Oxford International Women’s Festival
Threads of Liberation
29 February—14 March 2020
Join us for two weeks of events around Oxford celebrating women’s strengths, successes & solidarity.
Women’s Liberation 50th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday 29th February 10.30 – 6pm
The day will be packed full of conversations, panel discussions and reflections.
The reality for women asylum seekers detained in the UK
Saturday 29th February 2 – 4pm
Dr Juliet Cohen, Head of Doctors at Freedom From Torture will speak about “Quality Standards of Healthcare for Survivors of Torture in Detention”.
50 Years of Women’s Liberation: Exhibition and Special Meeting of FLA
Sunday 1st March 11:30am –5:30pm
Exhibition of women’s liberation material, special meeting of the Feminist Libraries & Archive Network (FLA) and Film Screening.
Phenomenal Women: Afrikan Amazon Women
Tuesday 3rd March to Saturday 14th March
Exhibition featuring unsung heroes, including women of the Windrush generation.
Cocoa – pulling on the threads of liberation
Tuesday 3rd March 7 – 9pm
Presentation and discussion on the effects of trade, partnership and collaboration on women working in cocoa.
Celebrating the 21st Birthday for BK.LUWO
Thursday 5th March 12 – 5pm
Stories, cultural performances, demonstrations of craft skills and sales of hand-made items.
OIWF presents: Threads of Liberation
Friday 6th March 7 – 9pm
Join us for an evening of dance, poetry, humour, drama and conversation.
Clothed in our right minds
Saturday 7th March 2 – 4pm
An interactive discussion on the links between the development of feminism and changes in women’s dress from the late 19th century to the present.
Freedom from FGM – Advocacy through Hand-Lettering
Saturday 7th March 10 – 12pm
Learn about female genital mutilation (FGM), how we can unite communities against the practice and use words and art to raise awareness.
International Women’s Day Ukulele Shindig with the Slow Wednesdays
Saturday 7th March 7 – 10pm
Join us for this fundraising gig and celebration of women, music and community – with Slow Wednesdays Ukulele band.
International Women’s Day Workshops and Therapies
Sunday 8th March 10 – 6pm
A day of FREE therapies, workshops, yoga and dance.
MASAYA: The power of the female collective
Sunday 8th March 4 – 6pm
This photography exhibition presents MASAYA, a community project to empower women survivors of sexual violence.
Reclaim the Night
Sunday 8th March 6 – 10pm
Walk aimed to reclaim spaces women may avoid for fear of violence, sexual harassment or rape.
Feminista Film Festival Shorts
Sunday 8th March 6:15pm
A series of short films telling the most inspiring stories about women and girls from around the world.
Monday 9th March 6.30 – 9pm
Film and Q&A with the director Anne-Marie Sweeney and Maria Betania.
‘Connecting’ with our Refugee women
Tuesday 10th March 11 – 3pm
Come and connect with amazing Refugee Women and listen to stories of life in their home country.
Singing the Divine Mother
Tuesday 10th March 7.30 – 9pm
Songs and chants to honour Mother Earth and enfold you in love.
Dorothy Hodgkin Memorial Lecture
Thursday 12th March 5.30pm
Prof Higgins describes how neutron scattering experiments makes it possible to “see” what the molecules are doing.
Women’s Film Night at Open Screen
Thursday 12th March 7.30 – 9.30pm
An evening of empowering films by and about women,
Stepping Into My Power
Friday 13th March 10 – 4pm
If you want to step into your feminine power more and can’t quite see what is in the way, this workshop is perfect for you.
OIWF Festival Dinner
Friday 13th March 6.00 for 6.30 – 9pm
Live music, speeches and dance, followed by a 3-course Indian home-cooked meal.
Union Women Fighting Low Pay and Job Insecurity
Friday 13th March 7.30 – 9:30pm
Some 4 million get less than £10 an hour. Time to get unionised!
PHENOMENAL WOMEN: Caribbean dinner, film and discussion
Saturday 14th March 6 – 11pm
Film, discussion, and celebratory dinner.
FREE TO BE ME – Soulful Woman Retreat Days
Saturday 14th March 10 – 5pm
Enjoy a special & empowering day with like-minded women.
Exploring ideas around clothing and textiles
Saturday 14th March 12.30 – 4.30pm
A chance to see how traditional Pakistani clothing are made.
‘Weaving a New Story’ – Exploring Liberation and Resilience
Saturday 14th March 1.30 – 4.30pm
Come and enjoy a creative afternoon of exploring resilience through arts and crafts.
18th Oxford Human Rights Festival: Exploring Resilience
Saturday 14th March-3rd April
The 18th Oxford Human Rights Festival explores resilience. Raising awareness of Human Rights through films, performances, talks, workshops and exhibitions.
Amnesty’s work on Women’s Rights
Tuesday 17th March 7.45 – 9pm
Oxford Amnesty warmly invite you to join us for a presentation about the rights of women and girls, focusing on the Middle East.