Tuesday 28 February 2017

Welcome to a full studio of guests and a very full show!

The Wonder Women Festival kicks off this week.

Wonder Women is Manchester’s feminist festival highlighting the feminist journey, via 10 days of events, debate, music, art, gigs, workshops and more.

We will be talking to the organisers of two of the participating projects: Ladyfest Mcr and Women in Print.

Ladyfest Mcr is a collective, which creates events combining music, art and ideas with a feminist ethos.

Ladyfest will be hosting a specially created event for Wonder Women, exploring themes on visibility, body politics and identity in the context of the modern music industry.

This one-day event aims to encourage women to get involved in the music industry through practical sound production and music business workshops, plus an interactive lab from pioneers developing access for disabled musicians and promoters.

Tune in to hear organiser Charlotte McShane talking about the event. You can also find out more here.

Also on the show, we will be talking about a group which brings together Muslim and Jewish women, Nisa Nashim. Its inaugural conference takes place in London on 5 March, and we will be hearing from the organisers of the South Manchester group, Joanne Feldman and Elinor Chohan.

Two of the Manc Mamas – Gemma McCall and Lisa Shepherd – will be joining us (minus their partner, Lynda Brown-Colbert, to talk about their group for working mums. We will be discussing what inspired them to set up this group and what workplaces can do to better accommodate women returning to work after having given birth. They will be telling us all about their next event, Working Mums’ Club, which you can find out about here.

You may have heard of Nicola Thorp, who hit the headline last year, when she was sent home from work for refusing to wear high heels. She set up a petition, arguing that it should be illegal for companies to impose sexist dress codes on women. The petition attracted 152,000 signatures, and will be debated in Parliament on 6 March. We will be hearing form Nicola, and she will also be telling us about her new website, which is well worth a look!

You can read the report drawn up by the House of Commons Petitions Committee and Women and Equalities Committee, entitled High Heels and Workplace Dress Codes.

Also participating in Wonder Women is Jane Bowyer, a designer and illustrator, who will be curating the Women in Print exhibition. She will be telling us what to expect from the exhibitions, as well as her ambitious plans for the year ahead.

It’s a jam-packed show, so be sure to tune in – 4pm on Salford City Radio 94.4FM!

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