Working with Girls and Young Women Conference: ‘Challenging Ideas of Contro...
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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 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, transphobic, 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.
FINAL programme is below:
Saturday 22nd October
11.00 Amelia (Welcome).
Morning session chaired by Paula Connaughton
Jayne Senior – (Risky Business) with Question and Answer session
Lilian Pons and Kat Louis - Exploring consent and control through the example of the Water Adventure Centre, through the decades.
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?
Chaired by Paula Connaughton
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 St Mary's University)
- Sally Carr (The Empowerment People and The Proud Trust)
- Ellen Murray (GenderJam NI)
- Camille Kumar (Women and Girls Network)
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). Chair/timekeeper Amelia Lee
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. Chair/timekeeper Myrtle Finley
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. Chair/ timekeeper Sally Carr
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). Chair/ timekeeper Paula Connaughton
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). Chair/timekeeper Myrtle Finley
B) Teenage domestic violence: the national picture and local practice, using a mix of practical and discussion based exercises, by Laura Christer and Sophie Murtha. The presenters are teenage domestic violence peer educators, employed full time at west end women and girls centre in Newcastle. Chair/ timekeeper Paula Connaughton
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. Chair/timekeeper Sally Carr
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. Chair/timekeeper Amelia Lee