‘If we women walk in synergy’: visual notes from activist women in Bradford


Some visual notes made from  ‘International Activism‘ an event I attended recently in Bradford, the first public event hosted by the new Speakers’ Corner Collective ‘a social space co-run by women and young girls from Bradford and it’s surrounding areas’.

The event featured  four women who all spoke incredibly powerfully and eloquently about their activist activities: Sasha Bhat from Kashmir Solidarity MovementSamayya Afzal who spoke about the recent Bradford Vigil for Aleppo with the Syrian Association of Yorkshire , Jane Gregory from Bradford Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Kongosi Mussanzi from Bradford Congo Campaign.  Samayya Afzal commented afterwards that ‘the solidarity between everyone and the causes was amazing’. It really was.

I’m looking for ways to both reflect on, and document the words I hear from people who are trying to make change in a very difficult world. Rather than leave the words I wrote down from these inspiring women in my notebook, where only I see them, I have made them into a collage in a sketchbook,  and am sharing them in the hope they inspire others as much as they did me, and help in a small way to help build the solidarity we need to in these incredibly challenging times.


How Do We Get Through This?

How Do We Get Through This? your contribution needed for collaborative zine

How Do We Get Through This? your contribution needed for collaborative zine

I’m putting together a zine (a hand-made magazine) of collected thoughts/ideas/plans about how we survive and resist through the next 5 years of Tory government.
Contributions to the zine can be in words/images, or a combination of both. It can be just a few words, a sentence, or as long as you want – whatever and however you might like to share. You can email your response to me at Jeanmariemcewan@gmail.com

The deadline for contributions is 29th May. I will make and distribute as many copies of the zine as possible for free, get them out as widely as possible, and get a copy to everyone who contributes.  The print zine will be photocopied in black and white, and an e – zine will also be published online to view and download.