Perth Women's Collective

Gender Equality Perth runs Perth Women’s Collective, started after the Women of the World festivals in Perth in 2017 and 2018 to continue the conversations started at WOW and carry on meeting the incredible women of Perthshire. The Collective aims to provide an informal, welcoming, safe space in Perth(UK) for anyone identifying as a woman to talk, to listen, to be celebrated, and to contribute to the conversation around gender equality. Perth Women's Collective meets on the first Tuesday of every month for a variety of events such as book and film clubs, talks and discussions. See below for details of previous events and check out our upcoming events here.

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Feminist Book Club

Periodically we host a feminist book club through Perth Women's Collective, keep an eye on upcoming events for our next book club. The titles we choose are also available for you to borrow for your book club! We have developed some questions to help guide you through a discussion of the selected texts. We have 10 copies of each title; get in touch if you would like to borrow them for your group.

Currently available:

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

Talk by Dr Sherilyn MacGregor

Dr Sherilyn MacGregor from the University of Manchester, gave a talk titled ‘Destroy the patriarchy not the planet’: Ecofeminism and the climate emergency. Dr MacGregor specialises in the relationships between environmental (un)sustainability and social inequality. In the talk she explained the evolution of ecofeminism around the world and gave contemporary examples of ecofeminists’ responses to the climate emergency, drawing attention to the challenges faced by women in the UK as a result of the climate crisis as well as the policy designed to mitigate it. Never has climate change been a more pressing issue, and how it intersects with gender inequality is a compelling topic that is worth us all understanding more about.

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Talk by Lou Brodie

Former WOW Perth coordinator, theatre maker and gender studies specialist Lou Brodie gave a Zoom talk on the history of feminism, followed by a discussion.

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Talk by Ajay Close

Local author Ajay Close gave a Zoom talk on the history of suffragettes in Perth

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Feminist Film Club

As part of the year long funded programme from the National Lottery PWC delivered a ‘Locals’ screening initiative via film charity Take One Action.

The films included:

Wave Goodbye to Dinosaurs

A Better Man

Not without us

A Journey of a thousand miles: Peacekeepers

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Talk by Cat Burton

Perthshire-based photographer and former video game developer Cat Burton gave an inspiring and fascinating talk about her personal and professional journey.

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Panel discussion following screening of 'Not Without Us'

Following the screening of documentary Not Without Us an invited panel discussed the issues raised in the film, with emphasis on how the issues raised in the film are relevant in our community, especially for women,. The panel included Divindy Grant, the Climate Change and Sustainable Development Team Leader for Perth & Kinross Council; Kate Jones, who works with Innovate UK to support energy networks to innovate rapidly to achieve net zero at the lowest cost to energy users; Melanie Macrae, who works in energy strategy at the Scottish Government and Jess Pepper, a mum, climate advocate and Climate Reality leader with many years of involvement in community action on climate change and founder of the now international Climate Café movement. The main outcomes from the conversation highlighted the importance of communities supporting each other and discussing change and how quickly change can happen.

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