Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women’s Rights

In partnership with The British Library and Living Knowledge Network, Hull Libraries presents Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women’s Rights.

Leading up to International Women’s Day we discuss historic, contemporary and future themes of womanhood, exploring gender, equality and liberation.

Speakers include award winning journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, bestselling novelist Sarah Ward, historian and author Clara Barley, Senior Lecturer at the University of Hull Dr Sabine Vanacker and young adult and children’s author Sally Nicholls.

Our programme runs from Tuesday 16 Feb – Monday 8 March. All events are free and will be delivered via Zoom.




The Zoom event starts on Monday, March 8th at 10.30am and will finish at 2.30pm.

Panel One – Where are the women? Marginalised Women’s Voices in the Mediais chaired by Amanda Ferguson. She is joined by: Lilian Seenoi-Barr; Stacey Graham; Rachel Powell; Anna Lo; and Elspeth Vischer.

Panel Two – Women on the front line – reporting in troubled timesis chaired by Allison Morris. She is joined by: Nicola Tallant; Jane Loughrey; and Mandy McAuley.

Panel Three – Social media campaigns – grassroots activism or grand scale virtue signalling?is chaired by Patricia MacBride. She is joined by Eileen Flynn, Fatima Halawa and Claire McKeegan.

On the day delegates will also watch contributions from: First Minister of Northern Ireland and DUP leader, the Right Honourable Arlene Foster MLA; Joint First Minister in the north of Ireland and Sinn Féin Leas Uachtarán (Vice President) Michelle O’Neill MLA; Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, and Green Party deputy leader (Ireland) Catherine Martin TD; and Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Labour Party MP for Sheffield Heeley Louise Haigh.


We are delighted to invite you to our International Women’s Day webinar ‘Refugee Protection: A feminist way forward’.

Join us on 8 March from 4pm to 4.30pm for a short and lively discussion between prominent refugee women leaders on our feminist vision for a supportive and humane asylum process.

This event is a chance to meet our new director Alphonsine Kabagabo! She’ll be in conversation with Marchu Girma, our former deputy director and now chief executive of Hibiscus Initiatives, and Zrinka Bralo, chief executive of Migrants Organise. Each of these inspiring women brings personal and professional experience of seeking asylum and supporting other women through the process. The conversation will be chaired by Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, who has recently published her book ‘This is why I resist’.

We need a feminist way forward right now. From when the Refugee Convention was signed 70 years ago, women’s unique experiences have largely been ignored. This year, the government has said it will ‘overhaul’ the asylum process, sharing hostile rhetoric and damaging proposals that threaten to make it even harder for women to find safety in the UK.

At a time when refugee rights and women’s rights are under threat, listen to inspiring refugee women leaders.


After a fantastic test run on Twitch over the weekend, it’s full stream ahead for our Funny Women Around the World event on Saturday 6th March. While we still have a few tricks up our sleeve, today we’re announcing our full programme and timings, so you can get your diaries and start scheduling your favourite events.

Amazing additions to the line up include: Craic N Notions in Dublin (one of our most established international chapters), where four Irish and one American take you through the ABCs of Irish Culture. Also to celebrate our toilet paper shortage being a thing of the past, join Mo in Kent to turn your rolls and other household items into art in A Funny Kind of Education. Further afield, check on how some of the best American talent is coping in our talking heads feature Let’s Be Nosey in the USA. There’s also dance in Toronto, stand up in Singapore, body positivity chats in Amsterdam and so much more!