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Young people in Trafford to mark International Women’s Day in Sale

Young people in Trafford are taking part in a new project that will empower them to become campaigners of the future – to mark International Women’s Day.

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Photography – Nick Harrison

The Game Changers project, run by Tandem Theatre, is exploring the movement of the lesser known female campaigners – the suffragists – and is helping the youngsters from Trafford Youth Cabinet learn about the peaceful methods they used to campaign – unlike the more militant and more famous suffragettes.

As part of the project, which has been made possible by a grant by Heritage Lottery Fundthe young people have researched suffragists and created artwork from what they have learnt including banners, sashes and posters with local artist Helen Newman , which will be on display at Sale Library, based at Sale Waterside, the day after International Women’s Day on Saturday, March 9 – between 10am and 4pm, where the group will have a pop-up stall for members of the public to visit.

Mark Bailey, youth worker for Trafford Council, said: “It has been great for the young people at the group to take part in this project – they have learnt a lot about the work of the suffragists and the important role they played in securing the vote and justice for all.

“They have enjoyed attending skills workshops to help them become effective campaigners and leaders of the future by building self-esteem, social skills, confidence and raising aspirations and are looking forward to the taking part in International Women’s Day celebrations and displaying their work.”

The young people have visited the People’s History Museum and Archives+ in Manchester and enjoyed re-enacting the 1908 Manchester Demonstration by marching though Lark Hill Place, Salford Museum and Art Gallery (Pictured).

Frances Nutt, Artistic Director at Tandem Theatre, based in Salford, said: “The high-profile role of Emmeline Pankhurst and the more militant activities of the suffragettes can sometimes overshadow others who campaigned for women’s suffrage.

“Our Game Changers project highlights the lesser known suffragists, who used law abiding methods to campaign, to be an inspiration to young people today, as campaigning for women’s rights is still as relevant.”

The project, which is taking place across all 10 Greater Manchester boroughs, will culminate in a joint event on April 13 – where young women will come together to display artwork and take part in a performance and mock debate at Manchester Central Library recreating the Women’s Bazaar of 1912.

For more information on the project go to https://tandemtheatre.com/game-changers/

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