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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
  • We have moved to the Mandela Centre, 179 - 181 Peartree Road, Derby DE23 8NQ. Join SpectrumdD for the grand opeining event on July 18th 2014.

  • Celebrating International Day of The Girl 2014. Come and share your hopes and dreams by creating a Wish List for yourself and  girls everywhere. Cake, screening of Frozen, popcorn, dancing and goody bags. This is a free event girls aged 5-17 are welcome.

  • Upcoming Event: Make Some Noise - As we Launch our activities for 16 Days of Activism (November 25th - December 10th 2014) raising awareness and our voices for Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). We have a meeting at The Mandela Centre, 179-181 Peartree Rd, Derby, DE238NQ, on Friday August 8th at 7pm. Join us with your ideas and your energy. Activities already planned include a Big Sleep in and possibly a Big Sleep Out, speaker on FGM, Films and workshops and more. We will also be taking the Red Tent to Birmingham as part of a Women's Network Hub Event on December 7th. Watch this space for more information.

  • December 10th, 2014 is International Human Rights Day and SpectrumD is planning a series of events and activities to celebrate and commemorate the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Join us at the Mandela Centre and other venues tbc.



International Day of The Girl Child, Oct 11th 2014

 The theme for the third  International Day of the Girl Child for 2014 is Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence.To take efforts to end all forms of violence against girls and women to the next level, it is important that we focus on adolescent girls and move beyond awareness-raising to investments in and support for this critical group that will shape the present and the future. Building on the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, we must look at the opportunities initiatives such as Education for All and the global movement to end child marriage provide to empower adolescent girls and must ensure that they are protected from harm, are supported by family and friends, and are able to act in their own interest. It is time to consolidate good practice and focus on actions and results, paving the way for a more gender-equitable post-2015 development agenda and review of progress against the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.Governments, the UN system, civil society, and public and private institutions are called on to join forces and reaffirm their commitment to end the scourge of violence against adolescent girls and to promote their empowerment by:Investing in adolescent girls to equip them with skills, confidence, and life options: through family, schools, technical and vocational education and training, and health, social and economic support systems;Making infrastructure, services, and technology accessible to girls and effective in meeting their needs for safety, connectivity and mobility;Facilitating adolescent girls engagement in civic, economic and political life;Continuing to advocate for making violence against girls and women visible and unacceptable both in private and public domains;Strengthening data, measurement and the evidence base in relation to the empowerment of and violence against adolescent girls.



Vox Femme will be launching its End the Silence on Gender Violence Campaign  on November 25th,  2014

Winners Derby and Derbyshire Overall Inspirational Women of The Year 2014. 







2014 Nominees


1. Elaine Ayre - Please do an Internet search for various sources of information

2. Emily Brailsford - http://www.parentingadditionalneeds.org.uk/

3. Sarah Hernandez - http://www.derventiohousing.com

4. Lisa Higginbottom - Various including http://www.derby.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/councillors-democracy-elections/mayor/

5. Sarah Paine and Tracey Cullen  - http://www.inspirativearts.co.uk/Shazia Parveen - Various

6. Gopa Nath - http://www.surtalarts.co.uk/

7. Beth Seymour - http://www.transcend.org.uk/  and www.gayderbyshire.org.uk/staff-volunteers/meet-the-team/

8. Sanaah Sultan - See various including  http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/Derbyshire-students-make-grade-awards/story-16217858-detail/story.html   and https://sanaasultan.wordpress.com/

9. Prof Cecile Wright - See various http://www.nottinghamequal.org/About-Us/Prof-Cecile-Wright  and http://www.ntu.ac.uk/news_events/news/archive/2005/77882.html

Our Global Impact Awardee is Jasvinder Sanghera.



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

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

Sanaah Sultan, Inspirational Woman Under 25

Prof Cecile Wright, Inspirational Woman in Education

Lisa Higginbottom, Overall Inspirational Woman of The Year

Jasvinder Sanghera, CBE, Inspirational Woman with a Global Impact

The awards consist 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.


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

Rewards
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 
provided

 

Contact Jade by email on vox.feminarum@gmail.com or phone or text 07779560284

.....Watch out for the 2nd Reel Vision Grassroots Film Festival Coming Your Way in March 2014. Check out the main Festival page for more information.


Latest News on Reel Vision Grassroots Film Festival, March - April 2014 is coming soon!

Meanwhile here is a summary of last March - April 2013 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 2013. In the end we put together a line-up (of largely full-length and short documentaries) which we felt suitably communicated our 2013 theme of Feminist Intersections. Now that the last switch has been flicked and we drew our Festival to a close yesterday we want to issue a very big thank you to the organisations who supported our endeavour, 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 89 people came to the various screenings, with the film at Derby Museum and Art Gallery attracting the largest single audience (nearly a full house for the screening of Everything is Possible!). Given these numbers and our modest expectations our inaugural event was a resounding success. 

We will be showing the odd film here and there to mark specific events and occasions throughout the rest of the year and into 2014, but be assured that we will be back in full force to celebrate Women's History Month 2014....watch 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.



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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.http://dayofthegirl.org.



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




Issues Affecting Women


News headlines for “Women’s Rights”, GlobalIssues.org

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

http://www.expertclick.com/NewsRelea...etail&ID=21072








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?

 



 

Images From The Fight For Rights





Vox Feminarum Supports The Women's Manifesto


Woman Centered Womanifesto from womancentered.org

Vox Feminarum is a member of


   

Supported Campaigns: Logos and Information


  
        
 
    

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"Acta Non Verba, Alis Volat Propiis - "Actions Not Words, She Flies With Her Own Wings"

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