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05 March 2013

Women's History Month 2013: what's on in Hackney

PERFORMANCES, walks, screenings and exhibitions are taking place across Hackney to celebrate Women’s History Month this year.

Throughout March, myriad events spanning cultures will examine issues confronting women and celebrate achievements, with many themed around education and equality.

Highlights:

Feminist (or is it?) Stokey Walk

8 March
Simon Cole and Hackney Tours celebrate feminism’s leading lights with a walk through the borough. Starting with equal rights activist and writer Mary Wollstonecraft, who is often credited with giving birth to modern feminism, follow in the footsteps of Hackney women who've helped reshape the world. Half the proceeds will go towards funding a statue of Wollstonecraft at Newington Green’s Unitarian Church, a place that was the catalyst for the 18th century thinker's political awakening. Pay what you can.

International Women’s Day: Ladies Night

8 March
To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March, Hackney online station Reel Rebels Radio will ask a cross section of women to discuss the fairer sex's contribution to the music industry.

SAWCC presents

15 March
A London network of creative women with an interest in South Asia, SAWCC, will put on a multi-disciplinary live music and visual arts show at Rich Mix. In the theatre space, stage drama All Our Daughters raises issues surrounding forced marriages and 'honour' violence, using testimonies of real women. Additionally, a retrospective exhibition – The Rebel Within - by Sanchita Islam looks back at the artist’s work that focuses on marginalised groups including sufferers of domestic violence. £5-7.

WOW Film Festival

28 March
Some of the best contemporary short films shot by women from around the world will be screened at Amnesty International’s headquarters in Shoreditch. A programme of live world music during the intervals will be presented by cross-continent ensemble ShivaNova. £11-14.

Karin Janssen Project Space

Until 28 March
From her open studio in Well Street, Karin Janssen shows drawings displaying the conquests and downfalls of everyday life. Femininity can be clumsy and disturbing, according to the artist, and her work casts light on the difficult relationship between female beauty and reality. Free.

Alix Edwards at The Salvation Army

Until 31 March
East London photographer Alix Edwards displays pictures of plants thriving in hostile, arid environments to celebrate how women can create beauty and meaning in the most difficult of circumstances. Takes place in Clapton’s Salvation Army office, where there will also be a floral imagery art class between 12-2.30pm on Fridays. Free. 

Mary Wollstonecraft is credited for being one of the founding feminist philosophers

Mary Wollstonecraft is credited for being one of the founding feminist philosophers

Mary Wollstonecraft is credited for being one of the founding feminist philosophers

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