Show Racism the Red Card Wales recently completed the delivery of the Together We Rise 2018 programme. The Welsh Government-funded programme saw a series of workshops be delivered to young women between the ages of 18 and 25 living in sheltered accommodation in Cardiff and Wrexham.
The workshops were designed to celebrate the centenary of The Representation of the People Act 1918 that saw the first wave of (property-owning, over 30-years-old) women get the vote in the UK. The programme also sought to educate and empower young women to act for social change and equality in the modern age.
Activities included a privilege walk, planning the perfect city, discussions about the actions and impact of the suffragists/suffragettes as well as banner making.
Conversations were focused around the issues that matter most to participants now, most effective tactics for social change, human rights, the political system and how individuals can influence it and the fact that Suffrajitsu (Google it!) actually existed! The issues that were of highest importance to participants were those of equality, political participation, safety and the environment.
One Cardiff participant said: ‘I would recommend [the programme] because it got people talking and getting together made people realise what they want and what is important to them…Being open and honest without being frowned upon by everyone was so nice.’