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York International Women's Week

International Women's Day

11:56am 1st March 2012

Palestinian women are getting ready to visit York and the women of York are preparing workshops, an open house and a civic reception to mark this important occasion on the first day of International Women’s Week, Saturday 3rd March.

For those interested in women's issues, the University of York Centre for Women's Studies is hosting a Sport, Gender and Media day-long Conference on 10th March, there is an informal gathering at the Black Swan to discuss our vision for a feminist future” and Clement's Hall is home to “York’s Alternative History.

Or you might like to cheer yourself up with a laughter workshop, dance your inner fire at the Heworth Church Hall, gain public speaking confidence, or try your hand at rag rugging.

You might like to learn more about the Carers’ Forum and support their events at City Mills and the York Hospital, take part in a Tea Party for Oxfam at the Healing Clinic/Briar House Resources or dance the night away at a women's hafla dance party on Friday night.

Don't miss the Loose Women Panel on Thursday 8th March, 12.30 pm, at York Explore which should prove a very lively event!

Talks of interest include 'Make Do & Mend' on Sunday 4th March which looks at how women have adapted clothing to keep in fashion through the hardest years.

Brenda Mackfall remembers the magic of music halls and cinema in the post-war years while Elizabeth Sandie gives an illustrated talk about her book 'Just One Street' covering a century of ordinary life in a Bootham terrace.

For anyone interested in writing, 'Partners in Crime' will reveal the secrets of writing crime novels as co-authors.

You might like to take up swimming at Yearlsey Pool or Energise – excellent for stamina and nice and peaceful during women-only swims. Or there are the historical and literary walks with YorkWalk focusing on the part women have played in the life of this city.

'Ekta Parishad' is an inspiring film from India being shown at the Friends Meeting House on Thursday 8th and 'Girl Model', revealing the exploitation of young girls from Siberia, is showing at City Screen on Sunday 4th.

There are 7 shows to enjoy and 17 different ways of refreshing and nourishing your mind, body and spirit.

Full details listed in the programme at www.yorkwomen.org.uk.

Most of our events are open to everyone, not only women, and we welcome your interest, participation and support.

"Let's make this York 800 International Women’s Week one to remember!" said Sue Lister, YIWW Coordinator.

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