enterprise. By recognising the team of dedicated volunteers and their service to the community, we hope to inspire others to do the same either with us or with another organisation. The Spa will offer facial massage, manicures and hair styling free to our volunteers and at a small charge to the general public.

Harmonies from the East – Wednesday, March 11 at East London Chinese Community Centre, Trussler Hall, 78 Grundy Street, Poplar, E14 6DR (11.30am – 2pm). Free.

A celebration of traditional Chinese music from opera to musical instruments with the women’s choir. The event will also include a Tai Chi demonstration by members of the regular classes.

Bow East and Whitechapel Bengali Women’s Groups Celebration – Wednesday, March 11 at the Brady Arts Centre, 192-196 Hanbury Street, E1 5HU (12noon – 2pm). Free.

The newly formed Bow East Bengali Women’s group have recently participated in a weekly health and wellbeing course facilitated by WHFS and will be celebrating and sharing what they have learnt with other similar groups at the Brady Centre. There will be a joint exercise class followed by a healthy buffet lunch and the opportunity to learn about Volunteering opportunities in the borough.

Women’s Business Fayre – Wednesday, March 11 at St Paul’s Way Community Centre, St Paul’s Way, E3 4AJ (12.30pm – 3.30pm). Free.

Open to all women interested in starting a business or who have already started but need additional support. There will be Training Advisers to provide information and enrol women on a variety of courses that can benefit their business, one to one sessions on how to start a business, opportunities to meet women who have already started their own small business and an opportunity to sign up with the Poplar HARCA Community Team who can provide support.

Women Speak – Wednesday, March 11 at 3 Burbeck Street, E2 6JY (1pm – 3.30pm and 6.30pm – 9.30pm). Free.

Public speaking workshop for local women including the opportunity to speak on camera using a ‘news format’ about their concerns. Followed by an evening event to view the speakers and discuss their issues.

Women of Tower Hamlets – Finding Your Voice – Thursday, March 12 at the Jagonari Women’s Resource Centre, 183-185 Whitechapel Road, E1 1DN (10am – 4pm). Free.

This event is designed to support the women of Tower Hamlets as they develop and implement the skills needed to express themselves within the community.

Panel Discussions will invite women to talk about Social, Political, Economic and Artistic issues from building self-esteem to community involvement, supporting causes, financial independence, writing and performing. There will be a Display of short biographical profiles of women who have found their voices globally and locally, Stalls about resources, an Art Therapy session and an Interactive Board inviting women to write about empowerment.

Every Herb Tells a Story – Thursday, March 12 at Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton Street, Spitalfields, E1 5AR (11am – 3pm). Free.

Use the power of culinary and medicinal plants to encourage your voice. Take part in informal story sharing and gardening workshops in the beautiful and diverse gardens of this award-winning urban farm. The workshop will follow in the footsteps of the farm collaboration with Garden Organic on the Sowing New Seeds project. No experience necessary – just an open mind, heart and voice.

Find Your Voice – Friday, March 13 at St Mathias Community Centre, 113 Poplar High Street, E14 0AE (12noon – 3pm). Free.

Celebrating the many (often nameless) women who support the local community. Councillor Rabina Khan and other local women who have made a huge difference to the community will be invited to promote community sustainability through volunteering. The event will open with lunch followed by entertainment and short introductions from six local women who have made a difference in the area through their involvement in Health Provision and Education.

Celebrating Women in Leadership – Friday, March 13 at the Spotlight Centre, Hay Currie Street, E14 6GN (4pm – 7pm). Free.

Event for young girls to educate and inform their peers on the history of the women’s movement and current issues. The theme will be Women in Leadership with local women sharing their success stories and entertainment by young talented musicians.

Voices: Found – Friday, March 13 at Praxis Community Projects, Pott Street, Bethnal Green, E2 0EF (6pm – 9pm). Free.

A creative evening of world music, dance and testimonies uniquely designed and organised by women survivors of gender-based violence. The women will showcase the strength they have found to overcome trauma and begin new chapters in their lives. An interactive stall will invite audience members to make a pledge and take action and support women. Praxis Family Care is a peer support group for survivors of trafficking, gender-based violence, vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers.

Bengali Women’s Voices – Saturday, March 14 at the Brady Arts Centre, 192-196 Hanbury Street, E1 5HU (12noon – 4pm). Free.

Udichi Shilpi Ghosti in partnership with Bangladesh Mohila Sangstha celebrate with a seminar and cultural programme. The discussion will highlight the issues faced by women to raise their voice and empower themselves. Entertainment will include poetry reading and music and dance by prominent performers. Traditional refreshments will be available. Open event. Everyone is welcome.

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