International Day of The Girl
The Circle members and their children (or other young people in their lives) joined us to celebrate International Day of the Girl in an afternoon and evening of workshops, talks and inspiration.
Together we acknowledged the importance of young activists in the global movement for gender equality and became more informed on the inequalities facing young women and girls in our local community and worldwide.
Where? The Hive, 18 Harben Parade, Finchley Road, London, NW3 6JP.
When? 11 Oct 2018. 3:30-7:30 pm.
15:30: Registration and refreshments
16:00: Session facilitated by Integrate UK
17:00: Refreshments and socialising
This session was facilitated by Integrate UK and hosted by The Hive. The session demonstrated how Integrate UK’s young people deliver peer education workshops on different expressions of Honour-Based Violence and Abuse (HBVA). The workshop was facilitated by a young woman and was focused on HBVA. It included information on force marriage, sexual consent, girl shaming and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
ONUR was one of the short films that were included to open up discussion around forced marriage, consent, girl shaming on social media and the concept of “honour” and how that affects the lives of girls. This intersectional educational resource and lesson plan is very popular with young people and has been used widely in peer education workshops from year 7 upwards across the UK. Many people assume HBVA only affects Asian girls and this workshop will show how it can affect anyone, though in different ways —including all forms of FGM.
17:30: Registration for guests attending Part 2
18:00: Panel discussion with Q&A on the topic: The Importance of Young Activist in the movement for Gender Equality
18:45: Refreshments and socialising
19:30: Event Ends
Part Two was a panel discussion on the topic of “The Importance of Young Activist in the Movement for Gender Equality”. Our inspiring speakers included a young activist from Integrate UK and Maya Ghazal, a young activist advocating for the rights of refugees. The Circle also shared a story written by Annie Lennox, our Founder, about a young woman named Ashley who was a driving force in setting up one of The Circle’s projects —the Nonceba Family Counselling Centre in Khayelitsha, South Africa, and who sadly then died after a traffic accident. The speakers talked about their experiences as young activists and encouraged others to become activists.