FiLiA 2017

SOPHIE WALKER
Leader of the Women's Equality Party

KEYNOTE SPEECH: CORDELIA FINE
TESTOSTERONE REX: MYTHS OF SEX, SCIENCE AND SOCIETY

CLAIRE HEUCHAN
Interracial solidarity in the Women's Movement

BREAKAWAY SESSION OPTIONS (PICK ONE)
WHEN COURAGE IS "ILLEGAL" - THE STORY OF WOMEN REFUGEES

LA LA LAND
Putting the freeze on strip tease: a workshop on challenging local authorities who license sexual entertainment venues.
Speakers: Dr Sasha Rakoff, Alison Boydell, Helen Mott

POLITICAL AWAKENING
Speakers: Sirio Canos, Beatrix Campbell , Kate Flannery, 

GETTING JUSTICE FOR WOMEN WHEN MEN ARE VIOLENT
Speakers: Harriet Wistrech, Pragna Patel, Lisa Avalos, Fiona Broadfoot

REVOLUTIONARY WOMEN
Speakers: Anna Zobnina, Leda Garina, Angelina Lesniewski, Sheila Rowbotham, Nadia Plungian, and Rahila Gupta

TALKING PERSUASIVELY WHEN YOU FUNDAMENTALLY DISAGREE
Speaker: Jessica Metherington
  
BREAKAWAY SESSION OPTIONS
PRISON DOESN’T WORK
Hear from the national charity Women In Prison and women affected by the criminal justice system 

FEMICIDE
Speakers: Karen Ingala-Smith, Gloria Vasquez, Sara Estrada, Sinead Kirwan, Zahra Bahman

FLAUNTING FEARLESSNESS
Speakers: Ellie Richardson, Kiran Gandhi (via Skype), Hilary Farnworth, and Sarah Beckett

ABORTION ACT: 50 YEARS
Speakers: Krystyna Kacpura, Ann Rossiter, Claire Henry, Helena Walsh, Clare Murphy and Dr Pam Lowe

CHANGING SCRIPTS TO CHALLENGE GENDER INEQUALITIES
Speakers: Anne Laure Humbert and Claudia Signoretti

FEMINIST ART: ACCESS, ACTIVISM AND REPRESENTATION
Speakers: Daniela Pilcher, Sophie Doherty, Carmen Aleman, Rose Gibbs

 BREAKAWAY SESSION OPTIONS
WOMEN AND THE ENVIRONMENT: A FEMINIST PERSPECTIVE OF THE CURRENT ENVIRONMENTAL SITUATION
Speakers: Louisa Gosling, Mireya Méndez De la Torre, Dr Halima Begum, Kate Metcalf

PUTTING CLASS BACK INTO FEMINISM
1515 - 1645 WORKING CLASS WOMEN’S MOVEMENT
Speakers: Julie Longden, Siobhan Endean and others tbc

SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF WOMEN: WHERE MISOGYNY AND RACISM MEET
Speakers: Anna Zobnina, Alicia Arbid, Salome Mbugua, Julie Bindel and Sadia Hameed

BUILD A GIRL
Speaker: Fiona Broadfoot

TRUMP & CO: BASH OR HUG?
Nimco Ali leads a session on men in power. 

WOMEN MAKING NEWS, WOMEN CHANGING THE WORLD
What would feminist news and current affairs look like? 
Speaker: Sue Clayton
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Calais Film Trailer


FiLiA 2015

SATURDAY 9.15 - 10.00
Dedication to Denise Marshall by her partner Lisa Alabaksh

KEYNOTE SPEECH - SHAMI CHAKRABARTI (DIRECTOR OF LIBERTY)
Women's Rights Are Human Rights
Sophie Walker of the Women's Equality Party

CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP (AGE 7-11, MIXED)
Supervised creativity. Children can use fabric paints to decorate tote bags, design paper aeroplanes or draw.

SATURDAY
Breakaway Session Options (Pick one)

FREEDOM FROM SLAVERY – A LOOK AT TRAFFICKING FOR DOMESTIC LABOUR
With Silvia Cormaci of Anti-Slavery International, Kate Roberts of Kalayaan, and Rosemary Morris of the Dalit Freedom Network. Chair: Esohe Aghatise, Equality Now.

GLOBAL POLICY AS ACTIVISM: A CRITICAL LOOK AT INTERNATIONAL GENDER EQUALITY POLICY
With Anne Laure Hubert, Jessica Machacova, Anna Zobnina, Agnes Hubert, Doyin Atewologun Awofolaju and Wendi Momen (chair)

EQUALITY AND AUSTERITY: A CONTRADICTION IN TERMS?
With Beatrix Campbell, Tina Caballero, Ruth Cross (chair) and Marina Prentoulis

A STORY OF WOMEN'S LIBERATION
Cultural Memory and the Women's Liberation Movement
With Jennifer Lee, Alice Roe, Rahila Gupta, Jacquelyn Guderley and Polly Russell

PLAYING IN THE WAVES: MOVING WITH FEMINIST THEORY (AGES 12 - 18, GIRLS ONLY)
With Hanna Retallack and Camilla Stanger

CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP: WOMEN OF WORLD WAR II (AGE 7-11, MIXED)
An workshop for children to explore the women's history of the Second World War, looking particularly at rationing. Children will be offered the opportunity to taste a National Loaf and home-made jam. 

SATURDAY 12.30 - 2.00
Breakaway Session Options (Pick one)

RIGHT TO A FAIR TRIAL – CAN THE TRIAL PROCESS BE IMPROVED FOR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE WITHOUT DENYING THE DEFENDANT A FAIR TRIAL?
With Felicity Gerry QC, Angela Rafferty QC and Debaleena Dasgupta. Chair: Emily Robertson of Solace Women's Aid.

WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY: HAS UN SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 1325 REALLY CHANGED WOMEN’S LOT IN PEACE AND CONFLICT?
With Farhana Qazi, Rothna Begum, Abigail Hunt, Nicola Pratt, Lydia Stone and Vix Anderton (chair)

HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHILDBIRTH
With Milli Hill from the Positive Birth Movement, Rebecca Schiller from Birthrights, Ceri Durham from AIMS and Mars Lord of Doula UK (chair).

REBEL SHAMANS: WOMEN CONFRONT EMPIRE
With Max Dashu

MALE ALLIES’ WORKSHOP: GENDER AND THE ARTS: ENGAGING MEN IN FEMINISM THROUGH THE WHITE RIBBON CULTURAL CAMPAIGN.
With Kai Green from the White Ribbon Campaign

SMASHING THE GLASS CEILING (AGE 12 - 18, GIRLS ONLY)                
With Gill Owens

CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP: DRAMA (AGE 7-11, MIXED)
Drama games and group scene-playing with Rachel.

SATURDAY 2.30 - 4.00
Breakaway Session Options (Pick one) 

UNLIKELY ALLIES: RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISM AND THE BRITISH STATE
With Maryam Namazie, Pragna Patel, Gita Sahgal and Houzan Mahmoud, chaired by Yasmin Rehman

WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT(S)
With Gudrun Schyman of Sweden’s Feminist Initiative party, Italian MP Amalia Schirru, Turkish MP Filiz Kerestecioğlu, Sophie Walker, leader of the UK's Women's Equality Party, Lesley Abdela, Shevolution and Frances Scott from 50:50 Parliament Campaign (chair). Introduced by Dr. Helen Pankhurst. 

NON-STATE TORTURE: BREAKING THE SILENCE
Women Speaking Out against Forms of Non-State Torture Victimization.
With Linda MacDonald, Jeanne Sarson, Elizabeth Gordon, Jackie Jones and Nimco Ali

FEMINISM PAST AND PRESENT

MALE ALLIES’ WORKSHOP: MEN, SEXISM AND PATRIARCHY (OPEN TO ALL)
With Alan O'Neill from the Men's Development Network

CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP: CRAFTING (AGE 7-11, MIXED)
Sharon Semple & Mary Ramsay lead a crafting workshop. 

SATURDAY 4.30 - 5.30
Practical Sessions (Pick one)

DRAFT A BILL OF WOMEN'S RIGHTS
Convenor: Dr. Sorcha Macleod.

PRACTICAL SESSION – START YOUR OWN ETHICAL BUSINESS
This is a group discussion facilitated by Sarah Hewett, founder of Monthlies.

PRACTICAL SESSION – INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION ON CHILDREN'S GENDERED MARKETING

PRACTICAL SESSION - LESBIAN DISCUSSION GROUP
(THIS SESSION IS NOW FULLY BOOKED)
Group discussion. Women only. Led by Rowan Dykewood

REFLECTIONS ON FIGHTING FOR WOMEN’S LIBERATION IN THE ARAB WORLD AND GLOBALLY: IN DISCUSSION WITH NAWAL EL SAADAWI
Preceded by Non-State Torture overview
With Nawal El Saadawi, chaired by Femi Otitoju

CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP: ENVIRONMENTALISM (AGE 7-11, MIXED)
A workshop on environmental activism led by Friends of the Earth and Stop Airport Expansion Now campaigner Denis Walker.

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SUNDAY 9.00 - 10.00
OPENING SPEECH - BIANCA JAGGER
'Count' a Leah Thorn Poem
 

FEATURE PRESENTATION - MAX DASHU
Women's Power, Women's Oppression, Women's History

CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP: SUPERVISED CREATIVITY (AGE 7-11, MIXED)
Supervised creativity. Children can use fabric paints to decorate tote bags, design paper aeroplanes or draw.

SUNDAY 10.30 - 12.00
Breakaway Session Options (Pick one)

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION – ONLINE MISOGYNY AND THE EXCLUSION OF WOMEN FROM ONLINE PUBLIC SPACE
Chaired by Alison Boydell of End Online Misogyny, with Claire Heuchan, Connie St Louis and Dr Emily Grossman.

WORTH THEIR WEIGHT IN GOLD: THE CONTRIBUTION OF WOMEN’S UNPAID LABOUR TO THE ECONOMY
This will be a panel discussion chaired by Mothers At Home Matter, with Vanessa Olorenshaw, Esther Parry and Dr Karem Reitman.

VULVANOMICS - HOW WE TALK ABOUT VAGINAS
With Professor Emma Rees

WOMAN: AN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE
With Munazza Yaqoob, Sonia Farooq, Nawal Gassan Slemiah, Nematta Majeks Walker, Margaret Owen and Feride Kumbasar (chair)

MALE ALLIES’ WORKSHOP: ENGAGING MEN IN FEMINISM: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICAL ACTION (OPEN TO ALL)
With David Brockway and Rebecca Collins from The GREAT Initiative             

BEGIN THE DAY WITH MINDFULNESS (AGE 12 - 18, GIRLS ONLY)
With Kristyan Robinson.

CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP: WOMEN OF WORLD WAR II (AGE 7-11, MIXED)
A workshop for children to explore the history of the women of the Second World War.

SUNDAY 12.30 - 2.00
Breakaway Session Options (Pick one)

MULTIPLE IDENTITIES: ORDINARY LIVES - THE CHALLENGES OF BEING DISABLED AND FEMINIST
With Rebecca Bunce, Nidhi Goyal, Frances Ryan, Becky Olaniyi as well as Asha Hans and Kirsten Hearn (chair).

SURVIVE OR THRIVE? HOW CAN OUR NEW GOVERNMENT ENSURE WOMEN'S ECONOMIC SUCCESS?
With the Fawcett Society, Jemima Olchawski, Tatiana Garavito and Anne-Marie Imafidon

THE ABOLITIONIST MOVEMENT - PROVIDING WOMEN WITH THEIR HUMAN RIGHT TO LIVE FREE FROM PROSTITUTION
With Rachel Moran, Megan Walker, Rebecca Mott and Beccy Beegan

STREET HARASSMENT
Speakers include Young Feminists London, Dr Fiona Vera Gray, Ama Josephine Budge of HYSTERIA feminist collective, #thisdoesntmeanyes and Katie Spark.

MALE ALLIES’ WORKSHOP: MEN AS CARERS: EMPOWERING WOMEN, TRANSFORMING MEN?
With Nikki van der Gaag and Sandy Ruxton

CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP: CALLIGRAPHY (AGE 7-11, MIXED)
The facilitator will give a short introduction to writing in history before demonstrating some calligraphy and getting children to do some of their own.

SUNDAY 2.30 - 4.00
Breakaway Session Options (Pick one)

RIGHT TO MARRY – FORCED MARRIAGE
Chaired by Huma Munshi, with Lucy Monaghan from the Forced Marriage Unit, Neda Barzegar, IKWRO Survivor Ambassador, Kerry Smith from PLAN UK and Zahra Rasouli from IKWRO.  

CAMPAIGNING FOR CHANGE
Hosted by Karen Ingala-Smith of Counting Dead Women, Gemma Aitchison from YES Matters, Tessa Trabue from Let Toys be Toys and Annie Sugier of the Stop Sexism in the Olympics campaign.

BODIES AND SHAME
With Yomi Adegoke, Lisa Egan and Juliette Burton.  Chair: Young Feminists London.

SEXIST LANGUAGE
With Cat Crossley, Catherine Sangster and Siana Bangura.

POETRY AND POWER (AGE 12 - 18, GIRLS ONLY)
Michelle Tiwo will use poetry to explore these questions in a session which promises to be thought-provoking, interactive and highly creative.

CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP: CRAFTING (AGE 7-11, MIXED)
Sharon Semple & Mary Ramsay lead a crafting workshop. All children will make a jumping frog (and race it!) and then be able to choose from other activities including paper beads, magic wallets and pop-up cards.

SUNDAY 4.30 - 5.30
CLOSING PANEL
Dorothea Smartt does a poetry reading

50:50 call out

Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize, chaired by Femi Otitoju

Finn Mackay closing speech

CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP: SINGING (AGE 7-11, MIXED)
Singing workshop led by members of the Strawberry Thieves choir.


FiLiA 2014

Feminism in London took place on 25th October 2014 at the Institute of Education. See below for the press coverage on the conference, as well as the sessions that took place.

PRESS COVERAGE

The Telegraph: “Porn: Why women want what men have
British Library: “Feminism in London Conference
Gander: “A generation gap holding things back
openDemocracy: “A safe space to reclaim ‘normal’
Tomorrow’s Girls: “Feminism in London 2014
Feminist Mum: “What I learnt at the Feminism in London Conference
Mumsnet Hackney: “Think you know about issues affecting women today?
openDemocracy: “A global sisterhood
Rooms of our Own: “Feminism in London Conference 2014

MORNING PANEL KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Annette Lawson - Feminism in Context

Gail Dines - From personal empowerment to collective liberation

MORNING PROGRAMME

Sisterhood Around The Globe
Betty Makoni of Girl Child Network, Marilyn Thomson of the Central America Women's Network and Alma Carballo.

Mothers and lovers: How societal expectations influence women's risk for mental health
With examples from Maternity Action

Crafting Politics
Sarah Corbett, founder of the Craftivist Collective, Lauren O'Farrell of Whodunnknit and Knit The City, Catherine West of Significant Seams and Laura Price from Royal Holloway.

Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths
Ellie Cosgrave of ScienceGrrl, Clare Thomson of the Institute of Physics, Shelley Galvin of the WISE Campaign and Brenna Hassett of TrowelBlazers.

Shadeism
How Eurocentric beauty standards affect women Femi Otitoju and Becky Olaniyi.

Intersecting Oppressions In The Sex Industry
Ifeoma Eze of Femage World, Pierrette Pape, Dorcas Erskine of Poppy Project, Rachel Moran and Tanja Rahm.

Feminist Archives and Activism: Knowing Our Past - Creating Our Future
Yasmin Ahmed of the Feminist Library , Frankie Green, the Women’s Liberation Music Archive, Jalna Hanmer, Feminist Archive North,  Zaimal Azad, Nottingham Women’s Centre, Sue John, Glasgow Women’s Library, and Liz Kelly and Joan Scanlon from the radical feminist journal Trouble & Strife.

Grounding Feminist Activity in our Everyday Life
Facilitated by Gail Chester

Pro-Feminist Men's workshop - White Ribbon Campaign

Children's Morning Workshop – The History of Universal Suffrage
Jean Norman. 

"Still I Rise: Black Women, Feminism, and the Art of Poetry and Performance", a workshop by Siana Bangura.

AFTERNOON PROGRAMME

Women's rights, gender equality and feminism from an EU perspective
Co-hosted by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), and the European Women’s Lobby (EWL).
With Anne Laure Humbert of EIGE, Pierrette Pape of the European Women's Lobby, Laura de Bonfils, Magali Gay-Berthomieu.

Suffrage, cycling and sewing: a story telling and making workshop about Victorian women's cycle wear
Kat Jungnickel on her ‘Bikes & Bloomers’ research project.

Activism - with the 50:50 Parliament Campaign 

Man Up and Man Down : Combating Sexist Language
With Cat Crossley and Catherine Sangster. 

"You'll Change Your Mind, Dear": Choices and Parenting
Featuring Kate Fox on being child free by choice, Kerry Abel of Abortion Rights on reproductive rights, and Mars Lord, VP of Doula UK on women's birth choices.  

Intersections: Queer Women of the Diaspora (voices and visibility)
With Rose Neelam of Safra Project and Phyllis Opoku-Gyimah of Black Pride UK.  

Fighting Against Patriarchy in Turkey - with the Istanbul Feminist Kolectiv 

Pro-Feminist Men's workshop - Feminism and men: working together for gender equality?
With Sandy Ruxton and Nikki van der Gaag, author of Feminism and Men.

Children's Afternoon Workshop - Junior Self Defence

Teenage Afternoon Workshop with Funny Women - Stand Up to Stand Out
Facilitated by Lucy Frederick.

AFTERNOON PANEL KEYNOTE SPEAKERS 

Emma Humphreys Memorial Prizegiving

Finn Mackay - closing speech


FiL 2013

Feminism in London 2013 took place on 26th October 2013 at the Institute of Education. See below for the press coverage on the conference, as well as the sessions that took place.

PRESS COVERAGE

The Telegraph: “Felt vaginas, confidence boosters and lots of affirmation"
Women's Grid: “Feminism in London 2013, write ups and report backs"

MORNING PANEL KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Caroline Lucas - Sexism in the Media
Natalya Dell - Disability & Bi Visibility in Feminism
Shabina Begum - Acid Violence

MORNING PROGRAMME

Panel - Incarcerated Women
With Jenny Earle of the Prison Reform Trust, Sarah Campbell of BID, Rachel Helford of Women in Prison and Bridget Rukwira.

No Choice At All
Raven Kaliana presents a screening of her film Hooray for Hollywood.

Working Towards Non-Hierarchical Relationship Models
Presented by Dr Christine Campbell.

Feminist Opposition to Militarised Male Violence
With Rebecca Johnson.

Challenging Linked Systems of Power: Towards a Whole-istic Feminism  With Brigitte Lechner and Cynthia Cockburn.

Secularism and Feminism within BME Communities
Gita Sahgal of the Centre for Secular Space and Lola Tinubu of African Atheists UK

MRA Workshop (Pro-Feminist Men's workshop - all welcome)  
Presented by David Brooks of the Men's Feminist Book Group and Christopher Flux of Men against Violence.

Children's Morning Workshop: Girls in Stories
Creative storytelling for younger attendees, presented by Jean Norman. 

Teenage Morning Workshop:  What’s so good about being a woman?
Ages 11 - 18 recommended, girls only.

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AFTERNOON PROGRAMME

Panel - Women & the Media, A Post-Leveson World
With Object, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Ruth Barnes and Roweena Russell.

Sexual Violence And Trafficking: An International Perspective
Raggi Kotak, founder of the Anti-Trafficking Legal Project and Liberty Human Rights Award nominee, will co-ordinate a workshop on international VAW with Dr. Aisha Gill, Associate Professor in Criminology at the University of Roehampton. 

Vagina!
Meet Nimco Ali of Daughters of Eve, BBC reporter Najlaa Abou Mehri and consultant gynaecologist Michelle Fynes.

Kick-Ass Activism  
A How to of Campaigning... by Team No More Page 3!

Ageism and Experiences of Ageism  
Presented by Marj of the Older Feminist Network and Vito from the Older Lesbian Network.

Taking Space, Talking Loud (women only)  
Join Rebecca of the Scary Little Girls theatre company for a workshop exploring what it means to take up space as a woman.  

Workshop on Healthy Relationships (Pro-Feminist Men's workshop - all welcome)
Working With Men (WWM) will introduce participants to our work which aims to prevent violence and gender inequality amongst young people.

Children's Afternoon Workshop: T-shirt making
A hands-on workshop recommended for girls and boys aged 7 - 11, presented by Susy Langsdale.  

Teenage Afternoon Workshop: Empowerment!
EMPOWER is part of the Safer London Foundation.  We’ll be debating, celebrating and expressing ourselves, making banners and placards with positive images, words and slogans. For young women aged 11-18. With Lucy, Laura, Aisha and Bex.


AFTERNOON PANEL KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Gita Sahgal - Campaigning Feminism for the 21st Century: Saints, Sinners & Secular Space
Emma Humphreys Memorial Prizegiving
Finn Mackay - closing speech


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Fil 2008

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