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Feminist Webs March 2017

March is all about women! Look out for further event postings on Feminist Webs throughout the month, and check out the Wonder Woman Festival and IWD events sponsored by Manchester City Council, or your local equivalent.
THE HISTORY OF IWD
Exactly 100 years ago on 8th March (23rd Feb in the Julian calendar), Russian women began a strike for ‘bread and peace’ in response to the death of over 2m Russian soldiers in WW1. They continued until the Czar was forced to abdicate. It was the first of the two Russian revolutions of 1917. There is lots of information online if your group wanted to investigate the history of International Women's Day (IWD). It was adopted by the United Nations in 1975, the year women in Iceland brought their country to a halt.
Listen to this clip for different examples of women’s strikes and mobilisations, including sex strikes, labour strikes, protests against sexist legislation or violence against women. Under the banner ‘Solidarity is our weapon’, women in 46 countries are organising their own actions and demands on 8th March this year. In Ireland, women are preparing a nationwide strike unless their government calls a referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment (the clause which criminalises abortion).
What does your group think?

Dear Friend: Collectors and Commissioners

Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AQ
March 8th, 2-4pm

Women in the arts are commonly portrayed as simply being muses or models: but of course the history of art is saturated with women artists, collectors, commissioners and patrons. Involvement of women in the arts has been multi-faceted not only in recent times. Come to the workshop, learn more about women in the arts, and write a letter to a woman who did amazing things, be that collector and connoisseur Mary Greg, artist Sonia Boyce, or gallery owner and Society of Women Artist president Barbara Tate. Take part in Dear Friend and help correct the balance of history. This event is free but please book in advance.

CODEGIRL at FACT on IWD

FACT in Liverpool are hosting an IWD screening of CODEGIRL on 8th March, at 6.30pm. The film will be preceded by a panel discussion hosted by Liverpool Girl Geeks, where panelists will share experiences of taking bold action to help improve their own or other women's careers or prospects. £4/£3, booking required. As this is late notice, you might want to read more about CODEGIRL, in which high school-aged girls from around the world try to better their communities through participation in a technology competition. Anyone can apply to host a screening, details here.

Campaign Bootcamp - closing date Tuesday!

This is a week-long residential training that gives participants the confidence, skills and community they need to run powerful campaigns. After the initial training, graduates get access to a mentor, follow-up events and a thriving network of support. Scholarships cover the full cost of the programme and include the UNICEF Scholarship For Young Campaigners, for campaigners aged 18-21 in the UK. Bootcamp no. 9 will take place from 7th to 12th May and Bootcamp no. 10 from July 10th to 15th.
Deadline for applications is 9am on Tuesday 7th March. There will be more camps in future and this newsletter might not always be well-timed with regard to application deadlines, so bookmark their website if interested!

GMYN 10-year celebration

Greater Manchester Youth Network (GMYN) is celebrating its achievement on Thurs 16th March, 10.30-1pm at The Grange Community Resource Centre in Beswick. Participants will learn about different resources for youth work and have the chance to workshop emerging ones. Resources will address issues such as:
volunteering * girlswork * peer-led projects * online counselling support
health * governance & finance * inclusive youth work * community education
Everyone who attends will recieve a pack of 10 resources. A free vegetarian buffet lunch will be available. PLEASE NOTE: This event is aimed at voluntary youth organisations based in Manchester and places per organisation are limited. Booking required. If you have a resource that you would like to showcase or include in the delegates pack, contact myrtle.finley@gmyn.co.uk.
Professionals are only able to book onto this event if they are accompanying young women to the event. Book here.

Correction - SRE guide

The guide to sex and relationships for young lesbian and bisexual women that we promoted last month routed to an old resource. Apologies! Please visit here to see the new version, published in December 2016.

New Wellness guide

This new resource has been made by and for young women, to explore what positive, everyday steps they can take to stay well.

SRE Victory!

Campaigning really can make a difference! Since the last newsletter, the government has announced that Relationships & Sex Education will be made compulsory in all schools in England. A great achievement - read more here.

Young women and apprenticeships

This report by the Young Women's Trust looks at how young women fare in the apprenticeship system, and what could be improved. Findings include the fact that women are less likely to receive training as part of their apprenticeship, and are more likely to be out of work at the end of their apprenticeship (16%, compared to 6% of men).

GEA Conference 2017

The 11th International Biennial Gender & Education Association (GEA) conference will be hosted by Middlesex University in North London from 21-23rd June, 2017. The theme will be Generative Feminism(s): working across / within / through borders. Early bird registration is open until 17th March, bursaries available.

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