Fearless Female Squad
Stage One of KEY+ asks young people to come together to learn about the 12 Key Skills and get to know one another. Fearless Female Squad went above and beyond the requirements of our programme to build upon the things they are most passionate about and created posters to create awareness of the growing issue of violence against women and girls (VAWG).
The Key are proud to support an amazing group of young women who wanted to stand and fight against VAWG. Designing, creating, and sharing posters across the area, Fearless Female Squad came together to build upon the things they are most passionate about.
The first call to end VAWG was not until 2010 which although only feels like yesterday has left millions of women and girls vulnerable to violence for years in the interim.
Home Secretary, Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, opened a Call for Evidence to hear directly from the public on tackling violence against women and girls. Receiving more than 180,000 responses it became the largest ever consultation the Government has run in recent decades. Times are changing and action is being made but not fast enough.
As of March 2020, 1.6 million women and girls had experienced domestic abuse in England and Wales (ONS, 2021) with it estimated that 1 in 4 females will experience domestic violence in their lifetime (Home Office, 2019). Not to mention, COVID-19 creating an epidemic of domestic abuse due to isolation and lack of social interaction.
Seeing the amazing things Fearless Female Squad were achieving, we headed over to meet them and award them with their well-done packs. Hearing from the group, you could truly hear how passionate they are about ending VAWG.
They had been taking part in peaceful protests across the North-East with one girl writing and sharing an incredible and emotional poem about the troubles facing women and girls in todays’ society. It brought a tear to everyone in the room!
Without young people like Fearless Female Squad taking the lead and building awareness of the causes that matter to them, we wouldn't be able to build a better future for tomorrow. We are so proud of everything the Fearless Female Squad have achieved and we can't wait to see what they do next!
Key Facilitator, Hannah, who guided and supported the group through the project described the girls experience…
“I have noticed my group's confidence flourish. When we originally began this project their confidence to communicate with others and deal with other professionals in positions of authority and power was evidently overwhelming but now at the end of the process I've witnessed their confidence soar, particularly when communicating with others in positions of power”.