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What are we chaining ourselves to the railings for today?

What are we chaining ourselves to the railings for today?

A discussion on modern feminism

4 March 2016

4 March 2016, What are we chaining ourselves to the railings for today @ People's History Museum

Time 18:00 - 20:00

Duration 2 hours

Cost In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation. Suggested donation £3

From the suffragettes to Pussy Riot, women have chained themselves to the railings in the name of feminism across history.  Today we take this as a starting point to discuss the inclusiveness of feminism.

As part of the People’s History Museum’s look at modern feminism, we will be looking at ways in which modern feminism could improve to include the voices of a more diverse range of women than it currently does, including women of colour, trans* women, women of different faiths and gay and bisexual women.

What issues do these women feel strongly enough about to chain themselves to the railings for?  We will be inviting a number of women to give their views on the topic and then open up the discussion to the floor.

Wonder WomenSuitable for adults and young people

This event is part of Wonder Women, Manchester’s annual feminist festival. From 3-13 March 2016, we celebrate the women’s movement born in our city through film, art, music, walking tours, gallery takeovers, comedy and debate, asking how far we’ve come in 100 years – and how far we have yet to go.


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The panel

  • Qaisra Shahraz is a trustee of Manchester Multi Faith Centre, Vice-Chair of Faith Network 4 Manchester and Executive Member of ‘Muslim Jewish Forum’, ‘We Stand Together’. She currently devotes a lot of her time and energies to interfaith activities to promote messages of tolerance, peace and community cohesion.
  • Dianne Ngoza is the lead member of United for Change and Manchester City of Sanctuary and Women Asylum Seekers Together.  Originally from the Congo, Dianne has worked as a psychiatric and theatre nurse. Since coming to the UK, Dianne has completed a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. She has done numerous voluntary jobs and is a member of Women Asylum Seekers Together, United for Change and Manchester City of Sanctuary. She is seeking safety in the UK.
  • Hebe Philips is a community artist, feminist and LGBT youth worker who is passionate about specialist work with young lesbian and bisexual women. She is particularly interested in ways to amplify young women’s voices and ensure their needs are met and recognised in areas such as healthcare and education. She strongly believes that empowering lesbian and bisexual young women still holds a strong place at the front modern feminism.
  • Noorjahan Ahmed and Roshan Ahmed of the Manchester Bangladeshi Women’s Organisation.
  • Lynn Oddy spent the first 60 odd years of her life trying to be a man. Eventually she realised her real gender and transitioned over a couple of years. Now retired she is active in several trans organisations, including Manchester Concord and the LGBT Federation, helping other transpeople cope with the difficulties they face.

Chair: Dr Esther Gomez-Sierra, University of Manchester

Booking Requirements:

  • Please note event attendees must arrive at least ten minutes before the start time of the event, otherwise their booked space will be given to someone on the reserve list
  • Please contact the museum as soon as possible if you wish to cancel your reservation so your place can be given to another visitor
  • Please note all donations are non refundable
  • For further information please contact the museum on 0161 838 9190 or email events@phm.org.uk