Feminism for Change is a 6 week course for women in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction that helps develop self-esteem and awareness through exploring the key concepts in feminism

The course provides a safe space for women to learn about the ways in which gender stereotypes, roles and expectations have influenced their own behaviour, inter-personal relationships and the relationship between themselves and the substances they used.

Through a combination of history, feminist theory and group discussion, it enables women to explore together and understand their substance use from a wider perspective of gender inequality. This helps clear much of the shame and self - blame that women carry as a result of injustice, rather than individual failing.

"Feminism for Change had an impact on my everyday life in just about every way."

As with all our courses, the further aim is to help people develop emotional resilience for better and more equal relationships with friends, partners and families and to enable participants to become more active and able to support other women in lives and communities.

The course includes:

  • 6 week course with one full training day each week (10.30am to 3.30pm on Wednesdays)
  • full handouts for each session
  • all travel expenses reimbursed
  • assistance with childcare arrangements where possible

"I've started observing myself and the world differently. I've started making changes to my relationships."

Big Lottery Awards for All funded two pilot intakes of Feminism for Change in 2017.

Due to the success of the pilot groups and the interest we’ve received about the project, we’re committed to ensuring it continues with the help of our supporters and grants we receive from foundations and individuals.

Our next intake begins on 6 February 2019. Referral is generally via a professional service, although we will consider self-referral. To apply or enquire, contact Tonya Connor: [email protected] or call 020 3490 1818.

We aim to be as inclusive as possible but ask that women are free from the substance(s) that have been problematic for them while they participate in Feminism for Change. The course contains content some participants may find challenging and requires a level of stability and preparedness to be able to address and explore these areas.