The arts and heritage sectors see women in leadership roles throughout regional organisations, however, at national level, this continues to be a challenge. Across the country, considerable work is focused on achieving meaningful engagement with audiences and ensuring the impact on the significant issues for society today. However, a continuing and pressing challenge is around the diversity of those audiences and those working in these sectors. Drawing from her work as an actor, director, visiting lecturer and arts professional, Yasmin Sidhwa has developed Mandala Theatre Company to present a diverse programme of work that uses the power of theatre to change lives, build community, and foster social justice. Karen Perkins uses her broad portfolio of experience in arts, culture and heritage to develop new initiatives and programmes through Luton Culture which aim to engage the plural communities of Luton, building civic pride and fostering cohesion. Please book your free ticket on the website. Buy Tickets
Run By: Oxford Brookes University
The life and career of the hailed Hollywood movie star and underappreciated genius inventor, Hedy Lamarr. Hedy Lamarr was a Hollywood movie star who was hailed as the most beautiful and glamorous in the world. However, that was only the surface that tragically obscured her astounding true talents. Foremost of them was her inventive genius that a world blinded by her beauty could not recognize as far back as her youth in Austria with her homemade gadgets. This film explores Lamarr’s life which included escaping a loveless marriage on the eve of Nazi Germany’s conquest of her nation to a new career in Hollywood. Please book your free ticket on the facebook event.
Run By: Oxford Brookes University Documentary Club
Description: The Oxford International Women’s Festival exists to celebrate women’s achievements and solidarity and to highlight local, national and international issues. It is organised by local women to reflect a wide range of backgrounds and experiences – and has played a significant part in the community for over a quarter of a century. This event will be the 30th anniversary of the annual celebration, with speakers. The theme, ‘We Will Survive and Thrive’ will be explored through conversations and reflections on the impact that the arts, sciences and politics have had and continue to have on women’s lives over the last 30 years. Please book your £5 ticket at ticketsource.co.uk
Run By: Oxford International Women’s Festival
Join us and Oxford University Student Union’s VP Women, Katt Walton for an informal talk and discussion about sex work and the fight for decriminalisation.
Sex workers are some of the most marginalised and vulnerable members of society, and much of the legislation in place surrounding sex work puts workers in further danger. Many activists believe that sex workers will be safer and better able to assert their human and labour rights if laws and regulations related to selling, buying or organising sex work are removed. This includes current laws that criminalise soliciting, renting premises for the purpose of sex work, and working together with other sex workers.
Whether you know a lot about the issue, or know nothing at all, we’re really excited to have a discussion about the subject and find out more about decriminalisation and supporting sex workers. If you’re interested, you can find out more about sex work activism in advance by checking out https://www.swarmcollective.org/
Free hot drinks and biscuits (including vegan and gf options) will be provided! This event is free to attend and open to everyone.
Run By: Kathryn Walton (VP Women OUSU)
Join us for an afternoon of biscuit decorating and chats! We’ll be supplying vegan biscuits, icing and decorating stuff, along with great self-love quotes about image to stick on our biscuits. Whilst we decorate, we’ll talk about body positivity, what the movement means and the politics surrounding it. This event is free to attend, open to everyone and will be facilitated by the Oxford Brookes Feminist Society and Josie (VP Societies) from the SU.
The issue has been very topical in the last few years as resistance to western and unrealistic/unhealthy body/beauty standards is growing. Body positivity, specifically, was a movement by the fat community for the fat community, in an effort to challenge the fatphobia they’ve faced and highlight discrimination. It’s important to make that distinction when talking about these issues, as we can all learn to celebrate and love the things about our bodies we may not have in the past - but body positivity comes from the fat community. We also need to acknowledge that people with other marginalised identities are further affected by fatphobia, which is something we’ll discuss at the event. Self-love and challenging toxic beauty standards is for everyone, so join us to learn more about the movement! In the meantime, you can find out more about body positivity at http://www.bodyposipanda.com/
Run By: Oxford Brookes FemSoc
Join us for snacks, drinks and a safe space to discuss the difficulties facing queer and LGBTQ+ women today. We’ll be talking about coming out, wellbeing, safety, equality, employability and more. This event is free and open to anyone who identifies as a queer/LGBTQ+ woman and/or includes woman in their identity. This event will be facilitated by Celine Bagtas, your SU LGBT+ Officer.
We’ll have prosecco, non-alcoholic drinks, cupcakes and more!
Run By: Brookes Union LGBTQ+ Officer Celine Bagtas
On Friday, the SU Women’s Officer, Becca, will be putting on a drop-in workshop about health issues, specifically to do with breast cancer, sexual health, menstruation and healthy relationships. We’ll have various information leaflets, alternative menstrual products (like organic tampons and menstrual cups) and more. We’ll be telling students how to sign up for the c-card scheme to access free condoms anywhere in the area and letting you know about accessing sexual and menstrual health resources. There will be snacks too!
Run By: Becca Harrington, Brookes Union Women’s Officer