Women and Activism in the North East: reclaiming the past, mapping the present and projecting the future

Are you a woman living in the North East region who has been and/or is involved in activism? We invite you to join us and other women activists for a half-day workshop at Northumbria University on 5th July 2014 to discuss our histories, share our experiences, and plan for future activities.

Who are we and why women and activism?

We are a group of researchers from Northumbria University, keen to research the vibrant women’s activist scene in the North East. Women in our region have made important contributions to changing the face of politics and society by, for example, setting up Rape Crisis Centres and other services, influencing policy-makers and politicians, organising International Women’s Day events and numerous other activities. But women’s activism is sometimes overlooked or lost to history. We want to document, record and research what women in the NE have done over the past decades and are doing now to change our region for the better.

Where has this project come from?

In December 2013, we hosted an event to celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of the most momentous and important actions of the Greenham Peace Camp in 1983. (You can find a short film made at that event here: http://youtu.be/fWEPk07WWM4). Women who participated were very enthusiastic about continuing and expanding the conversation about women’s activism. We want to design a research project which maps the recent history (say, since 1975) of women and activism in the North East, both in terms of activities taking place in the region but also the activities of local women’s actions outside the region. And we want to be guided by women activists who would like to work with us on this project.

The Workshop

To ensure that the project is relevant to women in the region, we’ll work together to scope out the broad shape of the project. We’ll also identify potential research partners including individuals who would be interested in becoming active members of the research team and being trained in basic research methods.

Get in touch!

If you have been an activist in the past or are involved in any kind of political, social or community action now, it would be great to share your thoughts with us and to hear ours in return. If you would like to participate in the workshop, please email: s.f.regan@northumbria.ac.uk and register your interest by Friday 6th June. We’ll be back in touch about venue and timing as soon as possible.

Please forward this message to others who might be interested. We look forward to hearing from and working with you as we develop this exciting new research project.

We are:

Carol Stephenson; Julie Scanlon; Karen Ross; Ruth Lewis; and Sue Regan

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