The Sheena Amos Youth Trust (SAYiT) has just released their preliminary findings about the needs of lesbian and bisexual women, based on the criteria developed by the Girl Guides national survey team. The survey questions look at:
Their survey shows 60% of young women are unhappy with their appearance, 53% do not feel happy most of the time, and 20% have given their details to strangers on the internet. 67% of young lesbian and bisexual women are skipping meals to lose weight, and 40% would consider cosmetic surgery. 73% felt that sexism impacts on most areas of their lives.
To be happy with their lives, young women said that they needed:
|“More feminist role models”|
|“More female role models and acceptance”|
|“Job/career that makes you happy and that you enjoy. Be loved”|
|“Qualities, skills, values, education”|
|“A loving family”|
|“A job you enjoy”|
|“Family and frieds and a good job to feel secure and not dependent on anyone”|
|“Be attractive. In a band. Be good”|
|“To stop worrying”|
|“I strive to find a way to balance practical needs and my happiness. I would rather live modestly doing something I enjoy than make a good living but not enjoy my work. Travel is also important to me”|
The Telegraph has produced this interesting article about women to watch out for in politics in 2014. It might be a good conversation starter with young women in your youth group. Of note is the international and racial mix of women who seem to be making waves- exciting times!
Wishing you a happy festive season and a feminist New Year! Still short of a good Christmas present? Then why not buy our book, after all, education and liberation are the gifts that keep on giving!
Feminist Webs is running a project in 2014 looking at the needs of young women from 1914 to 2014, with a particular emphasis on anti-violence and peace in our lives. Four youth groups are going to help create an film looking at what young women said they wanted in 1914 and what has changed since. The film will be shown at Suffragette Legacy: How does the History of Feminism Inspire Current Thinking in Manchester? event on 8 March 2014 at the People’s History Museum as part of the Manchester Wonder Women events celebrating International Women’s Day 2014. Thanks to Manchester Council for helping fund this project.
Manchester International Women’s Day Steering Group are inviting you to nominate women and or groups for Manchester ’s International Women’s Day Awards in March 2014. If you know a fantastic woman or a group of women who deserve recognition, please take this opportunity to nominate them. If you would like to nomincate Feminist Webs for our work, we would be very honoured! Nominate people here http://www.manchester.gov.uk/iwd