Harrogate Feminists

Radio fame (sort of)
February 2, 2011, 1:01 am
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We’ve been contacted by a journalist at BBC Radio York asking to cover a story about our street harassment survey and even talking about “sending mics and stuff round” – Watch this space…!


Another meeting

We met today and got lots of things decided.

 Our International Women’s Day event is taking shape – if only in our heads at present! – and we’re now starting to invite exhibitors.

Oh and we have all looked at our report on the “feeling safe in public spaces” (or “street harassment”) survey so we’ve now put the whole report on this website (divided into chunks for convenience, so you can go straight to the bits you’re more interested in)

See new links on the site map on the left-hand side of this page!

Notes from our last meeting

We met on Monday, 10th January and welcomed two new members to our group.

We ate biscuits, talked feminism, and got through lots of “business” too – including co-opting a chair, secretary and treasurer.

We talked about the results of our street harassment survey, which we’re going to post up on the website in full when all our members have had a chance to read the draft report properly. We also agreed to send the report to Harrogate District Community Safety Partnership when it’s finalised, and potentially also talk to Stray FM and the Harrogate Advertiser.

We talked about our draft constitution. We thought it was important to say somewhere that it’s fine for group members not to agree with each other, as long as they aren’t disruptive or derailing.

We talked about plans for our International Women’s Day event, on the afternoon of March 12th 2011, for which we have provisionally booked the Lower Hall of the Wesley Chapel in central Harrogate. The event will be called “A Celebration of Women” and we would like to invite women to share things they have made (arts, crafts… etc) as part of a celebration of women’s creativity. Amateurs and professionals will be equally welcome and nobody’s work will be judged against anyone else’s.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 27th January, time and venue here.

Date of next meeting
December 21, 2010, 1:25 am
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Our next meeting is going to be on the evening of Monday, 10th Jan.

But not in the usual place! because we will be looking at the data from our street harrassment survey and want to make sure that all responses are completely anonymous.

If you would like to come, drop us an email and we’ll let you know whereabouts we are meeting.

End Violence Against Women Event last Saturday
December 1, 2010, 9:25 pm
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On Saturday three of us came along (not all at once!) to support the Harrogate Soroptimists’ End Violence Against Women event in Harrogate town centre (in the Victoria shopping centre).

We learnt a lot, had fun and found we had lots of ground in common with the Soroptimists we met!

We also took the opportunity to start off our Street Harrassment Survey – thanks to everyone who’s already responded, and if you haven’t yet, do remember to complete our online version! (scroll down for the link)

Picture shows (left to right):  two members of Harrogate Soroptimists, Andrew Jones (MP for Harrogate,) Helen Stalker (President Harrogate Soroptimists) and Grace McGe (UNIFEM Yorkshire). Thanks to Judith McGee for kindly sending us the photo to put on our blog!

Street Harassment Survey
November 28, 2010, 12:54 pm
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We are conducting a survey as part of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Violence. We would like to find out what people’s experience is locally, in Harrogate especially; any experience of shouted remarks, insults, innuendo, whistling, ogling, touching, pinching, slapping, hitting and stalking in a public space that made you feel sexualized, intimidated, embarrassed, violated, attacked, or unsafe.

This survey is anonymous and you do not have to answer any questions that make you feel uncomfortable.  We will use the findings to raise awareness about what public spaces are like for people locally.

Click here to take the survey.

Thank you in advance for taking part in this survey.  Results will be on our website from February 2011.