Ok so the theme "women" is kinda a wide topic to broach but I have started looking at ideas and concepts I can incorporate into a 1/2 day workshop which I do in Northern Ireland every year.
I always go with whatever is suggested and previous requests and subsequent workshops have included Gaia, Breathing and life forces and last year Halloween, Samhain and Day of the dead.
I just research ideas and then get music and do guided exercises connecting the body via expressive movement. Say like last year I did like a walking circle where participants spoke the names of people they wanted to dedicate the dance to, looked at current day ritual (like how you feel when sat in a church at a wedding or whatever and how you'd really want to be exppressing the feelings through the body).
So anyways, my question is a bit like a survey for women... What top 5 things concern you as a woman (don't necessarily have to be serious)?
Mine in no particular order and without thinking too much are:
1. Personal safety like in the street (although I feel a lot safer here in Spain and don't get as much blokey piropo/whistley comments as before).
2. Tryna keep at bay the influence of social constructs of having to be married with children and by a certain age (it also pisses me off that women take husbands names a lot).
3. Lack of support for mothers who also want to have a life- you either need loads of friends or accessible family .
4. Sexual inequality as in literally, as in being judged if you have a healthy libido.
5. Supression of women's natural cycles and their expression. We´re half the population and yet what's natural for us is ridiculed and labelled as hysterical or invalid as it is less cold and logical and more body-based (I speak for me). You can't get spermicide cream for diaphragms any more and women's main contraceptive options require them to be full of hormones from rings, pills, patches and injections. If men had periods and could give birth I believe the whole work system would be totally different and there'd be more options than just the odd creche or expensive childcare options.
Any food for thought or suggestions of pages or resources to look at, please?