Things from the Manchester Oxfam minutes


Kept meaning to put this up – this is from the event at the Town Hall on the 16th October, where all the knitters who contributed to the blanket met up for a launch event to celebrate their hard work. There was also a film documenting the process of creating the blanket which (lest ye forget) was knitted by dozens of volunteers from Greater Manchester to raise awareness of the 1400 women who die every day in pregnancy or childbirth. Each square of the blanket represents a mother who could have lived to look after her child.

Have a look at the film, it’s well good. The bit filmed at the ‘Women In Labour’ event at Labour Party Conference is especially interesting. (I’m in it a tiny bit too as well but I’m not making much sense.)

And speaking of films, the next big Oxfam thing is the Climate Change Film Festival. Events in Manchester shalt be…

  • Monday 10th November- Sadleworth Film Club.  Sisters on the Planet” – Oxfam’s film on how 4 women on 4 continents in the world are dealing with the effects of climate change.  This will show after Persepolis.
  • Wednesday 26th November- Manchester Met Uni Film Society. 5-9pm. “Sisters on the Planet” will be showing from 5pm.  Jeffery Manton Building- Lecture Th. 5.  
  • Thursday 27th November- Zion Arts Centre Film Festival. 5.30-8.30pm. Provisional, but likely to involve Wall-E *big smile* 
  • Saturday 29th November- 11am-3pm. There will be a screen showing part of the “Sisters on the Planet” film on the Piccadilly Gardens screen; Oxfam will be there campaigning as well.

If you want to get involved with any Manchester Oxfam stuff (I definitely recommend it), email

I’m going to be sat on this sofa all night with a bottomless cafetiére, BBC News 24 and a lot of things from my inbox marked ‘to blog about’, so expect a lot more posts like this before Virginia gets called for Obama 🙂

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