Newport women’s awards open

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APPLICATIONS for the Newport Women’s Forum Awards have opened.

The awards aim to empower and support women by providing funding for their personal development.

Women who live in Newport can apply for a grant up to £1,000. Applications must show the money would make a significant difference and are welcomed from individuals or groups.

The closing date for entries is May 21 and will then be considered by an adjudicating panel and the winners will be announced at a special ceremony.

Past winners have secured funding to help to buy tools, places on training courses and tickets to conferences.

Rosemary Butler AM, who chairs the awards, said: “The Newport Women’s Forum Awards are a fantastic opportunity for individuals or groups of women to apply for funding to help continue their professional development.”

For more information visit newportwomensforum.wordpress.com or call 01633 222523 to request an application form or visit the South Wales Argus, Newport libraries, Newport Leisure Centre, community centres and community education centres to collect one.

Send completed applications to Newport Women’s Forum, c/o Dame Rosemary Butler AM, 72 Caerau Road, Newport, NP20 4HJ or by e-mail to newportwomensforum@live.co.uk.

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1:13pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

This annual women-only award scheme courtesy of the apparently self-appointed 'Newport Women's Forum' has been going on for well over a decade now, but personally I'm not really sure that separatist award schemes like this really help that much to empower womankind that much - if at all.

In fact, if its intended purpose is to challenge sexism and genderism by the deliberate omission of other groups traditionally oppressed by the patriarchy (such as gay men, transgender women and those who identify outside of the gender binary) it's actually doing more harm than good.

Please accept my most humble apologies if I am mistaken, but what the majority of women are asking for is equal opportunities, treatment and respect and not *special* gimmicks once a year like this. As I'm transgendered, I doubt very much whether notoriously transphobic feminist separatists would ever deem me gender 'pure' enough for them to so graciously bestow such an award or bursary to help with my professional or 'personal' -whatever that's supposed to mean - development.

No worries however, as I'd find it kind of insulting for anyone to suggest that I ever needed such a comparatively paltry handout instead of that straightforward, seemingly elusive thing called real equality.

...And I doubt that any self-respecting woman would be prepared to accept such a consolation prize either!
This annual women-only award scheme courtesy of the apparently self-appointed 'Newport Women's Forum' has been going on for well over a decade now, but personally I'm not really sure that separatist award schemes like this really help that much to empower womankind that much - if at all. In fact, if its intended purpose is to challenge sexism and genderism by the deliberate omission of other groups traditionally oppressed by the patriarchy (such as gay men, transgender women and those who identify outside of the gender binary) it's actually doing more harm than good. Please accept my most humble apologies if I am mistaken, but what the majority of women are asking for is equal opportunities, treatment and respect and not *special* gimmicks once a year like this. As I'm transgendered, I doubt very much whether notoriously transphobic feminist separatists would ever deem me gender 'pure' enough for them to so graciously bestow such an award or bursary to help with my professional or 'personal' -whatever that's supposed to mean - development. No worries however, as I'd find it kind of insulting for anyone to suggest that I ever needed such a comparatively paltry handout instead of that straightforward, seemingly elusive thing called real equality. ...And I doubt that any self-respecting woman would be prepared to accept such a consolation prize either! Katie Re-Registered
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