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York's International Women's Week

International Women's Day

6:01am 2nd March 2013

York's International Women's week begins today. The 9 day festival with 65 different events throughout the city aims to promote equal rights for women. Sue Lister who is one of the organisers says that its not an event just for women.

A full list of the events can be found at www.yorkwomen.org.uk

Sue Lister Says: "The diversity continues from year to year and this year you will be challenged by a University of York's conference on Body Projects, learn about Women on the Front Line across the world and the Women’s Land Army here at home, and explore cooking and baking from the Vikings to WWII in The Daily Grind at the Museum of Farming.

"While you are in the 1940s mood why not dance the night away at the Tramways Club with The Best of British Dance Night, or you might prefer to Dance Your Inner Fire, indulge in a Choccy and Sweetie Tour or swap clothing and accessories at A Frock for FROK fundraiser.

"You will also be invited to join a Women’s March, go Chinese with the Renaissance Ladies, sit down to Afternoon Tea on the Green, watch a FemFilm and Aspire to More with the Inspired Youth Ambassadors.

"Loose Women will be on the loose again at the library, poets will gather at the Spoken Word, Fairtrade goods will be on offer at the Fair Trade Market, and the LGBT Forums of York and Camden will be discussing Who are We and Where are We Going? at the Bombay Spice. Talking about variety, there are 6 shows being performed at various venues around the city:-

• Dementia & Me by the Real People Theatre at York St John and the Bar Convent

• Freedom of Movement with Thea Jacob and friends at the National Centre for Early Music

• One by the 6 Lips Theatre at the Friargate Theatre

• The Barberellas at the Black Swan

• Songs, Stand Up and Stanzas with Union Jill, Kate Fox, Holly Taymar and Julia Deakin at Fibbers

• Breathing Corpses by the York Settlement Players at the Theatre Royal Studio".

Sue adds: "You may like to participate in workshops such as Grow Your Own in a Small Space, Gardening Delight at the Brunswick Nurseries, Get Re-Creative and make bags out of old umbrellas, work with Crystals or Write Your Story.

"You can also look at Healthy Relationships, consider whether you are Ready for Change, try an Assertiveness workshop or just enjoy a Laughter workshop. If you are seeking health and well-being, there are over a dozen different therapies on offer including chiropractic for pregnant women, mums and children, Tuina and reflexology, EFT Tapping, Alexander Technique, yoga, self hypnosis, energy work, massages of many kinds including Oriental facials, relaxation, and talks on stress management and children’s health. Spiritual nourishment comes in various forms from the Women’s World Day of Prayer and Bible Women to Buddhist meditation".

Programmes will be in libraries, community centres, city centre outlets and the Quaker Meeting House. You can also find a copy on the web at www.yorkwomen.org.uk

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