Feminism for Change Online THE ADAPTATION OF OUR GROUNDBREAKING FEMINISM FOR CHANGE PROGRAMME IS A 5 WEEK ONLINE GROUP FOR WOMEN IN RECOVERY FROM DRUG AND ALCOHOL ADDICTION. IT AIMS TO HELP WOMEN DEVELOP SELF-ESTEEM AND AWARENESS THROUGH EXPLORING FEMINIST IDEAS IN AN ONLINE GROUP SETTING. We've taken a great deal of care to adapt the content of our in-person Feminism for Change course, in recognition of the fact that the dynamics and interaction of a live group are very different to those of an online group. That said, the aims of the programme remain the same. Running for 10 sessions across 5 weeks, each one explores the many and different ways in which women are expected to conform to gender roles and norms. Doing this together with other women helps participants recognise the massive impact this has had in their lives. The programme helps women work together to discover the strengths and resources they have as women surviving in an unequal world. Each session will start with a gentle 'social' half hour to share tea/coffee together and simply settle in for the day. Each day’s session will start at 11.00 and continue (with breaks) to 2.30pm. The content will be focussed around participants developing a deeper understanding of themselves through key concepts of feminism using short video clips and visuals to help illustrate the ideas presented. Schedule Session Day Session themes 1 Introduction to feminism An introduction to the course and key concepts such as ‘patriarchy’; also looking at the lives of some of the remarkable women who have created their own herstories. 2 Developing a relationship with yourself Looking at how women often ignore their own needs and take on the role of caregivers or feel guilty if they are unable to be ‘perfect’. 3 Equal rights Looking at some of the basic inequalities women face both past and present. 4 The perfect woman? Exploring some of the social and media expectations on women to be ‘perfect’ and linking this to co-dependency. 5 Our own worst enemies How women manage unrealistic expectations about how they ‘should’ be and can often turn anger inwards. 6 Only weak men fear strong women Sex and relationships - discussing the idea of toxic masculinity and picking up from the second session, looking at how women often take on the emotional work in relationships. 7 Not all women are the same How sex, race, physical ability, class, sexuality and other forms of a woman’s identity combine to create different types of privilege and discrimination. 8 No means NO This session looks at consent - it’s not the easiest of sessions but for the women who have done the course in the past this was the topic they felt was the most important. 9 Empathy-Connection-Power How understanding and connecting with other women can help improve personal self-esteem. 10 Together we are strong Looking at the importance of female friendships and celebrating the end of the programme. The programme is also supported by a fortnightly Monday evening online 'Women's Space' from 7.30 to 8.30pm which acts as an additional social/discussion group. Referrals can be made via a service or you can self-refer. It's open to all women who are accessing or have accessed treatment for drug or alcohol addiction. Complete the online application form here or download it and send it to Tonya at the email address below. After completing the application form, one of our friendly Feminism for Change facilitators will be in touch to have a brief chat. They will be able to answer any questions you may have about the programme and help you with any difficulties you might be having or worries you may have about getting online using Zoom. The next online Feminism for Change course starts in Spring 2021, with the dates to be confirmed. If you'd like to know more about the course or register your interest, please contact Tonya Connor - [email protected] or call her (on 07598 684 923); or Heather - [email protected] (on 07598 680 186).