by Sophie Wainright
Women’s rights. Feminism. Sex trafficking. I know a bit about trafficking, but didn’t really know what to expect when I signed up to training about “Women’s Rights and the Media” with the Central American Women’s Network (CAWN) – but thought I’d give it a bash.
The aim was to get more of an in-depth look at different media and their practical use by different women and groups – for example, a session with a woman from Nicaragua who set up a radio channel for local women, championing their rights and providing them with help and information, as well as naming and shaming abusive husbands.
Other workshops were delivered by Lindsey Collen, a writer from Mauritius, who encouraged us to draw out our own voices in our writing. I’ve not really done creative writing before, but according to her my story was “spellbinding” – which I was pretty pleased about – and others who attended the training were also boosted in their confidence of using different media, which I think was one of the most positive outcomes of the week.
In the programme one of the objectives was to collectively brainstorm and make plans, but sadly after all the workshops and other sessions we’d run out of time – which was a shame, and hopefully something that CAWN might be able to address in future training sessions. However, we all made some useful contacts and certainly learnt from each other. It seems that there’s so much negativity in the world today – in the news and media in general – that it was such an uplifting experience to be surrounded by strong, positive and active women. I hope to do interviews with some of them over the next couple of months as I was inspired to hear about the different projects that these women are involved in – and hope you will be too.
Sophie Wainright has a blog which you can also follow:http://sophiewainwright.com/