Monday, 8 March 2010

International Women's Day! 100 years

To celebrate 100 years of this important date in the calendar of the labour movement a number of events are being held to remember the struggle those before us have fought and to continue the fight for the complete emancipation of all peoples from the chains of oppression.

Here are two events worth attending:

TUC celebration of International Women's Day 2010

7-10pm, Monday 8 March

TUC Congress Centre, 23-28 Great Russell Street, London WC1

A night of comedy, music, poetry, politics and campaigning.

International Women's Day is held annually on 8 March on which, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women, celebrate achievements and express solidarity with women around the world.

International Women's Day was borne from the struggles that women fought against oppression and for better working conditions and the right to vote in the early 1900s. Read more here.

The TUC celebrates International Women's Day every year, both at TUC Women's Conference and at Congress House. This year the TUC are hosting a huge celebration, with a night of comedy, music, poetry, politics, campaigning and a showcase of the TUC international development work that is empowering women to improve their rights in developing countries.

The TUC Deputy General Secretary Frances O'Grady will open the event with author Bonnie Greer and we are also delighted that Maria Eagle MP and international trade unionist speakers are able to address the event. The evening will compered by the brilliantly funny Lorraine Bowen.

The night will feature the soulful vocals of Zena Edwards plus the hip-hop and spoken word duo Poetic Pilgrimage and comedy from Josie Long described by The Guardian as "a figurehead for a new way of doing things in alternative comedy." We start the night with a superb visual celebration of women worldwide from photographer Jess Hurd. Click here for tickets and more information...

Public meeting: Feminism today

6-9.30pm Wednesday 10 March

Falmer House, Room 126 at the University of Sussex

This is a joint meeting of Brighton and Sussex Socialist Students to celebrate 100 years of International Women's Day. These days it seems International Women's Day has become little more than a glossy promotional event for "women friendly" businesses or at best a vague "celebration" of women's achievements. Yet its roots 100 years ago are in the socialist movement of the early 20th century and it quickly became a focal point for the early struggles of working class women internationally for better working conditions, for the right to vote and against the oppression they faced as women. All welcome. Click here for more infomation...

Working women of the world, unite!