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Feminist Webs Newsletter - August 2019

The newsletter is back after a short break. This month we are refreshing the mailing list and actively searching for new girls youth work groups across North West England to add to the network. If you know of any groups or projects we might not be aware of, please send a web link or their contact details! And as always, email items for the September issue to feministwebs@yahoo.co.uk.

Manchester Girls' Rights Youth Network

The Girls' Rights Youth Network concentrates on local issues and actions, but this Plan International information platform provides a useful global context. Claire Workman (42nd St) and Hannah Peake (Barnados) are now co-ordinating the Manchester network and have sent dates of future meetings and a standard agenda which people are invited to add to by emailing Claire.


Dates of upcoming meetings:

29th November: at Barnardos, Gregory’s Place, 69 Ardwick Green M12 6ES
28th February: at Brooks Building, MMU, 53 Bonsall St. M15 6GX
 

Standard agenda for meetings:

- Minutes and actions
- Update
- Conference planning / evaluation  
- Future meetings
- AOB

There is also a Task and Finish Group in charge of planning a conference for International Day of the Girl Child on October 11th. It will meet on August 12th, September 10th and October 1st.
Please contact Claire for meetings times, exact locations and all other details! 
claire.workman@42ndstreet.org.uk  /  0161 228 7321  /  07715 655197
Girls Out Loud are hosting their second BLACK TIE FUNDRAISING BALL on Wednesday 2nd October at The Hilton in Manchester. The event will celebrate stories from those who have been involved in their work - corporate supporters, advocates, ambassadors, schools, mentors and the teenage girls they exist to inspire. Tickets are available here.
You can also nominate a female role model here - someone who has helped young women improve their confidence and self-esteem through their example. Nominations close on 2nd September.

TALKING POINT: Inspiring young women activists

Last weekend Olga Misik unintentionally joined teenage girls including Malala Yousafzai, Greta Thunberg and - longer ago - Sophie Scholl, whose brave political action has reached a global audience. Images went viral of the young pro-democracy protester reading out the Russian constitution – which affirms the right to peaceful gatherings – in front of state security forces. Olga Misik, 17, said “I just wanted to remind them [the police] that we are here with peaceful purposes and without weapons, but they are not”. She was arrested along with 1,000 others and charged with attending an illegal public event.
You could lead a discussion with your group about why (for different reasons) these particular (or other) young women have captured public opinion? You could ask them to recall or research whether any teenage boys have received similar attention in the recent or more distant past? And explore the Feminist Webs resources aimed at addressing young women's political engagement.

Fancy being a mentor?

The Girls Network are looking for women who have had experience of the workplace, who have time and willingness to support a girl from one of the least-advantaged communities in Greater Manchester, and who want to support a girl to overcome obstacles and seize opportunities. They ask mentors for a commitment of at least one hour a month over the course of a year. You can find out more and access the application form here.
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