Fife Women’s Tent is a joint initiative with Fife Council Community Learning and Development. This work was established two years ago under the banner of Fife Women and Inclusion in Politics. The members changed the project’s name to Fife Women’s Tent in early 2020 and planned a number of events for the year. Due to the pandemic, all events were cancelled and a Facebook group was promptly created on 23 March 2020 to continue the engagement and the work of bringing together disabled, minority ethnic, transgender, and other marginalised women to promote positive physical, emotional and mental wellbeing for all marginalised women in Fife. This group does this by encouraging all its members to make positive connections and support each other in these troubled times.
“A wee ditty, in appreciation.
There once was a tent just for women
In a braw place they call Fife
And in that tent, what happens?
We share our image of Life.
There’s a team who keep us thinking
Occupying our creative minds
With competitions and suggestions a plenty
To spark off some thoughts in our mind
Through hard times it’s been a real saviour
and now, as we loosen the ties
Just can’t wait for the party
To meet everyone and say Hi!!!“
Since the start of the Facebook group, the members have organised weekly live music concerts, yoga classes and storytelling sessions. We also ran monthly competitions as follows:
- April – Tips on maintain positive physical, emotional and mental wellbeing
- May – Freedom Poetry Competition (music credits: www.bensound.com)
- June – Flower Arrangement (music credits: www.bensound.com)
- July – Covid Haiku
- August – Pamper Packs
- September – Cooking for Less than £10 Home Recipes
- October – Month of Art
- November – Self-Care Advice and Ideas
- December – Homemade Festive Decorations
- January – Yarn and Knitted Creations
- February – Chinese New Year and Spring Celebrations
- March – International Women’s Day Celebrations
- April – New Beginnings!
- May – Metamorphosis
- June – Comedy
The group added its own book club in October. Their first book choice was ‘How to be a Women’ by Caitlin Moran. The book club’s second choice was “The Red Tent” by Anita Diamant.
Check out the Fife Women’s Tent Facebook group! The aim is to promote positive physical, emotional and mental wellbeing for marginalised women in Fife by encouraging them to make positive connections and support each other in these troubled times.
International Women’s Day Celebration at the Scottish Parliament
Six of us represented Fife Women and Inclusion in Politics at the IWD celebration at the Scottish Parliament organised by Scottish Women Convention. The event was well attended by women across Scotland. It was quite an experience sitting at the Chambers listening to successful women talking about their views on gender equality.
Here are a few photos we took of ourselves at the event: