International Women's Week

International Women's Week

Mon 04 Mar 2019 09:00 - Fri 08 Mar 2019 16:30

Across campuses

Celebrate International Women's Week!

This International Women’s Week join us as we celebrate women/non-binary creative expression through our theme for the week which is body positivity, self love and embracing the self. Learn the Her-Stories of the relationship between women and art in Women's Talk Creative Workshop. Find out how we can break menstruation taboo’s and empower women to make ethical and sustainable menstruation choices at our No More Taboo Period Party in The Students' Union , Upper Engagement Space, Frenchay Campus, 12:30 - 14:30 on Wednesday 6 March.

Finally, we will be fundraising for Shameless which is a group run by Off The Record for anyone aged 11-18 who feel impacted by issues around body image and low self esteem.


Tuesday 5 March

Creative Workshop with Women's Talk

12:00 - 14:00, The Students' Union at Frenchay

There has been no secret that the female form has inspired a lot of the greatest pieces of art. We are inviting you to not only create works of art that use texture, imagery and colour to explore femininity, but also deconstruct our perceptions on what it means to be a woman.

Swing Dancing Screening

18:00 - 21:00, 3C001, Frenchay

Swing dancing is an increasingly popular dance born in the U.S. in the 30’s and 40’s and danced to swing music. A part from being a lot of fun, the swing dance revival has been based on the strong community values of acceptance, respect and equality among dancers.

Caterina Gentili is a PhD student from the Centre for Appearance Research at UWE, where she conducts research in the field of body image. However, Caterina dedicates the rest of her time to training and teaching swing dancing. Throughout the years spent doing research in body image and swing dancing on the side, Caterina began to ask herself whether starting this fun, goofy, vintage dance might have helped her to become more grateful and appreciative of her own body.

Wednesday 6 March

Lunchtime Love Letters

12:00 - 14:00, The Students' Union at Frenchay, Glenside and Bower Ashton

Join us at The Students' Union at Bower Ashton, Glenside and Frenchay in writing letters celebrating YOURSELF (and any kick ass woman around you)!

Period Party with No More Taboo

12:30 - 14:30, The Students' Union at Frenchay

Want to find out more about sustainable menstrual products like menstrual cups and washable pads? Help us break down the taboos surrounding menstruation with a series of activities and the opportunity to ask all those questions you’ve been too scared to ask before! You can also find out about how the wonderful No More Taboo are tackling period poverty in Bristol.

The Body Posi Panel

18:00 - 20:00, The Students' Union at Frenchay

Join us for an evening of body positivity and self love with our star studded panel with Chanel Ambrose, Emma Hill and Maya Spencer-Berkeley.
Our guests will be sharing their journey of how they found self love and how they began to embrace their bodies to now become the social media influencers we know and love today.

Tickets are £3 for students and £5 for non students - THIS IS NOT ONE TO MISS! Buy your tickets here.

Thursday 7 March

Banner and Place Card Workshop

12:00 - 14:00, The Students' Union at Bower Ashton with FemSoc

It's International women's week at UWE and what better way to celebrate than putting your favourite feminist slogans on banners and placards ???
As some of you may know, there is a march through Bristol on the 8th of March (link below) so whatever you decide to make, bring it along the next day.
Catch us in the SU at Bower Ashton, everything will be supplied.


Toxic Gender Roles

18:00 - 21:00, 4Q56, Frenchay

Patriarchal society puts in place gender norms that are restrictive and dogmatic. Feminist have proposed the equality of the sexes, politically, socially and economically. As we have move forward in society and have attained political and economic freedom (though this can be argued). We are left socially vulnerable, as unlearning confined ways of performing gender can be difficult when we have not been shown an alternative. There needs to be a balance between the chaos of we are all the same and there is no one way of being, and the rigidity of claiming that there is only one way to be a man or a woman. We need to recognise differences instead of disregarding their existence in order to appear equal. Throughout feminist history we find that women have attempted to define new ways of being however the 'assertive female' they propose is usually based on patriarchal definitions of masculinity. In exploring the toxic nature of femininity and masculinity in patriarchal societies will we be able to find healthier ways of being. We cannot survive as individuals alone, there needs to be a community.

Dumplin' Film Screening

18:00 - 20:30, The Students' Union at Glenside

Join us in the Glenside SU Bar for a movie night on the theme of body positivity and empowerment for International Women's Week.
Free popcorn
Dumplin': The plus-size, teenage daughter of a former beauty queen signs up for her mum's pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow in her footsteps, revolutionising the pageant and their small Texas town.

Friday 8 March

International Women's Day Brunch

10:30 - 12:30, The Students' Union at Frenchay

Come and join us on International Women's Day for brunch and craft morning spectacular with GRLPWR tunes, feminist colouring and MORE!

Free for all self-defining women!

Vulva Cake Decorating

14:30 - 16:30, The Students' Union at Frenchay

Join us for an afternoon of Vulva positivity & creativity- we're breaking down taboos by decorating cupcakes with vulvas , drinking tea & chilling with some great inspirational poetry books to have a gander at. All materials provided! Everyone welcome.

This event is FREE - we will also be fundraising for Shameless.



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