My name is Sharandeep Flora and I am 18 years old. I have been coming to Getaway Girls for 4 years and now I am a peer-educator here. I’m also a DJ and have been doing this since being involved with Sister Sound Salon, a multi-media group at Getaway Girls.
As a peer-educator at Getaway Girls, I believe that our ideas for the “Women making a change” project are important because young women can feel inspired. Learning about the suffragettes will make young women want to continue to campaign for equality. I am also a part of the Girls Forum, a safe place for girls and young women from the ages of 13 to 18 to talk about issues that are affecting them as a young woman in Leeds.
I attend a weekly group called Global Girls at Getaway Girls, a women’s rights project, where we have recently learnt about Leonora Cohen who was a suffragette in Leeds. In the “Women making a Change” I want more girls to learn about these positive female advocates from the past. I also want the young women to learn about the various other ways suffragettes campaigned about in the past so that we can bring those methods forward and use them in the future. Even though we do not want to campaign in such a physical way like they did, we have already taken to other forms of campaigning such as social media. Taking our campaigns to social media has allowed us to target more young people and spread our message further.
I think learning about women in the past is important because young women can find new role models to look up to. Whether this be the first woman DJ or the first woman athlete, learning about past successors of an art they love would allow the young women to become motivated and want to mirror those they look up to. I also think that learning about women from the past is important because it lets us carry on what the suffragettes fought for. We have the ability to carry on their messages and campaigns in order to make a positive change in our community and to continue bridging the gap between men and women. Having a project like “Women making a Change” lets us think about the past, present and future- where we can compare what we have now to what women did not have in the past. From there we can deduce what we need in the future and what we need to campaign harder and longer for.
We recently talked about our ideas with Calendar reports and you can see how we got on in the film below 🙂