Tuesday night was our main meeting and it was one of truly inspiring women speakers and a bumper turnout. First up was Amie Ferris-Rotman, a war correspondent and Stanford fellow who has reported from over 30 date zones. She spoke to us about her decade as a female reporter and the particular challenges as well as benefits of being a woman working in the media. She went on to tell us about her project Sahar Speaks that she started whilst living in Kabul. Sahar Speaks is a mentoring programme to train Afghani women as international reporters and journalists as she saw female reporters were sadly lacking in the international news corps there. Amie’s project has in the last few days been granted funding (amazing!) and she is now on the look out for experienced jouranlists and reporters to act as mentors, so if you know anyone who fits the bill please get in touch.
Next up we were lucky enough to have an emotional but inspiring talk from Women for Refugee Women (W4RW). We have worked closely with W4RW raising awareness of their campaign to end the detention of female asylum seekers. Hopefully you have seen or heard about our wonderful Solidarity Blanket (with a message from none other than Angelina Jolie on it!) or if you saw the Channel 4 expose then you will know something about Yarlswood Detention Centre. This centre is where up to 400 women are imprisoned at any one time, many without any knowledge of when they will be released, their only ‘crime’, wanting safety and to make a better life for themselves. W4RW’s message on detention centres is simple; shut them down. We heard first hand the difficulties faced in the UK as a refugee woman and finished by discussing ways that Shoreditch Sisters could continue to work with them. It was a fantastic meeting and thank you so much to Amie and W4RW for coming to speak to us.
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We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting where we will be looking for a full house and playing Bingo! Extra bingo cards can be purchased on the night with all proceeds going to our chosen charity Luminary bakery.
Blog post by Sophie Robinson on behalf of Shoreditch Sisters WI