Feminenza aims ‘to help restore the dignity and unique purpose of the feminine gender… to help women and girls searching for a better platform and better tools by which to proceed in life … to promote an international web of strengths, humanity, support and unity among women, and between women and men…”. Sisterhood therefore is not a project, it is a natural facet of feminine living, a continuing feature of Feminenza’s international work. Some of our activities have a clear objective, e.g. in Give a Girl a Chance but most are undertaken quietly and simply, without any defined goal. Below are a few ongoing activities
Community Action Project Ealing (CAPE)
CAPE provides day care for men and women with mental health problems. The clients of CAPE are still in the care of psychiatrists but can, with support from a network of carers, live in the community. In March 2005, CAPE asked us to provide periodic workshops for the “women only” days at the centre and we started a programme of workshops in May 2005 to improve confidence, self-esteem and well-being. The feedback is that the workshops are very much appreciated.
Support to women in Nottingham
In Nottingham small sessions are offered to women in difficult circumstances, such as immigrant women trying to integrate into the UK way of life and single mothers re-connecting with their education. Feminenza ladies provide the simple service of hand massage, nail painting. Sometimes a talk is arranged on a subject of importance to the ladies attending.
Popular and much appreciated, the work –often carried out for the Nottingham Women’s Centre – demonstrates that these small acts can improve the well-being of women, and in the case of the work at the Asian project, assist communication across cultural divides. In 2006, we assisted International Women’s Day at The Nottingham Women’s Centre, in the 2006 Asian Project open day and in Bramcote Park, Broxtowe. In 2007 we assisted at “Refugee Action”, “Sure Start” and a women’s refuge. “Sure Start” helps young mothers to acquire better mothering and coping skills.