Thursday, 8 March 2012

International Women's Day

It's International Women's Day today. The Oxford International Women's Festival is taking place in the city, 1st - 13th March. (I read at Blackwell's in Oxford last night as part of the festival.)

TIME magazine celebrated the event by asking some famous Oxford residents, including Helena Kennedy, Susan Greenfield and festival coordinator Anna Hobson, for their tips about how to spend a perfect day in Oxford. It's great to see Anna's recommendations, as well as international recognition of all the effort she puts into organising the festival, now in its 23rd year.

Over at Freedom From Torture's site, there's a post about International Women's Day and the work the organisation does with women and children who are survivors of torture. you can hear from the Write to Life group where I run workshops and volunteer as a mentor. There are poems on the site from four women writers in the group: Stephanie, Amina, Nadine and Jade.

Staff at Random House chose Freedom From Torture as their chosen charity last year and raised £24,500 which was handed over at the publisher's offices at the beginning of March. If you'd like to get involved as a fundraiser or volunteer, take a look at Freedom From Torture's site here.

You can watch a video of Stephanie talking about Write to Life and reading her poem A Map below: