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“Violence against women is a manifestation of historically unequal power relations between men & women, which have led to domination over & discrimination against women by men… violence against women is one of the crucial social mechanisms by which women are forced into a subordinate position compared with men”.[1] It is for this reason that our initial focus was to ask women about their stories & give them a platform to be heard: when Managing Director, Lisa Charlotte Davis, founded Changing Relations in 2013, part of her inspiration was the One Billion Rising movement launched by Eve Ensler (writer of...

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Who’s Afraid of the Boy in the Dress?

We’re sick of gender norms and stereotypes pigeon holing the way our children express themselves and what they feel enabled to identify with. We’re planning to work with Primary and Pre-school children, using a range of art forms, to explore, unpick and challenge the overwhelming pink-blue messaging that currently pervades our culture. We very much hope to partner with campaign groups Let Toys Be Toys and Let Clothes Be Clothes on this project, as they’ve been doing some fantastic work in this area in recent years. Interested in working with us on any of these exciting ideas, either as a...

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SRE-focused Peer Educator Programme

An SRE based Peer Educator Programme. Up to 20 students can receive one-to-one support over 3 days to enable them to deliver an SRE day to their peers based on our sexting film & resource pack. Improves confidence, communication skills & provides age appropriate understanding of healthy relationships. Identifies the risks of mobile technology and helps pupils stay safe. Can include ASDAN short course (up to 6 credits towards COPE or Key Skills) Students said: “We are less likely to take risks now.” Fee: price on enquiry

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Sex and Relationships Education

Sexting Risks Men’s Voices Our first project to support a school embedding Sex and Relationships Education into their delivery, Transforming Relationships was funded by Arts Council England and the 4 Together Area Action Partnership. The project was undertaken with Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College and was supported by Jack Drum Arts and the Partnership Development Director of Newcastle University’s Research Centre for Learning and Teaching (CfLaT). The project aimed to explore ways of addressing concerns held by the senior leadership team about risk-taking behaviour amongst the student population. The Deputy Headteacher Tim Pinkney was particularly keen to see peer learning...

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"Sex without consent, I suppose that is rape"

A really fascinating read from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, one of the research contributors being the fabulous Professor Liz Kelly of the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit. It is so useful to have it down in black and white the views of our own youngsters in relation to sexual consent. Some stand out points for me were: Getting sex from a girl = man points for a boy Having sex as a girl still pretty much makes you a slut The onus for giving consent is on the girl rather than any responsibility for making sure to...

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Engaged Teaching, Feminist Activism and Academia

Very excited to hear about this: Engaged Teaching, Feminist Activism and Academia.

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A good thing to change your mind?

A good thing to change your mind? I really like this challenge to the somewhat macho culture of sticking to a position; terrified to be called out for making a u-turn, when actually, maybe it’s far more courageous to change your mind and admit making an error of judgement. We’re all human, after all!

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How marketing can deliberately work to exclude women.

How marketing can deliberately work to exclude women.

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Bishop FM radio interview about Durham Women Rising launch

Bishop FM radio interview about Durham Women Rising launch Thanks so much for featuring our launch event, Gillian, and giving me the opportunity to explain our formation as a group, the objectives of our programme and a sneak preview of what our programme will include. It would be fabulous if we could take forward in some way the idea we discussed about women behind the camera/mike/computer in media… 🙂

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And again!

And again!

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