PRAGNA PATEL

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Founder and Director of the Southall Black Sisters. SBS is, a multi-award-winning women’s organisation founded in 1979 to address the needs of black and minority women experiencing gender violence. It successfully campaigned for the release of Kiranjit Ahluwalia, a landmark case in which an Asian woman was convicted of the murder of her violent husband. The case reformed homicide law, creating greater awareness within and outside minority communities. Pragna is also a co-founder of Women Against Fundamentalism. She has also written extensively on race, gender and religion, including "Citizenship: Whose Rights?", "Faith in the State? Asian Women’s Struggles for Human Rights in the UK", and "Shrinking Secular Spaces: Asian Women at the Intersect of Race, Religion and Gender". She was listed in The Guardian’s Top 100 women: activists and campaigners.

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SOUTHALL BLACK SISTERS
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MASIRA HANS

MASIRA HANS

THE PERIOD CAFE - PERIODS, WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL?

To normalise and de-stigmatise the dialogue around menstruation as these are conversational topics still remain hushed behind closed doors. This will be an open discussion, and a space for women to voice issues faced in a safe space with those undergoing similar experiences. We would like to address the stigma that is attached to periods and also help people to understand the implications of periods on mental health.

THEIR STORIES AND NARRATIVES: VOICES OF AFRICAN WOMEN

THEIR STORIES AND NARRATIVES: VOICES OF AFRICAN WOMEN
RAISING THE VOICES AND NARRATIVES OF AFRICAN WOMEN AS WELL AS SUPPORTING THEIR LEADERSHIP

This panel will briefly reflect on the feminist “herstory” to challenge false narratives that feminism is a Western or European ideology that is often used to silence many African women’s voices and stories as well as negatively stereotyping many of them as lacking agency or being confrontational or aggressive.

The panellists will discuss in details, the neo colonialism and double standard unjust international policies that are maintaining power structures that marginalise and discriminate African women as well as provide an insight for the audience about the issues diaspora African women are tackling in their home countries and life in the UK.

This panel will be bringing “herstory” narratives of diaspora, refugee and immigrant African women  who are raising their voices at UK national and international in:

  • The agency of women in Africa and the African diaspora

  • Ending support for repressive regimes

  • Ending the proliferation of small arms, light weapons and foreign military bases on African soil

  • Ending GBV and GBSV

  • Ending the exploitation of African natural resources by multinational corporations and the role this plays in fuelling armed conflict and the destruction of our environmental and ecosystems

  • Improving healthcare and education provision

  • Implementing legal frameworks for the rights and participation of women in the governance of Africa

  • Establishing National Consultations with civil society women’s organisations

Supported by Bradford Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Survivors Service

KONGOSI ONIA MUSSANZI

Kongosi is a community development worker, a peace campaigner and human rights activist from DRCongo. Kongosi is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price in 2005. Kongosi is an executive member of Common Cause UK, a member of UK WILPF, member of the Conflict Resolution Centre (CRC) of Bradford and an activist of the Bradford Congo Campaign. Kongosi has a background in psychology and education science and holds a Masters in Peace Studies from Bradford University where she wrote about "The use of rape as weapon of war". She has been a peace and human rights activist since the 1994 ethnic clashes in the great laskes regions of Africa, particularly in the East of the DRC. Kongosi has worked in the DRCongo for several decades as teacher and supported victims of sexual abuse in East of the Congo during the 1996-2002 war. Kongosi co-founded the Centre Résolution Conflits (CRC) in the DRC; before fleeing to the UK. The Conflict Resolution Centre (CRC) is a community-led peace and conflict resolution-training centre. Kongosi had volunteered with Amnesty International in talking about of the situation of women in war zones.

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WILPF – VOICES OF AFRICAN WOMEN

WILPF

TWITTER WILPF

CRC BRADFORD

TWITTER CRC BRADFORD

FACEBOOK CRC BRADFORD

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KHEDIJAH ALI MOHAMMED-NUR

Specialist Community Public Health Nurse. A refugee from Eritrea. Member of UK WILPF.

Khedijah is a founding Member of the Network of Eritrean Women, an organisation that is full of courageous, compassionate and competent Eritrean women who raise the voices of Eritrean Women and represent Eritrea on a world stage campaigning for justice, freedom and peace in Eritrea. The Network of Eritrean Women UK (NEW UK) was founded in 2014 to promote women's rights; raise awareness within the Eritrean community towards ending gender inequalities, violence against women and harmful traditions. Their organisation also works with young girls and unaccompanied minors from Eritrea. Their services currently include providing advice and information to empower and develop knowledge and skills of Eritrean women, as well as promote the physical and mental well-being of these women by providing health information, advice, training, support and facilitating workshops. Khedijah is also involved with the Voices of African Women campaign of UK WILPF, advancing African women’s rights and also working on the promotion of the UN SCR1325 on Women, Peace and Security as well as raising awareness on the Maputo Protocol on the rights of women in Africa.

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WILPF – VOICES OF AFRICAN WOMEN

WILPF

TWITTER WILPF

TWITTER - NETWORK ERITREAN WOMEN

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MARIE-LYSE NUMUHOZA

Community Organiser and Project Development practitioner. Member of UK WILPF.

Marie-Lyse is from Rwanda and has been living in the UK for over 15 years. Marie-Lyse holds a degree in African Studies and Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Marie-Lyse is a human right activist and has worked with the London Citizens and Independent Asylum commission and STAR (Student Action for Refugees), the national network of student groups working to improve the rights of refugees in the UK, campaigning for refugees asylum seeker issues. Marie-Lyse is also involved with Voices of African Women campaign of UK WILPF , advancing African women’s rights and also working on the promotion of the UN SCR1325 on Women, Peace and Security. Marie-Lyse was a participant in the WILPF U.S. Advancing Women as Peacemakers tour. Marie-Lyse is the founder of Women Peacemakers for Great Lakes Region of Africa, a London-based women group with the aims of fostering acknowledgement of the tragedies of the people of Rwanda, healing and then moving towards sustainable Peace and Reconciliation.

LINKS

WILPF – VOICES OF AFRICAN WOMEN

WILPF

TWITTER

TWITTER MARIE-LYSE

RAPE CRISIS

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HELEN WEBSTER

HELEN WEBSTER

SELF DEFENSE

The session will be part theory and part hands-on practice. We will discuss which techniques are most effective when fighting off an attacker who is bigger and stronger than you. I will demonstrate some simple strikes, and show you where to hit someone for the greatest effect.

At least half of the session will be active, with punching and kicking practice, plus some basic escapes from grabs. If you are not comfortable with this, or are unable to take part you are still very welcome to come to the session to watch and ask questions