Women’s Voice is a non-profit Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), run by women for women in Hastings & St Leonards. Women’s Voice seeks to:
- empower all local women, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexuality or ability
- encourage respect and awareness amongst all cultures and beliefs
- promote gender equality
- support equal opportunities for all women
Our aims are:
- to provide a safe forum where women can meet and discuss issues which concern them
- to identify women’s needs locally and work to meet them
- to enable women to overcome barriers to achievement and success
- to organise women-focused events
- to challenge sexism and misogyny whenever we encounter it
- to provide advocacy and practical support and information for the women of Hastings and St. Leonards
Working with others
Women’s Voice works in partnership with a wide variety of local and national organisations, including Hastings Borough Council (HBC), East Sussex County Council (ESCC), Hastings and St Leonards Children’s Centres, Hastings International Organisation (HIO), Hastings Voluntary Action (HVA), Citizens Advice Bureau (CIB); CUPP (Community University Partnership Programme); the WEA (Workers Educational Association); Links; Respond Academy; and the White Ribbon Campaign.
Registered charity number: 1167373
Following its big event to celebrate women winning the vote in 1918, which took place in June, Women’s Voice is now turning its attention to women’s lives today, one hundred years later. To this end, it is hosting an exhibition in September at Hastings Arts Forum, called ‘One Hundred Years ON and What Have We Got?’
To answer this question, women artists from around the country have created and sent in dramatic artworks, using paint, print, cloth and construction, to explore women’s lives today. Exhibits show in visual form what women have achieved over the last 100 years and explore the goals that women still need to achieve.
Alongside the exhibition there will be film showings, workshops and discussions.
Storytelling by Ariane Hadjilias on Wednesday 5 September 7-9pm
Tapestry workshop by Master embroiderer from Peru, Bella Lane on 8 September 12.30 – 5pm
Zine-making workshops featuring Witches on 9 September 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm by Erica Smith
Police Spies Out of Lives Thursday 13th September, 7-9pm. Meeting and Discussion.
All event are free entry and are taking place at the Hastings Arts Forum, 36 Marina, Saint Leonards-on-sea TN38 0BU . Follow this link for more event information and bookings
Join Women’s Voice on Saturday 10 March 2018 to celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day at Azur, Marina Pavilion, St Leonards from 12.30-3.30pm.
This marks the 11th year that Women’s Voice has hosted International Women’s Day events.
This year’s theme is #Press for Progress.
The afternoon event, which is free, will consist of film, music, dance, speakers and discussion.
There will be a short talk about local women’s fight for the vote and a chance to talk to local women councillors about what it’s like, 100 years later, to be a woman in politics today.
Speaking for Women’s Voice, Ann Kramer said “This year we celebrate those campaigning women who won us the vote 100 years ago. But despite that great achievement, we know women still have a long way to go to achieve true equality. Worldwide there seems to be a re-energised women’s movement so, using the theme of #pressforprogress, we will honour the legacy and sacrifice of the suffragettes and also call out for local women to talk about what needs to be done to achieve full equality.”
* INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2017: BE BOLD FOR CHANGE. Women’s Voice is celebrating International Women’s Day on Saturday 11 March. There will be a march along the seafront at 12 noon starting at Warrior Square and ending at the White Rock Hotel for an afternoon of music, fun and information. All welcome. Refreshments will be avalable. Event funded by Hastings Borough Council, Amicus Horizon and Unison.
* POP-UP Museum:The project explored ways women’s lives are represented historically using local museum collections,…Read more..
* Global Kitchen:The Global Kitchen project took the participants to a journey around the world cuisines. Read more..
* The film festival event: Women’s Voice celebrated “Women Go Global” by inviting people to come to a series of international films about women and what it means to be a woman. Read more..
* The conversations event took place at the White Rock Hotel from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and was attended by about 20 women. Read more..
* The debate: More than 50 women attended the Women’s Voice debate ‘I am a Person: Don’t make me an object’, on the sexualisation of young women, which was held on 7 March. Read more..
* IWD presentation: Shiva and Gill were invited to give a presentation to an Amicus Horizon forum at the Sussex Exchange today. Read more..