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Hustings: Women’s Manifesto – what will your parliamentary candidate do for you?


To launch a week of activities to celebrate international Women’s Day, WAND are hosting a Question Time style debate with key parliamentary candidates standing to represent West Dorset.

The Women’s Manifesto event is being held on Friday 6 March at the Town Hall in Dorchester, DT1 1HF and doors will open at 7.30pm – the debate itself taking place from 8pm-9pm.

Key representatives including Oliver Letwin (Conservative MP), Rachel Rogers (Labour candidate), David Glossup (UKIP candidate), Peter Barton (Green candidate) and Ros Kayes (Liberal Democrat candidate) have all confirmed they will be attending the event.

During the session itself, the audience will put their questions to the candidates, so that they can explain what they’re planning on doing for women in Dorset around topics such as equal pay, women’s representation, childcare and health. Questions may relate to local concerns or reflect national issues.

The debate will be chaired by BBC Radio Solent’s afternoon show presenter Katie Martin.

Katie says “It’s great to be involved in an event such as this, where women from all walks of life can make their voices heard, and for those in the positions of power in our community to put the issues that matter to women in Dorset at the top of the agenda.”

Places are limited so book your free place here.

For the opportunity to get involved, please submit your question below by 4pm on Wednesday 4 March – contributors will then be invited to pose their query on the night (so don’t forget to book your place above).

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International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

End Violence Against Sex Workers LogoDecember 17th is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers and an event has been organised in Dorset on that day to support it.

It will begin at Bournemouth Library at 3.30pm, where we will hear from various guest speakers regarding their work and commitment to ending violence against sex workers.  At 5pm we will be taking to the streets to walk through Bournemouth town centre and it will end at St Paul’s hostel at approximately 6pm.

During the walk we will be handing out flyers informing the general public of our plight.  To complete the event there will be tea/coffee available at St Pauls (BCHA) hostel and a selection of cakes on offer.  The symbol of the event is a red umbrella, bring one along if you are able.

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Reclaim the Night, Dorchester: 2014

Reclaim the Night, Dorchester 2014A fantastic night was had by all on 29th November, as WAND held its annual Reclaim the Night walk through the streets of Dorchester. This year, it was a real family affair, as we welcomed men and children for the first time.

The evening got under way and found its beat with the brilliant Organic Rhythm who led a lively samba drumming workshop in the Town Hall which is the usual venue for this event, just upstairs from the Corn Exchange.

Everyone then took to the streets with their instruments and marched through the town drumming as they went. Molly Rennie, a wonderful advocate for the Women’s Refuge, carried one half of the Reclaim the Night banner and the other side was supported by one of gentlemen who attended.

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FGM: an interesting piece in the Guardian today

Surgical instrumentsToday’s Guardian Woman reports that campaigners against female genital mutilation (FGM) have cautiously welcomed government moves to require professionals to report suspected cases of FGM, but have also warned of the risk of alienating communities and forcing the practice further underground.

The government launched a consultation today into mandatory reporting of FGM that will ask which professionals should be forced to report, how it should be introduced and what punishment frontline professionals should face if they fail to report an incidence of FGM, click here to view the consultation.

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Reclaim the Night Walk Through Dorchester

Reclaim the night posterWe are delighted to announce news of this years Reclaim the Night walk which will take place on Saturday 29th November at Dorchester Town Hall – upstairs from the Corn Exchange – between 7pm and 11pm.

The tickets are just £3 and can be bought on the door and include an invigorating drumming workshop with the wonderful Organic Rhythm, a delicious buffet supper and a charity auction led by our Patron Tracey West.

The main event of the evening will be a short march through the Dorchester streets to Reclaim the Night and for the first time, this event will be open to both women and men who want to contribute towards ending violence against women.

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Launching WAND’s Brand New Website

button4We are absolutely delighted to unveil our new website, created by Simon West of Swan Developments.

It has been designed to reflect our passion for creativity which is expressed so well at WAND Women’s Day events in the spring.

They positively burst at the seams with crafty goods that are lovingly and skilfully made by ladies from all over Dorset.

If you haven’t been to a WAND Women’s Day event before, be sure to bookmark our website or subscribe to our news feed by popping your email address in the Subscribe box above and each time we make an announcement here, it’ll conveniently arrive in your inbox and keep you bang up to date.

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No Excuse For Abuse Conference 2014

Speakers and Attendees of the No Excuse for Abuse Conference 2014

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On Thursday 27th November WAND and the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill presented the No Excuse for Abuse Conference 2014.

It was held at the Bovington Park Conference Centre and had a remarkable line up of speakers and was Chaired by author and Patron of WAND, Tracey West.

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Could You Complete a National Survey to Help UK Women?

Equality & Diversity Forum logoOn 23th October 2014, the Government Equalities Office launched a survey seeking views on a couple of key points that affect women in the UK.

As we approach the twentieth anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (a framework of commitments to advance women’s rights made in 1995) they are undertaking the survey to analyse the public’s perception of their actions.

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Crafty Bitch Session Saturday 1st September – Cancelled!

Sorry for the late notice but due to illness we are having to cancel this months Crafty Bitch Session.

We will be running our next session on Saturday 6th October and would be very happy to see you.

Successful Winter Frock Market and Christmas Event

Thank you to all who took part in the Christmas Craft Fayre and Frock market – we had lots of fun, lots of cakes, and managed to do quite a lot or shopping !

We raised £300 towards WAND funds which help to fund DWD and other activities.

If you would like to run a New to You Clothes Sale in yoru area, we are able to help. If it is to raise funds for WAND, we can carry out the admin, lend the rails and hangers and send a helper, if you want to fundraise for a different cause, we can hire out the rails and hangers for a fee of £50 – please note these are strong retail type rails, not the cheap ones for domestic use !