Tuesday 16 May, 2017

It has been 4 months since the Women’s March which saw a mass, co-ordinated mobilisation of women around the world, speaking up for their – and others’ – voices to be heard.

In Greater Manchester, one of the organisers of the march was Pamela Berry. 4 months on, Pamela will be joining us to tell us what is planned next for the Women’s March Manchester. There is an active Facebook page for the group, so do take a look and get involved in the discussions!

Almost 2 weeks ago, Greater Manchester elected its first Metropolitan Mayor, Andy Burnham. The role of Metropolitan Mayor is part of the wider discussion on devolution and the Northern Powerhouse. How can we use this as an opportunity to get women’s voices heard? We have already talked about this issue with Eve Holt of Diva Manc, and, more recently, Donna Hall, Chief Executive of Wigan Council. The upcoming People’s Powerhouse Conference will help to address some of these issues.

One person who has answers to some of the questions about women and the local economy is Victory Bettany. Victoria is a senior researcher with the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), a progressive “think and do” tank for people and places. Victoria will be joining us to talk about the opportunities for our local economy.

We talk about diversity in the workplace, but what do we mean by “neural diversity”? We will be joined by Di Roege, project manager for the Neural Diversity Network, to learn more. In a recent blog post, Di talked about how it is harder to diagnose autism in adults, and even harder in women, as women tend to find methods of functional conformity. This raises some interesting questions about how women are socialised, and we will be considering these with Diane.

We will also be joined by choreographer and dating expert, Inez Roberta. Inez will be talking about her upcoming book, Around the World in 800 Dates, a brutally honest account of her dating experiences. She will be telling us about the good, the bad and the ugly, as well as sharing with us her tips for safe internet dating.

Finally, don’t miss our competition. The Om Yoga Show is coming to Manchester on 19, 20 and 21 June. Tickets cost between £5 and £16. One event taking place at the exhibition is a body positive yoga workshop, Everybody Has a Yoga Body. The workshop will be run by Donna Noble. Donna has very kindly offered to give away a pair of FREE tickets to the entire exhibition. (You will still have to pay £5 to attend her workshop, but the 3 day exhibition will be free of charge for you.)

To enter the competition, all you have to do is tweet us @divasupnorth and Donna @curvesomeyoga with a body positive message. You can also post a body positive message on our Facebook page. If you prefer, you can email us at divasupnorth@gmail.com.

While you’re there, we’d love to you follow us and Donna on Twitter and Facebook!

A lucky winner will be selected at random on Wednesday 17 May.

Good luck!

 

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