Exploring Activism and the Future of Gender Equality

Exploring Activism and the Future of Gender Equality

For people of all genders aged 16-30
Sunday 9th September 2018

Morland Enterprise Park
Morland Road
United Kingdom

Fully accessible

This year we celebrate 100 years since some women won the right to vote in the UK. Despite some advances in gender equality, we still live in a society where:

• Over a third of female students have experienced some form of sexual harassment at school
• Women make up more than half the minimum wage workforce in the United Kingdom 
• Only 32% MPs are women 

This day of free creative workshops aims to empower people of all genders aged 16-30 through learning about feminist activist her-stories, connecting these to contemporary debates about gender equality and exploring ways to make your voice heard. Held within an exhibition of striking feminist posters, the workshops will take inspiration from a century of women-led campaigns for gender equality from Votes for Women to Equal Pay and #metoo. 

The Herstory and Feminist Futures workshop will draw on a rich collection of materials from the Feminist Archive South, questioning how far have we come and what’s next for the future of gender equality? Through discussion and group activities we will learn about the key legislative changes impacting women’s rights; the role of feminist pressure groups and the significance of independent feminist media.

The DIY Activism and Counter-culture workshop will build on discussions and activities from the first session and provide opportunities to collaborate with others and explore topics such as gender stereotyping, sexual harassment and LGBT+ rights through DIY ‘counter-cultural’ media such as zine, poster and badge making.

• Meet others interested in activism and feminism 

• Learn about the inspiring activists who fought for women’s rights 

• Explore and discuss the issues that matter to you 

• Experiment with fun and creative DIY methods 

• Publish your work on the Feminist Archive South project website and have it displayed in a regional touring exhibition (optional). 

11am-1pm Herstory and Feminist Futures workshop 
1pm-2pm Lunch (snacks provided) 
2pm-4pm DIY Activism and Counter-culture workshop 

This workshop is a collaboration between the Feminist Archive South and T.I.G.E.R. (Teaching Individuals Gender Equality & Respect), a Bristol based not-for-profit co-operative working for young people by delivering a comprehensive programme of workshops that address gender based barriers to well-being, aspirations and well-rounded futures. http://www.tigerbristol.co.uk/about.html 

If you would like to join the workshop please register for your free ticket here. The Red Brick Building is wheelchair accessible. If you have any questions or access needs get in touch with Ellie at education.feministarchive@gmail.com.

Event leader
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Ellie O'Connell

Ellie O’Connell is a feminist teacher, activist and Education Co-ordinator for the Hatpins to Hashtags project. In partnership with T.I.G.E.R. (Teaching Individuals Gender Equality and Respect), she is responsible for researching and planning the Hatpins to Hashtags workshop series as well as building connections with schools, colleges and youth groups. 

Ellie is a fully qualified Modern Languages teacher specialised in teaching the 16-19 age range and has worked with young people to explore intersectional feminisms in multicultural educational contexts.

Ellie is also studying an MA in Comparative Literatures and Cultures at the University of Bristol. She began the Translating Latin American Feminisms project which brings together translators of all levels, academics and activists to collectively research, translate and digitise the unexplored narratives of intersectional feminist activism within the archive.

She loves riot grrrl music, making things, cycling and gardening. She juggles all of this with long term health problems and would be very happy to discuss all things accessibility :)