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.
“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 harassment…call 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?”
Happy June everyone, I’ll start us off with great quote from Chimamanda Adichie’s TED Talk about stories a few years ago:
“The problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but they incomplete. They make one story become the only story”
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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”
By Hebe (Editor)
Protest against victim blaming and treatment of women.
Parliament Square, London April 15th 2015. From 1pm
On the 15th of April a protest will be held at Parliament Square to say we have had enough of these issues not being taken seriously as though they are unimportant. Victim blaming silences victims and enables perpitrators. This protest was started by Gemma Aitchison – founder of YES Matters after the murder of her sister Sasha Marsden. The protest will be held at Parliament Square from 1pm to symbolise the establishment who are there to serve it’s constituency yet failing over half of them.
Yes Matters are urging those who cannot attend the march to use the hashtag #ENOUGH and change their profile picture to their logo (pictured above!) on April 15th and fill social media with the message that we have had #enough of the lack of awareness around issues like child sexual exploitation, rape, fgm, murder..
For more information about the march email firstname.lastname@example.org or see the facebook event here
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A massive ‘Thank You’ to all who organised and attended the being watched event on saturday. It was full of lively debate, diversity and wonderful women who are helping change the world for the better. There was discussion about whether CCTV is a good or a bad thing, about facebook and privacy, about whether partners spy on one another (e.g. secretly looking at each other’s phones), and about taking the power back for ourselves, our own bodies and our own futures.
Happy New Year
Looking to the future and speaking up and out about the past
We hope you’ve had a super year and are excited for the new one, we’d like to share with you a brand new video, made by us about the history of women and feminism in Manchester, and think about what rights women have now, compared with 2014. Young women discuss how easy it is to express anti-war opinions now on social media and a rare open letter, send over Christmas during WW1 from women of Britain to women in Germany and Austria!