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Girls and Boys Speak Out! A Conference for Children, Teachers, Researchers and Policy Makers on gender well-being and young relationship cultures



This one-day event will launch the findings of a Welsh research project that explored what pre-teen children had to say about growing up as ‘girls’ and ‘boys’ in the 21st Century.
One of the key findings was how angry children felt about having lived in a sexist and sexualised peer culture and society.
A key aim of this conference is to provide a platform where boys and girls can have their say and learn what other children think about body image, fashion, bullying, friendships and relationships in school, in communities and online.
A key outcome of the day is to bridge the silence between children’s worlds, and between children and teacher worlds.
There will also be an opportunity for researchers interested in research impact and public engagement to stay on for a roundtable after the children’s conference has finished (led by Professor Emma Renold).

09.00 – 09.30 Registration

09.30 – 09.45 Introduction and Welcome
Emma Renold

09.45 – 10.00 Too much too soon? What kids have told us about ‘growing up’ as a girl or boy
Emma Renold and Ros McNeil, NUT

– DIGON (Anti-Homophobia group) – Drama
– MERCHED MENTRUS (Girl Power Group) – Poem
– FF – NEWID (Feminism lunch club)

10.30-11.00 Refreshment and sign up to workshops

11.00 – 12.00 Workshops for students and teachers
– Body Talk (a movement workshop with Jen Anghared)
– Combatting Gender and Sexual Stereotyping in Schools (Ros Mc Neil and Mark Jennett)
– Staying safe and having fun online (Andy Phippen)
– Just good friends?: a peer-led PSE lesson on relationship cultures (with DIGON)
– Everyday feminism for boys and girls (FF – NEWID)
– Camping Out and Everyday Sexism (Tent decorating workshop with Emma Renold and Jessica Ringrose)

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch

13.00 – 14.00 Workshops continued

14.00 – 14.20 Refreshments

14.20 – 15.00 Walkabout, Listen, Read and Watch (Sharing experiences from day)

15.30 – 16.30 Research Impact Roundtable Discussion (researchers/policy makers only)

16.30 Close of meeting