10. What’s good about where you live?

School councils event

Around 200 pupils and 50 teaching staff from Kirklees schools took part in the ‘Your voice – speak up, speak out’ school council summit in March 2018 at Huddersfield Town Hall. Each school encouraged young people aged 5 to 11 on their school councils to host a simple hands-on activity  about citizenship, leadership, school values, school council, raising local issues, or anything they chose to showcase that promotes democracy.

One of the activities children were asked to take part in on the day was to write down one good thing about where they live. This is a quick and accessible way of encouraging children and young people to think about what’s important in their local area. Here are just a few of the responses…

A nice thing about Huddersfield

A nice thing about Almondbury

A nice thing about South Crosland

A nice thing about Brackenhall

A nice thing about Lowerhouses

A nice thing about Waterloo

A nice thing about Birkby

A nice thing about Netherton

 


100 little deeds for local democracy

Deeds not wordsTo celebrate Vote 100, we’re sharing 100 little ways that citizens in Kirklees are doing something to strengthen our local democracy. If you’ve been inspired by this little deed, why not try it out at a community event where you live? We’d love to hear how you get on: Share your little deeds for local democracy


 

9. Girls can do anything they put their minds to…

28th Huddersfield Brownies

Laura Murphy, a Politics student at the University of Huddersfield, shared this little deed with us:

With 28th Huddersfield Brownies, who meet at Christ Church Moldgreen, we held a session to talk about what Vote 100 meant and why it was so important for the young girls in the pack.

We started off asking the girls questions like can only men be police officers and can girls play football? They answered these brilliantly letting us know that girls can do anything they put their minds to.

We then went on to ask them about voting and what it was used for. To which they knew that we vote for who runs our country. When we told them that women didn’t always have the ability to vote they were shocked and couldn’t believe that there was a time when women were not allowed to vote and wanted to know how we got the vote.

We told them about the suffragette movement and about the movements that specifically happened in Huddersfield. With this information they then all made ‘Votes for Women’ Bunting and were really excited to know that this campaigning happened in Huddersfield as well as the rest of the country.

by Laura Murphy

Discuss democracy: Girlguiding

 


100 little deeds for local democracy

Deeds not wordsTo celebrate Vote 100, we’re sharing 100 little ways that citizens in Kirklees are doing something to strengthen our local democracy. If you’ve been inspired by this little deed, why not spend half an hour trying out the same conversation at home? We’d love to hear how you get on: Share your little deeds for local democracy


 

8. Not your average bunting

Gomersal Primary School bunting
Photo: Gomersal Primary School

This fantastic bunting was created by children at Gomersal Primary School. It was on show at Batley Older People’s Centre on Saturday 24th March 2018 as part of a special event to celebrate International Women’s Day and Vote 100.

The children used images from the past to inspire their creativity and worked hard to produce beautiful pieces of art. They were inspired by old photographs and propaganda posters. While creating the bunting, they learnt some facts about women’s rights in the early 1900s and found out about suffragettes Emmeline Pankhurst and Emily Davison.

Specialist art teacher Mandy Barrett says this is “not your average child made bunting” – and you can see why…

Gomersal Primary School bunting
Photo: Gomersal Primary School
Gomersal Primary School bunting
Photo: Gomersal Primary School

The event at Batley Older People’s Centre was partly funded by a small grant from the Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme.

Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme

 


100 little deeds for local democracy

Deeds not wordsTo celebrate Vote 100, we’re sharing 100 little ways that citizens in Kirklees are doing something to strengthen our local democracy. If you’ve been inspired by the children’s creativity, why not try making your own Vote 100 bunting for a community event? We’d love to hear how you get on: Share your little deeds for local democracy


 

6. Learning from young women in Huddersfield

Dr Grainne McMahon
Dr Grainne McMahon, University of Huddersfield. Photo by Anthony McKeown.

Dr Grainne McMahon from the University of Huddersfield is researching young women’s political participation – what are the barriers and what do young women want?

Grainne tells us: “We keep saying young people don’t have a voice. Young people do have  voice – they never stop talking. We aren’t listening, that’s the problem…”

Her research shows that young women want a less adversarial political system… “the world would simply be a better place if we had a more gender equal politics. Everyone has got to contribute.”

This talk was one of the Notwestminster 2018 Lightning talks at The Media Centre in Huddersfield on Saturday 17th February 2018. You can watch Grainne’s talk on YouTube:


100 little deeds for local democracy

Deeds not wordsTo celebrate Vote 100, we’re sharing 100 little ways that citizens in Kirklees are doing something to strengthen our local democracy. If you’ve been inspired by Grainne’s talk, why not do something to find out more about what young women in Kirklees think about politics? We’d love to hear how you get on: Share your little deeds for local democracy


 

5. Democracy in the Making – suffragette rosettes

suffragette rosettes

In 1908, the  Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) chose a colour scheme to unify participants in an enormous demonstration in London’s Hyde Park. The three colours they chose became the visual identity for the women’s suffrage movement that we still recognise today – purple for dignity, white for purity and green for hope.

As part of the Democracy in the Making event, artist Amy Hirst showed people how to make their own suffragette rosettes, using a choice of papers and ribbons in purple, white and green.

Democracy in the Making – twitter moment

 


100 little deeds for local democracy

Deeds not wordsTo celebrate Vote 100, we’re sharing 100 little ways that citizens in Kirklees are doing something to strengthen our local democracy. If you’ve been inspired by Amy’s creativity, why not have a go at making your own rosettes, badges, ribbons or sashes? We’d love to hear how you get on: Share your little deeds for local democracy


 

4. Young women in politics

Little-deeds-notwestminsterMehrissa Sufi, who is one of our fantastic Kirklees Youth Councillors, took time out from revising for her GCSEs to share her thoughts about women in politics – a subject that really matters to her – with participants at a busy annual event in Huddersfield.

Mehrissa says that being a youth councillor has really opened her eyes to the world of politics and how people can directly influence what happens in their communities and beyond. She also talks about her amazing male friends in the audience and says we need to “find a way to empower young women without disempowering young men”.

This talk was one of the Notwestminster 2018 Lightning talks at The Media Centre in Huddersfield on Saturday 17th February 2018. You can watch Mehrissa’s talk on YouTube:


100 little deeds for local democracy

Deeds not wordsTo celebrate Vote 100, we’re sharing 100 little ways that citizens in Kirklees are doing something to strengthen our local democracy. If you’ve been inspired by Mehrissa’s talk, why not do something to help young people have voice and learn about local democracy? We’d love to hear how you get on: Share your little deeds for local democracy


 

3. Netherton Brownies are earning a special badge

Cakes made by Netherton Brownies
Photo by Netherton Brownies / @105HuddBrownies

Brownies, Guides and Rainbows are getting the chance to earn a special badge this year to celebrate the centenary of women winning the right to vote. Netherton Brownies started their Votes for Women Challenge Badge on 12th February 2018, and they have kindly shared their tweets with us so you can see how they’re getting on. We wish them well.

 

Girlguiding is calling for equal representation for women in politics and an improved political education system so girls and young women feel engaged. Find out more:

Girlguiding – Our Vote 100 Asks

 


100 little deeds for local democracy

Deeds not wordsTo celebrate Vote 100, we’re sharing 100 little ways that citizens in Kirklees are doing something to strengthen our local democracy. If you’ve been inspired by Netherton Brownies, why not run an activity in your group or school to help our young citizens learn about voting? We’d love to hear how you get on: Share your little deeds for local democracy