March was a busy month for ’empower’ with a number of events taking place to celebrate International Women’s Day. On Friday 1st March, girls within the ’empower’ group and some Sixth Form students took part in an exciting new collaboration with Mulberry School for Girls in London and author and founder of the Women of the Future Awards, Pinky Lilani. The girls participated in a focus group for the publication of a new book on advice for women and girls by women and girls of all ages and backgrounds. We are looking forward to seeing the end result and will be placing copies in the school library once published.
On Thursday March 7th, a selection of Y9 and Y10 girls attended the Women of the World Education Summit in the Southbank Centre, London. Despite a phenomenally early start before 6am, spirits were high on the bus journey down. After 3.5 hours, we arrived in London, ready for a day of discussion, debate and inspiration. The girls took part in a series of workshops linked to feminism, body confidence, women in the media and gratitude for female role-models in their lives. By the end of the day, although extremely tired, we departed London feeling inspired and buzzing with ideas of how to empower girls across the school…stay tuned on our website empoweratstuartbathurst.wordpress.com for more information and developments!
On Friday 15th March, the ’empower’ Y10 committee launched the inaugural ’empower unite’ day in the West Midlands. The day saw our local primary school girls attend Stuart Bathurst Catholic High School to take part in a series of workshops to raise aspirations and confidence, in addition to developing the leadership of our own girls who organised the event from its’ inception. The girls of Stuart Bathurst have spent many months researching activities, liaising with staff and external organisations and developing key skills such as project management, letter writing and managing a budget. We would like to thank Sandwell EBP and all staff who supported the day and are looking forward to future events of this kind. A promotional DVD will be made by girls during our extra-curricular Girls’ Night and will be made available for all to see.
The ’empower’ team