Understanding the past, creating the future, making herstory
Feminist Webs is an intergenerational collective of youth workers, young people and academics from across the North West, who have come together to ‘do something’ about work with girls and young women.
Since the closure in the mid-1990s of the National Girls’ Work Unit and numerous other local units across the country, many feminist youth workers have felt that progressive work with girls and young women has fallen off the agenda. Feminist Webs wants to put it back on!
For the past three years the collective has been working on a number of projects, including developing many resources that are available online at www.feministwebs.com and as paper-based resource: ‘Done Hair and Nails, Now What?’
Since 2008, the group has been working on a Heritage Lottery (Young Roots) funded project to develop an archive of work with girls and young women based at Manchester Metropolitan University, which will also be available through the website. Through this project, young women from across the North West have been trained in how to gather oral histories, and have interviewed older feminist youth workers from across the region. These Oral Histories will be available online, at the Manchester archive and through the North West Regional Sound Archive. The project has also been selected by the NYA as one of their prestigious intergenerational pilot projects.
On of the young researchers Rachel (17), said, ‘I have learnt quite a lot about feminism and equal rights from the 1970’s onward. As we now have an ever expanding archive, there is a lot more that I should and aim to know, as plenty of questions about the mysterious world of feminists remain unanswered.’
On 14th March the archive will be launched at the ‘Quality Youth Work with Girls and Young Women’ conference in Manchester, co-hosted by the North West Regional Youth Work Unit and the regional Girl’s Work Network. Tours of the archive will take place on this day too. To find out more about the conference please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The collective is also working alongside UK Youth, and ‘Youth and Policy’ to run a national conference on 8th September 2009, to look at what we can all do nationally to re-invigorate the youth work sector in relation to work with girls and young women and ensure that from now on it is on everyone’s agenda.
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