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Feminist Webs August 2016

We're keeping this brief because you need to dash below and sign up for things - registration for several of the events featured is closing very soon. In the next few weeks Feminist Webs will be sending out an online survey to gather your views to inform the website redesign, but for now enjoy the summer however you're spending it!

Youth & Policy, Feminist Webs and the Empowerment People present…
Working with Girls and Young Women Conference: ‘Challenging Ideas of Control and Consent’
22nd-23rd October at Hinsley Hall, Leeds
A space to debate and share good practice through a mix of plenary/presentation-style sessions, workshops and interactive events. All women who define as women welcome.
Can you offer a workshop? Do you a run girls’ group, are you involved in research on youth work / feminism / anti-sexist work, or can you otherwise bring useful understanding and experience to the topic? We are especially interested to hear from people who represent lesser-heard groups! There are a limited number of FREE places for those who deliver a workshop or give a presentation. Email feministwebs[@] for details of how to contribute, or enrol here.
Campaign Bootcamp
- last few days!
This year-long programme for young people starts with a week of intensive training followed by mentorship, training days and support. The deadline for applications is 9am on 10th August. Apply here. It normally costs £3,000 but there are more than 25 fully and partially funded scholarship places available, including a new scholarship to support those tackling racism and xenophobia across the UK, alongside other scholarships for BME, LGBTQ, mental health, refugee and migrant, disabled, feminist campaigners and campaigners from socially deprived areas.

Since 1980, 42nd Street in Manchester has been supporting young people experiencing difficulties with their mental health and wellbeing. Their Women’s Group for young women aged between 16-25 meets every Wednesday: 4-4:30pm for brews, food and catch-ups, with an activity 4:30-6pm. New members can join in September or November.

"I am passionate about trying to raise awareness so that what happened to me doesn't happen to other girls!"
Five young Mancunians have launched their SASS (Sexual Abuse Survivors Speak) Manifesto. They are pioneers at REIGN, which was featured in the last newsletter.  Working together on a residential, they came up with a statement addressing what needs to change in relation to how girls and young women are sexualised, harrassed and abused, as well as within the services which should be protecting them, yet often let them down.

Violence and sexism in schools
In an open letter to the Women & Equalities Select Committee, which was hosting a Parliamentary Inquiry, leading women’s groups have called for commitments to compulsory Sex and Relationships Education, reviews of schools safeguarding guidance and changes to teacher training. Social work professor Nicky Stanley told the Inquiry that initiatives should focus on “changing boys’ behaviour and attitudes rather than simply enabling girls to detect and avoid abuse”. David Brockway, a project manager of a charity aimed at tackling gender stereotypes in boys, agreed that “Gender-based harassment and violence... is a men’s problem, it is not a women’s problem. We need to look at the perpetrators who overwhelmingly are men and boys.”

Yorkshire VIBE
A new project called VIBE ( Voice, Influence, Be Empowered) will explore preventative approaches with girls and young women to reduce the risks they face. The aim is to provide learning about how to identify, engage and support vulnerable girls to produce more positive futures for them - learning can be shared with a wide range of stakeholders to influence how services are provided. Sheffield’s TWP Centre will be the VIBE hub for young women in the city, but they are looking to run workshops elswhere in the Yorkshire and Humber region, so contact them on 0114 275 8282 if that’s you.
FGM facts
NHS is raising awareness of the severe health implications of FGM for those living in UK who are members of communities affected by FGM. See this video and also this mobile app that young people can download anonymously that tells them all about FGM.
A few days left to register!
Luna Women’s Foundation in Manchester has an exciting new  project: RAISED BY FEMINISTS! They are looking for 15 artists to join this Heritage Lottery Fund project reviving Manchester's history of women's liberation. Artists will enjoy all-expenses paid trips, workshops, exclusive conference tickets, V.I.P tours and online tutorials. The art created will be permanently exhibited in the Pankhurst Centre, birthplace of the Suffragette movement!
The project will take place at weekends and evenings and travel to sessions can be included. It is a  project for self-defining women and non-binary people. The first trip will be a completely free art retreat in the Cotswolds, in late August. Artists do not need any formal qualifications, just an interest in art and women’s rights. However, you need to register your interest by 8th of August!
2016 Youth Action Festival to Stand up for Girls’ Rights
Saturday 8th October in London
This free event is for 14-21 year olds will include:
  • Inspiring speakers, poets and musicians speaking out against violence against girls
  • Creative and interactive workshops about the issues that matter to you
  • Hear from young men ending violence against girls
  • Join conversations about where are the best and the worst places to live if you are a girl in the UK and have an impact on government policy
Run by Plan-UK. Info here and registration here.

Building Online Archives - training opportunity
19th & 20th September 2016
University of Edinburgh
Do you have photos, recordings, documents, letters, etc, that you have been looking after? Are these already digitised or born-digital, and would you like to create an online archive to share them with others? Join a team from University of Edinburgh for a free two-day training workshop using Omeka, a free open-source tool for creating online archives popular with groups that document community stories. They will share their experience and offer hands-on training to help you make your own online archive and online exhibitions from your materials. More info here, or contact the project team: clayoquotlives[at]


DISCUSSION POINT : Feminist Youth Work in recent history
During the 1980s, women youth workers in Wigan changed their male-orientated profession, which tended to marginalise young women, and passed on their feminist beliefs to the residents of Wigan’s council estates. Jo Somerset’s new study ‘Beyond the Boundaries: feminist influence in council housing estates in the 1980s. A northern English case study’ explores how these women used public sector resources to transmit the feminist message deep into a working-class community, beyond the reach of mainstream feminism at that time. Interviews with former youth workers are also available through the Feminist Webs archive – together they could form the basis of an interesting reflection session with young women.

39 year-old Lynette Yiadom-Boakye was born and lives in London. She attended Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Falmouth College of Arts and the Royal Academy Schools and was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2013. She tends to draw fictional figures against dark backgrounds, “suggestions of people...They don’t share our concerns or anxieties. They are somewhere else altogether”. Yiadom-Boakye says: “People are tempted to politicize the fact that I paint black figures, and the complexity of this is an essential part of the work. But my starting point is always the language of painting itself and how that relates to the subject matter.”

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