We have recently returned from Brussels (Nov 2015) where we were invited to perform a preview of our latest work ‘Make do and Mend’ to an audience in European Parliament as part of the Socialists & Democrats (S&D) FEMM Committee launch for Elimination of Violence Against Women & Girls 16 days of action.
The Women’s Voices project is run by Changing Relations and was born out of the One Billion Rising events in Durham which took place in February 2013 & 2014 …to challenge the prevalence of violence against women.
Our work to date has involved story-sharing sessions that enabled us to create public performances that raised awareness of the true nature of Domestic abuse (DA).In 2014 we showcased work-in-progress performances at a Policy Maker’s Forum in Durham as part of the Durham Women Rising festival as well Durham County Hall, Darlington Dolphin Centre and Durham Adult Learner’s Award Ceremony. We created a performance called ‘Playing House’ that shared stories from women across County Durham and Darlington who had experienced Domestic Violence in a powerful piece of immersive verbatim theatre supported by funding from Arts Council England, Creative Darlington and Durham County Council, produced in association with Changing Relations, Durham Women Rising and Jack Drum Arts.
During the summer of 2015 we continued to work with many survivors of Domestic abuse who highlighted the need and want for their voices to be shared and listened to. Changing Relations aim, is to be able to use the women’s voices project as a platform for changing attitudes that stereotypically veer towards asking DA victims questions such as ‘why didn’t you leave’ to ‘how can I help you’. Our latest play ‘Make Do and Mend’ presents the stories of three real life women told through the raw medium of verbatim theatre (Written and directed by Rachel Adamson.)
The women’s voices project aims to:
* Reduce the social isolation experienced by women in County Durham and Darlington by bringing women together in shared storytelling and creative expressions;
* Provide the opportunity to be heard, recognised and appreciated – and to participate in creative ways of expressing their lived experience – which may reduce the likelihood of the women we work with experiencing anxiety and depression;
* Improve the self-reported happiness, self-esteem and well-being of the women we work with;
* Provide a creative dimension to the recovery process that victims of domestic and sexual abuse need to be able to rebuild their lives;
* Enhance the positive mental health and emotional resilience of the women involved in the project.
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