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Feminist Webs April 2017

Welcome to the April newsletter, in the week the Government triggered Article 50 and the start of UK exit negotiations with the EU. Many of our current rights are interwoven with EU law, so there is a lot at stake. Fawcett is leading a campaign to ensure that over the next two years:
  • Women’s rights are protected
  • Women are represented throughout the process and at every level.
  • Communities are united to tackle racism, misogyny and all hate crime.
  • Women are not hit hardest if there is an economic downturn.
Your group could join in by answering a call to post a picture to #FaceHerFuture, saying which area of women’s rights you’re fighting for and why! More details here.

DISCUSSION POINT: Trans People and Feminism

There has been a recent spate of media interest in transfeminism and whether trans women are made to feel welcome alongside their feminist sisters. As 31st March was International Transgender Day of Visibility this might be a good time of year to explore the issues with your group. This lesson plan, aimed at 15 year olds, covers transgender basics (from p.6), while this resource (especially the Barometer Activity) might help think through definitions of feminism. This article by local activist Jess Bradley makes a useful contribution to the debate by questionning whether there is any such thing as a ‘real woman’. See also the video below - young people in their own words!
Part 1 of a gender diversity crash course Trans 101, from Australia.

Gender-related violence and young people: Critical responses in research and practice

Organised by BERA Sexualities & Gender / Youth & Informal Education
11-4pm on June 9th, York

See the website for details of the conference and how to get a bursary to attend. The deadline for presentation/workshop ideas is 20th April 2017 - send to
Proposals invited on the following themes:
  • Curricular issues in formal or informal education relating to gender/sexual violence/consent
  • Creating learning communities where issues of consent and gender/sexual violence are critically examined;
  • ‘Intersectionalities’ with state and market-based violences and challenges to them;
  • Responding to violence and rage in the context of broader inequalities;
  • Responding to cuts in youth and other specialist services in relation to engaging with sex-gender inequality and violence.

National Children's Bureau survey

NCB is seeking views from young people aged 13-24 on ways of dealing with stressful or difficult things in life – in particular, how ideas about gender affect this. Young people are invited to complete a short or a longer survey, with a prize draw for each. The  aim of the project is to improve understanding of how gender relates to children and young people’s mental health.
• Complete the Short Survey here
• Complete the Long Survey here

TLC: Talk, Listen, Change

Relate Greater Manchester South is re-launching as a new organisation on 1st April 2017. As TCL they want to enable people of all ages to benefit from healthy and happy relationships. They are having a launch event Tuesday 11th April – see here for details or read all about the new services here.

Mama Cash’s 2017 grantmaking window is now open

Mama Cash supports ambitious feminist and women’s rights organisations and initiatives led by and for women, girls and trans people. We advise groups wishing to apply to consider the Mama Cash selection criteria and priorities. The Letter of Interest pro forma is here - letters accepted until 15th May at 11.59pm.
Edge Fund has another £40,000 to give to 30 grassroots groups that are campaigning against the systems that cause injustice.

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