An exhibition of women without make up will be held as part of an International Women’s Day event which I am holding on ‘Skin and Feminism’. The exhibition titled ‘Honest You’ is an on going photographic project by Karen Liu, a Chinese feminist. Karen will be discussing her project that explores make up and female self-acceptance and what implications and anxieties exist in the female relationship with make up. Karen is also the founder and producer of HARKII.com.

The Eventbrite link for the event can be found here

Come and learn about the women of the East End and take in locations with historical connections to the Suffragette movement.

This walk is hosted by me and will be led by Ken Titmuss of ‘Old Maps’ who specialises in walks that use old maps to chart the changes that have taken place over decades. ‘Old Maps’ has been listed in the top 10 ranking of London guided walks.

In recognition of International Women’s Day, this walk will celebrate the women of the East End, from the hardships endured in the Work House to the victory of the Match Girls Strike. Along the way we encounter many Suffragette locations too.

Details:

Date: Saturday 10 March 2018

Time: 11.30am to 1.30pm

Cost: £5 payable on the day (No charge for children). All proceeds to a charity for women.

How to book: Email Ken at oldmapguy@gmail.com

You will be notified of the meeting place upon booking.

Bookings can be made up to 9am on the day of the walk, 10 March.

Come and join us for an eventful Saturday morning in recognition of the historical role played by the women of the East End

The French philosopher, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, whose works were greatly influential in shaping the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, said the following: “A nation must have a navel, and if it has not got one, we must start by inventing one.”

While this was said in the context of nationalism and has been used by great sociologists like Anthony Smith in discussions and works on nationalism, taken as a thought on its’ own it does aptly describe behaviour by Brexiters who concoct fantasy on an almost daily basis to shore up their flimsy arguments.

The whole Brexit referendum was artificially premised on the question of sovereignty.  In reality, it was a Tory party manoeuvre to grab votes from UKIP . It was the Tory basic instinct to move further to the right once Cameron had had enough time to abandon his pretence of ‘Compassionate Toryism’ or whatever nonsense it was called.

Then we had the NHS £350 million fiasco followed by endless navel gazing.

Blundering and bumbling Boris Johnson had the temerity this week to compare the process of the congestion charge in London between boroughs with the Irish border political situation. Boris excels at inventing Hans Christian Andersen type fantasies in his quest to find his own navel.

So folks, does Britain have a navel or are Brexiters rapidly inventing one?  I opt for the latter.

I am holding an event on the influence of female chess players in history in celebration of International Women’s Day. Chess is traditionally seen as a masculine game and the role of women has largely gone unnoticed.

Ian Grant, a Chess player and tutor for 26 years, has done research into how women have influenced the game. He will give a short biography of the history of chess, followed by an introduction of women players and their influence on the game. Ian will also talk about his work on integrating Chess into mental health strategies.

Date: 17 March 2018 (Saturday)

Time: 2 to 4pm

Venue: 108, The Cut, Waterloo, London SE1 8LN

Wheelchair access and children welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

Please email Jane Chelliah at ambitiousmamas@gmail.com if you require further information.

Come along and celebrate an evening of diversity within feminism in recognition of International Women’s Day.

The theme for the event is ‘Skin & Feminism’. There will be speakers and discussions on how skin is a political feature of feminism. Whether it’s your skin colour, your experience of your ethnicity in the Western world, wearing animal fur or checking your privilege based on your skin colour it is uncontestable that skin is a constant feature of the subjective feminist experience.

The evening will feature speakers on White feminism, Asian feminism, Chinese feminism, mixed race feminism and colorism. There will also be an exhibition titled “Honest you photo” featuring women without make up .

Venue: The Calder Bookshop,  51, The Cut, Waterloo, London SE1 8LF

Date: 9 March, Friday

Time: 7.30 to 9pm.

Contact: Jane Chelliah on ambitiousmamas@gmail.com if you require further information.

Here is a link to an article in The Guardian about my views on race. It mentions this event too.

https://www.theguardian.com/membership/2018/feb/24/the-article-that-changed-my-view-of-how-we-can-counter-racial-prejudice