IWD Women in Newcastle - call for pom-poms

A big thank you to everyone who supported the various Women’s 100 activities during 2018. For 2019, we are promoting women-focused activities under the banner of ‘Women in Newcastle’ and will again be organising a range of events and activities in and around International Women’s Day. Our centrepiece action will be on IWD itself and will be focused on the campaign theme of period poverty, comprising a flashmob choir and a direct action which will be ‘decorating’ Grey’s Monument with red pom-poms. We will be rehearsing in Bewick Hall in the City Library from 10-11.30 and will then walk to the Monument and wind round skeins of red pom-poms and sing songs. Some of the more intrepid participants will climb inside the Monument (for which we have permission!) and throw pom-poms from the top. We look forward to seeing you there. If you are interested in participating, please register on the Eventbrite page.

 We are also seeking contributions of large red pom-poms (around 8 cms in diameter, each with a tail so we can join them together) and will be setting up boxes in February to collect them (likely to be at the Civic Centre, the City Library and on Newcastle and Northumbria university campuses) and will let you know where you can drop them off a bit nearer the time. We are also seeking donations of sanitary products and will be collecting these at the same time. If you can make some pom-poms, please let me know.

For more information get in touch with karen.ross@newcastle.ac.uk Professor of Gender and Media


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