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Women's History Month - East London

Event preview

WOMEN’S groups, activists, arts, media and community organisations are celebrating Women’s History Month (March 1 to March 31, 2013) with a remarkable range of events and exhibitions.

An amazing mix of performances, workshops, talks, discussions, campaigns, broadcasts, exhibitions, a history walk and film screenings, will demonstrate the cultural diversity of East London.

Throughout the Month events will be examining issues currently confronting women all over the world, and celebrating their achievements. Women’s groups will be taking a closer look at women’s education and equality, and launching a campaign against domestic abuse.

There will be highly creative contributions from artists, performers, writers, film makers and broadcasters and the opportunity to appreciate women’s history.

Sylvia Pankhurst, Edith Cavell and Minnie Lansbury were all active in the East End and the Nunnery Gallery are arranging a special history walk around the Bow area. In the gallery the Strike exhibition is inspired by Annie Besant who led the Matchgirls protest in 1888. The old match factory is now the prestigious Bow Quarter Apartments. www.nunnerygallery.org

Tower Hamlets Idea Stores are hosting the Domestic Abuse: We Can End It campaign inviting men to sign the Public Pledge saying No to Domestic Abuse. There will also be a series of free events including a workshop on Women and Education with Judge Sapnara Khatun and a discussion with Mary Harper, renowned BBC World Service journalist, about her new book Getting Somalia Wrong: Faith, War and Hope in a Shattered State published by Zed Books. www.ideastore.co.uk

The Cass School of Art, Architecture & Design is exhibiting a selection of photographs by the late Jo Spence and hosting a public talk: Fighting For Old Flo, with Bob and Roberta Smith discussing the proposed sale of this symbolic sculpture by Henry Moore, owned by Tower Hamlets Council, which has caused widespread concern in the community. www.londonmet.ac.uk

Amnesty International launches its campaign on Afghanistan and women’s human rights with the first phase focusing on tackling violence against women. Activists will be urging the UK government to sign a petition and meeting with their local MP. www.amnesty.org.uk/women. Amnesty will also be hosting a screening of short films presented by the 18th WOW Film Festival from Australia. www.wow-womenoftheworld.com

Artist Sanchita Islam, dancer Amina Khayyam and musicians from the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective will all be celebrating 42 years of Bangladesh Independence at the Rich Mix. www.richmix.org.uk

In Greenwich, The Queen’s House will be holding a Mother’s Day Jane Austen Tea and screening the film of Pride and Prejudice to celebrate 200 years of the publication of this famous novel, and The National Maritime Museum is providing the opportunity to join a fascinating evening exploring the archives of The Women’s Royal Naval Service 1917-19. www.rmg.co.uk

The Africa Channel www.theafricachannel.tv and Reel Rebels Radio www.reelrebelsradio.com will be joining in Women’s History Month and showcasing inspirational women throughout March.

Laura Provost winner of The Max Mara Prize for Women will be exhibiting at the Whitechapel Gallery www.whitechapelgallery.org, Susan Hillier is at Matt’s Gallery www.mattsgallery.org, Bela Kolarova at Raven Row www.ravenrow.org and the group show A Room of One’s Own is at the Espacio Gallery www.espaciogallery.com.

Take the opportunity to see the last exhibition at The Women’s Library in Old Castle Street, The Long March to Equality: Treasures of the Women’s Library, before the entire collection moves to its new home at the LSE.

For the full Women’s History Month in East London programme visit www.alternativearts.co.uk.