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Feminist Webs December 2016

Christmas is coming - perhaps an interesting time of year for thinking about gender roles and expectations? Check out our Feminist Webs group work resources here in case they can be adapted for a discussion on who does what and why when it comes to festivals and holiday gatherings... See you in 2017!

Take Action and Change Herstory

The IC Change Campaign aims to get the Government to follow through on its commitment to make the Istanbul Convention law in the UK. This would guarantee urgently needed change to prevent and tackle violence against women, e.g. by protecting funding for domestic violence shelters, rape crisis centres and 24/7 helplines, and ensuring education on healthy relationships in schools.
On 16th December MPs will debate a Private Member’s Bill on ratification of the IC. If 100 MPs turn up and vote, it will pass to the next stage. However, this is a Friday morning when many would normally be in their constituencies. See here for instructions on how you and your young people can lobby your MPs to be there!

'Intro to Youth Work' training from GMYN

Two remaining free sessions at Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre:
Mon 12th Dec, 5.30-8.30pm  Measuring Impact
Mon 16th Jan 2017, 5.30-8.30pm Planning, Recording and Monitoring
Click on the links to book.
ALSO: Group Work Skills on Weds 14th December, 1-4pm.
At GMYN, 27 Ardwick Green North, Manchester M12 6FZ. 
Cost £40 (free for staff or volunteers of GMYN member organisations).
Email to book (stating applicant’s name, email address, contact number and the organisation they represent).

New reports on gender equality

According to new research, 86% of net savings to the Treasury through tax and benefit changes since 2010 have come from women. If you want to discuss gender equality progress with your groups, there are some useful new sources of statistics and analysis available to download:
Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls in the UK: Meeting the challenge of the Sustainable Development Goals (British Council)
A Fair Deal for Women – Report 2016: Women speak out on the economy and work and family life (Women’s Resource Centre)
Equalities analysis and the 2015 Spending Review and Autumn Statement (Women and Equalities Select Committee)
Placing Girls and Young Women at the Heart of Health: Prevention, protection and provision of services (Women's Health and Equality Consortium)
Woman to Woman fund
ROSA has £2.2m of 'Tampon Tax' money to distribute to small grassroots women’s and girls' groups. Woman to Woman aims to support around 100 organisations with grants of up to £25,000. Mentoring, training and networking opportunities are also available. Grants will be awarded over 3 rounds until March 2018. Round 1 opened on Monday 28th November and closes for applications on Friday 27th January 2017.

Mentoring opportunity in Manchester

Are you supportive? Confident? A good listener? Would you like to volunteer your time to mentor a girl from one of Manchester's less advantaged communities? The Girls' Network is an award-winning charity which matches 14-19 year olds with a mentor for one year, to help them develop skills and confidence and open up opportunities and experiences across sectors that they might otherwise not have access to.
Female mentors are being sought from a wide-range of industry backgrounds and life experiences, to be brilliant role models for these girls. Does that sound like you? If so please apply here by filling out the application form (takes 5-10 minutes). Someone will then be in touch about training dates.
Raised Voices: There is Hope (2016)
Over 150 young women have taken part in Arc Theatre’s peer mentoring project, Raised Voices. Based in the London borough of Barking and  Daggenham, they have created video-based resources on issues affecting young women today with an overriding positive theme of female solidarity and empowerment. This is the latest!

Spotlight on...

Water Adventure Centre (WAC)
Monday is Young Women's Evening at the WAC Clubhouse in Droylsden. This weekly session is open to girls and young women aged 13-18, from any area, to take part in activities including canoeing, project work, games, cooking and workshops. It is also a chance to get together to chat, share experiences and have fun, with youth workers Kat and Helen on hand to offer advice and support.
WAC are currently seeking a new director! See here for details of the vacancy.
The Women's Peace Crusade 1917-18
Tues 28th February 2017, 5.30-8pm, at Manchester Central Library.  
Tickets are selling fast for the premiere of 'The Women's Peace Crusade' - a film about the movement which spread like wildfire throughout East Lancashire and Manchester during WW1. It features archive footage and contemporary reinactments shot in Blackburn, Manchester and Nelson. There will be talks by the researchers and a chance to handle archive material and acquire an accompanying booklet about radical women who lived in Manchester, Bolton, Blackburn, Oldham, Burnley, Rochdale and Nelson. Tickets here.
Photo credit: Richard Saker for the Observer

Art feature of the month

31 year-old artist Helen Marten, from Macclesfield, is considered one of Britain's finest sculptors. She has been nominated for the 2016 Turner Prize (winner announced 6th December) and has just won the inaugural Hepworth Prize for Sculpture. She is known for “using a dizzying amount of materials in odd and unexpected ways” - her work for the Hepworth Wakefield gallery included “steel, wood, a toy snake, tennis ball, cast bronze, wicker, leather, shell, fired clay, dried vegetables, cigarettes, milk cartons and cherry stones... that is barely the half of it”. In her acceptance speech Marten said she thought the concept of art prizes was to a certain exent flawed, and would be sharing the £30,000 with the other four shortlisted artists. “Here’s to a furthering of communality and a platform for everyone,” she said.
An infographic (click to view it) showing that women are giving men a run for their money when it comes to being movers and shakers in the big technology corporations...

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