On International Women’s Day we should be celebrating women of the past and considering what next? With iDebate’s public debate ‘Should the airbrushing of women’s bodies in the media be banned?’ we took the latter course with a debate about fashion, the media, and the industries that encourage women, particularly young women, to believe they should strive to be prefect.
Do you think ‘that labels such as ‘LGB and T’ are irrelevant in an increasingly gender fluid world.’? If your answer to that is ‘don’t know’ then you have missed out by not attending iDebate’s debate at City Hall on Wednesday 29th November.
It is 50 years on from the milestone Sexual Offences Act of 1967 which partially decriminalised homosexuality in England and Wales (Scotland was to follow later) and we are asking what progress will the next 50 years bring?
We will be debating the motion This House believes that labels like “LGB and T” will be irrelevant to future generations in our increasingly gender-fluid world.
We need you to vote to vote for World Debate Club in the annual Aviva Community Fund competiiton this year. If you do we could win upto £10k of funding to support four World Debate Club projects in London!
Are you in College and interested in brushing up vital skills such as building cases, analysing arguments, and speaking in public? Looking for a good engaging discussion on the issues that matter to you? Or simply want the opportunity to get across your ideas? Then join the World Debate Club!
Join iDebate to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexual relationships in the UK. The Sexual Offences Act of 1967 decriminalised private homosexual acts. It was a milestone and the start of the slow march over the last half century towards legal equality with heterosexuals. As it was fifty years ago it is worth rejoicing in the progress that has taken place. The change may have stopped people in the UK going to jail for homosexuality but it did little to prevent discrimination. It is only in the last decade that gay marriage has become legal.
This week, as an intern, I was invited to attend two training sessions which were held for the future debating trainers who will be taking part in the World Debate Club. This was an opportunity for me to learn more about the World Debate Club through the different debating workshops. During these sessions, I met students and working professionals, with various backgrounds in debating, as we gathered together in a very central location by Leicester Square in London.
Do you believe young women and girls should have a voice? That minorities should be empowered? In human rights and social mobility? Or in British values of free speech and democracy? Then join us in developing a debate club.
Have you ever wondered how to teach debate to young people? Would you like to learn? If so then we have the just the workshop for you! iDebate trainers Bien King and Duncan Crowe along with trustee Alex Cavell will be running a two hour workshop on the subject next week. They will introduce you to our programmes, to why teaching debate is important, the impact it can have, and the benefits it provides – both for yourself and for those you teach.
Normally the committee rooms of Parliament are the site for discussions about the minutiae of policy proposals from the government; what should be changed in this bill? Is this the right phrasing for this law? But yesterday it was taken over by iDebate’s World Debate Club students from schools and Further Education colleges around London to debate two big issues for young people: