At just 17 , Malala Yousafzai becomes the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize, and shares the honour this year with children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi. Good news for girls and young women everywhere, as they are both sure to use this spotlight on their work to good avail to raise awareness of girl’s rights to education and campaigning against slavery and child labour. This is a great conversation piece for any youth group session. You could facilitate a discussion about who Malala is, what are girl’s rights in different countries, do we have equal rights to education in the UK, what can we do to help raise awareness of every girl’s right to education? More about Malala’s Nobel Prize here, and how she heard about the award coming out of her Chemistry class!
The Feminist Webs archive was packed up by some willing volunteers over the past few weeks and has moved into the new Birley Campus in Hulme (Manchester Metropolitan University), following the closure of the Didsbury Campus.
Janet Batsleer, who oversaw the move, said ‘It’s great isn’t it! We have had the archive in an office for years, and now it is in the new building, in archive shelving, and feels like its more integrated into the University and more accessible for the public.’
The archive is going to be opened up once a week from September by Alison Ronan who said, ‘I hope it will make it easier for anyone who is interested to be able to come and have a look at it, and to start doing more exciting things with it’. Watch this space for more details.
Disney’s new twist on an old classic (Sleeping Beauty) is an ideal discussion point in youth groups this Summer. Does it play on lots of stereotypes or is it daring and feminist? See what the Huffington Post has to say about it’s feminist credentials here
With Girls in the spotlight this month, from the horrific kidnapping in Nigeria to sexist comments from the F.A. …looks like it’s time to digest this months news bulletin
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”|