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Lots of planning at Girl HQ

Greetings from Girl HQ!

We hope you’re having a lovely summer, we’ve been hard at work putting something brilliant together for day of the girl. This year we’re changing it up a bit and will be celebrating International Day of the Girl at the beautiful Guildhall (or as we like to call it, the Girldhall). Just look at how beautiful it is!

 

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As well as a change of scenery, there’s also been a change behind the scenes. One of our co-founders Sarah has taken a short break while she welcomes a new baby to her family. Congratulations Sarah! As a result we are delighted to welcome Helen and Erica to the organising team. Both have been really involved with the project over the past few years so fit in perfectly – we are very pleased to have them!

This year we are continuing our exhibition of art and creative works from young people in the region and invite anybody who’d like to get involved to get in touch with us: dayofthegirlnorwich@gmail.org

Our theme this year is: ‘Working Together to Create a Brighter Future’ and we’ll be hosting lots of fun activities for those of all ages.

This year there will discussions and creative workshops covering topics such as:

  • Pubishing
  • Zines
  • Politics
  • Norfolk Men Say No
  • Girls in Sport
  • The Suffragettes

We’re hoping to provide workshops that include practical activities such as rosette making (support votes for women!), zine making (have your say!), artwork (get creative!) and if all goes to plan, a ping pong table!

So, watch this space and be sure to follow us on facebook and on twitter as we announce more details in the run up to International Day of the Girl 2015.

Much love from all at Girl HQ!

 

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Day of the Girl Norwich at the Royal Norfolk Show!

As a couple of Norfolk girls, we were pleased as punch to be invited to the Royal Norfolk Show to engage with even more of you out there! Since partnering with the Girl Guides we’ve been really lucky to work with them and even more lucky to be asked to join their (ahem, award winning) stall at the show.

Along with the activities we also figured this would be a great reason to get some stickers printed up (we had 240 and all of them had been snapped up by sticker hungry youngsters Banneredby lunch on the second day) as well some HUMONGOUS bunting. It was a little too much for Tori:

We got there bright and early on that first Wednesday, to make sure that our stall was spick and span – not least because it wouldn’t be long before the show judges would be coming to assess the tent. We were delighted when the Guides/Scouts tent that were were part of was awarded the  Bonds Challenge Cup – given to the most effective exhibit by a charitable organisation. We were chuffed to bits for them, lots of hard work paid off.

We were warmly welcomed into the Guides tent and some Brownies were our first visitors, and it wasn’t long before our stall was buzzing.

 

We had lots of fun thinking about what activities we would do on the stall at back Girl HQ, deciding on empowerment bunting and self-esteem fortune tellers. The bunting would get people thinking about what it good about girls, or what some of the good things or bad things about being a girl are, meanwhile the fortune tellers would help the youngsters to reflect on the things that they liked about their lives with the aim of building self-confidence and body-confidence.

The fortune tellers were based on a Guides activity that counts towards their ‘Free Being Me’ badge, and so if you’d like to print one off at home and make one for yourself go ahead! Screen shot 2014-06-27 at 15.43.30You can find it by visiting this link and going to page 47. We asked people to write down four things they liked about their lives, and four things they liked about how they look. Lots of people, us included, found it hard to say what we liked about our looks and bodies. But at Day of the Girl Norwich we think its super important that we can have confidence in how we look, and can be able to find it ourselves, rather than looking to others for it. Our other activity, girl empowerment bunting was a way for everybody to get a chance to say what they liked about being a girl, or if they weren’t girls what they thought was good about girls, or maybe even some things that people thought was not very good about being a girl. We had loads of fun hearing what people had to say!

Over the course of the next few weeks we’ll be uploading pictures of these pieces of bunting onto our GirlsRoar twitter feed, so be sure to follow us to join in with the conversation!

Lots of our visitors were female, but what was great to see was a number of boys taking part. Our fortune teller activity was, we felt, especially important for boys. Many boys found it difficult to articulate what they liked about themselves, especially in terms of their bodies. We might sometimes forget that the focus we place on girls’ appearance might also make boys think that its ‘girly’ to think about their appearance, whereas we think its important that everyone has body confidence.

We had a brilliant time at the show and there are some people that we’d like to thank for making it such a great experience. The first is to Alice Flowers who was with us with both of the days and managed to have enough energy despite both being an overnight camper AND cart race competitor! Our daily volunteers, BJ Epstein, Erica Horton and Sanna Inthorn (all of whom got to enjoy their very first Royal Norfolk Show), thank you for all of your help. Lots of thanks to Girl Guiding (and the Scouts) for letting us be a part of your family for the two days of the show.  And of course, a BIG thank you to all of you that came to see us!

Over and out from some very tired women at Girl HQ!

We’re Online!

Day of the Girl Norwich is two and a half already, oh how time flies! It feels like it was just yesterday the UN announced that it was recognising the day, aiming to “raise awareness of the situation of girls around the world” for all UN Member States and international organisations as well as civil society. It feels like only yesterday we sat down for a chat and thought, ‘Hey! Norwich could do with joining in on the fun!’, and it feels like only yesterday that we sat down to write this blog post – oh, hang on, that was only yesterday.

Day of the Girl Norwich has grown so much since that first year and that’s in a large part because we (Tori and SarahDSCN0584) are so passionate about making sure everyone from across the community can be involved in som
e way. One of the reasons we’re so passionate about celebrating day of the girl both on the UN recognised day (October 11th), but also across the year, is because we fundamentally believe that girls matter, and at the moment girls are still getting a raw deal (they’re being disadvantaged not just because they’re female, but because they’re young and female).

It’s really easy to see why we need an International Day of the Girl when we consider these sobering facts:

And you just need to take a look at the inspiring things that the people we’ve met have said in our photo essay to see why getting people talking about girlhood is so important.

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We have been so inspired by the things that young people have had to say about what it means to be a girl, and there have been so many highlights from the past couple of years. We have been humbled by the sheer enthusiasm for the project from the local community and we have spoken to so many different people, from all walks of life, who want to share their stories with us. Last year we had a schools symposium that we held in The Curve at The Forum alongside our exhibition, and it was wonderful to bring girls from the community together so that they could realise that they are not alone in experiencing the pressures of being young and female, to look  and act the ‘right’ way. If we’ve helped just a few girls gain strength through our activities, and helped a handful of people reflect on the issues that face girls – as well as celebrating how brilliant girls are – then we’ve achieve our goals.

We’ve got a really exciting calendar of events coming up in 2014, which will include more collaboration with schools from across the region, having a stall at the Royal Norfolk Show,  visiting schools to give assemblies and helping young people from across the world celebrate NORJAM 2014 – very exciting!!

Be sure to watch this space and follow us on Twitter for more information!

Over and out from Tori and Sarah at Girls HQ!