WWAFE 2017 HOUSE OF LORDS SEMINAR SERIES

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ENORMOUS CHANGES AT THE LAST MINUTE

WOMEN, TRUMP & BREXIT

A seminar series on women’s rights, challenges, perspectives, hopes and empowerment

 

Baroness Joyce Gould, WWAFE Patron, chairs our 2017 series: Enormous Changes at the Last Minute – Women, Trump & Brexit. WWAFE – Chair Dr Jocelynne A. Scutt, Cttee Members Ahlam Akram, Dinner Event Organiser, Ian Beckerton, Treasurer & Administrator, continue WWAFE founder Elizabeth Sidney’s work with fundraising dinners, participation in UN CSW, and our House of Lords annual seminar series.

 

Enormous Changes at the Last Minute is the title of short story volume published by US (and NY) author Grace Paley. Her first book, Silences, addressed the silences occurring in the lives of women writers … a woman writer appears on the scene, then suddenly disappears. Barbara Pym, British novelist, disappeared for a time because her writing became (misguidedly!) ‘unfashionable’. Grace Paley disappeared when she concentrated on raising children. She writes of the varying reasons for women’s ‘silences’. ‘Silences’ because women are not really silent. Rather, changes in women’s lives can render them invisible or less visible to the outside world, or can precipitate them into absolute visibility …

 

WWAFE’s 2017 seminar series adopts this title because Grace Paley, her writing and her perspectives suit the times. Sometimes, as women, our circumstances do result in ‘enormous changes at the last minute’ … just as today’s political world could be described in these terms. The polls and the pundits predicted remaining ‘in’ would be the Brexit referendum outcome. The polls and the pundits predicted the 45th US President as being Hillary Clinton. At the last minute, polls and pundits were proven wrong.

 

What about women? Do these ‘world’ changes impact on our action, our hopes, our intentions, our future and if so how? What about changes occurring directly in our own lives – what are they, how have they impacted, have they taken us in directions we never contemplated? What action have we taken to address the shocks, the sudden opportunities, the epiphanies? How can we make the best of change and changes, whether ‘out there’ in the external world of politics, or ‘in here’ at home with ourselves? This seminar series explores such questions through words and vision of women of backgrounds diverse and distinct, yet with the commonality women living in the world – a world of enormous changes.

 

 

 

Wednesday 15 March – Cttee Rm 1 House of Lords

‘A Shock, An Event, An Outcome – Women Taking Life On-board’

Place: Committee Room 1, 5.30pm for 6.00pm to 8.00pm House of Lords – Patron Baroness Gould

[We will begin promptly, so arrival at 5.30pm will ensure you gain a seat.]

 

Please register (providing name and address for House of Lords security purposes only) with Ian Beckerton on the e-mail address which sends this flyer.

SPEAKERS: A television/print journalist, a youth activist, a political representative, a barrister – To be confirmed

 

House of Lords
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The following seminars will be :-

 Wednesday 14 June – Cttee Rm 1 House of Lords

‘A Mystery, A Mindshift, A Reckoning – Women Overcoming the Odds’

Place: Committee Room 1, 5.30pm for 6.00pm to 8.00pm House of Lords – Patron Baroness Gould

SPEAKERS: To be confirmed

Thursday  11 October – Cttee Rm 1 House of Lords

 

‘A Revelation, A Remonstrance, An Epiphany – Confronting the World’

Place: Committee Room 1, 5.30pm for 6.00pm to 8.00pm House of Lords – Patron Baroness Gould

SPEAKERS: To be confirmed

 

Please register (providing name and address for House of Lords security purposes only) with Ian Beckerton on the e-mail address which sends this flyer.

 

 

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