Question the Mayor and learn to fix a puncture at capitalwoman this year

On March 3rd 2006 London sees the return of capitalwoman, the annual event which brings together London women of all ages and backgrounds to discuss the issues affecting them.

The conference is organised by Mayor Ken Livingstone, and enables women to question the Mayor, policy makers and women’s representatives directly on issues such as childcare, education, workplace issues and travel safety. There’ll be practical workshops on everything from self-defence to cookery, an enterprise centre providing business centre, a wide range of inspiring speakers and entertainment and exhibitions from comedians, musicians, designers and more.

This year cycling will be a key theme of the event. There’ll be a cycling seminar, basic cycle maintenance, plenty of information about cycling and group rides to and from the conference. Mel Allwood, formerly of Brixton Cycles and now a successful bike maintenance author, will be running a workshop on how to fix a puncture.

There are plenty of events planned to coincide with capitalwomen, including ‘Images of Black Women’, an international film festival at the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn from 2nd to 4th March; ‘Tongues on Fire’, the Asian Women’s Film Festival taking place from 9th to 31st March, and Swatch Alternative Fashion Week from 19th to 23rd March at Spitalfields Traders Market.

The capitalwomen conference will be taking place from 10am to 5.30pm (doors at 9am) at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre and Central Hall Westminster. The event is free, but you will need to register using the link on the right. The closing date for registration is 23rd February 2007.

More information on led rides will be published on this website shortly.