News & Views


London Witches - Treadwells Walking Tour

Friday 18th March 
Farringdon Station- 8pm


London's witchcraft history is the theme of this tour, and Maria Beadell introduces the women persecuted as witches: the medieval healers, the Elizabethan social climbers, the pagan priestesses, and the wartime mediums. She takes the group to places they were associated with, including a pagan temple, and relates their stories.

Find out more here

Million Women Rise 2022

5 March 2022


International Women's Day 2022

8 March 2022

Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that's diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women's equality.

Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.

Celebrate women's achievements. Raise awareness against bias.

Take action for equality.

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Black History Month

1 October 2021

Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché

“ Some people think little girls should be seen and not hears …”

The death of punk icon and X-Ray Spex frontwoman Poly Styrene sends her daughter on a journey across the world and through her mother’s archives to reconcile their fraught relationship in this new documentary feature.



A Woman of Firsts: The true story of the midwife who built a hospital and changed the world 

Imprisonment. Mutilation. Persecution.

Edna Adan Ismail endured it all – for the women of Africa.

The first midwife to practise in Somaliland, Edna became a formidable teacher and campaigner for women’s health. As her country was swept up in its bloody fight for independence, Edna rose to become its First Lady and first female cabinet minister.

This is Edna’s truly remarkable story.


Peepal Tree Press

Peepal Tree aims to bring you the very best of international writing from the Caribbean, its diasporas and the UK.


Their goal is always to publish books that make a difference, and though we always want to achieve the best possible sales, we're most concerned with whether a book will still be alive in the future.

Our Response to Covid-19

29 April 2021

The measures taken to contain Covid-19 are changing rapidly and what is happening today may not be the case in days or weeks time.


We are currently holding a virtual meeting on the third Wednesday of the month, and a virtual CraftyGoth meeting every Monday.

Please stay safe and healthy and, if you need any support between meetings, do get in touch.

Meeting Reports

15 September 2021

GVWI returned after August's break with a truly fascinating talk by Sacha Coward on Queer Mermaids.

Witty and erudite, Sacha has worked in museums and education ranging from the National Maritime, here in Greenwich, to Denver Public Schools in Colorado. His passion for inclusivity - and mermaids - has led him to explore the worldwide folktales, ancient and modern, involving merpeople, and his talk was lavishly illustrated with examples from Syria to Disney (of course) via memorable detours into the AIDS scene of the 80s and Japanese erotica. 

The talk ended with a lively and wide ranging Q&A session.  Sacha said he could talk for hours on the subject and I think everyone would agree that we could have listened for hours.  If you are a GVWI member who missed the talk (or were there but want to listen again), then it was recorded and will be available to members only

If this write up seems somewhat light on details, that is because, excitingly, Sacha is currently writing a book on Queer Folklore and the stories we heard will be included - we have asked him to keep in touch with the details as to when it will be released. 



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Current WI Campaigns

Food Matters

Our national campaign to reduce food waste and tackle food poverty. We are encouraging members and supermarkets to cut food waste and work more widely to address the issue of increasing food poverty.

SOS for Honeybees

Since 2009 we have been campaigning to raise awareness of the plight of bees and how we can take action to decelerate the UK honeybee population.