Here you will find all of the latest news from Bristol Women's Voice...
'We need greater opportunities for ALL the city’s children and young people. Talent is everywhere, opportunity isn’t – this is what I would like to see change.'
'Speak when you think you shouldn’t and listen when you think you don’t need to. Stick up for yourself as much as you do other people. Push your own boundaries not other peoples. Believe in yourself.'
Hilda and Bożena received a Wonderful Women Awards for creating and running a weekly Polish speaking group for people who are over 50 and who want to have fun and make new friends. Hilda and Bozena create a friendly and welcoming place for people to share memories, jokes, and culture. The club is completely self-organised and self-funded. Every week there are 20-30 members enjoying each other's company, with many in their late 80s and 90s.
Larna received a Wonderful Women Award for her commitment to equality, empowerment and justice for all. As well as volunteering for a homeless charity, she has orchestrated women’s walks throughout Bristol and organised Bristol’s First Black History Quiz where people from all across the city were invited.
'It is so easy to get caught in a bubble of our own situation and surroundings. Everyone is struggling with something. I have always really appreciated and been reassured when people who I might not often turn to, or spend time with, or even strangers(!); share experiences. It makes a difference when people are open to connecting and sharing a chat or a conversation.'
Bristol's Youth Mayor, Hannah talks to us about her hopes for Women in our city and beyond... 'I want to see women and girls feeling safe in Bristol as unfortunately me and many of my friends and people I know have experienced either street harassment or harassment in clubs and public places. It angers me to think that lots of women don’t feel safe walking around in their own city or community, when it’s their right to feel safe and comfortable.'
'Be brave, feel the fear and go for it. As a woman you will find yourself operating at a structural deficit, but you must reflect on who you are and all that you will achieve and know that you are worthy of success and don’t be afraid to say so.'
'I would like to see more women in Bristol at the top. More women chief executives, more women trustees, more women feeling confident and feeling they can be who they want to be and sit at that table and make a difference.'
What do you want to see change for women in Bristol? 'To do more of what they want to do. To ignore barriers - personal and professional. Bristol has a great community spirit but there is no harm in making it even better. We all need to look out for each other.' Read our interview with Becky Prior who received a Wonderful Women Award for her work empowering people of all ages through art.
'There have been lots of women that have influenced me at different stages of my life. They have shown me the powers of kindness and being bold. They taught me to think outside the box, to question and to travel.'
'I want to see more affordable childcare so that women can return to work if they wish without feeling like “they can’t afford to work.” That very phrase makes no sense.' Lucy Clayton, a recipient of one of our Wonderful Women Awards shares advice, tells us about the women who have inspired her and reflects on what needs to change for Women in Bristol.
One inspirational lady I really look up to is Mary Temple Grandin...she is one of the first individuals on the Autism spectrum to publicly share insights from her personal experience of autism.
Kate Brooks received a wonderful women award for her efforts as a community activist in Fishponds. She helped set up the local youth club, organises FishFest and the Scarecrow Trail, started the People’s University of Fishponds (which has raised funds for Borderlands, Bristol Refugee Rights and Fishponds Foodbank among others) and is one of the founders of Poverty is Pants. Unsurprisingly she is known locally as Mrs Fishponds.
Read our interview with Jessica Wright who received a Wonderful Women award for her work within the community of Bedminster down, promoting community cohesion, wellbeing and inclusion through the varied activities and events on offer at Zion.
'What hopes do I have for my Local community? To recognise the massive need for people to just love one another. To care for the last, the least, the lost and the forgotten in our community because life is so much nicer that way.'
Four years ago Chlo Winfield set up the Speak Out Project to raise awareness of domestic abuse in young people's relationships. Read her thoughts on what needs to change for women in Bristol.
Carly Wilkinson received a Wonderful Women Award for her work inspiring women to be their most authentic and empowered selves. Read our interview with her.
Asha Mohammed is a fourth year medical student at Bristol University who was nominated for a Wonderful Women Award for her work with the charity Integrate UK. Find out more about who she has been inspired by and her hopes for Bristol in our interview.
'Housing is a feminist issue. We need more decent, affordable and dignified housing for working class women.' Read our interview with Anny Cullum who received a Wonderful Women Award for fighting for tenants rights.