Welcome to our blog!

Welcome to our blog! This blog is intended as a starting point for conversations and big ideas and we are excited to have a place to share more in-depth information and where we can facilitate discussions between our Centre members.

If you would like to write a guest blog please contact the Centre Heads Kate Cook k.cook@mmu.ac.uk or Sally Jones sjones@mmu.ac.uk

New webinar series – How to stop Covid19 blocking women’s leadership pathways


You are invited to the Growl Network webinar series –

How to stop Covid19 blocking women’s leadership pathways: Ideas from the Generating Routes for Women’s Leadership (GROWL) Network

We are looking for speakers and we’d be really interested to hear from you. This could be in relation to the challenges you’re facing at work in your leadership pathways due to COVID-19 as well as some of the solutions and better practice that you may be experiencing.

You don’t need to be an expert so please come forwards, we’re really interested to hear your thoughts and experiences.

Our first webinar will be: GROWL during COVID-19. Come along to hear about GROWL work and next steps for the webinar series.

When: Thursday 11th June 2020
Time: 16:00 – 17:00
To attend please contact: Helen Woolnough (h.woolnough@mmu.ac.uk) for details and the Zoom link.

In addition, we’re putting all six GROWL Enquiry Tools online for you to read (www.mmu.ac.uk/growl)

We look forward to welcoming you to the webinar series

The GROWL Team

Walk for Women – Celebrating International Women’s Day!

Organised by Manchester City Council’s International Women’s Day Steering Group.

For a third year, we’re once again celebrating International Women’s Day with a walk through the city. The Walk for Women event is totally free and anyone can take part. You don’t have to be a woman; just a supporter of women!

Timeline of the day

12pm  We’ll be meeting in Cathedral Gardens and getting everybody ready to rise, roar and represent.

12:30pm  We depart from Victoria Street. We want to make a glorious noise all around the city centre so bring along fun, safe and noisy instruments to bang and clang, or make the most of your own voice and join in with our women-led chants and singing!

1:20pm  The final destination will be St Peter’s Square, before we make our way to Central Library for an end-of-walk event marketplace and networking.

1.30pm   Enjoy community-led performances and a range of activities for all. Plus find out more about health, employment, education, services and opportunities for Manchester women and girls. It’s also a great opportunity to just relax, enjoy the event and catch up with friends.

3:30pm   You are welcome to spend as long as you want at the end-of-walk event but we will begin wrapping up at this time. Why not explore Central Library afterwards or visit Emmeline Pankhurst’s statue on St. Peter’s Square?


Please sign up to the event through Facebook to help us anticipate numbers on the day. You can also ask questions on the page and receive notification reminders ahead of the day.

If you don’t have Facebook, you can find more information here.

Women in the Law UK launches its second annual essay competition

This year’s title is:

 “How can technology be used to increase gender and ethnic diversity in the legal workplace?”

The essay should be no more than 1,000 words. The closing date for submissions is 6 March 2020.

The winner will receive a £100 cash prize, a place at the annual Women in the Law UK conference in November and the opportunity for work experience or mentoring. Their essay will also be published on the Women in the Law UK website. The author of a second, highly commended entry will receive a £50 gift voucher and a free place at the Women in the Law UK annual conference.

Who can enter?

The competition is open to UK students seeking to enter the legal profession, including undergraduates (who do not have to be studying law) and LPC students, and to trainees aged 23 or younger on 6 March 2020.

All entries should include details of the entrant’s date of birth and educational institution.

We especially welcome essays from students from state-schooled students and those whose backgrounds are not traditionally fully represented in the legal profession.

Women in the Law’s work focuses on bridging the gender, ethnicity and socio economic gaps in at all levels of the legal profession.

How to enter 

Email your essay as a word document to Womeninthelawuk@gmail.com

Volunteer with Good Lad Initiative

Join a growing community of men running  fun & interactive workshops in schools and universities. Learn how to facilitate groups, how to work with young people and how to deliver exciting and thought provoking workshops on gender equality and masculinity.

Good Lad Initiative is a non-profit, pro-feminist organisation that seeks to kick-start engaged conversations about gender equality and masculinity with boys and young men; including sexual violence & consent, lad culture, banter, LGBT+ discrimination, male mental health and suicide.

Good Lad

Good Lad are looking for men who would like to train to facilitate school and university workshops. No previous experience is required, just a passion for gender equality, an open-mind and willingness to learn. Training opportunities are coming up in November to learn to deliver university workshops, and in January to learn to deliver school workshops.

For more info, visit goodladinitiative.com/volunteer or email  siobhan@goodladinitiative.com

Still I Rise: Ten years of Safety4Sisters

This year marks 10 years of Safety4Sisters North West. Borne out of the struggle for BME migrant women with No Recourse to Public Funds to access safety and protection from gender-based violence, Safety4Sisters has campaigned tirelessly for their human rights to be recognised. In a hostile environment, Safety4Sisters has championed the voices and rights of migrant women resisting injustice. We have spent 10 years campaigning for and with women with insecure immigration status, sharing the stories of migrant women who have experienced gender-based violence, advocating for their needs in law, bringing women together in community and providing essential support, accommodation and advocacy to those unable to access mainstream domestic violence and services.

Still I Rise

The past decade has been a volatile and  deeply precarious time weathering the shifting political landscape. The challenges have been many and austerity measures have seen critical services cut to the bone, particularly those that work with marginalised BME communities. But  – we are still here!

To mark 10 years of our work we are hosting a celebration and fundraiser on 21st September at Tribeca. We invite you to join us for dance party with DJs of colour playing their favourite sounds in disco, funk, RnB and more.

For more details visit https://www.facebook.com/events/658673811311126/?notif_t=plan_user_associated&notif_id=1566328038650335

Tickets available from Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/still-i-rise-tickets-69764161485

Sapphormation Festival 2019 – Tickets now on sale

Sapphormation 2019 – Difference is Power

Saturday 2nd November 2019

To fully understand the inequities of the world, we must first understand that difference is power. Each woman has a powerful identity, rooted in class, race, sexuality, disability, religion and ethnicity. The ways in which these various categories interact with each other creates our individuality and difference. Sapphormation 2019 will bring together women who love women to show that difference is power!

Tickets are available from our eventbrite page.  We hope you can join us Saturday 2nd November and we are excited to share our vibrant and varied programme with you soon.

General day tickets: £6, on arrival to the festival you will receive a £4 voucher for the cafe at MMU Brooks.

Concession ticket: free. We welcome women who are unwaged, on benefits, refugees and asylum seekers, women who are attending with someone as a carer, personal assistant, supporting companion and women who are under 25.

There is an optional pay it forward ticket (suggested donation of £5) that will help support places for women who would not otherwise be able to unable to attend. Any questions about tickets or for help booking tickets please

email: Info@sapphormation.com and we will do our best to help.

Sapphormation is organised by a group of volunteers and we are grateful for the support and contributions given by many folk to help make this festival happen.

Info@sapphormation.com // twitter.com/sapphormation // www.sapphormation.com // www.facebook.com/groups/154043768067003/

Woman on Fire at The Greater Manchester Fringe Festival


WOMAN ON FIRE – is an explosive one-woman show taking you into the fiery core of the UK militant suffrage movement. A journey that will take you from Preston to Manchester – London to Glasgow and back.

Enter the fiery heart of one of the most dangerous women, in history. Terrorist or impassioned freedom fighter? This dynamic solo-performance lets you decide.

The turbulent history of the suffragettes, told through the eyes and life of unsung suffragette Mrs Edith Rigby – mild-mannered doctor’s wife, with a secret identity – arsonist, bomber and militant suffragette. Woman on Fire sheds light on suffragette history and the mystery that is Edith Rigby.

How far you will go for what you believe in?

See the show at:

The Greater Manchester Fringe Festival

DATES: 15th – 18th July 7pm Plus matinee on 17th July 2.30pm

VENUE: TMC Waterside Theatre, The Manchester College, Shena Simon Campus, Chorlton Street, M1 3HB Manchester

TICKETS: £12 (£8) https://manchesterfringe.eventotron.com/?event=34877

Gender Data Gaps Workshop, University of Kent, 12 June 2019

Please find below details of the Feminist Quantitative Methods Workshop on the Gender Data Gap, organised by FemQuant, a network of researchers interested in the intersection between feminism and quantitative research methods in the social sciences.

The event is a one day interdisciplinary workshop to explore gender data gaps across a range of themes and regions. It frames the gender data gap as a feminist issue, one which has come about from survey and administrative data design being viewed primarily through the lens of men’s lives and concerns. The invited talks and paper presentations will outline gender data gaps that exist in survey, administrative and other quantitative data, and speakers will offer possible solutions, including the innovations offered by big data and changes to the content and structure of surveys to capture crucial information about the gender pay gap.

See the full programme below. The workshop is free, but you need to register as places are limited. You can register via this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/femquant-one-day-workshop-gender-data-gaps-tickets-61923425633