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The First Two Weeks of Spoken Word with Whitney French

Wednesdays are the days we have Spoken Word Workshops for young women 14-17 years of age. The very lively and animated Whitney French faciliates these workshops. There are about 7 girls in this workshop so far.   The first day of the youth spoken word workshop went amazingly! We got to know each other and got a …

Upcoming Spoken Word Workshops

Outreach for the two upcoming Spoken Word workshops is in full swing. To look for participants, we are reaching out to schools, library youth committee meetings, women’s events, spoken word cafes, and other workshops. The aim is to have 15-20 participants for each workshop. The first series of 8 workshops will be held on Wednesdays …

Video of Participants’ Reflections

I have finally managed to put together all the video clips of participants answering reflection questions that they were given at the end of each of the Graphic Arts workshop. There are some very interesting insights here from young people’s perspective. This video also captures what the participants learned in the workshops and how they …

Graphic Arts Workshop Finale

Discussing Gender and Sexuality                In our seventh workshop, we discussed the definition of gender and the typical roles or attributes that society assigns as “masculine” or “feminine.” From there we linked why girls are nine times more likely to become victims of forced marriage. For example, girls and women have historically been stereotyped as …

The Poster Making Has Begun!

Continuing Discussion on Forced Marriage And Starting Posters Being at the fifth workshop of our eight week graphic art series felt like time flies! The closer we get to the end the more we are accomplishing in terms of our goal of making posters. This workshop session started off by discussing the difference between arranged marriage …

Consent, Forced Marriage and Art…

Learning About Consent and Webbing Slogans               The third workshop was another great workshop as the participants were able to show off more of their creativeness and artistic skills. By this workshop, the participants were much more comfortable around each other, and now recognized each other.               We started off by working on making slogans by breaking …

Introducing “I do!” with Graphic Arts!

          Introductions and Discussing Relationship Abuse Through Art                  The first day of our 8-week Graphic Arts workshop as a part of the “I do!” project was kicked off to a great start. As the 11 girls and 2 guys trickled in with a twinkle of curiosity in their eyes, everyone was introduced to each other through a …