CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: research on the termination of pregnancy

A request on email:

University of York study needs YOUR stories

One in three women will have a termination of pregnancy (abortion) by the time they are 45. However, these women’s voices are often missing from discussion of termination. We need research about their experiences. For this reason, a major study at the University of York is inviting women to tell their stories through research interviews. Interviews are strictly confidential and women will not be identified.

Women can choose to take part by phone or by meeting with the researcher in person.

Can you help?

Firstly, a huge thank you to all the women who have already taken part in the research. In response to feedback from those who have taken part, the study criteria have been widened. Anybody aged 18 or over, who has experienced a termination in England, can take part in the research.

If this is something that you might be interested in, please visit the project website for further information.

Alternatively, you can contact the researcher directly by emailing Siân at or phoning on 01904 323064.

EVENT: WomenCentre Kirklees, raising awareness of FGM, Fri 8th Nov 2013, Huddersfield

From email:

Please find attached an event on raising awareness of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). This has been organised by WomenCentre Kirklees and the ‘Women Together’ project.

Friday 8th November 2013 – 10.00 – 15.30 – The Mission, Huddersfield

All details on attached flyer and booking form.

Also, along with the event the ‘Women Together’ project is launching its book around the narratives of asylum seeking and refugee women who have been affected by gender violence.

Please circulate around your contacts.

The event has got limited places so please book early to avoid disappointment.



Tel: 01484 450866
Email redacted.

WomenCentre, Calderdale and Kirklees
WomenCentre Ltd, 23 Silver Street, Halifax, HX1 1JN
Company Number 6084795, Charity Number 1118366

NEWS: Feminist Times is launching on 3rd October (9am)

From email:


Charlotte Raven and the Feminist Times team are pleased to announce the eagerly–‐awaited launch of their website, at 9am on Thursday 3rd October, to coincide with the Founder Members’ Restitution Ball that evening. 

Promising a truly alternative women’s magazine, with a focus on life not lifestyle, the Feminist Times website will launch with the first column from our radical agony aunts, pieces covering feminist catfights and the marketing of austerity, plus much more. 

Feminist Times will be a feminist Private Eye, combining mordantly witty humour and satire with serious in–‐depth analyses of the complexities of modern femininity. 

As a mainstream feminist media platform, we want to represent the wonderful diversity of modern feminism – we already know we have a broad appeal because our membership ranges from teenagers to grandmothers. 

Notes to editors:

  • Feminist Times is a non–‐profit company, limited by guarantee
  • Feminist Times will combine a website, magazine and campaigning arm, drawing on the UK’s wealth of grassroots feminist activism
  • The Feminist Times website will be free to access
  • Feminist Times is free from PR and advertising; instead it is funded by our members and patrons, who each pay what they can afford

All members receive a subscription to the print magazine, which will launch later this year, and access to our “3D feminism” events 

Further information can be found in our FAQs at 

ARTS PROJECT: “The egg, the womb, the head and the moon” interdisciplinary collaborative arts project

From jisclist email (feminist academics)

Dear all,

“The egg, the womb, the head and the moon”, is a new and exciting, interdisciplinary collaborative arts project. It will last for a duration of nine months (42 weeks)- a time frame that purposefully mirrors that of the duration of pregnancy. Now into its ninth week, the site contains moving and powerful art and texts by artists, performers, photographers, academics and poets exploring a diverse range of subjects about the maternal.The project and site is due to be exhibited and presented at the AHRC Motherhood in Post-1968 Women’s Writing: Cross Cultural and Interdisciplinary Dialogues conference at the University of London’s Senate House in October.

This project is very much about making connections with a wider audience and creating dialogue around the art works, texts and posts, therefore I would encourage you to contribute to the project by adding comments in response to the site posts.

See the about page of the website and below for further information about “The egg, the womb, the head and the moon”.

All the best Helen Sargeant


“The egg, the womb, the head and the moon” has been created to show existing work and research-driven practice about the maternal by the Mewe arts collective in response to the title. The site includes documentation of visual art work, video, sound, performance and texts by members of Mewe, including contextual dialogue and blog posts that have arisen through the creative process. It is our aim to share our collective research and reveal the cross-disciplinary and collaborative nature of our practice in order to connect and exchange ideas with a wider audience.

The duration of this blog will be for nine months (42 weeks) – a time frame that purposefully mirrors that of the duration of pregnancy. At the end of three months (the first trimester) Mewe will be exhibiting and presenting this site at the AHRC Motherhood in Post-1968 Women’s Writing: Cross Cultural and Interdisciplinary Dialogues conference at the University of London’s Senate House.

By the second trimester we will be organising and developing an exhibition, and by the end of the third trimester we will show work created through a critical engagement with this website in various locations within Calderdale. The exhibition will therefore be born out of the communications and interactions made visible through this space.

This site will explore the following themes:

Changing Models of Motherhood

Motherhood and Fertility

Motherhood and Loss

Motherhood and the Media

Motherhood and Memory

Motherhood and Mental Health

Motherhood and Place

Motherhood and Sexuality

Motherhood and Technology

Motherhood and the Visual Arts

Motherhood and Work

RESEARCH PROJECT: Are you a mother living away from your children?

From email:

Hi Huddersfield Feminist Collective

I am about to embark on a Masters by Research in psychology at the University of Huddersfield. I am searching for women who would like to take part in my research project.

The research aims to gain an insight into the experiences of women who live apart from their children. It hopes to give a voice to the women’s stories with the intention of having a positive impact on improving women’s lives and sense of well-being.

Could you please help by sharing the attached poster with members of your group. For further information please contact me through.

Mobile: redacted.

Thanks and kind regards

NEXT HFC EVENT: THURSDAY MEET, 29th August 2013 at 7.00pm

I’ve been so bad at posting updates etc. but, in my defence, I’ve been away and busy. Anyway, hopefully some of you are planning to go to the next Thursday meet (29th August). I am.

The Huddersfield Feminist Collective meets on the last Thursday of each month from 7pm at the Sports(person)man Pub, 1 St Johns Road, Huddersfield, HD1 5AY.

Please come along – it’s informal and fun and you’ll be made welcome! The Sports(person)man pub has kindly offered us a room for our exclusive (whenever possible) use.

Next meeting: Thursday the 29th of August 2013, at 7.00pm. See you there!

EVENT: Aldermaston Women’s Peace Camp(aign)

Aldermaston Women’s Peace Camp is held on the second weekend of every month. We arrive at camp on Saturday morning or sometimes on Friday evening (please ring to check we are there if you plan to come Friday evening). We stay until Sunday lunch-time.

Visit the events section for details for forthcoming camps.

All women are welcome to come along at any time – and male visitors are welcome at camp during the day, but not after dark.

You can get a flavour of camp life by reading the blog section. You can also download our new women’s leaflet (pdf below) containing basic information about the camp.


HELP: University of York research study – women’s experiences of termination of pregnancy

From email:


I work in the Sociology Department at the University of York and I’m getting in touch to ask whether your group might be able to help circulate/publicise information about a research project that I am running?

The project is funded by the Wellcome Trust (a UK research charity) and is using interviews to explore women’s and health professionals’ experiences of abortion provision in England. I am inviting women aged 18 or over, who have had a termination of pregnancy within the last 6 months, to participate in an interview about their experiences. The aim of the interviews is to allow women to tell their stories in their own words and to explore what this experience has meant to them. Interviews are strictly confidential and women will not be identified. The study has been ethically reviewed and approved by the University of York Economics, Law, Management, Politics and Sociology Research Ethics Committee.

I am trying to find ways to publicise information about the project to women, so that those for whom this is relevant can decide for themselves whether they want to contact me about taking part in an interview. I wondered whether you might be willing to circulate the advert (pasted below this message and also included as an attachment flyer) around your mailing lists, and perhaps post the information on your webpage?

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