Speakers Corner is a space of action, we don’t like to just talk, we like to do and make things happen, since we started we’ve worked on lots of projects and got lots of campaigns off the ground, please have a read about our campaigns below and help us spread the messages in them by sharing and supporting
I Am Perfect As Me celebrates body acceptance and body confidence. The campaign sparked at WOW Bradford 2016 with a mass paint fight where different colour paint challenged stereotypes of how women should look and be. We’ve spoke at Southbank Centre, Bradford Literature Festival on BBC Leeds and British Muslim TV as well as organising our own day long festival. We talk about body confidence, mental health, family barriers, bullying and other challenges that teenage girls face when they could just be saying ‘I am me, who are you?’ #iamperfectasme
A car rally to protest against the rise of islamophobia across the world and more locally the racial profiling of drivers in Bradford. The teenagers of Speakers Corner worked with the Bradford Modified Car Club, 25 cars formed a circle outside City Hall, drivers and teenagers spoke of their experiences of Islamophobia, how the word Islam means Peace, and the day finished with a big mass paint fight.
If you would like to support our campaign against Islamophobia then you can get a free car flag from Speakers Corner next time you’re in. #peaceophobia
Speakers Corner have been intrinsic in the development and delivery of the youth strand for the Independent Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society chaired by Julia Unwin, funded by leading foundations such as Esme Fairburn, Baring and Paul Hamlyn Foundation, which looks at the future of civil society, civic action and how to release potential to drive positive change.Read more
Speakers Corner initiated a conversation with Bradford leaders about Bradford being set to be the youngest city in the whole of Europe by 2020 and how there is a lack of opportunity for young people in Bradford. Speakers Corner want to make sure young people are at the heart of Bradford becoming a recognised City of Youth that invests in and has ambition for it’s amazing young people.
Speakers Corner supported NHS England to design a campaign to support the promotion of self-care and mental health for young people. As part of this the young people of Speakers Corner delivered a day-long training to senior management of NHS England leading workshops, discussions and pledges from leaders of how they will work with young people in the future.
Bread & Roses Youth Cafe is led by Jaasra Aslam and Rosema Nawaz, which runs twice weekly sessions for young people in Bradford. Bread & Roses Youth Cafe promises to be a safe space and supportive environment for young people of Bradford, free from discrimination and bullying. We aim to be participant led, and are focused on improving wellbeing and self-confidence. Our Youth Cafe is for anyone aged 13-25 looking for a place to meet new people, share ideas, organise events or just use our quiet workspace as a place to study.
We link with the global campaign Fly kites not drones to fly kites in Bradford City Park to raise awareness about drone attacks. We’ve been donated hundreds of beautiful kites from Pakistan by Lou Sumray, last time we flew them we were joined by lots of families and two groups of boys from Afghanistan who shared their kite knowledge with us.
An international live skype collaboration with Chicago based youth theatre, Albany Park Theatre Project, which looks at how it feels for young people to inherit major political shifts that they didn’t vote for (Trump in America and Brexit in the UK). Devised by Common Wealth and APTP in Chicago with live skype conversation and performances from young people at Speakers Corner in Bradford.
Following our International Activism session with speakers from Kashmir and the Congo focusing on rape as a weapon of war, Speakers Corner felt it important to take action to remember the rape of 90 women in the village of Kunan Poshpora in Kashmir by Indian soldiers in 1991. Our first protest was in 2017 and we are planning two more events – on Tuesday 5th February there will be a panel discussion with speakers and banner making and on Wednesday 27th February 2019 – we’ll gather at City Park in a mark of public solidarity to respect the anniversary. Please join us!