Girl-Kind North East
Girl-Kind North East was co-founded by Sarah Winkler-Reid, a lecturer in Social Anthropology at Newcastle University and Sarah Ralph, a senior lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Northumbria University. The main Girl-Kind programme is held annually and involves a series of workshops leading up to a special celebration event to mark UN International Day of the Girl.
Media coverage of girls often focusses on the problems they face, representing them as either helpless innocents or brainless consumers. We rarely hear what girls have to say for themselves. This is what Girl-Kind North East is all about.
Rather than take a problem-centred approach by pre-defining which issues are most important or troubling, Girl-Kind North East starts with a question:
What are the challenges and opportunities of growing up as a girl in the North East?
The Girl-Kind project aims to give girls a chance to celebrate their achievements, address their struggles and let people know what they’re thinking. Working with groups of girls between 11 and 16 from schools across the North East, Girl-Kind runs workshops to highlight the diversity of girls’ experiences, turning their thoughts and ideas into creative interventions showcased at an annual Celebratory Event