A special thing happens once a week at the Refugee Council Children's Section. It can be fun or thought-provoking, meaningful, it's sometimes very quiet or very loud, but it's always positive, and it's a time just for girls. It's called Girls Group, and it's organised by the brilliant Young Roots.
A vast majority of the girls who come through the Refugee Council have been in tension-filled, male-dominated environments for most of their journeys, if not most of their lives. Just as boys need time to spend together, the girls need some exclusive time too. As a majority-female, and female-lead charity, we knew we had to get involved.
We have been delighted to be involved with two of the girls groups events this past month.
First Girls Group
For the first, we invited jewellery artist, Esna Su, who was the hclub100 award winner for Art, Design, and Craft and is a refugee herself, to speak with the girls about art and work, and everything in between. Learn more about Esna and her incredible work below and online (insta=@esna_su).
Second Girls Group
For the second, three of our tutors, lead a brilliant workshop that involved everything from imbuing confidence like a queen and singing rounds, to learning dance steps to live Klezmer music, and enjoying a bit of Mozart. We were also joined by the driven actress/activist Juliet Stevenson, who in addition to being an extraordinary artist has a long history of campaigning effectively for refugee rights. We've said it before and we will say it again: joining together as Allies in Art and we will make the changes we want to see.
Check out our tweet from that evening to feel the sheer joy of it:
Tonight was a JOY! No pics to share this time-were having too much fun! Tutors Alice @lydiahillerudh @alyfrazier lead a room full of confident, incredible young women making music & more. We're stronger when we are #AlliesInArt Thanks YR @juliet945 @refugeecouncil
The founders, Anna and Alyson