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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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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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Is Feminism still needed? (Male Edition)

 

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With 2016 drawing to a close, the question which needs to be asked is whether or not feminism is still needed in the future. Conducting a survey at The University of Greenwich, four male students from a variety of backgrounds were asked to share their thoughts on the topic of feminism and its relevance.

Results suggest it is their experiences as youth, which have a fundamental impact on their views of feminism today. Calin Epure, a Politics and International Relations student commented that, “growing up in Romania you are subject to certain views and notions and honestly I don’t know if I’d be the same person had I not left at the age of 16.” Similarly Karl Howarth, currently studying Creative writing talks of his life as a child, describing his “single mother and her extended family, in a council house” an experience at the root of his feminist identity.  Recent graduate Michael Odewale, however though raised in a house with his mother and sister does not identify as a feminist.

This would suggest that experiences as a child is not instrumental in male feminist identity. There are other factors, in terms of skepticism towards male feminists which contribute. Michael holds this view, having stated “if people see the things I do and say and they that its feminist then ok then but I’m not going around blowing a feminist horn”.

The resistance of the feminist label is very much alive, but Politics student Tom Owen, though he does not identify as a feminist is aware of its importance.  “Feminism is a moral principle or belief value,” he said. For him feminism is necessary, though a label he would rather not use. Karl on the other hand argued “feminism is essential in striving for equality”.  Continuing on to say, he “believes in the destruction of all oppressive systems, including patriarchy and constrictive gender identities” as an anarchist.

Ideologically Karl stands out among his peers. It is clear his political ideology shapes his view of the world and why feminism is still relevant in his world. Michael, Tom and Calin do not identify as strongly with feminism, but one thing that is consistent within all four men is an awareness of the experiences women face. Regardless of whether or not they identify as feminists, they understand why the movement needs to exist.

It then must be considered if adopting the feminist label is necessary. Though not representative of the entire male population, each student is aware of sexism and why feminism is needed in 2016. Identifying as a feminist is not an essential feature of this awareness. Whether it be political ideology or early experiences as a child, these are the factors that can be seen to influence male feminist identity.

 

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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.

 

 

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Celebrating black history month in Greenwich

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This October the borough of Greenwich has been putting on a variety of events for black history month.  The Greenwich Theatre at Crooms Hill, hosted a play called “African Women”. On Sunday 16th October, writers Milly Namukasa and Essence Kasozi put on a play with talented actors around the exploitation of African women. The writers aimed to portray relevant themes in a humourous and relatable way. Topics explored include polygamy, misogyny and status.

Later on this week, trade unionist, artist and poet Zita Holbourne performed at The University of Greenwich. Reciting spoken word from her book “Striving for Equality, Freedom, Justice”, audience reception was overwhelmingly positive. Third year student Aman, age 20 commented “Zita is an inspiration” as did former student Michael, 21 when stating “This is one of the best events I have been to”.

Ongoing events include “A Celebration of African Queens”, an exhibition celebrating black women in the past and present. The work featured within this exhibition, consists of artists from Nigeria, Uganda and The United Kingdom. Hosted by JonaQuestArt, the gallery is on 36 Greenwich Church Street. This free exhibition is running from 19th -25th October, 11am – 7pm.

Later on in October, Goldsmith University invites author of “The Politics of race in Britain and South Africa” Elizabeth Williams to discuss her latest book. On Monday 24th October at 6pm, Williams will be comparing South African and British history, through the lens of racism. A fascinating and historical event like the former, this is just some of the events occurring in the creative borough of Greenwich.

Click here more information in booking a place for Elizabeth Williams’s event

 

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Shut Down Yarls Wood – Greenwich

Each year, women sent to Yarls Wood detention centre are living in prison like conditions, vulnerable to sexual assault, the detain of their children and even death.  Detainees are likely to have experienced, domestic violence, forced marriage and female genitale mutilation prior to arriving at Yarls Wood.

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December 3rd 2016, efforts continue with a demonstration against this institution. But before then, Yarls Wood campaigners are travelling across the United Kingdom to engage participation from students.

The University of Greenwich will be holding an event, on November 17th to spread awareness of the experiences faced inside this detention centre. The event will include, discussion, a film and Q&A to allow representatives from this movement to reveal the experiences women within Yarls Wood face.

Support the campaign here

Find out more information about the demonstration here