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The Astell Project: An Update from Triona Kennedy

Dear Friends,

I am delighted to report that, since starting the Project in May, the issue of Women and Gender Studies in schools seems to have taken root and got people talking. It wasn’t limited to the excellent feminist critic Bidisha mentioning us positively in The Guardian, either. You can find out more from my latest blog on the Huffington Post. It’s helpful to have a friendly corner of the media from which to discuss gender and schooling in a critical, independent way. Read the full story

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The Astell Project: campaigning for Women and Gender Studies to be introduced to the National Curriculum by 2015

The Astell Project is a UK-based campaign and an international community of educators and activists initiated in 2011. Inspired by England’s first feminist, Mary Astell, who made the case for the advancement of women through education in the 1690s, and by grassroots feminist and gender education activists around the globe, The Astell Project, founded recently, argues that the (UK) Equality Duty requires us to provide young people with the opportunity, support and resources to analyze and to influence gender issues that determine their life choices.

To that end, it calls for an equality audit and aims to see that Women & Gender Studies are introduced into the National Curriculum by 2015. These aims are to be achieved by acting as a resource bank and agitating for gender education so that legal and governmental commitments to equality, diversity and the provision of a safe environment are met.

Given that GEA shares some of the aims of the Astell Project, we have agreed to publicise its activities and will be providing updates here on our own website.



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