IWD at Women in Prison 2018

Join us for a fantastic few weeks of events and campaigning at Women in Prison for International Women’s Day 2018.

Saturday 3rd March 2018


International Women’s Day at Doughty Street Chambers

Our friends at Doughty Street Chambers will be holding a conference with panel discussions including the following themes: “Women at the Heart of a Legal Case”, “Women and National Security”, and “Women’s Voices: Getting Heard”. Speakers include women’s rights campaigner Stella Creasy MP, Fatima Manji of Channel 4 News and Maggie Oliver, who resigned from Greater Manchester Police over its handling of the Rochdale child sexual exploitation case.

54 Doughty Street, London, WC1N 2LS, 09:30-4:30

For additional details, visit their Website Follow Doughty Street Chambers on Twitter: @DoughtyStPublic

Tuesday 6th March


Women in Custody: Why Are We Still Punishing Victims of Domestic Abuse?

At Garden Court Chambers, WIP’s CEO Kate Paradine will join a panel of experts in family law, criminal defence and appellate work to consider the how the authorities prosecute victims of domestic abuse. Together they will discuss how in turn we should rectify the situation.

Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ, 18:30 – 20:00

For additional details, visit their webpage Follow Garden Court Chambers on Twitter: @GardenCourtLaw

Thursday 8th March


► Reception at 10 Downing Street to mark International Women’s Day

We are pleased to announce that WIP’s CEO Kate Paradine has been invited by the Prime Minister to attend a reception at 10 Downing Street to celebrate International Women’s Day.

► All of Women in Prison’s Women’s Centres - the Beth Centre (Lambeth), Women’s Support Centre (Woking), WomenMATTA (Manchester) - will be celebrating IWD 2018 in style!

Women’s Voices 2018 with Media Trust

To celebrate International Women’s Day, WIP and Media Trust are collaborating with a skilled group of female-only media and communications professionals to help overcome communications challenges. This training event will offer the opportunity to gain strategic media advice and mentoring from some of the most talented women in the media industry. Women in Prison’s Policy & Campaigns Manager Claire Cain will be attending alongside some of our key campaigners to get advice on speaking to the media when you have direct experience of the criminal justice system.

Google Academy, 123 Buckingham Palace Road, London, 16:30 – 20:30

For additional details, visit their website  Follow Media Trust: @media_trust

► Launch of Bad Girls: A History of Rebels and Renegades

Join us for the launch of Caitlin Davies new book detailing the history of a century of women, punishment and crime in HMP Holloway.

The London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0HB, 18:00 – 20:00

A Celebration of Female Achievement by Women for Women at Anawim

Celebrate the work of women at Anawim Women’s Centre for International Women’s Day. Explore the work of the art group at Anawim and read poetry from female poets, Anawim clients and ladies in prisons. Henna and a next to new sale will also feature.

Anawim Women’s Centre, 228 Mary Street Balsall Heath Birmingham B12 9RJ, 10:30 – 2:30

100 Years On: An Art Trail by Women in Prison

As a part of the centenary since women over 30 received the vote, an art piece will also be displayed at Anawim as a part of the Koestler Trust’s 100 Years On: An Art Trail by Women in Prison. This artwork will be one of 100 that have been create by over 50 women who have entered artwork and poetry into the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Koestler Awards.

Anawim Women’s Centre, 228 Mary Street Balsall Heath Birmingham B12 9RJ, the artwork will be displayed for one year.

For additional details, visit the Koestler Trust  / @KoestlerTrust

Friday 9th March


Women Behind Bars: Gender Equality & the Criminal Justice System - as a part of the Women of the World Festival

Join the debate at the Southbank Centre to discuss the human costs of imprisoning women and how we can solve the unique problems women face in the criminal justice system. Chairing the panel will be WIP’s CEO Kate Paradine with Director of INQUEST Deborah Coles, Naima Sakande from the Centre for Criminal Appeals and WIP Campaigner Makeeba among those on the panel.

For additional details, visit the website   
Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall, St Paul’s Roof Pavilion, Level 6, Blue side, 13:15 – 14:15

Saturday 10th March


International Women’s Day at Doughty Street Chambers – Manchester

Following the success of Doughty Street Chambers’ previous festivals for International Women’s Day, they will be hosting an event to take place in Manchester. The programme will focus particularly on issues facing women in the criminal justice system. WIP’s Kate Fraser will be speaking at the event, focussing on statistics relating to women in prison and recent studies on how prison effects women in particular.

54 Doughty Street, London, WC1N 2LS, 18:00-20:00

For more information, visit the webpage & book a place here Follow Doughty Street Chambers on Twitter: @DoughtyStPublic

Friday 16th - 23rd March


‘The Suffragettes: Millennial Rebels’ Art Exhibition

Celebrate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which allowed some women over 30 the vote in the UK, with a series of unique suffragette portraits. The exhibition features a series of wet plate collodian unique images created by Nicolas Laborie, using hats specially designed and crafted by Claire Strickland. Laborie worked with young women who are going to soon be able to vote or have just voted, and they explored their thoughts on voting and equality, as well as sitting for each suffragette portrait. The exhibition is free and is open from Friday the 16th until the 23rd of March.

Islington Arts Factory, 2 Parkhurst Road, Holloway, London, N7 0SF

For more information, visit their webpage and follow them @millinnialrebel or on instagram

Exhibition Opening Night – ‘The Suffragettes : Millennial Rebels’

Join the artists on the opening night of their exhibition on Friday 16th of March. The opening will featuring music from The Thursday String Quartet.

Monday the 19th March


The Suffragettes: Millennial Rebels at Islington Arts Factory – Panel Event - 7-9pm

Join milliner and designer Claire Strickland and fine art Wet Plate Photographer Nicolas Laborie for a panel discussion chaired by Anna McNay (art writer and editor) and other special guests. The discussion is a part of the above art exhibition at Islington Arts Factory. The role of artists, creativity and storytelling will be explored in bringing powerful figures of the past to life. The tickets are free but they must be reserve online on their website.