A crucial part of WOCAD´s work has always been to spread relevant information to girls and women concerning alcohol and other drugs. However, information and knowledge doesn´t always lead to a change of habits when it comes to the use of alcohol and drugs. For this reason, WOCAD is combining information with practical methods to encourage people to talk about and reflect on their own habits, attitudes and values.
Forum play and value exercises are some of the methods that have been used. These methods make up the basis of the most famous material from WOCAD, “Bella – Rubble and Roses 2” (Katrin Byréus/WOCAD, 2001, 2006) and “Eye of the Storm” (Katrin Byréus/WOCAD, 2000, 2007). Both materials are available through WOCAD´s online shop. Another material from WOCAD that can be used when working with girls and young women is “The Pink Monster” (WOCAD 2012).
Bella – Rubble and Roses 2(Katrin Byréus/WOCAD, 2001, 2006)
In early 1990’s, WOCAD worked on a project which entailed meetings with teenage girls to discuss issues such as self-confidence, love, lifestyle choices, and drugs. Based on these meetings, drama teacher Katrin Byréus wrote the material “Rubble and Roses” (1994, 1996).By the beginning of the 21st century times had changed for the girls in our society. Therefore, an updated version of “Rubble and Roses” was published. Once again, Katrin Byréus was the author and the title of the book is “Bella – Rubble and Roses 2”. It includes several new issues such as “Friendship”, “Bullying”, “Tobacco, alcohol and other drugs”, “Sex”, “Your body”, and “Different cultures”. The methods forum play and value exercises are used to work with attitudes, self-confidence and group dynamic.
Eye of the Storm – about independence and dependence
(Katrin Byréus/WOCAD, 2000, 2007)
In 1996, WOCAD started a series of workshops for young women at Uppsala University, with the aim of creating organized discussions about independence/dependence. The workshops contained guidance about gaining independence and boosting one´s confidence.
The material is a continuation of “Bella – Rubble and Roses 2” and includes the same structure, with value exercises and forum play on various themes such as: “Dependence”, “Accomplishment and Stress”, “Love and Sexuality”, “Belief in the Future”, “Career and Family”, “Friendship”, and “Alcohol, drugs and tobacco”.
The Pink Monster
The Pink Monster is a tutorial guide book for inspiring girls to activities and reflection. It is intended for all who wish to develop girls’ awareness of the power of marketing and its purpose; this includes teachers, guidance counselors, nurses, youth recreation leaders, women’s associations, girl group leaders and many others.
“The Pink Monster” is based on WOCAD´s project “Marketing aimed at girls”. The aggressive marketing of addictive substances is increasingly targeting young women through traditional media outlets, as well as the internet and social media. Pink cigarettes, raspberry flavoured snus, flowery beer cans, fitness enhancing products, legal and illegal internet drugs and a range of pharmaceutical products are all marketed under the guise of a successful, fun-filled, free lifestyle.
“The Pink Monster” includes value clarification exercises, interaction activities, and reflection on a range of themes such as; “The Beauty Ideal”, “Success”, “Solidarity and loneliness”, “Masculinity and Femininity”, “Gender discrimination”, “Health”, “Freedom of choice” and “Change”. The tutorial guide book has been produced in collaboration with Jeanette Roos, lecturer in aestethic learning processes.