Celebrating the Achievements of the Suffragettes
4 - 6.30 pm Council Chamber, The Quadrant, Cobalt Business Park
The aim of the IWD event is to celebrate the achievements of women - and the continuing struggle for equality for women.  North Tyneside Women's Voices is delighted that members of the North Tyneside youth council have wanted to commemorate the work of the suffragettes and particularly the memory of our north east heroine Emily Wilding Davison who died trying to put the Votes for Women banner on the king's horse at the Derby in 1913.  But the celebration also raises questions about whether women have achieved equality yet and explores some of the issues which young women still face because they are female through workshop discussions.
 
The event will be chaired by Cllr Lesley Spillard.  The speakers are all local women:  Gill Alexander, Strategic Director Children, Young People and Learning, Mary Glindon MP for North Tyneside and Karen Lewis Archer, Sports Development Officer.  They will be telling their stories about how they got to be where they are now.  Mayor Linda Arkley will close the event.
 
For more information or to book a place email: premfry015@aol.com
 
Then lots of events, starting on Thursday evening:
 
Celebrate International Women's Day - North East Feminist Gathering style!!
You are invited you to a the fantastic event in Newcastle we’re organising for IWD. After the massive success of last year’s IWD event, we’re returning to the Cluny 2 for more fun and games. There’ll be music, poetry, stand up and, back by popular demand, an ‘Open Mary’,  NEFG-style! (intrigued? Come and find out what it’s all about!) -ruth.lewis@northumbria.ac.uk  - Thursday 7 March, 7pm onwards - Cluny 2, Ouseburn, Newcastle- Tickets on the door £5 or £3
 
and then from Friday onwards:

‘Being Heard: An event for Women, by Women on International Women’s day’ - Friday 8th March 9.30am-3pm   (see attachment for content)
This event is free, is a women's only space and lunch will be provided
Venue: Newcastle City Library, Charles Avison Building, 33 New Bridge Street, NE1 8AX , The Bewick Hall. To book a place: please email beingheardiwd@gmail.com or call Laura Pidcock on 07590028206. Booking is on a first come first served basis, so book your place quickly to avoid disappointment.

Come and celebrate at Tyneside Womens Health
Please come and celebrate International Womens Day with us! Our event is here at the Newcastle centre (Byker) and will be on Thursday 7th March from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. There will be a variety of activities and info. Mandy Snee - Community Mental Health Worker (Tuesday – Thursday) 0191 265 4692 / 0191 477 7898 -Mandy.Snee@tynesidewomenshealth.org.uk

Join Me On The Bridge: International Women's Day @ Northumbria
Friday 8 March, 4.00pm, Northumbria University Footbridge
Join Me on the Bridge is now in its third year, it began in 2010 when women from Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) met on the bridge that joins their two countries.  Each group carried two halves of a banner, and when they met they tied them together to reveal the message: 'women are building bridges of peace.'
So, grab a placard and one end of a banner and head to the Northumbria University Footbridge (bridge with entrance to Camden Court) on 8 March to stand in solidarity with women struggling across the globe and to celebrate the achievements of women in the United Kingdom. Facebook event:http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/605175752830629/.

Globe Gallery is delighted to be hosting the 52nd performance of Monica Ross's Anniversary - An Act of Memory
Act 52, a Spoken, Signed and Multi-Lingual Recitation will take place on International Women's Day, Friday the 8th of March at 8.00pm. The performance consists of Monica and members of the public each reciting from memory an article from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Participation is open to all, and articles can be recited in any language including sign language.
Space may be limited so please book.
If you, your group, or organisation would like to attend the talk or take part, please contact Globe Gallery by email at actsofmemory@globegallery.org.
Globe Gallery, 53 – 57 Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4HZ
http://www.globegallery.org/
Event will be accompanied by British Sign Language(BSL) interpreters

Women, Human Rights & the Globalisation of Resistance : Inspiration and culture in times of crisis - Friday 8th March, 4.30pm-7.30pm  The Assembly Rooms,  Fenkle Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5XU
An exciting free event to celebrate International Women’s Day with speakers from Colombia and Palestine, live music, performance poetry, and a bar. Join us for a rousing experience on International Women’s Day to hear our guests’ stories of resistance and hope, celebrate the role of women in the global struggle, and listen to some great live music and performance poetry.
This event is being jointly staged by Northern TUC, UNISON Northern and War on Want. Free entry, free snacks provided and a paying bar will be ope
For more information please contact Melanie at the Northern TUC on 0191 227 5551
or email  mlowden@tuc.org.uk

Riverside Community Health Project - Women Sing led by Gilly Love
Saturday 9 March 1.30pm onwards  - Singing workshop
Riverside Community Health Project, Carnegie Building, Atkinson Road, Benwell,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 8XS 

Come and sing some of those well-known (and lesser known) feminist songs
Invite family/friends along for performance at 5.00pm
Including guest set by Sweet Magenta
Free crèche/play for children up to age 12 (Please book places in advance)
£3 per person        To book a place visit www.riversidechp.co.uk
Email: teresa@riversidechp.co.uk  

International Women’s Day 2013 Years of Northern Labour Women’s Network
Saturday 9th March 2013 10.30am to 12.30pm

Come and celebrate 20 years of Northern Labour women’s activism with Joyce Quin
The State We’re In - The impact of social policy on women – looking back over the last three decades - Whickham Room, Gateshead Civic Centre, High Street, Gateshead
(Please note there is parking charge of a £1 a car)
Tea coffee and cakes and a raffle (please bring prizes)
Carer’s / Childcare allowance available for NLWN members*
No charge, but we will be asking for donations to cover the event
Confirm to - NLWN, c/o Burnbrae, Black Lane, Blaydon Burn, Blaydon, Tyne and Wear NE21 6DX or email jacq.apperley@btconnect.com - *Telephone 0191 4142554 if you need help with carer/childcare costs

WOMEN IN RESISTANCE - Monday 11th March
TUC Regional Office, Commercial Union House,  39 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6QE - Time: 5.30pm-7.00pm

The Northern TUC International Forum in collaboration with UNISON and War on Want extend an invitation to meet Alfamir Castillo, President of the Women 
Sugar Cane Cutters Committee, Colombia.In 2008 Alfamir led the mobilisation of the wives, sisters, mothers and daughters of sugar cane cutters who were engaged in an historic two-month strike in protest a ‘slave-like’ working conditions in the southwest of Colombia.  The women played a vital role, organising solidarity for the strike, as well as confronting police.  Alfamir also suffered the terrible consequences of the Colombian conflict.  Her 15-year old son was murdered by the Colombian army in 2008 and the resulting court case against the soldiers responsible has led to kidnap attempts, gun attack, and constant threats and harassment on her and her family.Join us for an inspiring FREE evening and hear first hand one woman’s story of resistance and determination to fight for the rights and livelihoods of the Colombian people. All are welcome however it is important that you register att endance in the event the organisers need to contact you. Please therefore RSVP to Melanie Lowden – mlowden@tuc.org.uk – 0191 232 3175.