Poeting for International Women’s Day with Ealing TUC

Venue: The Ballroom, Drayton Court Hotel (opposite West Ealing station), London W13 8PH International Womens Day was created to celebrate the lives and struggles of working women. We’ll hear about the bravery of women in Iran from Aghileh Djafari Marbini … Read more

Lewes Labour International Women’s Day celebration

Venue: St James Clubhouse, 11 Blatchington Road Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 2AB Janine begins each half of this event with some appropriately-themed poetry. There will also be speakers and other activities. The theme is women in sport.

RMT Women’s Course

Venue: RMT National Education Centre, Doncaster RMT women members can register for this course via their branch or the members’ section of the union’s website.

Speaking about Minnie Lansbury at HMP Holloway

Janine will tell the story of one of Holloway prison’s former residents at this event to mark the seventh anniversary of the prison’s closure and promote proposals for a progressive Women’s Building in its place. Venue: entrance to HMP Holloway, … Read more

Imperfect Victims


She doesn’t cringe and cower, she’s not a fragile flower She picked on him and tricked him She’s not a perfect victim She tells of his coercion, he tells a different version How dare she contradict him? She’s not a … Read more



She provoked him. She said she was leaving him. She’s been looking at other guys. He had to show her. She had to know She isn’t a person in her own right, She’s part of him. She is the buffer … Read more

Women Working Shifts

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At this year’s TUC Women’s Conference, one of the motions we debated was about working shifts, particularly women’s safety on late shifts. This was my contribution to the debate. You can watch the video of this speech here. I’m Janine … Read more

Night Tube Needs Better Staffing


Published in Solidarity 610, 20 October 2021.     The Night Tube in London will resume on two lines from 27 November, in a move promoted as ensuring safety for women. However, the reality is more complex, and women’s safety … Read more

Be Streetwise

Police commissioner urged to resign over 'streetwise' comment

Be streetwise, girls, be streetwise and you won’t get false-arrested Look out for cuffs and meat knives Be streetwise, girls, be streetwise and memorise our treatise on what to do when pestered Be streetwise, girls, be streetwise and you won’t … Read more

CMS: Money Before Women’s Safety

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Published in Women’s Fightback 26, Autumn/Winter 2021 In May 2017, Emma Day was stabbed to death by her ex Mark Morris, father of one of the two kids she had just dropped off at school. Morris had repeatedly threatened to … Read more

Safety, Equality, Solidarity!

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Janine is among the speakers as RMT’s London Transport Region hosts a panel focusing on women’s health and safety in the workplace, for International Workers Memorial Day. Broadcasting live on RMT London Transport Region’s channel — specific meeting details for … Read more

Girls Are Loud 2 compilation launch

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Janine does a half-hour poetry set at this all-day extravaganza celebrating the launch of the 2nd GIRLS ARE LOUD compilation @ the 13th GAL event! Full line-up: 12-12.15- Intro – Ange Droz 12.20-12.35 – The Girls From Hope Orphanage 12.40-13.10 … Read more

Locked Up and Down

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If you’re locked down with books and a partner who cooks better than you Then you’ll probably get through If you’re locked down with a garden it might not be so hard and with a nice glass of wine You’ll … Read more

Funny Not Funny

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Charlie Elphicke: a gift to the comic Fancy the fun for the writer of ribald rhyme Lampooning his lechery and wittily wagging his words Absolutely absurd! But no laughter lines from me Sexual assault is serious, is virulent, has victims. … Read more