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Feminist activist meeting - gender stereotyping in children’s toys & media

Tuesday, 19 February, 2013 - 18:00 - 20:00

Last year Zero Tolerance put together a survey to see how we can engage with feminist activism and grassroots groups around Scotland.

The idea of Zero Tolerance coordinating a campaign was the most preferred option for how we can work together, and one of the most popular issues for activism was ‘gender stereotyping in children’s toys & media’ (80% of those who provided their contact details were interested in campaigning on this).

As you know, if children are told from a very young age that only certain toys, activities, colours and even words fit their gender, their potential is limited before they’ve even had a chance to think about the kind of person they want to be. Action across the UK (e.g. Mumsnet’s Let Toys Be Toys has shown how much people care about this issue, and the potential to make change happen.

With that in mind, we think it’s time to bring the campaign to Scotland!

We would like to invite you to an activism meeting on the 19th February, from 6-8pm, in Tollcross Community Centre, Edinburgh. This will be a chance for you to meet other activists, learn a bit more about our work, discuss the issues, generate ideas, and hopefully plan some action.

It will be a friendly, informal meeting, with enough tea, coffee, fruit & biscuits to keep you going until dinner. Children are welcome & the venue is wheelchair accessible.

I know not all of you are from Edinburgh and so may not be able to make it – please let Laura Tomson, know if you are interested in being involved in the future and we will do our best to make that possible, for example with meetings in other parts of Scotland or by including opportunities to be involved in other ways. If you can’t make it but want to feed in your ideas, please send them to me & I’ll bring them to the meeting.

You don’t need to register, but it would be helpful for catering etc. if you could let me know if you plan to attend. Any questions or requirements please get in touch.