Oxford International Women’s Festival


27 February—14 March 2021

Join us for two weeks of events around Oxford celebrating women’s strengths, successes & solidarity.


Join OIWF for an online discussion on the future of work for women, exploring challenges and opportunities on a global scale, with:

Saranel Benjamin; Director of Women’s Rights and Gender Justice at Oxfam

Elizabeth Cameron; Trade Union Activist, Feminist and Anti-Racist Campaigner

Alice Streatfeild; Employee Experience Director and Consultant

Facilitated by Tracy Walsh; OIWF

Link TO THE EVENT: click here to see

Tuesday 6th October, 2020

‘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 Raine

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 Pritchard

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 Nala-Hartley

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

Clothed in our  right minds

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.

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Reclaim the Night

Reclaim the Night

Sunday 8th March 6 – 10pm

Walk aimed to reclaim spaces women may avoid for fear of violence, sexual harassment or rape.

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Amazon Sisters

Amazon Sisters

Monday 9th March 6.30 – 9pm

Film and Q&A with the director Anne-Marie Sweeney and Maria Betania.

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Stepping Into My Power

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.

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OIWF Festival Dinner

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.

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