Valuing Women’s Worth, Valuing Herstory
This project enabled the contribution of women’s unpaid care work to be more visible and more valued, so that women in poverty who do this unpaid work were afforded greater respect and provided with more support.
Creative Hands Foundation devised and delivered a series of art workshops and community development work to explore issues that stem from the contribution of women’s unpaid care work that often goes unnoticed and unappreciated by wider society and in some cases their families. These developments contributed to social exclusion and expectance of women to fulfil these roles unpaid.
Working with groups of women at Sure Start Children’s Centres in Rusholme and Longsight, weekly two-hour sessions were provided to explore thoughts, feelings and actions of their daily life, over a ten-week period. Using a number of mediums, including creative and political literacy, visual arts and drama, the work was documented on activity walls and photographs. The sessions were designed to help the participating women take an objective view of the role they played in society and appreciate the value of their work.
The project culminated in final art pieces that reflect their messages.
This project was funded by Oxfam.