Sunday, 12 May 2013

100 Deeds

100 Deeds is a Manchester based organisation seeking to "reclaim feminism" by using deeds not words to mark 100 years since suffragist Emily Davidson was killed under the king's horse at the Epsom Derby. The project asks people to submit either projects, gestures, events or art pieces that remember early first wave feminists and bring feminism into contemporary awareness.

We started a feminist society at MMU (apparently the first one to ever exist and the only current political society!) and got involved in the Reclaim the Night protests against sexual violence and street harassment. We made a huge banner (above), loads of placards and a painted mannequin. In summer we are also getting involved with designing and builiding MMU's first ever float on the Manchester Pride parade.

We have also started a female fronted clubnight featuring women DJs and women in bands. I started this night in Sheffield before I left for university but had been wanting to resurrect it for months! We are also planning on running a couple of DJ workshops to teach new skills that can be taken away and applied elsewhere and ensure that anyone who wants to have a DJ slot can do. All money from the event will go to either the Manchester Rape Crisis Centre or HOPE Sheffield, a charity that works with women who have experienced trafficking or domestic violence.

We also recently attended Lynn Setterington's 100 Deeds workshop and added our embroidered signatures to the 100 she is attempting to collect to turn into a large scale art piece.

All the pieces that have been submitted to the 100 Deeds project will be displayed at a free exhibition at the People's History Museum over summer.

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