Sadly, we have now come to the end of our wonderful Strong Mothers, Stronger Daughters work (sob) but to celebrate the success of the work and bring all the lovely participants together, we are folding a fab event at Bangladeshi Centre on Friday 18th Jan 6pm – 8pm.
The event is in partnership with Shantona and will be hosted by the amazing writer and performance artist, Michelle Scally Clarke. There will also be food, music & guest speakers.
Places are limited so to book your place, please call Sawson, project worker on 0113 240 5894
She’s that Leeds Girl
We’re very proud to launch our new photography exhibition ‘She’s that Leeds Girl’. The young women at Getaway Girls have been working with Leeds based photographer Samantha Toolsie to make positive messages about what it’s like to be a young woman living in Leeds. These messages focus on equality, diversity and empowerment.
This fab exhibition was launched on 18th December and will be showing on the big screen in Millennium Square….so why not stop and have a look next time you’re in the vicinity?
Commenting on the exhibition, Flavia Docherty, director at Getaway Girls said:
We wanted to give young women a voice to promote messages that are important to them and other young women in Leeds. This follows on from our campaign 100 dreams 100 girls focusing on young women’s dreams and aspirations for the future.
Leader of Leeds City Council and Women’s Lives Leeds ambassador, Councillor Judith Blake, commented:
It is fantastic to see Getaway Girls working with girls in Leeds to transform their lives and raise their aspirations, I hope this campaign opens the eyes of many young women and shows them that their dreams and aspirations are achievable.
P.S. Don’t worry if you don’t get chance to see the photos on the big screen (although they do look ace when they’re BIG) as we’ve added them here just for you!
She’s That Girl….speaking at the House of Lords!
On Friday 16th November around 200 participants from across the UK, were given the opportunity to have their say on some of the key barriers facing girls and young women in the UK and around the world, and the solutions that should be put in place to ensure they are able to achieve their potential. 2018 marks the 60th anniversary of the passing of the life peerages Act 1958, which enabled women to be members of the house of Lords.
We’re extremely proud to say that a group of girls and Youth Worker T from Getaway Girls were part of this group. The event, #Girls Breaking Barriers; How can we ensure that girls and young women are able to achieve their potential in the UK and around the world? focused on four barriers and potential solutions to be voted on in turn. Each section of the debate was opened by a participant and summarised by a member of the House of Lords.
The Four Barriers were;
Girls face stereotypes in schools-assumptions about their capabilities and potential
Girls do not see themselves reflected in public and political life. Positions of power tend to be held by men.
Girls face harassment on the streets on a daily basis
Girls do not have enough information about their bodies, healthy relationships and sexual health.
This is what the girls had to say about the experience:
I felt inspired by the guests and I felt that the opportunity to chair a debate will have a massive impact on my life and career choice
I enjoyed sitting in the seats where so many other inspiring and influential people have sat
I enjoyed getting to meet many empowering women
It was great meeting influential people and getting to speak about issues that matter to girls
Being able to meet so many inspiring women eg; Jodie Whitaker and Baroness Lawrence was such an amazing experience
This experience was very memorable and something I won’t forget
Such a great opportunity and something I will never forget
I enjoyed meeting very inspiring women
It was an amazing experience with memorable moments that I will never forget
A beneficial and worthy experience
This was an awesome experience for Getaway girls to be a part of, and we are so proud of the girls that represented Getaway girls. Well done everyone!!
She’s That Girl….celebrating Youth Work Week 2018
All this week we have been asking people of all ages what Youth Work has meant to them….here is what they have been saying:
She’s That Girl….celebrating Black History Month
All through October we’ve been holding activities and attending events to celebrate Black History Month (BHM). The girls have really enjoyed this and so throughout the month they have been collecting quotes from you so that you can say why BHM is important to you.
They’ve collected some FAB quotes, have a look at them below and if YOU want to get involved in the celebrations next year, give us a call on 0113 240 5894!
Leeds Girls & Young Women’s Forum November 2018
We are proud to announce that we are, once again, hosting the next Girls & Young Women’s forum in partnership with Women’s Lives Leeds.
For more information and to book your place, contact T on 0113 240 5894.
She’s That girl….Celebrating International Day of the Girl
Hi, my name’s, Naimah. Day of the Girl is great, an opportunity for us to raise awareness of the challenges girls face in day to day life such as accessing their rights and gender inequality, but most importantly it is a day to celebrate the empowerment of young girls worldwide.
I was a part of the Global Girls project at Getaway girls, as a 13-year-old when I first started I enjoyed my time here, it was an escape route from school once a week, meeting and talking to girls in my peer group sharing the same passion to discuss the challenges that we still face today as girls around the world such as body image, education and expectations. My favourite memory was creating the Global Girls’ magazine (click here to download your FREE copy) and how we discussed the similar pressures/challenges that a group of girls found important to overcome, all the way from Cambodia.
A few years have passed and I am currently volunteering at Getaway girls whilst I take a gap year, I couldn’t have asked to volunteer at a better place and I look forward to all the upcoming opportunities that are ahead.
If you would like to get involved here at Getaway Girls, why not give us a call on 0113 240 5894?
Leeds Girls & Young Women’s Forum September 2018
We are proud to announce that we are, once again, hosting the next Girls & Young Women’s forum.
For more information and to book your place, contact T on 0113 240 5894.
Well we have come to the end of our ‘100 dreams, 100 days’ project which involved talking to 100 young women from across Leeds about sharing their dreams for the future. We posted each one on Twitter, using the hashtag #100dreams100days.
The 100 day-long campaign was inspired by a quote endorsed by women’s rights advocate and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, who said “girls with dreams become women with vision” at the UN Women’s Conference on International Women’s Day in 2015.
Flavia Docherty, director at Getaway Girls said:
We wanted to commemorate 100 years of women winning the right to vote in a way that celebrates young women reaching for their dreams and aspirations. It is such a significant milestone and we want girls and young women to understand the importance of utilising their vote when the time comes. We hope that young women feel empowered to share their dreams for the future and start to envision these as their reality
We’ve added all the dreams to a gallery below so we can look back and feel inspired by these amazing young women!
Fantastic news! We are very proud to say that we are now a designated Freedom 4 Girls pick up point, providing FREE access to sanitary products for women and girls in need of support.
We’d like to give a BIG shout out to Tina Leslie at Freedom 4 Girls for arranging this and to Hey Girls Uk for supplying the pads.
For more info about pick up times, please call on 0113 240 5894 and to download the poster, click here.