Women's History MonthFull Calendar
1st March 2019
Now I Can Breathe
It’s not your fault. You didn’t ask for it. You are not weak. You are strong.
Amina tells the story of how she was sexually harassed over several years by other pupils, and describes the work she is doing now to help teachers put a stop to sexual harassment in their schools.
A film by Adam Tyler.
Advice for young people about sexual harassment can be found at the following sites:
...and teachers can find the government's guidance about sexual harassment in schools here.
What Do You Mean I Can't Change the World?
Jemmar tells the story of how she went from hating how she looked, to a realisation of the injustices that made her feel that way, to proud acceptance of herself as a beautiful, working class, black young woman. She is now an activist, working for social justice and inspiring other young people to campaign for the issues that affect their lives.
Told by Jemmar Samuels.
Directed by Adam Tyler.
Winner of the Content for Change category at the BAFTA Children's Awards 2018.
...and Adam Tyler was also nominated in the Director category.
Laura Bates began the Everyday Sexism Project to highlight how often sexist behaviour and even sexual assaults go unchallenged and unreported. In this film women tell their distressing stories of everyday sexism, and invite us all to help make it stop by shouting back.
Sameem Ali was forced to marry a man she hardly knew at the age of 13, but eventually escaped her abusive family. She is now an author, a local government councillor and campaigns for better education about the problem of forced marriage. Here she tells her story and makes it clear: "Forced marriage is not part of my culture".
Imagine if you were abducted and held prisoner against your will: if your possessions were taken, your hair was cut; you were forced to wear a uniform and answer to a new name. For women like Gabrielle O’Gorman who were sent to the Magdalene Institutions in Ireland, this was a reality. Gabrielle tells her story, and revisits the now-derelict Institution she was sent to as a teenager.
This film, made by Nick Carew, was funded by the University of Kent, and completed with the help of the Women's Studies Centre at University College Dublin who led an Irish Research Council project on the Magdalene Institutions.