2017 Events

Fri 24Sat 25 (Amended!)Sun 26Mon 27Tues28Wed 01Thurs 02Fri 03Sat 04Sun 05Mon 06Tues 07Wed 08 (Amended!)MAIN EVENTThurs 09Fri 10Sat 11 (Amended!) – Sun 12 – Mon 13Special Events


10am–4pm Monday to Friday and 12–4pm on Saturdays


Venue: The North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade, Summertown, OX2 7JN. Free | All welcome | Wheelchair access HATCHED is a new art platform dedicated to developing, making and promoting work addressing women’s issues. The exhibition at the North Wall gallery shows work by local and global artists who use a variety of media. The exhibition is accompanied by a series of talks, workshops and activities. Organiser: Maga Esberg. Contact:  magaesberg@gmail.com  |  www.magaesberg.com

Feb 24


Doors open 7.45pm, film starts 8pm – ends approx. 10.30pm

Film night “If These Walls Could Talk 2”

Venue: east Oxford Community Centre, Princes St, OX4 1DD.  Free |  For women | Wheelchair access Three lesbian couples who live in the same house at different periods of time. 1961, Edith (Vanessa Redgrave) loses her lover to a stroke. 1972 Linda(Michelle Williams) and Amy (Chloë Sevigny) struggle with feminist issues. 2000, Kal (Ellen DeGeneres) and Fran (Sharon Stone) try to have a baby with the help of sperm donor. Organiser: Elaine Aitken. Contact: www.redboxoxford.co.uk

Feb 25


10.30am–12 noon

Project Shoebox Oxford: Coffee and cake morning

Venue: All Saints Church, Lime Walk, Headington, OX3 7AL. Free, donation of unused and unopened toiletry and/or non- perishable food items appreciated. Wheelchair access at side of  church | All welcome Coffee morning and cake sale to raise awareness of Project Shoebox Oxford, including a talk on the work of Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse services. Organiser: Project Shoebox Oxford. Contact: Christine Tucker – shoeboxoxford@gmail.com |  www.shoeboxoxford.uk


Open Tue–Fri 12 noon–7pm, Sat 10am–7pm, Sun 11am–5pm

Comic Book science – understanding heart disease

Venue: Inky Fingers, 38 Cowley rd, OX4 1HZ. Free | All welcome | Apologies: no wheelchair access Join us at Oxford’s only comic book shop to take an illustrated tour of the human heart. Explore one female scientist’s research into heart disease and create your own comic book ending to her research story. Organiser: Radcliffe Department of Medicine, University of Oxford. Contact: Emma O’Brien and Charlotte Hooper – communications@rdm.ox.ac.uk | www.rdm.ox.ac.uk/home



Live Beyond Your Comfort Zone

Venue:  New Road Baptist Church (in The Mint House room) Bonn Square,
Free | All women welcome | Wheelchair access: TBC, please enquire This workshop will provide you with top mindset tools, self-discovery & inspiration to renew areas of your life, by looking beyond your current ‘comfort’ zones. Wave goodbye to being stuck & frustrated, hello to exciting new beginnings! Organiser: License to Live. Contact: Jen & Lydia. Book via email to: info@licencetolive.com | www.licencetolive.com


Women Celebrating Women – Strength in Diversity

Venue: Asian Cultural Centre, Manzil Way, OX4 1GH. All welcome | Wheelchair access | Free, donations welcome This fun, family- friendly event features entertainment, music, food, stalls, and much much more. Speakers include refugees, migrant NHS professionals and women who have stood up to racism and worked in refugee camps and with homeless people. No booking required.

Feb 26


10am–12 noon

POP-UP CAFÉ As part of South Oxford Farmers’ Market

Venue: Lake St Community Centre. Free | All welcome | Wheelchair access Enjoy a relaxing Sunday  morning, fresh Nicaraguan coffee and home-made cakes with a supervised craft table to keep little ones busy. Your support will help raise funds for four-year-old twin, Thomas, who has cerebral palsy. To enable him to walk Thomas needs an operation that is not available  on  the  NHS.  His  family and friends are working hard to raise the money to pay for it. 60% of the proceeds from the coffee morning will go towards the cost of Thomas’s operation and 40% to support the continuation of the annual Oxford International Women’s Festival. Organisers: Christine Eady & Jane Mercer. Contact: 01865 245793 and 01865 246608 or christine.eadywat@gmail. com, Bjmercer2011@hotmail.com | https://helpthomas2dance.com/


Fifth Annual NOW Lecture: ‘Mightier than the Sword?’: Women, War & Writing’

Venue: Dorfman Room, St Peter’s College. Free | All welcome | Wheelchair access

NOW is a diverse network of women campaigning for peace, justice and human rights at a local, national and international level. We meet for discussion, activism and solidarity.

Speakers: Dr Angham Abdullah (‘Contemporary Iraqi Women’s Fiction of War’) and Ms Virginia Moffatt (author of ‘Echo Hall’). Organiser: Network of Oxford Women (NOW) for Justice & Peace. Contact: nowoxford@gmail.com

Feb 27



Sexual harassment in schools

Venue: County Hall, New rd, OX1 1ND. Free | All welcome | Wheelchair access This workshop will consider the findings of a recently released report from the Women and Equalities Committee that exposes the shocking scale of sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools. The workshop will discuss how we can raise awareness of this issue and encourage wider participation in the ongoing campaigns and petitions that call on the government to heed the recommendations of the report. Speaker: Fiona Roberts, UNISON South East Regional Women’s Officer. Organiser: Debbie Hollingsworth, Unison Oxfordshire County Branch. Booking preferred email or phone by 26th February. Contact: 07812 350892 / wedgedaisy@gmail.com

Feb 28



Like mother, like child – maternal health & heart disease

Venue: St Aldates Tavern, St Aldates, OX1 1BU. Free | All welcome | Apologies: no wheelchair access As part of a special British Science Association ‘SciBar’ for the International Women’s Festival, Dr Mariane Bertagnolli will discuss her research into the links between the heart health of mothers and their children, followed by a Q&A. Organiser: Radcliffe Dept. of Medicine, University of Oxford. www.oxfordscibar.com

March 1


7pm (film starts 7.30pm)–9pm

Film: Lady in Red

Venue: The Long room, Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates OX1 1BX. Free, donations to OIWF welcome | All welcome | Wheelchair access Margaret Stanton – a lifetime devoted to campaigning and activism, a documentary filmed by her granddaughter, Katy Beinart. Event sponsored by The Communist Party of Britain, Oxfordshire. Contact: Carol Stavris oxfordwomen@gmail.com |

March 2



Green Women Trailblazers

Venue: West Oxford Community Centre, Botley rd, OX2 0BT. Free | All welcome | Wheelchair access Lucy Ford, Caroline Lucas’s first Brussels’ research assistant will talk about the many ‘firsts’ Caroline  has achieved  in her political  career.  Anne Dodd who has  a commemorative oak tree from Wangari Maathai will talk about the first ever   African   female   Nobel   Prize   winner   and   her   many green achievements. Speakers: Lucy Ford & Anne Dodd Organiser: Oxfordshire Green Party Contact: Hazel Dawe hazeldawe5@gmail.com | www.greenoxfordshire.com

March 3

International Women’s Day at Waterstones, Oxford

Friday 3rd March 7pm

On Friday 3rd March, Waterstones Oxford will be holding an evening of readings, followed by a panel discussion in the run up to International Women’s Day 2017. Hosted by Hurst Street Press and  Oxford University Poetry Society, the event will see four female authors – Sarah Fletcher, Lili Hamlyn, Selina Nwulu, and Joanna Walsh – reading from their own work and discussing female writers who have influenced them. There will then be a general panel discussion, chaired by  Shoshana Kessler and Camille Ralphs.
This is a chance to engage and support some of the best contemporary UK-based writers; to listen to their thoughts on these marginalised female authors, and to celebrate International Women’s Day together.
Book tickets here.

March 4



Brave Inspirational Gracious – B.I.G. stories from women peacemakers across the globe

Venue: Oxford Town Hall, Long room. Free, donations welcome | Wheelchair access Women change-makers share their stories through word and film. Join us for a participatory afternoon listening, discussing and getting creative with our word installation. Organiser: Creators of Peace Booking recommended, contact: Ashley Muller, Miranda Shaw, Elizabeth Laskar, email: creatorsofpeace@uk.iofc.org by 4 March | www.uk.iofc.org/creators-of-peace


Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane

Venue: Waterstones, Oxford

To further celebrate International Women’s Day, we are delighted to announce a fun-filled event for children. Come and meet Jane, a clever, courageous female role model who will inspire young girls and boys!

Author Caroline Baxter will read the action-packed and rhyming story of Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane. There will be super activities to get involved in after the reading.

Book tickets here.


Singin’ Women Winter Monthlies

Singin’ Women invite you to an International Women’s Festival special community singing workshop open to all, whatever your ability.
Sing sweet and strong acapella harmonies from far and wide. Composed by women for women.
Florence Park Community Centre. Cornwallis Road. OX43NH.
£6.00 with refreshments.
Contact Emily at emformusic@outlook.com for more details , or just drop in…
Our Monthlies sessions run on the first Saturday of the month through the year.
Parking on site.

Download flyer: here.



Women & Bicycles

Venue: east Oxford Community Centre,  Princes  St,  OX4  1DD.  earlybird:  £35 | regular: £45 | Day ticket: £20. Free places also available in exchange for volunteering. All welcome | Wheelchair access Join us for awonderfulcelebrationof howwomenandbicycles are changing the world, with a glittering line-up of inspirational speakers, hands-on workshops and sociable guided rides for all levels. Booking recommended (via website). Organiser: Team Beryl and The Adventure Syndicate Contact: 07551 711 746 or info@bsbcoop.org | www.theadventuresyndicate.com

March 5



“YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL” – Women’s Dance & Wellbeing Day

Venue: Sandford On Thames Village Hall, Henley rd, Sandford On Thames OX14 4YN. £40–£50 pre-pay | For women | Wheelchair access Get in touch with your inner beauty, goodness & power in an uplifting & nurturing day of Nia Holistic Movement, Creative Expression (sound/art) & Dance Meditation/Mindfulness. Bring a vegan lunch item to share. Healthy nibbles/drinks included. Speaker/performer: Vicky Rainbow (info@soulshine.org.uk) Organiser: SOUL SHINE – Dance, Fitness & Wellbeing. Contact/booking: http://www.meetup.com/soulshine/  Booking  essential: www.soulshine.org.uk

7pm refreshments, film showing at 7.15–9.45pm

It was 50 years ago today – the legacy of Cathy Come Home and the housing crisis

Venue: West Oxford Community Centre, Botley rd, OX2 0BT.

Free. Donations welcome for Toilet Twinning  charity  (West  Oxford Community Centre) & Oxford International Women’s Festival.All welcome (incl. older children if accompanied by an adult) | refreshments provided | Wheelchair access Film and discussion/Q&A on equality issues. Part of a series run by ODTUC to raise awareness. Organiser: Oxford & District Trades Union Council. Contact: 01865 288473, oxfordtuc@gmail.com How to book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/it-was-50-years-ago-today-the-legacy-of-cathy-come-home-registration-30495497855  | www.odtuc.org.uk

How to book: see above – or just drop in!

Contact:  oxfordwomen@gmail.com

March 6



Needs Must When The Devil Drives

Venue: Ruskin College, Dunstan rd, OX3 9BZ. Free | Wheelchair access & elevator available | All welcome This acclaimed film removes the male prism on the early history of trade unions and working class movements in Oxfordshire, discovering and celebrating the pivotal role that women played in gaining workers’ rights.

Speaker: Anne-Marie Sweeney (Director). Organiser: Ruskin Student Union.

Now with special guest, Emily Thornberry MP.

No need to book – contact Chloe Walsh and Emma Brogan 15walsch@ruskin.ac.uk or 16brogem@ruskin.ac.uk for more information. https://www.facebook.com/ruskinstudentunion

March 7


1pm–2pm public talk; 2pm–3pm demonstration


The imagination of Ada Lovelace: creative computing and experimental humanities, followed by Making Numbers into Notes: the making of Ada Lovelace’s generative music

Venue: St Luke’s Chapel, Woodstock Road OX2 6GG (map) | All welcome | Wheelchair access

Supposing Charles Babbage had built the Analytical Engine and Ada Lovelace had lived to program it to generate music… This talk traces some of the paths taken by Ada Lovelace, nineteenth-century mathematician and imaginist, during and after her lifetime. Pip Willcox and David De Roure tell the story of their experimental digital work turning nineteenth-century maths into music, inspired by Lovelace’s ideas of the creative potential of computers and by the music of Emily Howard. There will be a short break with refreshments at 14.00, between the talk and the demonstration: you are welcome to come to either or both sessions. Organisers: University of Oxford Centre for Digital Scholarship and e-Research Centre, and the Fusing Audio and Semantic Technologies project. Free tickets via: http://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/digital/2017/01/09/pip-willcox/.

March 8



Big Beats Dance Day

Venue: Main Hall, east Oxford Community Centre, 44PrincesSt, OX41DD. Free| Forwomen| Wheelchair access To celebrate International Women’s Day, join Big Beats Dance and other local dance and well-being facilitators in a day of workshops and classes designed to provide a safe and inclusive space to relax, dance and connect with your true self! Home-cooked lunch by Buddhabing available from 12.30–1.30pm and a range of workshops will run throughout the day. Organiser: Rozz McDonald/Tina Tosti, Big Beats Dance/Buddhabing. How to book/find out more: contact 07555111264 or info@bigbeats.org – or just drop in! | www.bigbeats.org


Women Thinking Big in the Arts: The contribution of women composers

Venue: IGS at LMH, Old Library, Lady Margaret Hall, Norham Gardens, OX2 6QA. Free, Donations welcome | All welcome | Apologies, no wheelchair access Making women’s history audible. The Lyric Piano Trio: Elisabeth Reed, Eppie Churcher and Coral Lancaster perform a programme of musical pieces by exclusively female composers in this celebration of women’s musical canon. Organiser: International Gender Studies Centre at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford. Contact: Maria Jaschok igs.admin@lmh.ox.ac.ukhttp://www.lmh.ox.ac.uk/IGSC/Home/Activities/IWD.aspx

View / download poster here.




Reflections on Women Thinking Big in the Arts, Science, Politics & Education

Join us in our celebration of International Women’s Day. The Festival’s theme ‘Art, Science, Education and Politics’ will be explored through music, conversation and discussion.  Music will be provided by Peggy Seeger and the Windrush String Quartet.  Discussion and conversation will be led Alison Baskerville (artist), Elspeth Garman (Professor of Molecular Biophysics), Lyndall Gordon (literary biographer) and Kerry-Anne Mendoza (political journalist and writer). Chaired by Dr Alice Proshaska (Principal of Somerville College).

Venue: Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates, OX1 1BX.
FREE. Refreshments included | All welcome | Wheelchair access
How to book: https://oiwf2017.eventbrite.com – or just drop in!
Contact: oxfordwomen@gmail.com

09 March



Women’s Film Night at Open Screen: Oxford’s ‘Open Mic’ film night

Venue: Film Oxford, 54 Catherine Street, OX4 3AH. Free  |  All welcome | Wheelchair access An evening of empowering films by and about women, including the film made on the Reel Women course this week (to book see filmoxford.org/training). Meet Oxford filmmakers, share ideas  and  see  how  films  can  create change. Speaker: Zoe Broughton. Organiser: Open Screen (supported by Film Oxford) How to book: https://www.meetup.com/Open-Screen-Oxford/ by  9th March – or just drop in! www.filmoxford.org/open-screen

10 March


12 noon–3.30pm

Mixed Blessings from a Cambridge Union

Venue: County Hall, New rd, OX1 1ND. Free | All welcome | Wheelchair    access    Reflections    from   Professor Elizabeth Anionwu’s memoirs. Elizabeth was born in Birmingham of Irish/Nigerian heritage. Her white unmarried mother had been a student at Cambridge University. Elizabeth spent nine years in Catholic children’s homes. How did she succeed in  life?  For more information: www.elizabethanionwu.co.uk Speaker: Elizabeth Anionwu. Organiser: Debbie Hollingsworth, Unison Oxfordshire County Branch. Contact: 07812 350892 wedgedaisy@gmail.com Booking preferred. Email or phone by 9th March.


Route 66… Gateways and Tolls in Women’s Journeys

Venue: Activate Learning, Oxpens rd, OX1 1SA. Free | Primarily for women | Wheelchair access Following 2015’s Festival event ‘Womenon the Move’, we shall present stories from women at various stages of their lives; explore the cost of certain pathways; alternative routes; review opportunities, including a practical activity; complete LinkedIn profiles for success. Speakers: Hilary Stone, co-author of ‘Women on the Move’, Carol Taylor, report writer for ‘Mid Life Career Reviews’. Organiser: Hilary Stone Associates. Contact/booking: by email to hilary@hilarystoneassociates.co.uk by 28th February


Oxford International Women’s Day Festival at Rose Hill Community Centre

Join us at Rose Hill Community Centre on Friday 10th March to celebrate International Women’s Day.

From fitness sessions to arts and crafts to massage, drama and singing to basic car maintenance, there will be an afternoon of activities for ladies of all ages in Rose Hill starting from 1pm. Our last class will be Boxfit starting at 6pm.

We are accepting bookings in the centre now for head / hand massage or for the basic car maintenance session as spaces will be limited. We will be taking £2 refundable bookings for the sessions.

Please see the Facebook event for further details: http://bit.ly/2lbGRdM


Brain Diaries: Modern Neuroscience in Action

Exhibition spotlight

Venue: Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks rd, OX1 3PW. Free | All welcome | Wheelchair access

An opportunity to meet some of the female neuroscientists whose research features in the Museum’s latest exhibition, Brain Diaries: Modern Neuroscience in Action, on its opening day. The exhibition is open from 10 March – 3 September 2017. No need to book – just drop in! www.oum.ox.ac.uk


Dorothy Hodgkin Memorial Lecture ‘From molecules to medicine’

Venue: Somerville College, Woodstock Rd, OX2 6HD.  Free | All welcome | Wheelchair access. The advent of personal genome data is changing our understanding of biology.        Speaker:  Professor Dame Janet Thornton, DBE, FRS, FMedSci    European Bioinformatics Institute, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL-EBI)    (Director: EMBL EBI 2001–2015)   will present the thrills and challenges of working in this breath-taking world of molecules and medicine.   Organiser: Oxford Association for Women in Science & Engineering  (AWiSE)  in collaboration with  Somerville College.     Contact: Dr Yasmin Robson – yrobson1@yahoo.com          https://sites.google.com/site/oxfordawise/

11 March



Mindful Women

Conference Postponed – apologies!

Contact: Email visioncounselling@gmail.com or call 07983553318 Book NOW. www.oxfordcounsellingcentre.com


Women on the March – A Suffrage Walk around Oxford City Centre

Venue: Meet inside Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate’s. £6 and £3 concessions. Money will go to the Festival | All welcome | Wheelchair access: in the Town Hall, but not on walk. A return of the popular walk which retraces the history of the women suffrage activists in Oxford. A gentle, guided walk of about two hours led by Dr Katherine Bradley, author of the illustrated booklet, ‘Women on the March’.

Booking essential! How to book – see below:

Contact: 01865 724371 and/or k.h.bradley@open.ac.uk

Part of Re-Fashion 12-6pm

Orinoco Flow

Venue: Oxford Town Hall St Aldate’s, entrance: £12 | All welcome | Wheelchair access Orinoco presents a FASHION SHOW with a twist, using recycled materials, conceived by local designers and lay people. The theme is the re-use of material, which is the raison d’être of the Orinoco charity. Contact: Zohra Fatima-Jenkinson 7780371050 email: zohra.jenkinson@gmail.com  OR Lizzie Maisels 07974647172 email: elizabeth.maisels@gmail.com Website: orinocoscrapstore.wordpress.com or phone: 01865  76113

7.30pm for 8pm start

Wild Chocolate Club – The Raw Ecstatic Conscious Clubbing Experience

Venue: Main Hall, east Oxford Community  Centre, 44 Princes Street, OX4 1DD | All welcome | Wheelchair access | £5 reduced rate in honour of OIWF| Drugand Alcohol Free We create a beautiful dance space where YOU can explore the body’s desire to move and connect with others from an authentic place. There is no partner dancing, no steps are taught, and we close our eyes so you really can dance like no-one is watching! • ECSTATIC AWAKENING DANCE • LOVE LOUNGE • SACRED CACAO • No need to book – just drop in!

13 March



Oxford International Women’s Festival Dinner

Venue: Asian Cultural Centre, Manzil Way (offCowley  rd),  OX4   1GH.  £20  for  dinner  and entertainment. £15.00  for over-60s |  All welcome |   Wheelchair access The dinner will be preceded by Indian live music and speeches by notable women, followed by a three-course Indian home-cooked meal, Indian classical dance and sari-wearing demonstrations. The dinner coincides with the Indian Spring Festival of Colours – Holi…so do come & experience some face-painting and Rangoli. Organiser: Chinta Kallie. Booking is essential by Friday 10th March. How to book: contact chintakallie@hotmail.com | www.oxfordhindutemple.org

Special Events

These events fall outside our official dates but we hope will be of interest to festival-goers…

TUESDAY 21st FEBRUARY, 7.15–9pm

Oxford City Amnesty Group / Oxford Against Cutting present:
My Body, My Rights: Women Speaking Up Against FGM
Venue: Oxford Town Hall. FREE | All welcome | Wheelchair access
Oxford Against Cutting (OAC) is a local charity set up by members
of Oxford Amnesty International. Both groups are rooted in human
rights and are taking steps to tackle female genital mutilation/cutting
(FGM/C). OAC tackles FGM/C of girls and women living in Oxfordshire
and their speakers will explain the harm, the law, local action and
what you can do to help end the practice.
Speakers: Kaddy Touray, Survivor and Director, OAC and Kate Agha, Co-founder and
Executive Director, OAC.
Email: women@oxford-amnesty.org.uk
Oxford Against Cutting: www.oxfordagainstcutting.org

TUESDAY 14th – THURSDAY 16th March 2017

The North Wall Arts Centre| South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JN

Bucket List

Tue 14 – Thurs 16 March

When her mother is murdered for protesting governmental corruption, Milagros finds herself with a blood stained list of those responsible and is determined to make them pay.

Set on the Mexico-US border amid turbulent relations, Bucket List follows one Mexican woman’s quest for justice and asks what it takes for ordinary people to create political change.

Conjuring whole worlds with highly physical choreography, live music and song, Theatre Ad Infinitum’s all-female unfold an adrenaline-filled tale of loss and revenge…

Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHeMiyUFMb4

Book tickets: http://www.thenorthwall.com/whats-on/bucket-list/


THURSDAY 16th MARCH, 6–7pm

Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice – Oxford Brookes University present:
Melanie Richards in Conversation
Venue: Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane, OX3 0BP.
FREE | All welcome | Wheelchair access
Vice Chairman and Partner at KPMG, Melanie Richards in conversation with Professor Simonetta
Manfredi of Oxford Brookes University’s Centre for Diversity Policy
Research and Practice, discussing women’s roles in Leadership.
Booking recommended.
How to book:cdprp@brookes.ac.uk or


Venue: Waterstones, Oxford

Not a single country anywhere in the world has achieved gender equality. If gender equality promises benefits not just to women, but to everyone, why aren’t we embracing it? And how can we speed the pace of change?

Join us for a vital talk and Q&A with journalist and author Catherine Mayer, in association with the Women’s Equality Party.

In ATTACK OF THE FIFTY FOOT WOMEN, her insightful, revelatory, often hilarious, and hugely inspiring book, she tackles those questions and many more, sharing inside views and experiences from building a party, and bringing together global research with analyses and interviews based on her own far-flung research.

Book tickets here.