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Feminist Webs October 2015

As the days get shorter and the nights darker, as well as wanting to wrap up warm, in the news we will start to hear stories and warnings about how dangerous it is for women to be out at night; how important it is that we protect ourselves and keep safe in groups. Year-round attacks happen to women and in the media, when sharing our experiences online and during conversations with people we care about we are always to blame in some way. Therefore, the theme of this month's newsletter is safety and the many different ways the topic enters the lives of women.

How Can We Make It Stop? - Youth Street Harassment a short documentary exploring street/seuxal harassment from young women at the Hideaway Youth Project in Moss Side, Manchester. 

"We have made this film to highlight a problem that we face everyday in our community and probably you face it in your community too. Cat-calling, hollering, hissing, come-ons, sexual it what you want, it isn't right; we have had enough. As young women we want to know, how can we make it stop?"
By Hebe (Editor)

Planning or looking for a programme of activities for your young women's group? 

YWAC is a programme of work that girls and young women’s groups can follow, themed around 12 adventures.

The Adventures are: Arts, Volunteering, Sports, I.T., Food, Environment, Democracy, Rights, Event Management, Spirituality, Health, and International. The aim is to enhance quality of life for young women in England, by developing their social and political education. To find out more download the
Young Women’s Adventure Club info sheet

Help make MOSI more accessible to women!

Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) are currently looking to hold consultations on how they can encourage more women to use visit them:
 "One of our primary aims in putting on the science festivals is to encourage girls and women that science is fun and ‘for them’. It would be amazing to hear thoughts and ideas from members of Feminist Webs (or other organisations) about how best to attract female visitors initially (without seeming patronising towards women or hostile towards others) and to get them excited about sciences."

For more details

See the feminist three at the Lowry...
During the autumn, the Lowry Theatre in Salford are hosting three performances that touch specifically on the theme of feminism. One of the performances 'Sirens' is written and performed by six young women, described as their heartfelt, yet irreverent, feminist manifesto for the 21st century.  To find out more follow the link here

Here's your art installment for October:

See Red Women’s Workshop was a silkscreen printing collective that produced posters, illustrations, and conducted service printing for the women’s liberation movement. Founded by three former art students in 1974 who met through an advertisement placed in the radical feminist magazine Red Rag, the workshop grew out of a shared desire to combat the negative images of women in the media.
Women who were part of the collective have begin to archive their images online, maybe use them in an activity with your young women. Prompts: What currently issues would a women's art collective make posters about? Which posters represent issues we are still fighting today?

Following on from a successful pilot programme, SLDAS are facilitating an early intervention and prevention service aimed at young people aged between 14-19 years old. The programme is for any young person that has witnessed domestic abuse at home or is either in an abusive relationship or is at risk of being in one. 

The programme will focus on healthy relationships, how to develop coping strategies and personal resilience as well as a place to explore their feelings, tell their story and get support. If you are interested in more information or would like to refer a young person, please contact Helen Carter on: 0151 494 1777

Safety and Violence

Violence against women, in its various forms, is endemic in all communities and countries around the world, cutting across class, race, age, religious and national boundaries. 

Continue the conversation about safety, violence and street harassment and safety with young women by using the safety-themed section of our resources, including our guide to street harassment "The Weaker Sex? I Don't Think So!" here

Two young women in Karachi, who began an online movement to take back the traditionally male domain of the tea stall or “dhaba” as safe environments for women to socialise. They have had a huge response on social media.

Amandla Stenberg

A few months ago, Stenberg made a video on black culture and women's hair with the title: 'Don't Cash Crop On My Cornrows.' watch it hereIt's now had more than one million views, and has been praised for bringing intersectional feminism into the public eye.

Now Stenberg is launching her latest project: a comic book with a young black female heroine. The comic will be called NIOBE: She is Life, and tells the story of mixed-race Niobe Ayutami.

Feminist protesters storm red carpet at London premiere of Suffragette
More than a hundred feminist protesters jumped the barriers onto the red carpet at the premiere of Suffragette in Leicester Square. Women were seen being physically carried and pushed back over barriers as green and purple smoke bombs filled the air outside the Odeon cinema in central London on Wednesday. 

Activists from Sisters Uncut, who campaign against domestic violence, attended the red carpet event saying they wanted to bring attention to the cuts to domestic violence services and declaring “the battle isn’t over yet”.

If anyone goes to see the new film 'Suffragette', by themselves or with their young women please send us a review to include in our bulletin, thank you!

Some 81% of girls and young women experience or see sexism every day, 71% think pornography gives a confusing message about sexual consent, and 75% rate self-harm as their biggest health concern.

All this is according to a scary new survey Girl Attitudes which was commissioned by Girlguiding  of 1,574 women aged from 7 to 21 across the UK. Girl Attitudes survey also evidences that three in five girls have heard jokes or remarks that belittle or degrade girls and women first-hand.


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