Woman(kind)ness, Strength and Resilience: A celebration of women worldwide 2017

When: Mar 6 2017

Where: Loughborough, United Kingdom

From 6-11 March 2017 | Loughborough University | Coordinated by Dr Inês Varela-Silva

Photo and art exhibitions, theatre performances, crafts, and science-based public talks aiming to celebrate women worldwide. Part of the International Women's Day initiative. Raising awareness for women’s roles in different sociocultural environments, highlighting gender inequalities, and proposing creative ways towards gender equity and equality. In collaboration with Charnwood Arts, Living Without Abuse-Loughborough, and Human Rights and Equalities Charnwood. #BeBoldForChange

Online Resources and Exhbitions

"For Those Women Have Pluck: The Women's Social and Political Union in Loughborough" by Mike Shuker (East Midlands History and Heritage, Issue 3, July 2016, pages 17-19).

Canvassing in one of the poorest areas of East London in 1914, docker’s wife Melina Walker recalled one woman who, when her husband called her a suffragette, felt flattered, “for those women have got pluck.” Such an epithet equally applies to those who worked on the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in Loughborough around the turn of the century and before the Great War. But how loud were their voices; how prominent was their support? 

Drawing Water by Rod Shaw (Loughborough University - WEDC) | Online drawing exhibition. See the whole resource book here.

Bangles for Woman(kind)ness (6-11 March). Loughborough University

We are teaming up with artist and woodcraft wizard David M Kennedy who will be making wood+resin bangles and be donating ALL the profits to Living Without Abuse.

See some of the designs, prices, and selling points on the pinned post of the Woman(kind)ness Facebook page


Themed Photo Exhibitions (7-10 March). Loughborough University

  • Pilgrimage | Kev Ryan (Charnwood Arts) | Location: NSCEM - The Street
  • Resilient Women | Francine Aubry (Charnwood Arts) | Location: NSCEM - The Street
  • Maya women in the 21st century | Inês Varela-Silva and the Maya Project. | Location: Martin Hall (Loughborough University)
  • Migration, nutrition and ageing: Bangladesh-UK | Vanja Garaj and The MINA Project | Location: NSCEM - The Street
  • Olympic Swimmers | Angela Edward (Charnwood Arts) | Location: NSCEM - The Street

Guided tours by Dr Ines Varela-Silva: Tue 7 Mar 10:00-10:30, 10:30-11:00, 2:00-2:30pm | Wed 8 March 2:30-3:00pm, 3:00-3:30pm | Thu 9 Mar 10:00-10:30, 10:30-11:00, 2:00-2:30pm | Fri 10 Mar 1:30-2:00pm, 2:00-2.30pm, 2:30-3.00pm. Meeting point: Martin Hall.

Talks and Productions

Wednesday, 8th March 1:00-2:30pm. Loughborough University, John Cooper Building, Room YY001 (see campus online map HERE). From sex to gender: a biological and cultural journey. Moderated by Dr Ines Varela-SIlva and organized by the Centre for Global Health and Human Development in partnership with the Loughborough University LGBT+ support group

Discussing concepts of sex and gender, biology and culture. Screening  "No, Trans Women are NOT 'Biologically Male". Debate and further discussion.

Wednesday, 8th March 6:00-8:00pmFearon Hall, LoughboroughLet's work together. Organized by Human Rights and Equalities Charnwwod. Come and share your talents: Singing, dancing, poetry, drama, and comedy. Stalls. Arts & Crafts. For further information contact Minara or Yesmin on 01509 261651 (Part of the Chances for All  Project).

Thursday, 9th March 7:00pm. National Portrait Gallery, London. In Conversation: Mirror Mirror: Women’s Self-Portraits by Professor Marsha Meskimmon

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Marsha Meskimmon, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Loughborough and Reader of Fine Art at the Slade, artist and author Liz Rideal discuss female self portraiture from the Seventeenth to the Twenty-First Century.

Friday, 10th March (7:00pm). Loughborough University (Martin Hall). Theatre Production:  The Element in the Room: A Radioactive Musical Comedy about the Death and Life of Marie Curie. Written and performed by John Hinton & Jo Eagle. Directed by Daniel Goldman. Presented by Tangram Theatre Company.  Peer reviewed by Sussex University.

Marie Curie lived an extraordinary life, and made incredible scientific discoveries in the face of unbelievable odds. This is her story, replete with breathtaking breakthroughs and seriously silly songs. This show completes Tangram's internationally acclaimed, multi-award-winning, peer-reviewed musical comedy 'Scientrilogy', about Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, and now Marie Curie.


All money generated with this production will be donated to the Charity Living Without Abuse - LoughboroughThis event has been fully sponsored by the Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) section of the National Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine, and the SSEHS Athena Swan Advisory Group at Loughborough University.

Saturday, 11th March (2:00pm). Unity House, 21 Fennel Street, LE11 1UQ, Loughborough. Film Screening: Suffragette with Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep (see trailer here). This screening will be followed by a discussion, led by Mike Shuker, on Suffragettes in Loughborough.

Entry fee for the film and discussion is £3 (£2.50 concessions). Refreshments will be provided from 50p.  

Booking is essential. Please email Gill Bolton (gillbolton@gebbusinesssolutions.co.uk).