International Women’s Day at M Shed: Saturday 4th March

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On Saturday 4th March Bristol Women’s Voice is holding a day of celebration at M Shed for International Women’s Day.

The free event will run from 11am – 5pm and will give women from all communities and backgrounds the opportunity to come together and appreciate each other.

The theme of the event is ‘Take Up Space’ and will focus on how women are under-represented in many areas of life, for example, in science and technology industries, the media, politics and as CEOs in private companies.

The event will aim to challenge this underrepresentation and bring women’s voices to the forefront and show the value women have in Bristol.

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There are some fantastic activities planned, plus a free crèche for babies and children so mums can relax and enjoy the event.

Activities include an interactive drama workshop exploring the different ways we communicate with each other held by popular black women’s playback theatre group, Breathing Fire.

What The Frock! Comedy will also be holding a workshop about encouraging public speaking, guaranteed to make you laugh and the Bristol Amateur Operatic Society will perform songs from their new musical ‘Made in Dagenham’.

There will also be a one hour hot yoga class, a self-defence class and a debate panel led by Dr Jane Wright of Bristol University which will provide an interesting conversation about global feminism.

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Rissa Mohabir, a producer and writer, will be raising awareness of trauma through traditional storytelling. ‘A Life Journey – The Impact of War on Women’ shows evocative and vivid accounts of what happens to Somali women as mothers, collaborates with their Disabled Refugee Women’s group to spend time focussing on the experience of disabled refugee women, and addresses a current issue of isolation and discrimination.

The event will close with drummers from Refugee Women of Bristol reminding all of the power of healing stories through song. This is a ticketed event and although it has already sold out, there may be some availability on the day.

As well as a free crèche, there will also free transport to collect and take home groups of women from across the city.

To book free transport or for further information, email info@bristolwomensvoice.org.uk or call 0117 916 6555.

You can find M Shed on Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol BS1 4RN.

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