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Feminist Webs May 2015


This month, the BBC have a special series of short films about young women poets called 'Women Who Spit', here's a video from one of the programs, watch the rest  here 

"Take up space, don't wait for permission or approval, don't let ghostly question marks form the ends of your sentences, you don't always have to be the one laughing at jokes, you can make them too"

Take Up Space by Vanessa Kisuule 
Watch it here

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By Hebe (Editor)

Featured girls group:

Young Disabled Women’s Group held monthly at GMCDP’s office. The group is for young disabled women based in Manchester (15-25yrs). The group explore different issues and activities each session if you would like to come and get involved.

The group meets monthly on the first Saturday of the month. The next meeting is Saturday 6th June 2015, from 10am-12pm

Please contact Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People’s office on 0161 636 7534 or email to:

Free computing workshops: last few sessions!

Are you an unemployed woman living in Greater Manchester? MadLab are running a series of free two-day computing workshops just for you. Come along to learn new skills, improve your job prospects, have fun and meet new people!

Build your own website: 
Learn how to make a simple three-page website using HTML and CSS, the building blocks of the web.

Salford, Eccles Library 11th & 12th May, 9.30am to 2.30pm
Trafford, Urmston Library 8th & 15th May, 10am to 3pm
Stockport, Cheadle Library 6th & 13th May, 9:30am to 2:30pm
Tameside, Central Library 21st and 22nd May, 9.30am to 2pm

Introduction to Computer Programming

Want to make computing a major part of your career? Learn the ins and outs of coding and get started developing your own software.

City, Central Library 5th & 6th May, 9.30am to 2.30pm
Salford, Swinton Library 19th & 20th May, 9.30am to 2.30pm
Stockport, Edgeley Library 21st & 28th May, 9.30am to 2.30pm
Trafford, Urmston Library 22nd & 29th May ,10am to 3pm
Tameside, Central Library 14th and 15th May, 9.30am to 2pm

To book a place, or if you have any questions, email, call on 07889 774 716 or ask at a library.

ALLFM (96.9) FGM: Let’s End the Silence. No more silence. It’s time to speak out. All FM wants to make a radio show about FGM and wants your help. Are you a young person affected by FGM? Are your friends affected by FGM? All FM will support you and train you to make a radio show and broadcasting it on All FM.

For further information call 0161 248 6888 or email SAMSAM@ALLFM.ORG

Tales of Manchester Life performances at Elizabeth Gaskell's House Friday 29th + Saturday 30th May. 
Enjoy Arts have been working with two groups of young women from Wythenshawe and Salford to devise a site-specific performance inspired by the life, work and times of Elizabeth Gaskell and they'd love for you to come and see it! Would be something lovely trip for your young women's group- to learn about an awesome woman!
To book email Tickets are free but places are limited so do get in touch with enJOY Arts ASAP
Stuck for something to do on a Thursday afternoon and wanting to get creative? 

FREE weekly arty sessions 2-4pm every Thursday

We have a planned session every week frun by local artists and creative people, but you can bring along your own projects or ideas for a new one you’d like to start and we will help you get going.

Age 16+ and all abilities welcome

The Joyce Layland LGBT Centre 49-51 Sidney Street  M1 7HB

Contact Hebe Phillips: for more information

Discussion: Mental Health awareness week May 11-17th

Positive discussion around mental health (rare as they are) often talk about looking after yourself, self-care and the like. However we know that women are actively encouraged to care for others and many young women are carers for partners, friends and family, but it is less often that young women are encouraged to care for themselves, seek support from others and might be better at 'hiding' the problem. So where does that leave young women who experience mental health problems?
This topic is an extremely important topic to explore with young women because of the emphasis on caring as a woman’s role.
For some session inspiration and discussion-starters see our resources page here:

Also check out the MIND website and their section on young people and mental health with some useful booklets here

Scholarship opportunity

Scholarships for people 30 and older to attend the Women Deliver 2016 Conference are awarded to stand-out advocates who have proven their commitment to advancing the health, rights, and well-being of girls and women in their community and around the world. This opportunity includes:

  • A scholarship to attend the Women Deliver 2016 Conference on 16-19 May 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • A chance to connect with a wide range of policymakers, donors, activists, and journalists from the highest levels to the grassroots to review progress, discuss challenges, and push for new and ambitious commitments toward improving the lives of girls and women.

If you are 30 or older and would like to apply for a scholarship, fill out the online application here.

The deadline to apply for people 30 and older is 15 May 2015 at 5PM EST.



Remembering the Conscientious Objectors in 1915, Friday 15th May 2015, 5.00 pm – 6.00 pm, Outside Friends Meeting House Manchester

"Join us to remember the women and men who stood up to challenge the dominant culture of war one hundred years ago inthis city, when Quakers set up the No Conscription League.This activity is part of the No Glory in War Campaign, with local historians and Peace activists who campaign for negotiation not killing."

A young woman named Els from London ignited a campaign that led to a major publisher agreeing to stop labeling books "for boys" and "for girls". Els was annoyed to discover that an enticing pirate book in the Scholastic book fair catalog was titled "for Boys". After her mother Leone told her to “stop griping and do something," she set up a petition calling on the publisher to stop dividing books by gender and began collecting signatures at her school.

Scholastic UK  removed the “boys” and “girls” sections on its online Book Wizard and pledged to no longer publish books that declare they are for a specific gender in the title. Els was thrilled by the response and explained why this change was so important to her and other young people:

"Girls may not like things that are labelled ‘for girls’, they might want a monster book labelled ‘for boys’. Books should be for everyone and we all like different things. If you tell a girl she could not have one of the books she likes, when she grows up she might feel lonely because she thinks that all the other girls like pretty, pink princesses and she doesn’t... I don’t want my friends to grow up being sad and lonely because they think they are different. They should be happy because we are all different and different is the best.”

Kudos to Els for taking a stand against gender stereotyping! To read more in The Independent, visit

#EverydaySexism first man jailed for revenge porn, sentenced to 18 years for his 'revenge porn site'

Kevin Bollaert, 28, was convicted in February of running a website that hosted more than 10,000 explicit photographs.

The website December 2012, enabling photos to be posted without the subject's permission, he also ran a parallel site that then charged individuals up to $350 (£235) each to remove the pictures.

Unlike other revenge porn websites, where photos are anonymous, required the poster to include full details of the subject.

Read the rest of the article here
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