To celebrate International Women's Day, we're hosting Through the Lens: an evening of conversation with three interesting women on Friday 9 March, with our friends Bailey Nelson (more details here). The discussion will be chaired by our editor Alice Snape and commissioning editor Bre Graham.
We're delighted to introduce our panellists for the evening. These brilliant women have all featured on the pages of Oh Comely and will be discussing what being a woman in 2018 means to them.
Melina (pronoun she/her) is a queer migrant woman. She has been doing sex work for the past five years – although she doesn't always like it, she is very passionate about sex workers’ rights. She is part of the Sex Workers’ Opera, a multimedia show made by at least 50% of sex workers, and X:talk, a migrant sex worker organisation. She helped with the Sex/Work Strike and she is trying to build an organisation to support sex workers in Portugal. She performs sometimes in different venues in London, rides her bike regularly, writes sporadically and procrastinates wildly.
Tahmina Begum is the Editor-in-Chief of XXY Magazine, a fashion, art and culture magazine, and platform seeking representation for emerging creatives. She is currently working on XXY's first-anniversary print issue and its upcoming podcast. Begum is also a freelance journalist and in addition to being a regular contributor to Oh Comely, she has also recently written for Dazed, HuffPost UK, Man Repeller, ScreenShot Magazine and gal-dem. Her work has a large focus on intersectional feminism and telling forgotten stories as well as the importance of a good, damn accessory.
Grace Campbell is a filmmaker, comedian, and activist. Themes of feminism run through all of Grace’s work, best displayed in Riot Girls, a C4 feminist hidden camera which Grace recently produced and acted in. Grace co-founded the Pink Protest, a platform created to bring feminist action together, both online and IRL, their most notable work so far has been on the #freeperiods campaign.
The event will start from 6.30pm on Friday 9 March, and your £15 ticket includes drinks. Profits from ticket sales will go to Bloody Good Period, which give menstrual supplies to asylum seekers, refugees and those who can't afford them. Buy tickets here. This is an intimate event of just 50 people, early booking is advisable.