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The Perversion of Justice Team launches their Indiegogo Campaign

Raising over £300 so far, this week The Perversion of Justice team launched their Indiegogo Campaign.  Producer and Script writer Mylie Kefford expressed excitement, stating she is “excited to be involved with a film project that spreads an important message”.

In order for this powerful film to be brought to life, crowdfunding is necessary. The Indiegogo campaign will ensure this story is told, with their campaign page illustrating their wish to spread awareness of rape. Beth’s story is one that a lot of women in the United Kingdom can relate to.

Donations enhance the production and overall quality of the film. The campaign section of their page states “funds will go to hiring actors, securing location sites, buying props and costumes and distributing the film”.

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#GREGirlsCan

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It is often assumed women are bad at sport.  #ThisGirlCan week at Greenwich proves this is not true.  #ThisGirlCan week is a nationwide campaign, launched by the BUCS and Sport England for community clubs. Sports Coordinator Ben Porter, is working with the Greenwich Student Union to support club development and get female students involved in sport.

In early November, Porter headed this campaign to highlight the achievements of female students. When asked why this campaign is important, Porter stated that “talent, passion, work ethic and teamwork are not male attributes, and sport helps to provide a community for women as much as men.”

The social media campaign invited sporty participants to “share successes, stories and achievements with the hashtag #GREGirlsCan. Porter highlights its success, “within a series of Instagram posts, tweets and photos. “Students took part in matches, training and fitness activities going on around Greenwich”.  Participants even had the opportunity to win a Vibes entry voucher. From Rugby to Cheerleading a variety of societies got involved in this campaign. Noting its success, Porter ends on the “re-launching of GREGirlsCan Month in March” which will be “supporting the Women’s SUUG liberation campaign!”

Follow their Facebook page to find out all things sport occurring in Greenwich.

(Photo reference:- https://www.facebook.com/teamgreenwich/posts/929537577177948)

 

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University of Greenwich director, takes on topic of Rape

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She has already made films about mental health, racism, and poverty. Now Greenwich film student, Charlotte Josephine Taylor is making a film about rape.

Perversion of Justice is a short film consisting of main character Beth and her pursuit for justice after being sexually assaulted at a house party. Faced with an onslaught of hate, she is considered responsible despite being the victim of this situation. Through the film Taylor aims “to create change” and “support victims of rape”.

She was inspired by the recent American Brock Turner case, which, according to Stanforddaily involved the rape of an unconscious female student. In March 2016, Turner was charged on the account of three felonies. This case was her motivation in directing a film about rape and violence against women. To her it is clear “rape must be talked about now more than ever”.  Taylor “was inspired to make a short film with strong female characters about a strong subject.” She comments, “representations of women can be limiting in traditional forms of media, but the rise of online platforms such as Netflix has created an environment where a wide array of stories can be told”.

The film is a crowdfunded project, exploring issues Taylor is ready to dive into with prior experience making films “I am Woman” and “Virtual Control” about mental health issues; social economic issues and racism.  Charlotte has “directed a couple of shorts” with some falling through, yet regardless is “determined to create a successful film”.

While making the film, Taylor believes “it helped to imagine herself in the situation of a rape survivor, and says that “consent needs to be taught in schools to children at a young age”. She cites RapeCrisisUK statistics revealing that “1 in 5 women aged 16 – 59 has experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of 16.”  To her it is “victim blaming that is at the centre of our culture and this is why rape is not taken seriously. “We must keep in mind however, that these statistics are not truly representative, and exclude those who do not come forward”

Crowdfunding for Perversion of Justice will be created at the end of this year, followed by the online campaign. Like their Facebook Page: Here

 

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Anna Pichi: Voices behind The Movement for Justice

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Every year feminists gather in massive numbers campaign against Yarl’s Wood. In 2015, nearly 4,000 people, many of whom have travelled thousands of miles to reach Britain are held in Yarl’s Wood detention center located in Bedfordshire. A key figure in the campaign against Yarl’s Wood is activist Anna Pichi. Pichi reveals the tribulations of inmates, with many risking the heart-breaking pain of being separated from their children.  She adds, “Mabel Gawanas experienced this as a woman who has not seen her 7 year old daughter in almost two years.”

 

Anna Pichi, a migrant herself works hard to tell the stories of women like Gawanas. As an activist, force and fighter behind The Movement for Justice, Pichi is aiming to reveal experiences faced, her motivations behind joining this movement and why students must be involved.

Migrating from Italy 6 years ago, it was the hope for a brighter future which brought her to the U.K, as she believed it “is a place where people from different backgrounds live, study and work together.” Having trained to support autistic children, Pichi was now working towards an ESOL qualification.  Meeting a classmate who was an asylum seeker, It was this friend who introduced her to The Movement for Justice, thus marking the beginning of her commitment to challenging xenophobia and racism. She soon realised that the U.K. is far from perfect, describing the hate crime she faced as an EU national.

The Movement for Justice as an organisation, Pichi states “aims to bring equality and freedom for all, with an approach of less words, more action”. In the hope of a better future, figures such as Anna Pichi “find meaning within this organisation”. By revealing what happens behind closed doors in Yarl’s Wood, she believes “true change can occur.” As the main demographic, women are vulnerable to bad treatment which in the past has led to death.

As a migrant herself, Anna has a deep connection towards the treatment refugees face whether in the context of Calais or Bedfordshire. At the center of the December demonstration, she repeats is an aim “to let refugees know that they are welcome”. “Youth play an integral role in shaping the world of the future…the dream is for students to be part of this mission.”

 On November 17th, Anna Pichi alongside The Movement for Justice will be attending The University of Greenwich to further their political campaign against Yarls Wood.