Francesca (Fran) Northcott
- Age: 25
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It is paramount that any movement which fights for equality and the intolerance of injustice is inclusive and intersectional at its core.
- Francesca (Fran) Northcott
Francesca (Fran) Northcott was born and raised in the United Kingdom. She is currently working toward a Master of Arts in Gender, Media, and Culture at Goldsmiths College. As a Girl Experience Intern at World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, Fran is the key contact for the 100 Girls Project and creates communications assets for the Core Mission team. As an Events and Social Media Representative at Honey Feminist Collective, she is responsible for managing the events and social media output for the collective, gathering and creating content, scheduling, and liaising with potential collaborating collectives. Additionally, Fran is an EmpowHER Role Model.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
Watching Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Ted Talk "We should all be feminists" opened my mind to the realities of the disparity between how different genders are viewed and treated in the world. It sparked a fire in me to learn more about gender equality and advocate and campaign for change.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
In January 2019, I, along with my feminist collective Honey, arranged a Women's Day march down Falmouth High Street. Beforehand, we produced a zine with each member creating a page on 'Who we march for' (the women often left behind). Mine was for Dana Martin, the first (known) transgender woman to be killed in the US in 2019. Our collective handed out these zines as we marched, waving placards we had made ourselves, bringing awareness to the day, and recognizing those whose voices get lost in the noise. We received really positive feedback from the people we met and talked to during the march and brought more attention to Honey Feminist Collective. Afterward, we were able to reach bigger audiences with our educational talks and fundraising events. The simple act of walking down a street in a tiny town in the UK alongside the huge and impressive marches which took place at the same time in cities all over the world stuck out to me as a win because of the direct impact it had on our local community.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
In my spare time, I enjoy creating art that speaks out against injustices in the world, making plant pots, and working with textiles.
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