Lapdancing campaign film

Tuesday, 12 March, 2013 - 23:59

Oxford film-maker Zoe Broughton has made a film about the ongoing campaign to close down The Lodge lapdancing club in Oxford: Thanks Zoe!

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OSARCC needs volunteers!

Tuesday, 12 March, 2013 - 23:53

OSARCC is now recruiting volunteers.

We are currently looking for new volunteers to staff our telephone and email helplines. Full training will be provided and we look for women who are sympathetic to our principles and who are team players. We require volunteers to have a good level of English and they must be able to be involved for a minimum of 18 months. Training commences in April 2013 and runs over a series of evenings and weekends.

Who can volunteer?

OSARCC operates a policy of equal opportunities and welcomes applications to volunteer from women...

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Banner drop on International Women's Day

Friday, 8 March, 2013 - 09:48

International Women's Day banner at Oxford Rail station

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Friday 8 March 2013

Oxford commuters were greeted at rush hour on International Women's Day today with a banner hung from the railway bridge at Frideswide Square reading: “Listen Up! End Violence Against Women”. Thanks to Hugh Warwick for the picture.

The banner is in support of the Oxfordshire Reclaim the Night campaign: Listen Up! Let's create safe spaces for women to be heard.

The campaign calls on all in the community, women and men in authority and the general...

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Get heard: Reclaim the Night this Friday 8 March!

Monday, 4 March, 2013 - 14:29

Reclaim the Night stall with collective

Are you ready to Reclaim the Night? On Saturday we went to Cornmarket in Oxford to get the word out about the march and International Women's Day celebrations coming up on Friday, and the Listen Up! campaign. The lovely Lush people helped us set up a stall in front of the shop, Gina & Bethany from Sol Samba joined our own Kirsty to get the Saturday shoppers listening, and we collected responses from passers by to the question: "What makes you feel heard?" The answers we got were so varied - from 'trust' and 'attention', to 'a roof over my head', 'safety', 'people looking at me when I...

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V-Day is here again: Vagina Monologues 2013

Tuesday, 26 February, 2013 - 21:31

VDAY 2013

Oxford Feminist Network presents The Vagina Monologues back for a third glorious year.  Eve Ensler's classic play will be performed by a new community cast on three dates (6th March at the Cowley Women's Group; 7th March at Ruskin College Oxford, Headington and 9th March at Mansfield College).  As always the profits are donated to charities combating violence against women and girls locally and worldwide and is part of the One Billion Rising movement which swept the globe earlier this month.

Cast member this year, Heather McConnell said "It feels great to be part of such an...

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Feminist Film Night 25 Feb 2013

Sunday, 24 February, 2013 - 12:12

feminist film night 25 Feb 7pm EOCC

Reclaim the Night screening of short films by feminists, some by local feminist film makers, on Monday 25 February, 7pm at East Oxford Community Centre, there will also be discussion - and cake!

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Listen Up! campaign & RTN 2013 launched!

Sunday, 24 February, 2013 - 12:00

Flora at launch of Listen Up!

On Thursday night (21st) we launched Reclaim the Night 2013 and the Listen Up! campaign with a great gig at the Port Mahon. Big thanks to the musicians who gave their talents to the campaign: Flora, Hannah Bruce, Exxonic, & Rodney Quakes - links and pics on their way...

Look out for more news of Listen Up! campaign events - feminist fim night, stall & flashmob

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Join us to Reclaim the Night & support the Listen Up! campaign

Tuesday, 12 February, 2013 - 22:21

21 Feb 2013 launch of Listen Up! and Reclaim the Night

Get your diaries out - we're finally ready to announce the full line up of events for Reclaim the Night 2013 - and the launch of the Listen Up! campaign

This year our campaign message is:

Listen Up! Let's create a safe space for women to be heard.

Oxford Reclaim the Night believes that:

All women at all times have the right to be safe from all forms of violence

It is always the perpetrator who is to blame, never the victim

It is a community-wide responsibility to make Oxford a safe place, where women and girls:

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Reclaim the Night 2013 is on March 8th!

Wednesday, 2 January, 2013 - 17:23

Oxford Reclaim the Night

Yes, it's official! This year's Reclaim the Night march will be on March 8th, International Women's Day, with the celebration (for men too) at the Town Hall, co-hosted with Oxford International Women's Festival, music provided by the future women's talent of Oxford: Oxford Young Women's Music Project.

We're in the final weeks of organising it, and very excited - and we need all the creative help we can get, so come and join us! For details of meetings email rtn....

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Lodge-ing Objections... the lapdancing club saga in Oxford

Sunday, 4 November, 2012 - 16:25

The Lodge 'gentleman's club' was briefly closed down last month after OFN and local residents were successful in raising objections to their license renewal at a council hearing. But just a few days later the club re-opened after being granted a judicial review into the council's decision.

OFN's submission was comprehensive, and...

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No More Page 3 - what men say

Sunday, 4 November, 2012 - 14:20

The organisers of the No More Page 3 campaign have made an interesting short film interviewing male Sun readers about what they think about page 3.

In Oxford, Oxford Fawcett Society are co-ordinating action to support this campaign. Contact:, or look for their Facebook page.

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2013 Reclaim the Night planning - join in!

Sunday, 4 November, 2012 - 12:28

The next Reclaim the Night march will be on March 15th 2013, just after International Women's Day and the Oxford International Women's Festival, and it will follow a month-long campaign to raise awareness about how as a community we can make a safe space for women to speak out about violence.

We'd love for more women and men to get involved to help make this a powerful campaign, a proud march, and a great rally! Meetings are creative AND organised and there's a role for everyone. To find out more and get involved, email

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Sexual abuse & rape support groups to restart

Tuesday, 23 October, 2012 - 18:23

A specialist support service for women in Oxfordshire who have experienced sexual violence is to restart in November thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery.

Run by Oxford based charity Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre (OSARCC), the group will be open to any woman over the age of 18 who has experienced sexual violence at any time in her life, whether as an adult or a child.

The groups will run weekly in twelve week cycles, facilitated by an experienced counsellor and group facilitator at a confidential location in central Oxford. Anyone interested in the service...

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Sign the petition to end cosmetic surgery advertising

Friday, 16 March, 2012 - 13:51

Support UK Feminista's campaign to end cosmetic surgery advertising. Call on the Government to act by adding your name to the petition.

Petition text

We call on the Government to end cosmetic surgery advertising.

Right now there are few restrictions on where and how cosmetic surgery providers can advertise their procedures.

Yet cosmetic surgery adverts ruthlessly prey on women’s body anxieties to generate profit. They recklessly trivialise surgical procedures that carry real health risks and fuel body...

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OSARCC is now recruiting volunteers.

Friday, 9 March, 2012 - 17:54

We, the Oxford Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre, are currently looking for new volunteers to staff our telephone and email helplines. Full training will be provided and we look for women who are sympathetic to our principles and who are team players. We require volunteers to have a good level of English and they must be able to be involved for a minimum of 18 months. Training commences in April 2012 and runs over a...

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