Thursday 8 March 2012 marked the 101st year of International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. SFN celebrated it in style with a free day of workshops, stalls, and feminist art, co-hosted by the Swansea Women’s Centre.
An art gallery was set up in the main room, with a wide variety of feminist-themed artwork on display, including photography, collage, drawings, pottery, paintings, handmade crafts, poetry, cartoon strips, and mixed-media art.
Swansea Women’s Centre, SFN, and BAWSO had information stalls set up all day where people could come and find out more about the organisations. SFN also had lots of goodies for sale – alongside our usual zines and pin badges, we were selling handmade cards and knitted wombs and vaginas that our committee members had made by hand!
Wombs and handmade cards for sale
The newly-released Pandora Press #3, alongside back issues of Pandora Press, committee minizines, and pin badges.
We had a number of excellent and informative workshops on throughout the day, including Human Trafficking, Lap Dancing, Domestic Violence, and The Sexualisation of Women and Girls. A vegetarian buffet was laid on for lunch, during which time a poetry reading workshop ran.
Ali Morris hosting a workshop on the topic of Lap Dancing
The day went very well – the workshops were lively and filled with passionate discussions, and gave the attendees a chance to meet many like-minded feminists, view some inspiring artwork, and learn more about the women’s organisations working within Swansea. We hope that International Women’s Day 2013 is even bigger and better than 2012 was!