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Vox Feminarum (translated to Women's Voices and shortened to VoxFemme for expediency) wants to engage women locally, nationally and all over the world in raising the concerns and the issues affecting all our lives and livelihoods. For those who have no voice we hope to say something that in some small way reflects their concerns and becomes a meaningful vehicle in the struggle for equality, in achieving that which  would give real meaning to The Covenant Eliminating Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and any other number of human rights treaties which purport, that all 'human beings' are born free', that all of us, by nature of being human, have rights which are inalienable and indivisible. 

In the long established tradition of those who fought for and won the right to vote, for those who fought for and won the right to be educated, for those who fought for and won the right of women to free speech and action on issues from fertility rights to marriage and physical freedom, we continue to fight with and for women for whom these rights are yet to be realised and for those women affected by the kind of discrimination which results in the glass ceiling and objectification.

We also celebrate, through both actions and words, the achievements of previous, current and future generations of women.

Upcoming Events
  • Red Tent Event to Celebrate LGBT History Month Saturday February 21st, 3:30- 7:30pm at the Mandela Centre.

  • Upcoming Events: Events for HERstory Month March 1st to 31st 2015 loom large on our this space for updates.

  • Voting is open for Overall Inspirational Women Award. The Award Ceremony will be on March 7th, 2015, The Aston Court Hotel, 7pm until late. Tickets are on sale now and can be accessed via eventbrite go to or call in and pick up a ticket at the Mandela Centre, 179-181 Peartree Rd, DE238NQ. Voting Closes February 23rd.

  • Watch out for Reel Vision Grass Routes Film Festival film line-up tba very soon.

LEAP - Life Events Arts Project Writing Our Stories Workshops start soon. Everyone is welcome contact Sonya on 01332 347066 or n 07779560284

Derby and Derbyshire Inspirational Women Awards, 2015.

Inspirational Women Awards Finalists and Winners 2015

Pollyanna Pickering  - Lifetime Achievement Award 

Caroline Bagnall - Overall Inspirational Woman 2015 
Sarah Chapman - Inspirational Woman in Community, Voluntary, Charity Sector, 2015
Janine Cherrington - Special Recognition Certificate of Achievement
Netta Christie - Special Recognition Certificate of Achievement
Kate Le Prevost - Inspirational Mum/Mother Figure 2015
Rachael Livingston - Inspirational Woman in Community, Voluntary, Charity Sector, 2015
Colleen McCarroll - Special Recognition Certificate of Achievement
Chantelle Reid - Inspirational Woman Under 25 and Inspirational Woman in Sport, 2015
Rosie Schofield - Inspirational Woman in Education 2015
Melanie Ulyatt - Inspirational Woman Entreprenuer/In Business 2015
Alice Vale - Inspirational Woman in The Arts 2015
Joanna Wilson - Inspirational Mum/Mother Figure of The Year 2015

Voting is now closed and for now watch out for Inspirational Women Awards 2016 Nominations will open in June 2015

Summary of 2014 Awardees

Derby and Derbyshire Inspirational Women of the Year Award 2014 Award Winners: 

Elaine Ayre, Special Commendation for Significant Contribution in the Community, Voluntary, Charity Sector 
Gopa Nath, Special Commendation for Significant contribution in the Arts

Emily Brailsford Inspirational Woman in the Community, Voluntary Charity Sector

Sarah Hernandez, Inspirational Woman in the Community, Voluntary Charity Sector

Lisa Higginbottom,  Inspirational Woman in Politics or Local Government
(Various including

Hayley Kalinins,  Inspirational Mother/Mother Figure of the Year

Sarah Paine and Tracey Cullen Inspirational Women in the Arts

Shazia Parveen Inspirational Mother/Mother Figure

Beth Seymour, Inspirational Woman in the Community, Voluntary Charity Sector
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Sanaah Sultan, Inspirational Woman Under 25
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Prof Cecile Wright, Inspirational Woman in Education
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Lisa Higginbottom, Overall Inspirational Woman of The Year

Jasvinder Sanghera, CBE, Inspirational Woman with a Global Impact

The awards consisted of the following categories
Inspirational Woman: Overall Woman of the Year:
Inspirational Woman in Community Charity or Voluntary Sector:
Inspirational Woman Entrepreneur or in the Business Sector:
Inspirational Mum of the Year (Men can be nominated as mother figures):
Inspirational Woman in Sport/the Arts:
Inspirational Woman in Education/Health
Inspirational Woman in Local Government/Politics:
Inspirational Young Woman Award: Under 25

We received some amazing, inspirational nominations, 36 in all,  and we would like to take this opportunity to say a very big thank you to all those who took the time to nominate their women of substance (men can be nominated for the Mother/Mother Figure of the Year category but all nominees this year were women). Congratulations to all those nominated and those who won for their wonderful and considerable contributions.  We cannot say enough how much we wish that we could have several shortlisted names in all the categories.  In the end the shortlist was drawn up from the nomination forms which provided detailed evidence and information which allowed the panel to conduct independent research on each individual. The final shortlist was drawn up and the awards conferred after considerable discussion. The nominees for Overall Inspirational Woman of the Year were all given an opportunity to vote for another nominee on the list. Sadly there were no nominations in the category Sport, Health but we hope to see this change in the future. Thank you to everyone who embraced the event on March 8th, you were a room of amazing people. Thank you all so very much.
Congratulations to all the women listed above you shine a very bright light on Derby and Derbyshire.

WoW: Women onto Work A New Course For Women

VoxFemme is recruiting for its free 10 Session Specialist Training Programme 'Preparing to Enter Work, Education or Volunteering'.

Specialised one to one service, advice and support from 
job search through to job interview including workwear
• Free outfit makeover/individual styling advice with 
professional stylist on dressing for work and success
• Guided Skills Audit to identify strengths/what you are 
naturally good at and point you towards suitable jobs/careers  
• Help with childcare is available (Ltd places allocated first come first served basis)
• ‘Real’ Interview (practice) with professional panel
• Strength Diagnostic
• Lunch and all you need to complete the course is 


Contact Jade by email on or phone or text 07779560284

.....Watch out for the 3rd Reel Vision Grassroots Film Festival Coming Your Way in March 2015. Check out the main Festival page for more information.

Latest News on Reel Vision Grassroots Film Festival, March - April 2015 is coming soon!

Meanwhile here is a summary of last March - April's 2014 event.....
Reel Vision Grassroots Film Festival, organised by Vox Feminarum, has been some time in the making and we have been conscientious, despite limited funds and time, about our programming for 2014. In the end we put together a line-up (of largely full-length and short documentaries) which we felt suitably communicated our 2014 theme of Women on The Frontlines in War and Peace.. We want to say a very big thank you to the organisations who have supported our endeavour over the last couple of years, namely Derby Museum and Art Gallery, The Yaffle Cafe and Bookshop, Derby Women's Centre and  International Women's Day Derby. We also want to thank those of you who came to see a film or two and for your feedback. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

We have been asked by various organisations to re-screen films from the Festival. which we will be doing throughout the rest of the year. So if you missed a key screening watch this space for a potential repeat showing. All in all, a total of 73 people came to the  screening and event at Derby Museum and Art Gallery attracting the largest single audience. 

We will be showing the odd film here and there to mark specific events and occasions throughout the rest of the year, but be assured that we will be back in full force to celebrate Women's History Month out for us and our amazing line-up of not to be missed films and workshops. See you all again in 2014....and bring a friend or two. Thank you VF Team.

NEWS: Up to-Date Women and Girl Specific News From the UN

October 11th 2012 Marks The First United Nations International Day of the Girl Child


History shows that it has never been easy to be a girl, and, despite some great  changes in the status and perception of women and girls, HERstory is still a complicated and challenging one.

There are a billion reasons why we need the Day of the Girl, but let’s start with just a few facts:

ILLITERACY – By 2015, females will make up 64% of the world’s (adult) population who cannot read.

FORCED MARRIAGE – One in seven girls in developing countries is married off before age 15.

VIOLENCE – In the US more than half (54%) of all rapes of females happen before age 18. One in 5 high school girls has been physically or sexually abused by a dating partner. Worldwide children as young as age 11 are forced to work as prostitutes. Some estimates have as many as 1.2 million children being trafficked every year.

BODY IMAGE – More than half (54%) of 3rd-5th grade girls worry about their appearance and 37% worry about their weight. More than half (57%) of music videos feature a female portrayed exclusively as a decorative, sexual object.

FEMALE ROLE MODELS - Fortune 500 Companies Chief Executive Officers – Only 3% are women.Top Positions in Media (entertainment, advertising, telecommunications) – Only 3%; Hollywood Top Film-makers – Only 5%.Few women are politicians, doctors and are poorly represented across such professions like engineering and science. 

For more information and to log your activity to celebrate the Day of The Girl go to www.

Issue of the Month: Sunitha Krishnan's Fight Against Sex Slavery

Issues Affecting Women

News headlines for “Women’s Rights”,

Rights: Women's Treaty a Powerful Force for Equality, Inter Press Service, Friday, December 04, 2009 (posted by Global Issues)

Afghan Women Demand Liberation, Not Lip Service, Inter Press Service, Thursday, October 28, 2010 (posted by Global Issues)

Haiti: Displaced Women Face Double Jeopardy, Inter Press Service, Wednesday, February 03, 2010 (posted by Global Issues)

U.N. Chief Leaves Women Out Of Year-End Summing Up, Inter Press Service, Wednesday, January 05, 2011 (posted by Global Issues)

Anup Shah, Human Rights In Various Regions, Global Issues, Updated: October 01, 2010

Anup Shah, A Chronology of the Global Human Rights Struggle, Global Issues, Updated: July 02, 2000

Women At Home and Abroad

A Million Women Rise Campaign

The visible nature of the campaign serves to highlight the issues affecting women's lives, including the ongoing fight for equality and justice; economic poverty; fertility and health rights; violence against women; exploitation; discrimination; slavery and trafficking and many other issues and challenges. The March to End Violence Against Women, is organised both in defiance of the stated inequality and in celebration of the achievements and resilience of womankind often against the odds. It follows a now established tradition of telling HERSTORY and keeping that story on the national, regional and international agenda.

The Million Women Rise March and Rally takes place annually in London and other cities including Nottingham, Manchester and Leeds...come on Derby!

The Heart Beat of the Earth?

Have you ever noticed the similarity between  the symbols for the Feminine and the Earth? In fact, the symbol is the same, in the case of the Venus, it is ♀, and  for the Earth, it is♁, which is in effect the Venus turned upside down, or vice versa. Women are the world's farmers, women carry the water and the children and bear the burdens in societies in which they are often at the very bottom of the pile.  If we continue to ignore the plight of women and girls and inequality wherever and however it exists, are we threatening the very heartbeat, of Mother Earth?



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