A message from the organisers
The success of Feminism in London over the last few years has helped us reach a big milestone - we have been granted charitable status. This gives us the opportunity to move beyond simply hosting the conference and enables us to participate in further reaching work.
Our new organisation is called FiLiA, a word meaning daughter, and which is evocative of our intention to steadfastly continue the work of our foremothers to create a better world for our daughters.
Over the past year we have been building the organisation, deciding what our strategy looks like and which projects we want to pursue as well as thinking about how we can be as effective as possible. As part of this process, we are delighted to announce that Resist Porn Culture has become a part of FiLia.
The next conference will be 14-15 October 2017, at the Institute of Education in London. We hope to see you then!
The Pimping of Prostitution: Abolishing the Sex Work Myth
by Julie Bindel
Julie Bindel, author of The Pimping of Prostitution, will outline the key themes of her book and share details of her extraordinary journey travelling the world to uncover the truth about the sex trade. Julie will be joined in a panel discussion with sex trade survivors from the UK, Australia and USA/Canada who will be sharing their personal knowledge and experience about the sex trade.
The speakers will be discussing the most effective methods to abolish the system of prostitution.
The London Feminist Film Festival is back in August and is pairing up with the BFI to screen The Sealed Soil, the first ever film by an independent Iranian woman director, Marva Nabili, who had to smuggle the film out of 1970s Iran as the revolution unfolded. First screened in the UK in 1977 by the BFI, it tells the story of a young woman who resists patriarchal rule in a small village, and faces social backlash for defying her family’s pressure to get married. LFFF is bringing it back for its 40th anniversary.
Boots birth control controversy reveals Britain’s barriers to women’s reproductive freedom
by Kirstie Summers, FiLiA volunteer
In 2016, it was revealed that women in Britain have to pay up to five times more for the morning after pill than women in Europe.
The European Consortium for Emergency Contraception, a group working to expand knowledge about and access to emergency contraception, released research comparing availability across the continent. It found that emergency contraception could be bought in France for as little as 7€, while in Britain it can cost as much as 42€, or £31.60. The prices in Britain and Ireland are the highest in all of Europe.
With at its heart the motivation to set up a local equivalent of the ground-breaking Bristol Ideal – a whole school approach for ending sexual and domestic violence – the Women’s Rights Action Group (WRAG) hosted a half-day conference in Cambridge on 19 March 2017.
In 2016 Susan Merrick worked with a group of Artists at the National Archives to respond to some of the archives official documents on mental health. The National Archives will be touring the Artist responses to these documents throughout Autumn and Winter 2016/2017. Susan’s work is a film of her performance ‘Statements in Semaphore’ that she produced in May 2016.