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Feminist Webs Newsletter - February 2019

There is a rumbling of excitement and activity in the Feminist Webs network! Several of the founder members are involved in the Reanimating Data project (below) and there are rumours of Feminist Webs workshops (on topics such as sexual health, gender equity, and developing a collaborative understanding of girls' rights) all coming up soon. Details will be shared as they emerge! 
Please send any items for the March newsletter to feministwebs@yahoo.co.uk.

Invitation: Are you a teacher or youth worker in GM?

A team of researchers and youth workers are running a project in Greater Manchester called Reanimating data: experiments with people, places and archives. The project involves revisiting a data set that was created in the 1980s called the Women, Risk and AIDS Project (WRAP). The data is a set of interviews about sexual relationships and sexual health that were carried out with young women in Manchester between 1988 and 1990.
They want to invite young people aged 16-21 to take part in workshops where they will look again at this landmark study and work out what has and has not changed over the past thirty years when it comes to sex and young people. They are also interested in talking to youth workers and teachers working in Greater Manchester to hear your views on what has and has not changed for young people in the city region. If you are able to help or would like to find out more, please contact Ester McGeeney via email: e.m.mcgeeney@sussex.ac.uk or on M: 07793 766005.

FOR DEBATE: What's the point of beauty pageants?

Liverpudlian blogger and artist Alison Little asks readers to engage in a debate prompted by her city's annual beauty competition. Her list of searching questions could be adapted for a more general discussion with your group. They could perhaps work alongside some of the Body Image resources on the Feminist Webs site, here. This is how Alison concludes her piece:
Do we need a Miss Liverpool?
A) Miss Liverpool must go…
B) I would prefer for the Miss Liverpool contest to be changed to eliminate objectification and to promote skill and intelligence of women and to include women from BME communities.
C) Yes, it’s just intended as a bit of fun, she can be seen as someone to aspire to in addition to leading women from other industries.
D) Yes, she is the ultimate female idol.

What does your group think?

Campaign Bootcamp strikes again

The next Bootcamp will take place in April - a chance to learn from experts about strategy, messaging, producing videos and everything else that helps make a successful campaign. Deadline for applications is Feb 12th!!
Campaign Bootcamp has also produced a fantastic online campaigning toolkit - in case you work with a whoel group of budding activists. The resource goes through each of these steps in detail:

Step 1 – Getting ready to campaign
Step 2 – Launching your campaign
Step 3 – Building pressure

SPOTLIGHT ON:

The Girls Skateboarding Initiative

A partnership between Projekts MCR and Greater Manchester Youth Network, this two-year initiative began in September 2017 and will run till this September. It is funded by Comic Relief through Levelling The Field.
The intiative uses skateboarding as a tool to help increase confidence, tackle gender stereotypes and empower young women and girls from across Greater Manchester to use their voice. 
Each 12-week programme consists of skateboard coaching, wellbeing, goal-setting and leadership workshops delivered by Projekts MCR, and media creation and storytelling workshops from GMYN. The young women are trained as Community Reporters, equipping them with skills and opportunities to share their stories and experiences in different formats. New stories are uploaded each week to this blog. Contact Cath@ProjektsMCR.co.uk for more information about the programme.
This facilitator training is for anyone interested in running a Girls Journeying Together group - a programme in which girls are encouraged to be themselves and learn to accept each other in order to experience the feeling of acceptance by a group of peers. If you think the training might be right for you, watch the video above and book here to join their free online webinar on 10th February.

Living Charter for Youth Rights - Manchester

There will be a girls work element to these two workshops for young people - please contact Janet: j.batsleer@mmu.ac.uk for more information and to book.

Edge Fun Round 10 is open

£40,000 is available to grassroots groups in the UK and Ireland. The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 24th February - all the details can be found here.
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