February 2011 Meeting: Female Frontiers

Starting 2011 as we mean to go on, the Sisterhood celebrated their first meeting of the year with a furious concentration on “lady bits”.
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is coming up in March, and to mark the occasion the lovely ladies from Ovacome paid Shoreditch a visit to give us a talk on ovarian cancer and involve us in their Teal Tips campaign.

Teal is the colour chosen to represent ovarian cancer; and this March Ovacome, together with OPI nail varnish, are using a rather dashing shade of teal nail polish to raise the profile of the disease. As we learnt on Monday ovarian cancer causes vague symptoms, if any at all, earning it the nickname “the silent killer”. By tealing our tips we hope to do what women do best – help each other. Simply being aware of the disease may encourage worried women to go their GP, and knowledge of symptoms will empower women further by taking away the mystery of the “silent killer”. Ovacome’s campaign BEAT makes this easier to remember the three most common presented symptoms. 

BEAT stands for:
Bloating that does not fluctuate with your cycle, 
Eating less than normal, 
Abdominal pain and 
Talking to your GP. 

Finally we hope our nails will show our concern and support for all the women who have been affected by ovarian cancer.
Jazz hands everybody!
While our nails were drying our very own Tara and Saria from Forward gave us a talk on FGM and the Embroideries campaign. The Sisterhood have been involved in this campaign for nearly a year now, and we were very excited to hear Tara confirm the location for the quilt launch. For those of you that haven’t finished (started) your patches yet don’t worry! There’s still plenty of time to pop a pussy in the post and join the collection so get creative.

The address to send them to is:

5a Gransden Avenue
E8 3QA
United Kingdom

Snack Chat: Vegan cookies (Caroline), brownies (Jen)

See you at the next meeting! SSWIxx

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Shoreditch Sisters WI

Founded in 2007, we are a WI for women in and around London. We meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 52 - 54 Featherstone Street, London, EC1Y 8RT at 7pm. Membership is available all year around - joining in Jan-31st March is £41 for the entire year, April-30th June £30.75 for three quarters of the year, July- 30 Sept £20.50 of half a year, and Oct-Dec £10.25. We meet 11 times a year plus extra monthly sub-groups. Non-members are welcome to most meetings for £5.

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  1. Hi there, I'm hoping someone here can help me. I am a journalism student who is currently arts editor of a student paper that focuses on Hackney.I would love to write an article on the Shoreditch sisters embroidery project against FGM. If anyone from the committee is happy to speak to me that would be fantastic. Or if… you were there and just want to let me know what your though of it that would be good too.My email address if frankieholloway@aol.com (I check it frequently)Thanks x


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