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FEMINISM

Where to celebrate Women’s Day in Berlin

Berlin will be honouring its first Frauentag as a public holiday Friday. Whether through arts or activism, here's our list of where to go on the day off work.

Where to celebrate Women's Day in Berlin
Photo: DPA

Activism

“Together we achieve what we want”: Under this motto, various feminist groups are calling for a joint demonstration for women’s solidarity and against sexism and violence against women. The demonstration starts in front of the women's prison in Lichtenberg at 3 p.m. and ends at Warschauer Straße.

Critical Mass, a usual Friday event in which bikers take over the road, will be hosting a special Women’s Day edition. The “Purple Ride” will kick off Friday at 12 p.m. with a meeting point at Marienplatz and “ride against the patriarchy” through the streets of Berlin until 3 p.m.

SEE ALSO: What you should know about 'Frauentag', Berlin's newest public holiday

At the very precise German start time of 11:55 a.m., there will be a feminist march and strike starting at Robert-Koch-Platz and lasting throughout the day. Another march, held in honour of “Frauen*kampftag”, women’s fighting day, will start at Alexanderplatz at the foot of the TV tower at noon.

If you’re looking for some relaxation after a day of activism, B-Lage in Neukölln is hosting a ‘’Post-Strike Spa”, a chill-out evening with fine food and foot massages.

Arts and Music

The Feminist Film Week will be hosting its first full day on Friday, with a wide selection of films from female directors, producers and actors.

The ever-famous SO36 club in Kreuzberg will be hosting an international feminist dance party starting at 9 p.m. and stretching (at least) into the early hours of the a.m. The diverse music line-up will include Trans Rap from Iran, Turkish pop hits and Korean dance and percussion.

Photo: SO36

Situated in an airy rooftop, the Anomalie Art Club and Garden in Prenzlauer Berg will be hosting an all-day Open Air, with only women DJs from 12 until 8 p.m.

Begine, a cultural centre for women in Schöneberg, is inviting ladies to a dance and jazz evening with free entry.

Fairs and Exhibits

Knowledge is power. That’s the idea behind a “Woman’s Information Fair” taking place from 4 to 7 p.m. at Rathaus Zehlendorf. Women can learn about a variety of topics, including educational and work training, re-entry into the workplace, founding a start-up, pensions, victim production and health.

In the Willy Brandt House cultural centre in Kreuzberg, the Social Democrats will be hosting an all-day exhibit on “milestones in the history of women in SPD politics.”

Lectures

A panel discussion on “The role of women in different cultures” will take place at the Intercultural Meeting for Girls and Women in Reinickendorf 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Three women from different countries of origin will report from their perspective. Afterwards there will be the opportunity for exchange – and a delicious buffet.

The women’s rights movement has evolved tremendously in the past 100 years, as a tour at the German History Museum will show. Tours are set to depart during the day at 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Participants of a federal career program for women of immigrant backgrounds called “Strong at Work” pose on Monday. Photo: DPA

Can the liberation of women succeed without the liberation of men? That is a core question posed at a lecture led by both male and female speakers at the Haus der Psychologie on Friday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. While participation is free, registration is required at [email protected].

A line-up of speakers at the gay-friendly club Schwutz will be discussing what the term Queer feminism means today, and how the ideas behind it are evolving. The talk starts at 8 p.m. with an entrance fee of €6.

Shopping

In honour of independent Berlin-based women artists, designers, business makers and owners, the Enklave co-working space in Neukölln will be hosting a pop-up store from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. – with free entry, drinks and food to boot.

Sports

If you’d rather put on your running shoes than high heels, the Grunewald Running Company is hosting a ladies trail run. You can lace up your sneakers for Friday at 10 a.m. at Schmetterlingsplatz near the Grunewald S-Bahn station.

Travel

The Berlin Travel Festival, now in its second year, will be offering a limited number of free tickets to ladies on Friday, the day that the festival kicks off. The weekend-long festival will also include travel companies, presenters and workshops geared to female and solo travels – and a bit of both!

If you know of any other events you would like to see included, email us at [email protected]

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TAMPONS

Two German men face backlash over ‘Pinky’ period glove product

Two German men who came up with a pink glove to help women dispose of tampons have sparked a backlash on social media, with critics panning the product as useless and sexist.

Two German men face backlash over 'Pinky' period glove product
A tampon being displayed after its manufacturer. Photo: DPA

At a menstrual cramp-inducing 11.96 for a pack of 48, the Pinky is a plastic glove that doubles as a disposal bag to provide a “discreet solution for pads and tampons”, according to the product website.

Andre Ritterswuerden and Eugen Raimkulow, who met in the army, presented their product on Monday on the German version of the Dragons’ Den TV show where inventors pitch to potential investors, drawing 30,000 from an entrepreneur.

But the two men quickly found themselves facing a slew of disparaging comments on social media, with the hashtag #PinkyGate trending on Twitter on Wednesday.

“We both really do understand women,” Raimkulow said on the TV show, basing their qualifications on both being married and having lived with women in flat shares.

Occasionally, he would “dare to look in the rubbish bin”, he said.

“After a while it just smells unpleasant. And you can see it, because it starts seeping through the paper.”

READ ALSO: Tampon tax: Why menstral products are set to become cheaper in Germany

“Every day there is another useless product for the vagina,” tweeted Canadian-American gynaecologist Jennifer Gunter, author of The Vagina Bible. “I need to throw (the book) at these idiots,” she said.

Even the conservative daily Die Welt waded in, pointing out that plastic gloves and disposal bags can already be bought for a fraction of the price — albeit in other colours.

“Is this a real invention? No,” it said. “It is no surprise that there are no women behind the Pinky but two men, who have no experience of using sanitary products.”

Ritterswuerden and Eugen Raimkulow published a video on Wednesday addressing the criticism.

“In no way did we mean to suggest that menstruation is something disgusting,” they said, adding: “We realise that we have not fully taken on board different views on the subject.”

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