Women are remarkable. Tell your story. Tell her story.
We live in a world where gender is an increasingly important issue. If the talents of women are neglected or ignored, the consequences are serious for social and economic progress. The question is, how can we promote gender equality within multi-cultural societies? Does gender equality look the same in different communities?
This is the question that a project run by Christ University, The Bluecoat, FACT and Liverpool Hope University have set up to explore. They believe that if one can understand community dynamics and expectations better, then gender equality can be promoted in a way that works in conjunction with communities rather than preaching at communities.
Providing educational material and running public outreach events that link Liverpool and Bengaluru in discussions around these issues, this project will look to women who have helped shift the boundaries of “women’s roles” as we work to shift outdated expectations. Whilst simple answers aren’t possible and questioning archaic gender norms may bring antagonism, assisting women who want to break through the glass ceiling of tradition is important.
The project, “Articulating Women: Interrogating Intersectionality and Empowering Women Through Critical Engagements”, is an International Networking Project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. What makes this project so special is the range of programmes involved, including a programme of events that will be entirely open to the public. There will be educational materials available for teachers and community volunteers, a documentary commissioned in India, and sponsored film screenings at FACT with an artist in residence at Bluecoat from Karnataka, India.
What’s more, if you’re a student you can be directly involved with the initiative by showing off your creative skills and passion for gender equality. If you’re handy with a camera and want to shout about the impact women, or a woman has on your community, here’s your chance. Articulating Women are running a student film competition, and the incentives are amazing. Films must be up to five minutes long and follow the theme of “Women and Community”, and up to three prizes will be awarded to successful student filmmakers from the UK. Here’s what you could win:
- A mentored session with established professionals at FACT, Liverpool, with travel expenses and accommodation paid by the project.
- Hands-on experience, with mentoring, in the editing suite at FACT
- The opportunity, with travel expenses and accommodation paid by the project, to introduce their films at a public film screening at FACT.
The winning documentaries will also be screened at special film-festivals associated with the project in Bengaluru and at FACT. The documentaries will then be used, with full credit given to the filmmakers, in training materials and for public engagement activities associated with the project — and if that’s not exciting enough, documentaries of outstanding quality may be entered into a BAFTA-sponsored film festival such as Aesthetica where they will receive further exposure.
The deadline for entering this competition is May 5th 2018. Find out more by hitting the links below…