Pick of the Week: Women Making A Difference


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Find out what’s on Rife Guide this week, including Women Making A Difference, day of talks and activities to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Who run the world? Girls. Who run the world? Girls.

Let’s face it, it’s not always easy being a woman.

Today is the day. It is International Women’s Day. And let’s face it, it’s not always easy being a woman. From pretty annoying stuff like lack of loo roll and lipstick on your teeth to more serious cat calling, double standards and being paid less than men. It can be tough.

But today we want to celebrate all things female. We want to celebrate the many achievements women have made- that is socially, economically, culturally and politically.  But it’s also important to remember that in many places around the world, urgent action needs to be taken so that the inequality women face is eradicated.

Today we want to celebrate all things female.

The theme of Bristol Women’s Voice event is ‘Women Making A Difference’. Women (and men) will come together to celebrate the many ways women make a difference in our lives here in Bristol, as well as the difference they make in our communities and across the globe.

There is a such a huge range of fantastic talks, panels and workshops on the day that there’s no doubt you will find something that you’re interested in. In fact, you’ll be spoilt for choice.  The programme of events is spread across two different event spaces, both within the M Shed.

You can look forward to Breathing Fire, Bristol’s black women’s playback theatre group will be running an interactive drama workshop exploring the different ways we communicate with each other. Change World will be providing women with the opportunity to learn traditional African drumming and to find out about Maasai cultures, while Refugee Women of Bristol will be teaching women traditional dances from cultures around the world.

Learn about the importance of education in rural Tanzania, find out how to spark ideas that change the world and talk about women’s mental health. Follow all of this with a song writing and mix session from Bristol Women in Music and Saffron Records, where women of all ages and abilities can support one another and perform with each other. You can check out the full programme here.

The event is totally free, you can just drop-in at any point. It will be at M Shed on Saturday March 12 from 11am to 5pm. There is an option for women to be picked up and taken home but you will need to book this. Just email info@bristolwomensvoice.org.uk or call 0117 916 6555.

We want to know if you are celebrating International Women’s Day this year. If so, how? Give us a shout on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

More events this week:

Give basketball a go at this girls only group

Get fit with Urban Fit, a female only lifestyle and fitness class

Talk openly about anything and everything at Girls Group, a female-only safe space

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