Sista Figure in Partnership with Healthwatch

 

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On the 28th October JAGS Foundation hosted Sister Figure, a day of workshops aimed to empower young women and talk about issues we face in contemporary society.

The event ran all day and started with a discussion about family and relationships, and the importance of having someone to talk to about problems. It then moved on to a poetry and spoken word workshop, with a key theme being ambition without limits.  Our Guest Speaker, the Truth Poet, led the workshop, starting with her own poem and then teaching the girls how to write themselves. She told her story of how poetry helped her escape trouble she found in her life, and how creativity can be a useful release of stress.

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After lunch Jill from the NHS spoke, asking about access to health services and evaluating the girls recent experiences of NHS services.  We spoke about what could be improved and what was working, within schools and clinics.

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After this Ebi spoke about the empowerment of young women, and not striving for celebritism, in the form of Kardashians, or other celebrities that young girls see as the perfect woman, when in reality it is more important to be comfortable in your own skin and to love yourself.

We would like to say a huge thank you from JAGS Foundation to Healthwatch and the NHS for funding the event, without their support we wouldn’t be able to run the day and inspire local young woman. Thank you also to all the girls that came!

Words by Emilia Gill – JAGS Researcher

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