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Museums to hold online conversation for International Women’s Day

NATIONAL Museums Liverpool will hold a live, online discussion to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March 2021. This live event will focus on women in activism, featuring Chantelle Lunt, founder of Merseyside BLM Alliance, and Charlie Craggs, author, activist and founder of Nail Transphobia. 

Chantelle and Charlie will be going into detail about their individual campaigns, which include raising awareness, campaigning against social injustices, supporting the local Black community and opening conversations to increase understanding and support for transgender people. 

Angelica Vanasse, Learning & Participation Lead for Young People & Adults at National Museums Liverpool and panel chair, said: “Being able to bring together Charlie Craggs and Chantelle Lunt to talk about why activism is still very much needed and integral in creating the change the world requires to empower women and support equality gives us an amazing opportunity to explore this directly with the people driving the change. 

Charlie Craggs

“Charlie and Chantelle both have a unique approach to the way they utilise activism across a range of platforms, including museums and galleries. We will explore their work, experiences and advice for creating change through responding to questions that the public will be able to submit to us. It’s not only about the incredible work that they do, but how they can inspire us to be more engaged in our world and contribute to progress and change within each of our own lives.” 

Chantelle Lunt is a writer, public speaker, entrepreneur, and activist. She has a professional background in Public Service, including her work in policing and children’s social care. She owns a Juice bar and writes for independent publications. Chantelle is an advocate for racial equality, having experienced racism throughout her life, particularly during her service as a Police Officer. She is the founder of Merseyside BLM Alliance (MBLMA), which she established at a time when the Black Lives Matter movement was moving out of the news cycle. Merseyside BLM Alliance has become one of the most proactive anti-racist groups in Merseyside. Chantelle chairs MBLMA’s sister group ‘Merseyside Alliance for Racial Equality’, a non-profit organisation committed to ensuring that Black people are not discriminated against and have their needs responded to at a community level. 

Charlie Craggs is an award-winning trans activist and author, dubbed ‘the voice of a community’ by Vogue. She is best known for her campaign Nail Transphobia, her book To My Trans Sisters and her BBC documentary DIY Trans Teens. She has worked closely with a range of organisations, institutions and museums, including National Museums Liverpool, to bring her voice, approach to activism and Nail Transphobia to audiences of all ages. 

Join the live event by getting your free ticket here 

You can follow the conversation online and submit your questions by following @MuseumLiverpool and #ChoosetoChallenge and #IWD2021 

To find out more about activism and the role you can play, head here 


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