International Women’s Day events

Hulme International Women’s Day
Thursday 7 March, 1pm and 2pm
Meet: G86 Lecture Theatre 2, Brooks Building MMU Birley Campus

As part of Hulme International Women’s Day, local councillors and MMU are hosting a series of workshops for Hulme women: residents, students, workers are all welcome. Refreshments provided. There’s a choice of two sessions each hour:

At 1pm Let’s Talk Periods
This session will share information about some of the issues facing girls and young women in schools in the UK but also around the world and introduce current campaigns.

Fulfill our aspirations in Hulme
This will explore the work opportunities, consider what could hold us back and decide how to reach your aspirations.

At 2pm Women Asylum Seekers Welcome Here
What is it like to make almost impossible choices and leave everything behind? What welcome do we give to our sisters when they arrive?

Our Children Growing up in Hulme
Bringing up children in Hulme in 2019. A get together and talk about experiences.

Pankhurst Centre International Women’s Day
Friday 8 March, Pankhurst Centre, Nelson Street, Manchester

4pm-6pm Women’s Comedy Workshop for Youth and Community Workers developing work with girls.
Booking is essential. Waiting list in operation, email: J.Batsleer@mmu.ac.uk
If successful, this workshop will run again though the year and be offered to Girls Groups, in order to contribute a perspective on Girls Rights to the Living Charter for Youth Rights to be launched at the Sick! Festival in October 2019.

6.15pm-7.15pm VYM Network Meeting – Exploring Equity and Diversity in Manchester. A gender perspective. All welcome. We will be starting to make a giant snakes and ladders game.

Let’s Talk Period. Manchester Art Gallery
Wednesday 13 March, 10am-4pm
A chance to take some work from the Comedy Workshop to share with others and to hear more about the work of PLAN UK’s ‘Let Talk Period’ Project, email: Nicola.Bristow@plan-uk.org

RECLAIM Radical Lates takeover @ People’s History Museum on Thursday 14 March

Saturday 23 March A Chance to engage with a new sexual health project using data from a 1980’s project that was really important to feminist youth workers then. Venue and times to be confirmed.
A set of interviews collected as part of a social research study conducted in Manchester in 1988-90 called The Women, Risk & AIDS Project (WRAP) are being revised.

The aim is to archive, share and reanimate this material as way of exploring change and continuities in young women’s lives over a 30 year period. The project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and involves the Universities of Sussex and Edinburgh and the community archive Feminist Webs. We want to build a community around the archive in order to ask new questions about sexual health, sexual politics and social change.

We have funding to run a series of creative workshops and projects in Manchester in 2019 and are looking for collaborators and participants. In particular we are looking for:
• Groups of young women who may be interested in taking part in creative workshops where we explore the interview data from the 1980s together. We are interested in capturing young women’s responses to the research materials, their thoughts on what has and has not changed as well as their views and experiences on what is happening for girls in Manchester today.

• Groups of women aged 45+ who are the age that our original participants would be today who may be interested in taking part in group discussions and/or creative workshops using the stories from young women in the 1980s. We would be interested in women’s experiences and views on what has and has not changed for girls and women in Manchester.

• Youth workers, educators, sexual health workers, artists and activists interested in young women’s sexual health and empowerment who are interested in collaborating with us. This could involve participating in workshops, leading workshops, putting together exhibitions or performances, looking at the interview data from the 1980s with us and sharing thoughts and experiences about living / working in Manchester.

If you are interested in taking part in the project or would like more information contact Ester on e.m.mcgeeney@sussex.ac.uk or 0779 376 6005.

Reanimating data project summary

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