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Mar 222011

Friday, 1st April 2011, 7.30pm. Old St. Paul’s Church, Edinburgh. Entry £6-10 sliding scale depending upon what you can afford.

Come along and join us for a delicious 3 course organic vegan meal, live music and entertainments through the night, provided by the Coal Action Scotland collective. The event is to help raise funds and spread awareness about the massive expansion of the coal industry in Scotland. Bring your friends, your colleagues, your family… and their families! All are welcome.

We try to make all our events as accessible to everybody as possible and as such we are happy to cater for any dietary or accessibility requirements that you or your friends may have. We just ask that you let us know in advance so we can prepare for these properly.

Contact us at:

Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Forest Cafe, reserved by emailing the address above or bought on the night. However, due to demand at previous banquets we recommend buying/reserving tickets in advance to ensure you get a seat (especially if you may be late).

Finally, if you dig such things; there is also a facebook group that you can join –

Hope to see you there!

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Mar 222011

Public services are under attack. Nurseries and libraries are closing. Jobs are being lost.

Women will be hit the hardest with recent reports estimating that women will suffer 72% of the tax and benefit cuts.

We don’t need any cuts. The annual deficit is £70 billion but £120bn in tax goes uncollected, avoided or evaded by the rich. Cuts will only make unemployment worse and reduce tax revenues.

Women bear the brunt of cuts. Especially lone mothers and lone pensioners. Over two thirds of the £8.5bn cuts in the June budget came from women.

Cuts in social services and benefits hit women hardest. Women and children rely heavily on local services and on child benefit, tax credits, housing benefit and maternity pay.

Cutting public sector jobs means axing women’s jobs. We are two thirds of the public sector workforce, often part time. Job cuts will increase the deficit, damage the economy and increase social inequality.

Women’s progress towards equality is under attack. This government’s “Big Society” means more unpaid caring and community work for women who will be expected to fill the gaps.

For more information:

For Resources:

Feminist Fightback have created some great resources on the cuts, including a powerpoint presentation complete with discussion points and handout for running your own workshop on why the cuts are a feminist issue.

Contact feminist fightback or us if you would like to use these resources.

For action:

Join the Women’s Bloc

National Demo Against the Cuts

Saturday 26 March, London

Meet at Royal Courts of Justice 10am

Strand east of Aldwych, moving off 10:30am

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Mar 222011


An evening of chuckles galore and quite frankly, unrestrained and unladylike laughter with top women comedians including Sian Bevan, Kim MacAskill, Liz Ely, Jay Lafferty and Susan Morrison, in the beautifully kitsch, cosy and comfy surroundings of the salubrious ECFC cocktail lounge bar – with cushions!

All welcome!

Venue: Edinburgh City Football Club

7 Baxters Place, Edinburgh (near The Edinburgh Playhouse)

Start Time : 7.30pm

Entry Fee: £5/4 (tickets on the door)

 Posted by at 5:42 pm
Mar 222011

Jesse Jones | Against the Realm of the Absolute

Collective and Jesse Jones would like to invite you to take part in Against the Realm of the Absolute.

Against the Realm of the Absolute is a new film project by Dublin based artist Jesse Jones, commissioned by Collective. Jones’ new project seeks to investigate the multiple narratives of feminism as a socially transformative movement and attempts to re-imagine the legacies of feminism and protest. The film will be set in a dystopic landscape in the distant future and aims to explore the struggle to embody political gesture through protest.

The project will develop through a series of workshops and conclude with the production of a new film work with participants. The workshops, which focus on feminist cinema, will be held at Edinburgh’s Film Guild Cinema at Filmhouse throughout March and will centre around the screening and discussion of iconic feminist films.

The production of the new film will take place in April and the finished work will be presented at Collective in June 2011.

Workshops with film screenings are as follows:

Born in Flames | 1983 | Lizzie Borden

Tuesday 22 March 6.30-8.30pm

Maeve | 1981 | Pat Murphy and John Davies – 16mm screening

Saturday 26 March 5.30-8.30pm

Privilege | 1990 | Yvonne Rainer

Tuesday 29 March 6.30 -8.30pm

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles | 1975 | Chantal Akerman

Saturday 2 April 5.30-8.30pm

The Other Side of the Underneath | 1972 | Jane Arden

Tuesday 5 April 6.30-8.30pm

Meshes of the Afternoon | 1943 | Maya Deren

Saturday 9 April 5.30-8.30pm

*A soup supper will be provided*

To sign up for the workshops or for more information please contact Geraldine on or visit Collective’s website on

 Posted by at 5:36 pm
Mar 142011

Today, the occasion is 100 years old. Yet, women around the world still face a phalanx of abuses ranging from wage inequality to femicide. The most urgent cases are those of women in war zones; seventy-five percent of people killed in war are women and children, and places like the Democratic Republic of Congo where tens of thousands of females have been terrorized by the widespread application of rape as a weapon, are downright horrific.

To help women living in the most blighted and war-torn countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, and Sudan, Women for Women International have started the “Join Women on the Bridge” campaign, which will bring women from Rwanda and Congo together in peace on a bridge between their countries to demand an end to war and to demonstrate that women can build the bridges to peace and development.

In Guatemala, women also have it rough; more than 4,000 women and girls have been raped and murdered in the past decade. In response, Guatemalan-based Women Worker’s Committee, a sister organization of the international women’s human rights group Madre has organized neighborhood watch groups. Flashlights and whistles — inexpensive asks — are essential for this project.

In Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, although no accurate statistics are available, almost 500 women have been said to have been tortured, raped, murdered, and dumped onto the streets since 1993. Groups of women have been demanding justice, yet despite international support, the majority of the cases are still “unresolved.” The “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” project, part of the civil organization Las Hormigas, is trying to raise awareness about gender violence and discrimination by supporting a female cooperative that promotes women’s rights while providing a safe space serving hot food.

The plight of women in Afghanistan has been well documented, as has the role of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) in fighting for gender rights since 1977. Yet the group still faces many obstacles, compounded by a lack of international support. Despite a struggle with finances, RAWA is helping female Afghan refugees in Pakistan by running schools, mobile health teams, and handicrafts workshops among other things.

And though conditions are infinitely better for women in the United States than the aforementioned nations, 1,181 women were murdered by their intimate partner last year; reproductive rights are still practically restricted through both state and federal legislation, and women earn just 78 cents for every dollar earned by men.

Annually on March 8 and throughout the month, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more. Find an event near you and help spread the word.

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