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Feminist Webs February 2017

With an openly racist, mysogynist bully now president of the USA and anti-progressive forces on the rise across Europe, rights we would like to take for granted are feeling more under threat. The day after Trump's inauguration, on 21st January, Women’s Marches brought more than 5 million people to the streets on seven continents, uniting under these principles for equality and social justice:
ENDING VIOLENCE * REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS * LGBTQIA RIGHTS WORKER’S RIGHTS * CIVIL RIGHTS * DISABILITY RIGHTS
IMMIGRANT RIGHTS * ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
This issue lists other opportunities to safeguard the rights of women and girls!

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 8TH MARCH

Is your girl’s group running an event for International Women’s Day/Week in 2017? If so, have you invited key people, such as local councillors, who might be useful allies for future support and funding? Have a look at our resources on the case for girls’ work to help you argue for anti-sexist youth work with politicians and other decision makers.

Creative Tourist is again hosting its fantastic Wonder Woman Festival to mark IWD 2017.Have an advance look at their programme in case any of the (often free) events or exhibitions would interest your group. 
The Young Women’s Health Project (based in Manchester) has a new online version of its Sex and Relationships Guide for young lesbian and bisexual women. Use the icons on the right hand side of the page to access information and advice on Sex, Relationships or Health.

Tackling FGM in Schools

9am-4.30pm, 23 February 2017. London SW1P 3AA
FORWARD and the European End FGM Network are holding this one-day pan-European conference to reinforce the critical role of education professionals in addressing FGM. There will be world-class speakers representing national and European governments, local authorities, schools and third sector organisations; panel discussions with audience participation; and workshops on delivering FGM sessions, peer-to-peer outreach, parents’ sessions etc. Cost: £125. Register online here.
VIBE - Girls Talk - Girls Voices Issues and Services
Girls' voices: Issues and services
Young women at VIBE in Sheffield share their thoughts on services for women and girls
The Home Office has launched a new teen abuse campaign called Disrespect Nobody. It provides information for young people on relationships and different types of abuse as well as sources of advice and help. It is one of the resources detailed in a new Home Office Communications Insight Pack which includes key national statistics and background information on policy, government and partner campaigns which tackle violence against women and girls (VAWG). The guide signposts readers to further research and support materials.

Petition update

On 6th March, Parliament will debate the petition “Make it illegal for a company to require women to wear high heels at work” which was featured in the June 2016 issue. The Government has issued this statement: "Company dress codes must be reasonable and must make equivalent requirements for men and women. This is the law and employers must abide by it".

The SRE campaign continues!

MP Maria Miller, chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee, has said she fears that Brexit will delay passage of the Children and Social Work Bill, which many see as the route to mandatory sex and relationships education (SRE) in schools.
There is agreement among experts, organisations representing children and across MPs of all parties, that all children should recieve CRE. A recent poll showed that 82% of parents think SRE lessons would help keep their children safer. Barnardos is urging people to email their MPs to make sure they don't let this moment pass. Click here to contact yours.

Is it even worse in Europe?

The Guerrilla Girls are feminist activist artists who wear gorilla masks in public and use facts, humour and visuals to expose gender, ethnic bias and corruption in politics, art, film and pop culture. Three decades after they first swung onto the New York art scene, they have their first dedicated UK show. The Whitechapel Gallery in London commissioned them to survey over 400 European galleries to explore whether they are reflecting the full diversity of art and art history. The resulting show, Is It Even Worse in Europe? runs at the gallery until 5th March.
The Guerilla Girls also feature in this (rather white and Western-centric) look at the role of female artists in a male dominated art world over the centuries - part of the Tate’s Unlock Art series.

Levelling the Field: Empowerment through Sport

This new Comic Relief initiative, Levelling the Field, aims to empower women and girls through sport in Malawi, Zambia, Rwanda, Colombia, India and... the UK! They are inviting submissions which use sport creatively to motivate and inspire women and girls to break down the barriers that prevent them reaching their full potential. Partnership working is essential. Apply here – deadline 16th March 2017.

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