Coming out of lockdown and as a result of COVID-19, domestic abuse related arrests have risen by 24% and thousands of women in unsafe living situations in complete isolation. 30% Of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence.
Our aim is to create a safe space for women to be heard, share their experiences and get support from a creative team of female individuals. You are not alone! The money would enable us to run free sessions, once a month from Sept-Feb to start with, for creative women to get together in a safe space. We would also organise an event for International Girls Day. Please see details below.
A SAFE SPACE - COMMUNITY FOCUS
The project would not exist without the women. The first instalment enabled us to connect to women outside of our main company, to dancers and non-dancers, women of all ages and backgrounds. We felt there was the need for a stronger connection and especially ‘a safe space’ to explore, create, discuss and feel comfortable about sharing past traumatic experience. We want to make women feel like they are not alone.
We would like to run a female led open session day, once a month for women to join and connect to the community and to themselves. This event would take place once a month in a refugee centre for Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laos - Centre 151 in Haggerston.
Every session would be composed this way:
- Healing yoga: soft yoga flow, focused on grounding, breath techniques, tension release and self love.
- Well being: This could be self massage, meditation, chanting, Sound healing…
- Movement improvisation and creative tasks.
- Creative activity such as life drawing, dried flower art, sewing etc.
- Discussion with a talk leader followed by Q&A and open discussion.
These sessions are free of charge with priority given to the women from Centre 151, Shoreditch Trust and Sisters Uncut. We are actively encouraging women of all ages, who self-identify as black, Asian, ethnically diverse, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, non binary, neurodiverse or disabled.
INTERNATIONAL GIRLS DAY
We are partnering up with Dominique Sigaud, a French writer to celebrate International Girls on the 11th of October to make them visible.
Along the lines of fighting against sexual abuse, rape and domestic violence against women, we believe it is VITAL, if not more important to represent the girls around the world, victim of these violences. The best way to do so is to make them VISIBLE, no longer locked up in their houses, bedrooms, sex supermarket.
We are collaborating with ¡ HO !, an organisation founded by Dominique Sigaud for this event called LA FILLE À SA FENÊTRE (Girls Open Window) ; a digital event equivalent to a march for girls, fighting for their freedom and for them to be seen.
We would like to organise a day of activities, simultaneously with our partners in France, Uganda, Argentina, Puerto Rico and India to raise general awareness and represent girls and minors, victim of sexual violence (age 5-16 years old)
We will be leading creative activities in the same structure on the same day with groups of girls (accompanied by their mothers if needed). We will be documenting the day with photographs, videos and testimonials in preparation for the 11th of October. On the day, we will be submerging social media and the news with the material generated (a combination of movement, creative writing, speech and holding signs).
Each girl will carry a sign with their message, their demand, their desires, their dreams. They are the ones who decide what they want to write in their own language.
On that day, the GIRLS occupy the central place. You can see their faces, hear their voices. Their stories are heard.
- Soul Xpressions in Uganda,
- Aditi Venkateshwaran in India,
- Alison Keery, Island Wellness Society and Jaada Club in Hydaguay,
- ¡ HO !, Cie Pica Pica, Atelier Ficus, Melanie Kenyon, France,
- Womanewer and Refugee Centre 151 in the UK
- Body Politics in Puerto Rico
Day Activities 10am-5pm:
- Warm up: Soft yoga
- Dance improvisation
- 2 Creative tasks
- Dried Flower crown
- Creation of signs, banners from recycled materials