Guest Campaigns: March 2020
Here at MNHQ, we think it makes sense to use the not-inconsiderable might of the Mumsnet collective for the greater good. That's why we regularly exchange links and public support with charities and pressure groups in areas Mumsnetters are interested in, such as special needs provision, child poverty, childcare, parenting, breastfeeding, maternity care and relationship support.
The #AskforEvidence campaign helps us all to develop the skills and confidence we need to critically assess stories and claims we come across online. For young people, they've created a series of animations reminding them to question what they see, as well as a popular after-school activity pack (ages 11-14) and a lesson plan (KS3-4). The campaign looks at real-life examples of claims made online, and shows young people how to evaluate different types of evidence. If you’re worried about what your kids see (and believe!), especially now, talk to them about evidence, share the #AskforEvidence campaign animations with them or run an #AskforEvidence session.
For more information and resources, take a look here.
London Fire Brigade – My Mummy is a Firefighter
London Fire Brigade is working with Butterfly Books to produce a new children’s picture book that aims to tackle misconceptions about women’s roles in the emergency services.
My Mummy Is A Firefighter, released on 3 March 2020, will be the seventh book in a series of titles for four to seven-year-olds that showcases inspiring female role models undertaking jobs or professions that are stereotypically portrayed as being performed by men.
Currently, around 300 out of London’s 5,000 firefighters are women – just seven per cent.
For more info on the book visit: https://www.london-fire.gov.uk/news/2020-news/march/new-children-s-book-is-firefightingsexism-by-challenging-gender-roles/. Buy My Mummy Is A Firefighter (Butterfly Books), RRP £6.99 at www.butterflybooks.uk.
Beat – Eating Disorders Awareness Week
Eating disorders affect families, friends and loved ones too. There are 1.25 million people in the UK living with an eating disorder right now. But eating disorders affect many more lives. When you include all the mums, dads, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, families and friends supporting them, Beat estimates this figure to come to around 5 million people struggling with eating disorders.
However, the good news is that our strength lies in our numbers. Join Beat this Eating Disorders Awareness Week and #LetsBeatThis for you, for them and for everyone.
Sign their pledge at www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/edaw