We are thrilled to be welcoming new committee members to WAND this month. Everyone on the committee now has a specific role aligned to the new strategy so we’re nearly ready to “press go” and get it truly underway. We still have other exciting volunteer opportunities available so if you’re interested in lending a hand, please do contact us at wanddorset@gmail.com
 
We are also making progress with our plans to transform WAND into a Community Interest Company by this Summer. So, watch this space later in the year when we will be recruiting Trustees and Ambassadors. Visit the website to see our proposed new structure.
 
If you haven’t yet read our new strategy, take a look on the website here.
 
#WANDThreeQuestions
We have received some fantastic feedback about our #WANDThreeQuestions campaign. We want to know the three most important issues being faced by Women in Dorset – have you had your say yet? If not let us know your priorities here.

This is what you’ve told us so far. We need to hear from so many more of you so that we can start to work on your priority issues.
 
Social Media
We have some exciting campaigns coming up that you will find on our social media platforms. You can find us on Twitter | Instagram | Facebook. Make sure you follow us @DorsetWomen and @FantasticDorsetWomen to hear what we’re up to.
 
International Women’s Day 2022 #BreakTheBias
We are excited to be involved in several International Women’s Day activities this year!

Collaboration with Dorset Bookshops

We will be sharing your Top 3 women’s literature favourites and collaborating with local book shops who will be displaying these books and information about WAND. Let us know your Top 3 books written by, for or about women emailing us at wanddorset@gmail.com commenting on our social media posts or just telling us right here

#WANDWith Interview Series

We will be launching the first of our #WANDWith interviews during the week leading up to #IWD2022 starting with the amazing @jurassicg1rl Dr Anjana Khatwa Earth Scientist and Presenter. Don’t miss out, follow us on our social media to find out how Anjana and other inspirational women in Dorset are marking the day and breaking the bias #BreakTheBias

Metamorphosis – Art and Music Event
We are also thrilled to be supported by the art show ‘Metamorphosis’ – an exhibition of artistic expression to celebrate International Women’s Day in March 2022. The show is a joyful celebration of art from a feminine perspective and our ability to transform and adapt to life’s circumstances and challenges. Metamorphosis will take place at the Chapel in the Garden in Bridport between on 5th March. Tickets are available from Eventbrite here. Profits raised are kindly being donated to WAND – we will have a stand at the exhibition, so do come and say hello to us!
 
WAND Connect
As part of our new strategy, we aim to curate and promote a series of events – some run by us but most run by others – events bringing women together to benefit from connection with each other.

This Month:

Grit & Grace Women’s Circle | Friday 18th February 2022 | The Amethyst Cave Southbourne 
Participate in circle sharing, activities and meditations that will leave you feeling grounded, connected, rejuvenated, loved and present. Register here for this self-care event.

‘Women, War & The Pub’ told by Kate Adie | Sunday 20th February | Tom Browns Pub Dorchester
This event is dedicated to the celebration of women in brewing. Author and broadcaster Kate Adie will be telling the story of how women changed the face of the local pub during WW1. The “locals” – once male strongholds – were now run by women, and women were welcome as customers. Find out more here.

Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra Women-Only Workshop | Sunday 20th February | The Retreat New Forest 
Join Michelle for this Self-Care Sunday healing workshop with reiki-infused yin yoga and yoga nidra for balancing the sacral chakra. Yoga teacher, reiki practitioner and author, Michelle’s dharma is to empower women to create health and happiness through her weaving together of reiki energy and yoga to promote balance and healing. Book here.

Southwest Women in Business Bi-Weekly Drop-In Teabreak & Chat | Tuesday 22nd February 2022 | Zoom 
Grab a cuppa and come and log in for the SWIB biweekly informal drop-in chat sessions. Whether you have a specific business question you are wrestling with, just need a chat and to see friendly faces, or want to make new business connections and friendships – this tea break is for you. Zoom Link here Passcode: 687354
 
Awaken Your Goddess | Saturday 26th February 2022 | The Retreat New Forest 
This workshop is for women who wish to open and expand their heart’s Love in a safe and loving space. In this half day workshop, you would be working with the Celtic Goddess Brigid and the rhythms of early Spring to awaken your inner fires of Love, creativity and passion. Find out more here or at sonrayagrace.com.

Coming Up:

Women in Innovation | Thursday 3rd March 2022 | Enefco House Poole Quay 
Interested in product design and innovation? Hear from inspiring female founders and women in senior roles at businesses in the UK at this great event Women + Innovation hosted by Aetha Design. Register here to meet and listen to inspiring women and hear about their career and business stories.

Women’s Shamanic Drum Circle | Thursday 3rd March 2022 | Poole Spiritualist Church 
A safe space for women to drum and receive drum healing to awaken the power and strength within. Drumming is the heartbeat of Mother Earth and is considered a woman’s tool of empowerment.
 
Drumming helps us come in to rhythmic balance as it connects the neuro-pathways between our left and right hemispheres of our brain. It helps us let go of stress, reduce anxiety and release old energy that has become blocked in our body and energies allowing deep healing and transformation to take place. Book here.

Women Only 7 Mile Hike Durdle Door & Lulworth Cove | Sunday 6th March | Lulworth Cove
Alice Keegan likes to make these hikes as enjoyable as possible for everyone, so she keeps a slow and steady pace. It’s about taking in the views and being in nature, not about rushing to the finish line. Book here.

Link And Learn with Exceptional Women of Dorset and Hampshire | Tuesday 8th March 2022 | Hanger Farm Arts Centre Totton 
Founder and Director of Padua Communications, Nicky Rudd, has brought together a spectacular line-up of inspirational speakers for this exclusive event. Each speaker will share their view on the role of women in business and the challenges they have overcome to break the bias in their workplaces and industries. Book here.

Raising Voices: Women and the Justice System | Tuesday 8th March 2022 | Shire Hall Dorchester 
In March 2022, Shire Hall launches its new series Raising Voices. The aim of this series is to share the stories of people and communities whose voices weren’t always heard.
 
This first instalment of the series will explore women’s experiences with justice. Examining the stories of Martha Brown, Charlotte Bryant and Violet Van der Elst, all of whom were involved with trials and sentencing at Shire Hall.
 
New interpretation on these women will be displayed throughout the museum, adding to the visitor experience and increasing awareness about these women, telling their stories through their own words. Shire Hall is hosting a series of talks throughout March exploring women and the justice system. The talks are:Tuesday 8th March- Martha Brown, Capital Punishment and Women in the Criminal Justice System, Dr Rose Wallis

Tuesday 15th March- Let’s Talk About Sex: Reflections on Deviant Women in the Criminal Justice, Dr Jane Healey
Tuesday 22nd March- The Incredible Violet Van Der Elst, Brian Bates

Celebrate IWD with the NHS Women Leaders Network | Tuesday 8th March | Zoom
Join the Health and Care Women Leaders Network for their International Women’s Day celebration. The event will highlight the work underway to make a positive difference for women working in health and care. Be in great company with others who are passionate about gender equality – all are welcome. You can follow the network at @hcwomen leaders and book your free place here.

Lady Of The House UK Club Tour: Arielle Free | Friday 11th March | Halo Nightclub Bournemouth
Following the success of Lady of the House Book, which features Nina Kraviz, Charlotte De Witte, Candi Staton, Barbara Tucker, Sam Divine & over 150 inspirational women in Dance music, and tying in with the launch of the first ever live & virtual Cultural Exhibition, this tour will be an incredible addition to Lady of the House’s reputation of celebrating championing and honouring women in Dance music. Buy tickets here.

SheCAN DORSET D.I.Y & Home Maintenance Course Exclusively for Women | Saturday 12th March 2022 + multiple dates | Moreton Village Hall 
SheCan is very excited to be able to offer their one day course in Dorset. All their home maintenance courses are hands-on, practical sessions. Each class includes plenty of safety advice, discussion and support. You’ll learn about tools, materials, professional tricks of the trade and the theory behind each technique you’ll be using. Book here.

Cruising Through the Menopause (Menopause the Musical 2) | Tuesday 29th March 2022 | Pavilion Theatre Bournemouth 
Cruising Through Menopause is a hilarious, heartfelt, reassuring and unflinching look at the joys of menopause and friendship. For these four ladies the menopause was not the beginning of the end, but the beginning of a beautiful friendship where love conquers, and friendships never fail. Buy tickets here.

The 5th BCP International Women’s Day (I.W.D.) Symposium, Awards & Dinner | Saturday 16th April 2022 | Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott HotelJoin Arts for Survival Community Interest Company’s 5th International Women’s Day Convention, Awards & Dinner, where they will celebrate women who made an extraordinary impact in the community during the COVID-19 crisis. The event will include speakers, honours, food, music, culturally diverse women, and more. They will also magnify the significance of the I.W.D. 2022 theme #BreakTheBias and our theme of #Women’s Health. Tickets can be booked here.

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