Wow. It’s just over one week until the whole of the world celebrates #IDG2014! We are so excited to be part of a global community that campaigns for girls’ rights and celebrates all of the amazing things that girls can be and do.
This year the day falls on a Saturday which we are really excited about because it means that lots of you will be able to come and be part of the event at the Forum. We have so much planned for the Saturday. There will be henna painting, bracelet making, loads of other arts and crafts as well as workshops and other activities.
We’ll also be holding café conversations which are basically a chance to spend a little while talking about different issues around girlhood and girls experiences. We have some amazing people leading these sessions and drinks and biscuits will be provided for free. Erica Horton will be talking about girls and comedy and Sarah Hill will be hosting a session on girls in recent British films. We also have Jessica Rhodes talking about girls in Disney films and Rachael McLennan exploring girls in culture. They all sound like they are going to be inspiring, entertaining and really good fun!
Throughout the week our film, A Century of Girlhood, will be showing in Fusion. This has been a brilliant project and we’ve had so much fun looking at old films from East Anglia. We hope you’ll drop in and see some of it – watch out for children talking about how they spend their pocket money and also an amazing 17 year old stunt rider who rode the wall of death in Southend! If you’re free on Monday evening, why not pop down to Fusion where we’ll be toasting the film with a drinks reception.
And of course, on a more serious note, we’re holding a discussion event on Wednesday 8th October at the UEA which will focus on harm that is being done to girls and features talks from Rachel Welch of selfharm.co.uk and Hau Yee Lam from Norfolk police. Both speakers will give us an important insight into issues such as self-harm, domestic violence and honour based violence and we hope that the evening will help us to better understand how to counter the impact of these forms of violence on girls’ lives.
We really hope that you come along, bring your friends, families and anyone else and help us to make Norwich’s International Day of the Girl celebration a brilliant event!