Working with Girls and Young Women Conference: ‘Challenging Ideas of Contro...
This conference is a space to debate and share good practice and will include a mix of plenary/presentation-style sessions, workshops and interactive events.
We are look for a range of people to come along to share and learn e.g. people who run girls’ groups, people who work in Universities or do research youth work/ feminism/ anti-sexist work, community artists, social workers, counsellors etc etc.
We are especially interested to have represention from lesser-heard groups, e.g. working class women, Black and Asian women (and women from other minoritised ethnicities), women with disabilities, trans women, LGB women etc.
All women who define as women are welcome.
We expect all women who come along to the space to be respectful of one another. The space is for us to explore and discuss together. We cannot promise it will always feel like a ‘safe space’ as we want it to be a place where ideas and assumptions can be discussed and challenged. However, we have an anti-discrimination stance, and will challenge racist, homophobic, sexist or ablest sentiments; or similar actions that infringe on the human rights/safety of others.
The National Lottery Awards for All programme is part-funding this event.
The DRAFT programme is below:
Saturday 22nd October
11.00 Jayne Senior – (Risky Business) with Question and Answer session
12.30 Lunch – Dining Room
13.30 Workshop session 1
14.45 Coffee – Lounge
15.00 Workshops - Session 2
16.15 Coffee – Lounge
16.30 Workshops - Session 3
18.00 Evening Meal – Dining Room
1. Evening relaxed workshop (max 10 people) - DIY sexual pleasure - explore contemporary issues around sexual practices, sexual health and women’s bodies. Several artefacts and resources will be used to illustrate knowledge and awareness of women’s sexuality including vulva/vagina models, organic lubricants and sex toys. The workshop will end with an optional ‘make your own sex toy’ section using a range of recycled materials and everyday objects, inspired by Sophie Crow’s WANK zine.
2. Presentation - Making gaming culture anti-sexist - developing a game to challenge sexual coercion, and increasing understanding of complexities of consent. By Erika Laredo (Leeds Beckett University).
3. ´Grooming Ground´ is a visual art led piece of work, exploring the concepts of ‘changing identity’ and ‘spaces’ on a headline topic in our communities. What does it want to say? What do we want to hear? By Uzma Kazi of Creative Reaearch UK
21.00 Chats and chillin’ in the bar
Saturday 23rd October
8.30 Breakfast – Dining Room
9.15 Panel: Where should girl’s work place itself around ideas of control and consent, now and in the future? What do young women want from us?
Draft panel membership:
- Rebecca Brackett from the VIBE project at Together Women Early Intervention for Young Women & Girls
- Fin Cullen (Youth worker and Lecturer at Brunel University)
- Sally Carr (The Empowerment People and The Proud Trust)
- Ellen Murray (GenderJam NI)
11.15 Workshops - Session 4
13.00 Network/ Lunch – Dining Room
14.00 Head home
Workshop session 1
A) What the Feminist Webs Archive can teach us about how ideas consent and control in youth work have changed (or not!) over time, by Ali Ronan (Trustee of Youth Work Charity, former lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University)
B) Exploring the links and learnings around Domestic Abuse and Child Sexual Exploitation by Rebecca Wood (Sandwell Women’s Aid, former lead practitioner for a CSE service)
Workshop session 2
A) How to engage girls in the digital age - The joys and risks of social media, including online bullying, trolling, sexploitation and reputation, by Heather Paterson and Nichola Mills from the VIBE project at Together Women
B) Gender related violence, how it relates to youth work practice and what anti-violence practices we can use in our work, by Fin Cullen (Youth worker and Lecturer at St Mary’s University)
Workshop session 3
A) Young people’s (mis)understanding and negotiation of consent – research findings about ‘wanting and not wanting’ and navigating this within gendered scripts, by Elsie Whittington (PHD researcher at Sussex University)
B) Practice and theory from Out & About (LGBTQ young women’s project) lessons learnt over the past 12 years, by Dr Gail Neill (Programme Coordinator, YouthAction Northern Ireland)
Workshop session 4
A) Women’s Centred and strength –based approaches in supporting diverse groups of young women, by Flavia Docherty, Director of Getaway Girls from Leeds
B) My body is a battleground - Trans young women’s experiences of navigating consent and control, by Ellen Murray, GenderJam Northern Ireland and Leia Smith, Afternoon TEA