Greenham Women: Actions and Impacts, Then and Now
Saturday 7 December 2013: 10am – 2pm
Main lecture theatre, ground floor, The Design School Building, Northumbria University
In the summer of 1983, thousands of women from across the country participated in the Star Marches, a simultaneous protest action which saw them mass at Greenham, forming human chains of dissent, their arrests making headline news. On 11th December 1983, 50,000 women met at Greenham to continue the protest and at least one coach-load of women went from Newcastle. Throughout the 19-year history of the camp (1981-2000), tens of thousands of other women provided support, took part in related campaigns and were involved in local WONT (Women Opposed to the Nuclear Threat) groups.
Thirty years on from these mass demonstrations, what is the legacy of the Women’s peace camp? How did women experience living and being at Greenham? What was the importance of this women-only space, both then and now? How can we connect the peace camp at Greenham with women’s contemporary activism such as Women Against the Cuts and Slutwalk?
To discuss some of these questions and to celebrate women’s strength and resilience, we have speakers including Mary Mellor and Monica Shaw, both Greenham veterans and we will also be hearing from women involved in contemporary activism including from the North East Feminist Gathering. The fabulous local choir, Making Waves, will be encouraging us to sing for our lunch with a cheeky radical take on some familiar tunes. Come along and participate in a morning of talks, story-telling, screenings and songs. Bring along your own memorabilia of Greenham or other women’s activist events and add them to our replica fence, or use to prompt stories, memories or new ideas.
FREE EVENT – LUNCH and CRÈCHE PROVIDED
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