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Feminist Webs Newsletter - May 2019

We hope the merry month of May, with all it's bank holidays, finds you well. News is thin on the ground this time, just a fun event in Leeds and some suggestions for a clothing theme if you're looking for topical group work ideas!
Please email any items for the June newsletter to feministwebs@yahoo.co.uk.

30th Birthday Bash

Getaway Girls has been empowering young women for 30 years with support, opportunities and fun. If you have been involved in any way, or just like or support the charity, you are welcome to join them for fantastic performances, delicious food and great company as they celebrate their 30th year of transforming the lives of the young women of Leeds. 
Hosted by patron JoJo from Capital FM, and with music from the talented Caution Collective, you will hear stories of the young women they've worked with over the years, and about ongoing projects to generate positive change.

Schedule:

6pm - Welcome drinks and DJ set (Sharan)
6.15pm - Opening performance and speeches
6.40pm - Canapes, networking and DJ set (Angel Lee)
7.40pm - Performances by Caution Collective (Hosted by JoJo)
8pm - Thanks and goodbyes
All tickets include a welcome drink (mocktail), canapes and good vibes!
Book a free ticket here. For info, email flavia.docherty@getawaygirls.co.uk.

TALKING POINT: Sustainable Fashion

With Greta Turnberg inspiring young people and helping convince politicians that we need to act now to avert climate catastrophe, there has been an encouraging upturn in discussion of everyday consumer lifestyles (redoubled since this weekend's UN report on biodiversity decline).
April's Extinction Rebellion protests coincided with London Fashion Week, bringing attention to sustainability in that context.
Fashion and clothing might make an interesting topic for discussion or research by your young women’s group. Are they aware of the environmental and workers’ right issues associated with the fashion industry? This recent article looks at the sexist treatment of women workers in Vietnam. The following resources all consider fashion from different angles and ask what positive steps can be taken to reduce harm: According to Ethical Consumer: “The fashion industry is the second biggest polluter in the world. Major brands are exploiting garment workers and harming the environment in the production of shoes and clothing.”
Questions for debate:
What is fast fashion and why does it exist? Where do our clothes come from? Do we have choices in relation to the clothes we acquire? Should or will we do things differently from our parents’ generation?
The group could also read this inspiring example of climate activist Ruth Spence in Antigua.
Is there a special role for women in promoting more sustainable lifestyles in countries like the UK?
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