Are you a woman willing to tell your story through video, and make your voice heard? We are looking for women all over the UK who have faced barriers, experienced inequality, or unfairness to speak out as part of our video project at the Women’s Resource Centre (the national umbrella body for women’s charities). Our aim is to bring women’s voices into the media, and empower women to feel confident in telling their story.
You might be a single mum trying to balance work and family life, a low paid worker, a refugee risking deportation to a country you left because of violence or poverty, or a professional pursuing a career in a male-dominated sector. You might have experienced violence, poverty, physical or mental health issues, or problems with housing or addiction. You might be angry, and have had enough with your situation, and want to shout out about it!
You might also be fed up with media or social stereotyping around the things you face, and struggling with confidence and self-esteem. We want to change that by helping to build up your confidence, and by challenging those stereotypes. We want to help give you back control of your own story by encouraging you to speak out.
Every woman has a story to tell. We want to hear yours!
How does it work?
1. Tell your story in your way
We will meet with you, or arrange a phone conversation to talk about the barriers you have faced, what your story is, and how you want to tell it.
2. Make your video
We will then meet you with our filmmaker(s), who have lots of experience in making short films. This can take place wherever is best for you. This will usually take around 2 hours.
3. Come to a media training
We are providing free media training for women who complete videos or want to complete videos. This is a full-day training where you will meet the other women involved in the project, and gain confidence in how to present your story to the media should you want to speak out further about your story.
4. Stay in touch!
If we get calls from journalists who would like to speak to you about your story, we will get in contact with you and let you know. You then decide whether you want to speak to them or not – it’s up to you. If you do decide you want to speak out to the media, we can be with you every step of the way. This can be as much or as little as you want – you decide.
5. Engage with decision makers
We will also invite you to events where decision makers (local councillors or politicians for example) are present so you get the chance to question them on the issues that affect your lives. You may also have the opportunity to submit your story to government select committee enquiries, or policy consultations.
Are you interested?
(Please note that all staff and filmmakers on the project are women).