Kristina empowers young people as part of her Welsh Women’s Aid Placement!

Welsh Women's Aid

‘Getting Lucky’… empowering today’s Children and Young People to value relationships based on mutual respect; ensuring women of tomorrow are confident and visible’

Welsh Women’s Aid’s (WWA) Work Placement with GO Wales has enabled them to provide valuable work experience opportunities through internships for young people, as well as increase the organisations’ capacity to innovate.

‘Getting Lucky’ is a DVD resource that has been produced to support young people’s education in relation to healthy relationships. The project has been enabled through a Work Placement created in partnership with GO Wales.  Kristina, the intern on this project, has successfully brought together young people and partner agencies to produce a DVD  to raise awareness about gender inequalities and teach young people skills that will enable them to recognise, challenge and change oppressive behaviour(s).

The idea for the DVD was inspired by the Ending Violence Against Women and Domestic Abuse (Wales) Bill which advocates mandatory education on healthy relationships training for schools in Wales.

WWA has also been successful in obtaining funding for this project from the Women’s Equality Network Wales (WEN Wales), to assist with the development and production of the DVD.   The DVD and a session plan will be viewed by young people at various venues around Wales throughout March, commencing on International Women’s Day 8th March.

Liz Armitti, Projects and Innovations Manager at Welsh Women’s Aid, said: “the DVD explores some real and significant issues faced by young people in Wales today and provides a vehicle for navigating through impressions and ideas about relationships, gender and consent.  The project grabbed the imagination of young people who volunteered their time, effort and skills to produce this DVD with the view to educate and empower other young people”

Reflecting on her GO Wales Work Placement Social Science graduate Kristina Ward from Cardiff University said;

I applied for the GO Wales placement because I saw it as an opportunity to get some experience in the third sector which I hoped would give me future career insight as well as a chance to develop my personal and professional skills in an area that interests me. My main responsibilities have been to coordinate the production of a film about healthy relationships, consent and gender stereotypes with a group of volunteers, and to write a refuge pack for children entering women’s refuges in order to help them understand why they’re there and what to expect.”

I would now like to do a Masters Degree in development to better understand active social transformations with the hopes of working in the third sector in the future.”

Anyone affected by domestic abuse or sexual violence in Wales can call the All Wales Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Helpline on 0808 80 10 800.