Safety is a two-way street

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.

How Can We Make It Stop? – Youth Street Harassment a short documentary exploring street/seuxal harassment from young women at the Hideaway Youth Project in Moss Side, Manchester.

“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?”

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News from June ft Sport England, The Parent Zone, Everyday Sexism and more…

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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Women Who Spit

Vanessa Kisuule

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”

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By Hebe (Editor)

Yes Matters say #ENOUGH

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 or see the facebook event here

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Creating our activist future…

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. speaker at the event

Being Watched Conference Saturday 14th March: Have you booked on yet?

Being Watched Conference
Saturday 14th March:
Have you booked on yet?

From mobile phones to social networking sites, technology has become part of the way we live our lives. Although there are many benefits to the way we may choose to communicate with each other and seek information, these exchanges are increasingly putting people at risk of being monitored, controlled, stalked or even abused.
Who is making the decisions about the privacy settings on Facebook and social media? What can we do about mass surveillance? Find out more about the difference it could make if more women were involved in Science Technology Engineering and Maths.

Happy New Year!

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!

You can give it a watch here and while you’re at it, here’s our first bulletin of 2015 :) here