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International Women’s Day in Swindon: Friday 8 March

27th February 2013 by Juliet Platt

international womens dayA day dedicated to the courage, resourcefulness, enterprise, creativity and wisdom of women past and present, both in Swindon and further afield, takes place at Central Library on Friday 8 March, 10.30am to 9pm.

The International Women’s Day event is being coordinated by historian, writer and campaigner for women’s education and empowerment Rosa Matheson from Highworth, below. She said: “We want to create a celebration which links Swindon women with women around the world.

“By show-casing the art and creativity of women in Swindon today, remembering those women who have gone before us in taking a stand for our rights, and acknowledging the great relationships we have built up with women from different international communities, we will have a truly wonderful day.”

Exhibitions and Displays

Throughout the day there will be exhibitions and displays of portrait sketching, poetry, women’s heritage, story-telling, singing, and dance.

Women are invited to bring poems, journals and other writing, and also ideas and reflections on what it means to be a woman in Swindon and the world in 2013.

At 10.30am artistic journaling specialist Bea Menier will lead a taster workshop entitled Journal my Day. At 2pm local writer and author Juliet Platt will lead a reflective journaling workshop based on her recent book.

rosa matheson 100 women bookPen & Paper from Old Town will be present all day selling journals and pens in support of Bea’s and Juliet’s workshops.

Artsite Gallery will launch a project called 100 Women’s Portraits at 4.30pm  in the library.

Rosa, left, is responsible for the 100 Women Book Project to give Nepali women a means of supporting themselves. From 7.15pm to 9pm on 8 March she will be giving a talk entitled ‘Swindon’s link to Nepal’, describing how international women’s projects are being made possible. The evening will close with a display of Nepali dancing.

For the full programme contact Rosa Matheson on 01793 764979.

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