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.
‘Business as Usual? Women’s Activism Under Lock Down’, an online discussion event, that took place on
Tuesday 30th June 2020, 7-8.30pm on Zoom
Our speakers shared their challenges and opportunities for women’s activism over the last 3 months, with great audience participation
Our Panel of Speakers
Caroline is a retired trade union organiser. She now appreciates time to be more involved in her local community, both through a job in the local community centre and through local activism such as covid mutual aid. Caroline is also active in the Labour Party and international solidarity work
Zahra Haji Fath Ali Tehrani
Zahra is a musician, composer, and performer who has been creating music for over 15 years. She is the director of the Young Women’s Music Project (YWMP), which provides an inclusive, supportive space for young women to get together to make music, learn new skills, express themselves, and grow in confidence. They are based in Oxford, with a focus on working with young women aged 14-21 years old and community work.
Dot is Project Coordinator for Oxford Against Cutting, working to raise awareness of practices that are harmful to women and girls through education and conversation. Dot is also a mentor with Refugee Resource and a trustee for The Young Women’s Music Project
Jabu is a trade union activist and socialist, and the chair of Oxford City Living Wage Campaign (OCLWC), which has been campaigning for a real living wage in Oxford. She is also involved in the Mothers 4 Justice Ubuntu campaign, which is committed to eradicating the injustice of institutional racism faced by young Black people in the justice system.
‘Just wanted to say thank you everybody for sharing, feel humbled by your passion and commitment and inspired to contribute in ways that I can’
‘thank you for a really inspiring evening and to the collective for organising!’
‘please keep the conversation going!’
Video link to the 30th June event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nkS_3P-_hw
Saturday 29th February 10.30 – 6pm
The day will be packed full of conversations, panel discussions and reflections.
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”.
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.
Tuesday 3rd March to Saturday 14th March
Exhibition featuring unsung heroes, including women of the Windrush generation.
Tuesday 3rd March 7 – 9pm
Presentation and discussion on the effects of trade, partnership and collaboration on women working in cocoa.
Thursday 5th March 12 – 5pm
Stories, cultural performances, demonstrations of craft skills and sales of hand-made items.
Friday 6th March 7 – 9pm
Join us for an evening of dance, poetry, humour, drama and conversation.
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.
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.
Saturday 7th March 7 – 10pm
Join us for this fundraising gig and celebration of women, music and community – with Slow Wednesdays Ukulele band.
Sunday 8th March 10 – 6pm
A day of FREE therapies, workshops, yoga and dance.
Sunday 8th March 4 – 6pm
This photography exhibition presents MASAYA, a community project to empower women survivors of sexual violence.
Sunday 8th March 6 – 10pm
Walk aimed to reclaim spaces women may avoid for fear of violence, sexual harassment or rape.
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.
Tuesday 10th March 11 – 3pm
Come and connect with amazing Refugee Women and listen to stories of life in their home country.
Tuesday 10th March 7.30 – 9pm
Songs and chants to honour Mother Earth and enfold you in love.
Thursday 12th March 5.30pm
Prof Higgins describes how neutron scattering experiments makes it possible to “see” what the molecules are doing.
Thursday 12th March 7.30 – 9.30pm
An evening of empowering films by and about women,
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.
Friday 13th March 6.00 for 6.30 – 9pm
Live music, speeches and dance, followed by a 3-course Indian home-cooked meal.
Friday 13th March 7.30 – 9:30pm
Some 4 million get less than £10 an hour. Time to get unionised!
Saturday 14th March 6 – 11pm
Film, discussion, and celebratory dinner.
Saturday 14th March 10 – 5pm
Enjoy a special & empowering day with like-minded women.
Saturday 14th March 12.30 – 4.30pm
A chance to see how traditional Pakistani clothing are made.
Saturday 14th March 1.30 – 4.30pm
Come and enjoy a creative afternoon of exploring resilience through arts and crafts.
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.
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.