Bootcamp Graduates Celebrate International Women’s Day 2019

People around the world celebrated International Women’s Day this month, and we wanted to share what some of our Bootcamp community have been up to!

Bootcamp grad Anu, hosted an IWD cafe quiz to raise money for York Women’s Counselling. The event had two focuses: to recognise and appreciate all the emotional and physical labour women put into their worlds and to introduce incredible women of colour who have been trailblazers that are not as much in the public consciousness, including Rani Laxmibai, Phillis Wheatley and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

It was great to spend a morning with like minded women and collectively learning about women that came before us who are currently setting fire to the patriarchy in their own ways.”

Anu campaigns around feminism, violence against women and girls and racial equality. She will be doing an Instagram Live on Saturday 13th April at 10:00am on the 100th anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, perpetrated by British forces in colonial India, to bring some focus into the realities of colonisation.

Jasmine, Campaigns Coordinator for City to Sea, co-ordinated the creation of the Plastic Free Periods Campaign’s video, helping educate and empower women to take control of their periods and make informed choices about what they put inside their bodies.

“I always celebrate International Women’s Day on social media, helping raise the voices of women I’m inspired by, but this is the first year that I contributed content for it. I did some proper digging into the origins of the day and discovered that there is a still a lot that I’m not aware of! I’ll definitely be learning more about the women’s rights movement and continue to speak openly about injustice, collaborate with other amazing women, and celebrate each others successes.”

You can check out Jasmine’s blog on IWD and Period Power and guest blog on Sky Ocean Rescue about Plastic Free Periods.

On 6th March a community event for International Women’s Day was co-organised by Bootcamp grad Zlakha. The event started off with a play that followed the journey of a young girl being bullied in school because of her father being in prison. The play aimed to create conversations and support to the families of men who had gone to prison and to highlight the impact it can have on the children when those families are isolated.

Amrit Wilson, a writer and activist on issues of race and gender in Britain and South Asian politics, also joined the event for the book launch of her new edition of Finding A Voice: Asian Women in Britain. The book, which is updated every 20 years, has a new chapter in which South Asian women in Britain describe what the book means to them today and in what ways their lives are different, and similar, to those of the women in previous chapters.

Zlakha, the founder of Apna Haq, also supported the Million Women Rise campaign in solidarity with other women and young girls from Rotherham. The campaign holds an annual march in London to raise awareness of male violence against women.

Apna Haq also launched the ‘No More Home-Work’ exhibition in Rotherham, presenting paintings of the lives, voices and activism of Asian women. The artist and activist Sabjit Johal talked about the meaning of the paintings and created a space for the women of the community to draw the issues they were facing.

And last but not least. Bootcamp grad Ros, told us more about International Women’s Day in Brighton.

“Every year at Brighton’s celebrations for International Women’s Day local WILPF (Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom) members can be found at our stall pursuing dialogue on all the different campaigns we are involved in, and this year was no different. WILPF promotes an integrated approachto peace that aims to end and prevent war. It involves ensuring women are represented at all levels in the peace-building process, defending the human rights of women and men.

You can join their next meeting at Friends Meeting House (Ship Street, Brighton) on the 26th March, 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

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