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Feminist Webs November 2016

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Reflection on 'Challenging Ideas of Control & Consent’ at Hinsley Hall

Hannah Greenslade writes:

“This event felt like a unique and unusual opportunity to come together to share practice and ideas with fellow youth workers and feminists on the very real challenges and discoveries around working with girls and young women in the present moment. I was struck by the commitment amongst participants to thinking through these issues and applying them to their practice. The combination of opening plenary, interactive workshops and lots of time for discussion during breaks created a feeling of an ongoing and developing discussion….” Continue reading Hannah’s piece here.

FREE online course starting 21st November

Girls' Education: Teaching Strategies That Develop Confidence, Resilience and Collaboration
How can teachers help close the gender gap? Find guidance on helping girls achieve their potential with this free online course from the Girls Day School Trust. JOIN HERE!

'Intro to Youth Work' training from GMYN

Six training events covering different areas of youth work basics. Mondays 5.30-8.30pm at Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre. Free for Manchester volunteers (£10 refundable deposit required).
Each event is a stand-alone session – book to attend as many as you like.
Mon 7th November      Intro to Youth Work Values
Mon 14th November    ‘Conversations’
Mon 21st November    Group Work Skills
Mon 28th November    Understanding and Meeting Needs
Mon 5th December      Planning, Recording and Monitoring
Mon 12th December    Measuring Impact

Sexism Olympics

During the Rio Olympics this summer a parallel sport emerged: calling out the sexist and irrelevant comments made by broadcasters to or about female competitors. You could take a look at this list of the worst examples and get your group to identify the gender stereotypes these commentators are drawing on. More activities exploring expectations can be found here.


How will Greater Manchester devolution affect our lives, our families and communities? What are the opportunities and dangers? What are the priorities? Who decides what and how? Who delivers what and when? The People’s Plan is an independent public engagement programme aiming to provide:
  1. opportunities for GM citizens and civil society to have a meaningful say on GM devolution
  2. constructive challenge to and improvement of GM strategy and delivery
A range of events are being organised to allow questions and discussion and create a broader, deeper flow of information among GM residents. Two are directly relevant to girls’ work:
Women and Girls - 7-9pm, Thurs 10th November, at Whalley Range High School for Girls
Youth – 6-9pm ,Tues 6th December, at the Friends Meeting House, Manchester

Spotlight on...

Getaway Girls in Leeds is a charity which empowers young women to build confidence and resilience and develop new skills. They provide a whole range of youth work services including individual support, peer-support, group work, residential opportunities, creative arts, sports development, adventure education, training and forums for voice and influence, targeted in particularly at girls and young women who are experiencing barriers or discrimination. Current weekly activities include: 'Create', an arts groups for girls aged 11-13; an arts group for Eastern European young women; ‘Global Girls’, focusing on gender equality and campaigning on issues that matter to young women aged 15-18; a mental health peer support group; a creative music group; the Syrian Girls Group; a support group for mums (and mums-to-be) aged 19 and under; and baby massage sessions. Their brand new website has lots more information.

Two events about controlling and coercive behaviour

9th November, University of Salford.
Aimed at survivors of domestic abuse and staff in voluntary sector organisations who support those affected by abuse from partners or family members. 
2.30-4pm: Reception and exhibition of women's words & art about their experiences of coercive control, followed by presentations from survivors and from chair Dr Kate Cook of MMU Law School.
4-6pm: Guest speaker Sian Hawkins, Campaigns Manager at Women's Aid Federation England, and others.
Register for one or both events here and here
Three themes will be explored through presentations, panel discussions, interactive workshops, networking and art:
• Women’s health and wellbeing
• Women in the economy
• Women into public life and political representation 
Tickets cost £12 and are on sale here.

Art feature of the month

Since June, Whitworth Park has been home to a new public sculpture by acclaimed British artist Anya Gallaccio, who often uses impermanent materials such as flowers or food. Here she has reimagined a London Plane tree on the south side of Whitworth Art Gallery that had died of natural causes.Anya explained: “I came up with the idea of remaking it in polished stainless steel that will change with the seasons, and putting it back in the line like a ghost, a kind of optical illusion in the sense that the surface is both mirrored and fractured. The lines will be very visible, formal and graphic when the trees around it are not in leaf, and then in summer, they’ll be partially obscured by foliage, and its reflections will refract and confuse the surface even more.”

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