The power of female pensioners!
This female group comprises three friends and pensioners: public official, teacher, and librarian. All admit to having experienced discrimination themselves for reasons of gender, age, and level of ability. They want to act in support of their local community, teenagers included – yet they also want to do something for themselves and their friends. Interested in culture, they have limited access thereto where they live: “We know nobody will give authority to women or arrange access to multiple cultural centres (…). This is a thing we have to arrange by ourselves, often as not with resistance from our husbands and partners – because the matter is not of primary importance, after all.” They came up with the idea to act together after having read an article about the Feminist Fund in the “Wysokie Obcasy” magazine (weekly insert to the “Gazeta Wyborcza” daily).
Something for the body, something for the spirit
Batty Aunts know what women over sixty are missing locally. They decided to take action in two fields: healthcare and access to culture. They reached women from their own region who “find it difficult to leave the village and go see a doctor, for example, because public transportation is practically non-existent” with their programme of free cervical pap smears. They also convinced local teachers to talk to their female students about HPV vaccinations. True to their “something for the body, something for the spirit” motto, they organised a field trip to attend a concert at the Polish National Radio Symphonic Orchestra hall in Katowice.
Back at the stage of drafting the concept on paper, Batty Aunts declared, “Pap smears are intended to make women realise how important the test is, and might result in ladies getting themselves tested regularly. Even a single saved life is worth all our work – we have already lost many friends to cancer. Talking to girls about HPV vaccinations is a form of prevention significantly cheaper than treatment, and helps disseminate related knowledge. We would like to take women to a beautiful concert hall, because our own small town with a population of 16,000 – or the village one of us hails from – has no such facility!”
Grant amount: PLN 4,301.40
Fot. Ciotki Klotki