The first ever Reclaim the Night march took place 40 years ago in Leeds. Today the demand that women have the right to walk safely in the streets at night is as strong as ever. This year’s march takes place on Saturday 2 December, meeting at 5.30pm in the square in front of Leeds Central Library, and will be followed by a rally at Leeds Beckett Student Union from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. All women are welcome.
Southbank Centre’s WOW – Women of the World Festival is returning to Bradford on 18 – 19 November to celebrate the achievements of women and girls with an inspiring line-up of over 45 different talks, discussions, performances and workshops. Highlights include:
- Reni Eddo-Lodge explores issues of eradicated black history, whitewashed feminism, race and class from her book ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race’ which has been described as one of the most important books of 2017.
- The ‘Badass Women of Bradford’ panel shines a light on Bradford’s own inspiring women from the present and past.
- Jasvinder Sanghera, an activist and campaigner and CEO of Karma Nirvana, chairs Honour, where compelling stories of survival and ‘honour’ are shared through moving real life accounts.
- Ezdihar Abdulmula from Bradford Cobras Basketball explores how sport can empower women and girls.
- The under 10s Feminist Corner shows feminism isn’t just for grown-ups or teenagers.
- Shon Faye, writer, lawyer and LGBTQ editor-at-large of Dazed, Bradford born author CJ Atkinson and Asifa Lahore, a transgender activist and performer discuss how trans identities interact with the movement for gender equality.
The festival takes place at the Kala Sangam Centre next to Bradford Cathedral. Full details of events, tickets etc can be found in the programme.
A two-day interdisciplinary conference on revolution and the revolutionary in politics and culture from 1968 to the present from an explicitly gendered perspective is being held at the University of York in May 2018. Some of the questions the conference will seek to address are:
- How has gender, as it intersects with categories such as race, ethnicity, class and (dis)ability, shaped what counts as revolution and the revolutionary over this fifty-year period?
- How are constructions and embodied experiences of revolutionary agency and subjectivity gendered?
- What historical (dis)continuities exist in forms of cultural production around revolution and the revolutionary since 1968?
The organisers are inviting proposals for papers from diverse (inter)disciplinary contexts, inlcuding: Gender/Women’s Studies, English Literature, Modern Language Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Hisotry of Art, Political Science, International Relations, Drama/Theatre Studies and Philosophy. Please email abstracts (about 250 words) along with a short bio to Clare Bielby and Claire Chambers at firstname.lastname@example.org by 28 February 2018.
In June this year historian Dr Jill Liddington, who has written a number of books about the suffragette movement, gave a talk about three votes for women campaigners from Leeds – Isabella Ford, Mary Gawthorpe and Leonora Cohen. She was speaking at an event to mark the centenary of the Leeds Convention of June 1917, where 3,500 democrats and socialists hailed the Russian Revolution and demanded an end to the First World War. A podcast of Jill Liddington’s talk is available at vimeo.com/227557989
The speaker at the Sheffield Feminist Network’s Annual Book Reading is Julie Bindel, author, journalist and activist. Julie, who has long campaigned against global violence affecting women and girls, will be speaking about her new book The Pimping of Prostitution, which examines the arguments and controversies about the prostitution debate. Drawing on 250 interviews and other research detailing the lived experience of people affected by/involved in the international sex trade, it gives voice especially to those who have survived.
Thursday 15 October, 7.30pm at Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James’ Street, Sheffield S1 2EW. Tickets £8/£6 from 0114 266 0434 – advance booking recommended.