International Women's Day 2012 events

Round-up of talks, exhibitions and events surrounding Thursday 8 March

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International Women's Day 2012 events

Goddess at Scottish Storytelling Centre

In Glasgow, Scottish Women’s Aid will be running an all-day seminar to discuss perceptions of domestic abuse (Thu 8 Mar, Wolfson Medical Building, University of Glasgow, 9.30am). Talk of the Steamie, a new series of talks at the People’s Palace, are running a special International Women’s Day event (Thu 8 Mar, 2pm) detailing the women featured in Glasgow Museums’ suffrage collections. Glasgow Women’s Library will be celebrating the release of a new book, She Settles in the Shields (Thu 8 Mar, Glasgow Women’s Library, 12.30pm), focusing on women who have travelled to Pollokshields from all over the globe. The Women’s Library are also launching their Mapping Monuments to Women campaign (Sat 10 Mar, nationwide, all day), encouraging people to find statues and memorials near them which commemorate the achievements of women to be included on the Women of Scotland website.

In Edinburgh, The Saltire Foundation and Edinburgh Uni Business School will host a networking workshop, teaching young entrepreneurs how to use resources and compete in male-dominated environments (Thu 8 Mar, University of Edinburgh Business School, 7pm). Elsewhere in the university, there will be a lecture with author Philippa Gregory, chaired by Scotsman theatre critic Joyce McMillan (Thu 8 Mar, Paterson’s Land, 6pm). The Scottish Storytelling Centre is collaborating with Strange Theatre to present Goddess (Thu 8–Sat 10 Mar, The Scottish Storytelling Centre, times vary), an exhibition by female artists questioning the derogatory images often presented of women. Engender’s national conference Women in Scotland 2012: The Big Picture (Thu 8 Mar, Royal Botanic Gardens, 10am) will be opened by Jean Urquhart MSP and chaired by journalist Lesley Riddoch, with discussions covering everything from welfare reforms and the criminal justice system to women in politics, trafficking and prostitution. The Scottish Women’s Convention (Sat 10 Mar, Scottish Parliament, 12.30pm) will also meet to compile a report on issues affecting women in order to respond to Government consultation papers.

Various venues, nationwide, Thu 8 Mar.

She Settles in the Shields Book Launch

An event organised by the Glasgow Women's Library to mark the publication of a new collection of stories gathered from women who came to Scotland as immigrants. Booking is essential.


A new piece of drama created by Strange Theatre for International Women's Day, set between two worlds: an ancient Scotland of matrilineal dynasties and goddesses, and a modern-day urban Scotland where women are still negotiating complex paths through power and identity. Suitable for ages 14+.

Elsewhere on the web


1. CoR5 Mar 2012, 2:03pm Report

The Coalition of Resistance, Glasgow have organised a demonstration - Rise Against the Cuts - on Saturday 10th March. Assemble at Shuttle St at 2pm. Please see the facebook page for details.

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