The York International Women’s Week co-ordinating group is delighted to announce that an exciting and wide-ranging programme for York International Women’s Week 2020 is now available. The events are offered by local organisers (individual and groups) and the programme is pulled together by a small group of volunteers. This year’s theme is ‘Respect and Recognition’ for women within these shores and beyond, whatever their cultural or personal background and identity. The core programme runs from 7-15th March with additional events either side of the week itself. More than 30 events will take place around the city, some for women only and some open to all. The majority are free and held in premises that are accessible for disabled women. Any events that charge an entrance fee will donate any profits to women’s organisations.
The programme has something for everyone. It includes plays, poetry, book readings, talks, workshops, yoga, movement classes (hula hula hoop and aerial dance) and the opportunity to taste Fair Trade food made by women. Musical events include the Newcastle-based ‘Ladies of Midnight Blue’ performing with Human Rights Defenders from the University of York and an evening with York’s favourite female duo ‘Union Jill’, and friends. There’s the chance to hear about the history of women in politics and another event to discuss present day attitudes to women in politics. Not surprisingly three events will be looking at women’s activism on environment matters and offering a chance to find out how to get involved. The Minster is once again opening its doors to a day workshop making re-usable feminine hygiene wear and there is a workshop to knit or crochet squares for a ‘blanket of universal security’. There’s a showing of the film ‘Maiden’, the inspirational story of the first all female crew to enter the Whitbread Round World Yacht Race. And the return of the very popular ‘Frock for FROK’ women’s clothes swap which also raises funds for women in northwest Pakistan. Talks and discussions include Oriental Dance, the menopause, what the concept of ‘honour’ means, women’s return to work after childbirth and whether complementary therapies have a role in integrated healthcare. Kyra Women’s Project opens its doors for a day of talks and events too. And there’s much more!
Soon after the week finishes, York Women’s Forum are hosting a Women’s Conference ‘Women Power York: Collective Voices & Action for Equality’. And York’s wonderful all-female Brass Band, Femmes Fortissimo, return for the third year running with a concert not to be missed.
The programme brings people together to celebrate women’s achievements, to witness women’s struggles, and to work towards justice and equality for all, locally and globally. We expect events to be welcoming and inclusive and to share the spirit of respect and recognition which comes with listening to each other even if we don’t share the same views.
Printed programme brochures and flyers are available around the city and can also be accessed from www.yorkwomen.org.uk, Facebook: @yorkwomen; Twitter: YIWW2020 and Instagram: YIWW2020.