When I launched The Northern Niche late last summer with my eldest son, Declan it was with the intention of featuring the best the North has to offer in terms of lifestyle and eating out reviews. Nothing wrong with that you might think after all that’s the very reason lots of people start to blog and we absolutely love to do it.
Somehow, though we realised quite quickly our passion was also about the people and the issues they face on a day to day basis and that along with promoting the North and all its glory that we could also potentially be a voice for those who couldn’t speak out.
Soon after launch the national media released a story about how our North East hometown of Middlesbrough was one of the worst places to live and grow up if you are a young girl.
I felt very passionate about this and the fact that being from Teesside had never held me back from thinking I couldn’t do anything in life. I’m not naive enough to think that this is the same for everyone and so I got in touch with a couple of young women I know who are forces to be reckoned with in their own right and asked them their opinion on the story. I opened the floodgates! It then formed the basis of an article I wrote for the blog:
I was so surprised by the feedback I got and particularly private messages out on social media. Women I know out in the business community were saying ‘What are you going to do with it – you should do something?’ A good friend of mine, Megan Lillie, who was one of the first I went to for an opinion happens to be an award winning influencer via her own blog; Thumbelina Lillie. We joined forces very soon afterwards and the rest as they say is history. Read what she has to say today, too – here.
We are using International Women’s Day March 8th as a vehicle with which to launch the:
Initially, we want as many women and men of all ages and backgrounds to join forces with us on our newly formed Twitter page. In the coming weeks we will be looking for eighteen more Northern girls of any age to help us develop an agenda. We want to create initiatives for opportunities and to champion gender diversity and inequality throughout the North starting with our own much loved North East.
Our future intention is to create a series of meetups, workshops and events to help inspire, empower and educate Northern girls and women and enable them to be the very best version of themselves.
We’ve got passion to drive change and we know there’s more like us out there.
We welcome anyone who wants to join us and be part of something new and exciting.
We are striving to #BeBoldForChange
To learn more about our Movement join us on Twitter @girlsupnorth
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