Youth worker and community arts activist
Charlotte Weinberg began her career as a volunteer youth worker. Between 1992 and 2001 she facilitated unique youth work in a drug advice centre, led an inner-city detached youth involvement project, and was a senior staff member in an emergency hostel for 16 and 17 year olds. She spent six years working for a Nicaraguan feminist NGO before returning to London to develop pioneering work with girls in prison.
Since 2010 she has been involved in supporting people affected by criminalisation and challenging myths and stigma attached to men, women and families. Sex matters to her because social norms and cultural expectations impact men and women differently and punishment is both sexed and gendered.
“A youth worker by trade, my fundamental politic is of anti-oppressive practice – this resonates with the principles of reality, clarity, human rights and democracy. My work over the last 30 years has been about and towards a world in which people able to accept and enjoy difference and celebrate experiences that are shared and distinct. Understanding and accepting objective fact is an important part of emotional maturity and imperative for inclusive, expansive social or cultural policy. I believe sex matters for clarity around sexuality, service design and for challenging oppression in all its forms.”