Hartlepool mum is behind feminism day

DEBATE: Politics teacher Jenni Yuill
DEBATE: Politics teacher Jenni Yuill

A HARTLEPOOL mum has gathered a selection of leading women for a day of debate and presentations on feminism.

Politics teacher Jenni Yuill is running the Woman Up! event next week as similar events take place around the country.

Woman Up! is a social media-based movement that provides space for discussion online and at events about what it is like to be a woman in the 21st Century.

Jenni, a politics teacher at The King’s Academy in Coulby Newham, said: “Woman Up! explores the issues of women’s rights and quality in society today as well as seeking to celebrate female achievements and solidarity, considering how ordinary women can mobilise for positive change.

“We have a fantastic line-up of inspiring speakers and I hope many women from across the area join us on the day to hear what they have to say and join in the debates.”

The speakers include No More Page Three founder Lucy Anne Holmes, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird and Labour MEP for North East England Jude Kirton-Darling.

Sierra Leonean journalist Susan Mansaray will speak about her experiences of campaigning against female genital mutilation, which forced her to leave her homeland.

Laura Dodsworth will be there to discuss her project, Bare Reality, where a hundred women aged between 19 and 101 posed naked.

There will also be a panel discussion on women’s rights featuring Show Racism The Red Card campaigner Laura Pidcock, activist Shahda Khan and human rights lawyer Cris McCurley.

AnyBody UK will host an Occupy Your Body workshop which will explore women’s relationships with their bodies in the context of media, capitalism, food and family.

Woman Up! takes place on Saturday, January 17 from 10am-6pm at Stockton Arts Centre.

Tickets cost £3 for adults or £2.50 for concessions and should be booked in advance from arconline.co.uk