Our Game Changers project will empower young women from across groups all ten borough in Greater Manchester to become campaigners of the future.
The project, which has been made possible with a grant from Heritage Lottery Fund, will explore the movement of the ‘hidden’ female campaigners – the suffragists – and learn about the peaceful methods they used to campaign for their right to vote, which led to the Representation of the People Act 1918.
Each young women’s group will attend skills workshops to help them become effective campaigners and leaders of the future and build self-esteem, social skills, confidence and raise aspirations.
They will also get the opportunity to visit the People’s History Museum, Archives+ and research campaigners from their respective borough to help them get inspiration to create a giant jigsaw piece in the shape of their borough decorated with information about local campaigners, along with other visual arts based on suffragist materials.
All 10 groups will enact the 1908 Manchester Demonstration by marching though Lark Hill Place, Salford Museum and Art Gallery in February, and on International Women’s Day (March 9) the groups will have pop up stalls in their local museums.
The project will culminate in a joint event on April 13 – where the young women from all the boroughs will come together for a performance and mock debate at Manchester City Library recreating the Women’s Bazaar of 1912.
The project will support more than 150 young women across the 10 boroughs – including the participants and youth mentors, as well as hundreds more future generations, who will benefit from a key stage two resource pack that will be available to all Greater Manchester primary schools.
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