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Suffrage Movement

The BBC have put a fantastic new archive of materials on the British suffrage movement online: http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/suffragettes/index.shtml

Then and Now

Bolton Women’s Liberation Group existed from 1971 until 1986. In the twenty first century we are developing a project to make our archives accessible. http://www.bolton-womens-liberation.org/

Violence and Safety

Chris Green, the UK Director for the White Ribbon Campaign.  Christine Burns talks to Chris on her new Podcast interview in which she talks to Chris about the statistics of violence towards women and his campaign’s approach on dealing with it. You can hear the interview here:


Also a short video trailer to help explain what the campaign is about, available on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62xaqEDne9k

Interestingly and perhaps logically, on a dating website, there is a good guide to personal safety that can be adapted to use with young people. See http://www.datehookup.com/content-a-free-guide-to-womens-self-defense-and-self-protection.htm and http://www.bestfreedatingsites.net/4-online-dating-safety-tips-for-women/

Work and leisure

Here is a link to the women and employment section on the new
Equalities and Human Rights commission website. I have open
several of the leaflets and they would be a useful starting point for girls workers and some are suitable to give out


www.fawcettsociety.org.uk/ Fawcett is the UK’s leading campaign for equality between women and men. Where there’s an inequality gap between women and men we’re working to close it.

http://criticallychatting.wordpress.com The Critically Chatting Collective

Coming In From The Margins – youth work with girls and young women. By Val Carpenter and Kerry Young. ISBN 090797-28-3 (published 1986 so not sure if still available but still very relevant)

National Youth Agency – support people involved in young people’s personal and social development. They have publications, training courses, information about funding opportunities and resources for delivering effective youth work.

Youth Work Now – a monthly publication as part of the weekly publication Children & Young People Now. Very useful covers lots of issues.

UK Youth


The online informal education encyclopaedia

Check out this group called ‘Take Back the Tech’. Working in their spare time (the couple of hours that women’s sector jobs leave) they try to reclaim technology for feminism.

The youth pages for the commission for equality and human rights commission www.equalityhumanrights.com/youth

Lots of ideas for youth work recommended by our feminist webs team can be found in www.resourceplanet.com/html/have_you_ever.htm

The Foundation for Women’s Health, Research and Development (FORWARD) who are is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) that works to advance and protect the sexual and reproductive health and human rights of African girls and women. Check them out at www.forwarduk.org.uk/what-we-do/uk-programmes/ypso

Sex and Sexuality

Straight questionaire
powerpoint presentation

Fpa Booklet “love sex relationships” has a good simple explanation of sexuality to promote starting a discussion.
Fpa activity resource “4 Boys, 4 Girls: Talking with young people about sex and relationships” has a few starting questions to explore different sexualities.

Jo Adams 2004 “Explore dream discover -working with holistic models of sexuality, self esteem and mental health” This explores “the sexuality flower model” which is an analogy of how inter related sexuality is, how it grows and can be stunted by various attitudes/prejudice and discrimination. It can be adapted to sexual health or various other aspects, including staff training or simplified as much as required for work with young people.

A new website offering advice on sexual health and teenage pregnancy launched in Newcastle recently www.yourteenagekicks.com – May be worth a look

uk yp sex info and recommendations for local area
powerpoint presentation

SHINE – (Sexual Health Information News Exchange) www.sexualhealthsheffield.nhs.uk

Department of education

Sheffield Sexual Health Centre

wikipedia – Sexism

Greater expectations

Creativity and Cultural Expressions
Top tip- Peggy Seager has a great song about ‘I wanna be an engineer’ and ‘woman what do you do all day?’ from the Folkways Years Album which are really good at creating a group atmosphere

Pregnancy and Domestic violence

Look up on the internet Britney Spears on the front cover of Bazaar magazine and Demi Moore on the front cover of Vanity Fair

Recently the FDA has been encountering more and more problems with prescription medications having an effect during pregnancy.  As you may know, drugs such as Paxil are capable of causing devastating birth defects.  In fact, birth defects are the leading cause of death in a child’s first year.   The FDA also has a long list of other drugs that are harmful to both mother and child (http://www.drugalert.org/safety/pregnancy-and-medication-safety).

Abortion Facts and Figures.

Abortion Rights has excellent information about a woman’s right to choose and current attacks on this right, happening now

There is also a group called Education For Choice, who have educational materials on choices for girls and young women in pregnancy – www.efc.org.uk

Look at images around motherhood by the artist monica sjoo (www.monicasjoo.org) particularly ‘God Giving Birth’

Suzy Lamplugh Organisation – leading authority on personal safety. They offer training, ideas about personal safety and are involved in campaigns, etc. Their website has a Young Peoples’ section, one of the things they have is ‘Be Street Wize’ an online game to find out how street wize you are.

Violence and Safety
lots of tips and advice about safety.

There is also a great interactive website aimed at young men and women on challenging violence against women, challenging gender roles and stereotypes, it is very well done and
aimed at young people

WOMANKIND Worldwide has done some excellent teaching resources on safe relationships and prevention of gender based violence, tackling gender stereotypes etc. Their resources
are very good quality and are available on CD:Rom. See their website -

If people come to this site asking ‘what about boys‘ there is a very good campaign called White Ribbon Campaign UK, which have educational resources for working with boys and
young men on challenging gender stereotypes, what it means to be a man, forming new types of masculinity etc -

There is also a group in London made up of many young women working directly on Feminist activism and starting campaigns called the London Feminist Network.
www.ldnfeministnetwork.ik.com and www.reclaimthenight.org

Article about high heels for babies can be a good talking point www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics

NEWomen’s Network
NEWomen’s Network is primarily concerned with strengthening the women’s sector and ensuring the survival of women’s organisations. It is about building partnership and collaboration between women’s organisations so that they can develop and raise the profile of issues facing women in the North East.
The North East Women’s Sector Network is organised regionally, with leads for each four sub-regions (Durham, Tees Valley, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear) and across six diversity strands (young women, lesbian and bisexual women, black and minority ethnic women, women with disabilities, older women and women of different faith groups).

As part of the NE VCS Equalities and Diversity Coalition, NEWomen’s Network is also involved in working with other diversity groups to bring the whole range of diversity and equality perspectives together in shared priorities and actions. Members of the Coalition work closely with people who are at risk of exclusion through discrimination, and with the community groups that support them.

Challenging ’sex object culture’ - the increased sexual objectification of women. Object today! Join our campaign at www.object.org.uk

www.genesis.ac.uk Genesis supports research into women’s history. It consists of:

  • A database with descriptions of women’s history collections from museums, libraries and archives in the United Kingdom and
  • A Guide to sources that provides access to a wide range of international web resources on women’s history.

Genesis was developed with funding from the Research Support Libraries Programme (RSLP) and is currently maintained by the staff of The Women’s Library at London Metropolitan University.
www.grassrootsfeminism.net Transnational archives, resources and communities! Please upload your projects!

http://www.feministing.com Young women are rarely given the opportunity to speak on their own behalf on issues that affect their lives and futures. Feministing provides a platform for us to comment, analyze, influence and connect.

MISSION STATEMENT: Founded in 2001, VaginaPagina is an online community that offers a supportive, progressive, body- and sex-positive environment in which to discuss issues related to female sexual and reproductive health and wellness. It is a unique, empowerment-based safe space that is GLBTQQIA- and kink-friendly.


The purpose of the site is ultimately to provide the UK with a huge life coach support network, enabling individuals to find a life coach close to them and appropriate for their needs. This is a free, confidential service that will help those seeking a new direction in their life to find the encouragement they need.


NO COUNTRY FOR YOUNG WOMEN is a multimedia project striving to connect women across generations and nationalities on the topic of their careers. By presenting personal testimonies in written, oral, and video form, the site promotes a community of individuals joined together by the successes and struggles of the work-life balance particular to women.


Blog about a documentary being worked on at the moment about “the body as the finest consumer object” – the film will discuss the relationship between mass media, commerce, and body image.


The F-Word is an online magazine dedicated to talking about and sharing ideas on contemporary UK feminism