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In Friday’s Women’s Daily Dispatch, we bring you the heartwarming tale of the teenager raising money to take other girls to see A Wrinkle in Time. In other news, the executive director of Oxfam International promises to investigate sex exploitation; an exhibition honouring second-wave feminist artists opens in London; and Kate Middleton announces plans to become a champion of nurses.
Aspiring astronaut crowdfunds to take other girls to see A Wrinkle in Time
Taylor Richardson, a 14-year-old aspiring astronaut, is raising money to pay for 1,000 girls to see upcoming film A Wrinkle in Time. Why? She wants as many young women as possible to be exposed to the fantasy film, which stars Storm Reid as Meg Murry, a 14-year-old girl who travels to different planets to find her missing father.
A Wrinkle in Time shows that “young, black girls [deserve] a chance to be a part of the sci-fi cultural canon,” Richardson wrote on her GoFundMe page. “It has a female protagonist in a science fiction film. A brown girl front and centre who looks like me in the role of Meg, a girl travelling to different planets and encountering beings and situations that I’d never seen a girl of colour in.
“Most impressive and importantly, it’s a fantasy film that is not about some white boys fighting evil, but about a black girl overcoming it.”
Richardson previously raised funds to take 100 girls to see Hidden Figures, the 2016 film about the first African-American women to work for NASA.
You can read more about her campaign here.
Oxfam director promises justice for sex exploitation victims
Winnie Byanyima, the executive director of Oxfam International, has pledged to set up a commission to investigate past and present allegations of exploitative behaviour by staff.
In a televised interview with the BBC, Byanmina invited all victims to come forward “for justice to be done” for them, and said that she was “here for all the women who have been abused”.
Oxfam would “build a new culture that doesn’t tolerate that behaviour,” she added.
Byanmina also asked Oxfam’s supporters not to give up on the charity. “There is no way this organisation can die… The world needs it.”
Her apology comes after an investigation by The Times newspaper found that senior Oxfam aid workers in Haiti had hired prostitutes in 2011, while supposedly on a humanitarian mission following a devastating earthquake on the Caribbean island. Some of the ‘women’ hired for sex at a villa rented by Oxfam may have been underage girls, the report said.
Read more on this story at BBC News.
Exhibition opens in London honouring second-wave feminist artists
A new exhibition has opened at London’s Richard Saltoun Gallery, showing the work of groundbreaking feminist artists and photographers from the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties. The show, titled Women Look at Women, explores notions of femininity and women’s relationships with their own and other’s bodies.
“I’m interested in what happens when women start having the camera in their hands, and start observing not only themselves or their bodies, but also other women’s bodies, faces and lives,” Paola Ugolini, the exhibition’s curator, told Stylist.co.uk.
Women artists working in the latter half of the 20th century had to “had to do something different: they had to show together, and perform together, and to do more work and move together,” Ugolini continued. “Feminism is one of the most important revolutionary movements in history, and women had to make their own space.”
Find out more about the exhibition here.
Kate Middleton is becoming a champion of nurses
The Duchess of Cambridge has announced that she is to launch a new campaign aimed at empowering and inspiring nurses in the UK, recognising them as the “lynchpins of care”. The Nursing Now campaign, to be launched next month, says that “nurses are at the heart of most health teams” and should be recognised as such.
It will aim to “build a global network of advocates” to help nurses reach leadership positions and increase their influence. By 2020, the initiative hopes to boost investment in the profession and improve education, development and employment conditions for nursing.
The news of the campaign comes after it was revealed that the number of nurses training in England had dropped significantly after the government scrapped bursaries that allowed nurses to train for free. There were at least 36,000 unfilled nursing vacancies in NHS trusts and foundation trusts at the end of September 2017, according to the hospital performance watchdog.
Read more on this story here.
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Images: Rex Features / Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery