International Women’s Day 2011 in Scotland
A rundown of various events taking place all over Scotland
Tuesday 8 March marks the 100th annual International Women’s Day, and the celebrations are spilling out throughout the month. In Glasgow, as has already been noted on these pages, by far the biggest celebration we’ve heard of is Loop at Tramway (Tue 8 Mar, 10am–11am, free), with the crème de la crème of Scottish artists, writers, musicians and performers taking part in over 100 activities, discussions and performances (names like Janice Galloway, Daniela Nardini, Cora Bissett and SDT are being bandied about). Glasgow Women’s Library, predictably, are going all out, running a Big Women’s Quiz of the Century (with a pleasing BYOB twist) at the CCA (Thu 10 Mar, 7–10pm, £6/£3), as well as a lecture on the Dalit Women of India (Wed 9 Mar, 6pm, free) and the relaunch of their Women Make History workshops (Thu 3 Mar, 6.30pm, contact 0141 248 9969 for full info on all GWL events.) OxFem (see what they did there?) are putting on a great big Friday night bash to round off the week, with comedy, dance, fire-breathing(!) and burlesque (St Aloysius College, Fri 11 Mar, 7pm, £10).
Over in Edinburgh, they’re as ever less demonstrative, but what we have managed to find is a corker: the University of Edinburgh International Women’s Day Lecture is on ‘Women and Human Rights’, and the speaker is Irene Khan, former Secretary General of Amnesty International (Assembly Hall, New College, Tue 8 Mar 6pm, free).
However, nobody tops the ladies of Dundee this month: not just a day but an entire festival of workshops, talks, performances, fashion shows, readings, music and comedy. The Dundee Women’s Festival runs in various venues across Juteopolis until Sunday 13 March.