The biggest women’s rights conference, FiLiA, took place this month. Rachel Bell shares how this annual conference motivated her why it is radical, revolutionary and the voice of reason in a world saturated with sexual objectification and male sexual violence
Banks are banning landlords from renting to people on benefits, and this is what that really means:
95% of single parent housing benefit claimants are women
66% of all single person household benefit claims are made by women.
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Jill Filipovic writing for the Guardian has documented the changes proposed by Betsy DeVos to make it nearly impossible for women on American university campuses to challenge the culture of sexual violence which is now endemic.
David Challenor was convicted on Monday 20th August of the rape and torture of a 10-year-old girl, and was sentenced to 22 years in prison. He is the father of Aimee Challenor, a transwoman who was, until this was revealed running for deputy leadership of the Green Party, and who had appointed David Challenor as election agent for the General Election in 2017 and local election in May 2018 …
This blog post is written by one of the FiLiA trustees, Julian Norman. She will be speaking about this topic on a panel discussing the law on sex and gender at the FiLiA conference 2018 where the panel will look at navigating a legal path through an increasingly tense area.
We are really proud of our provision for children at FiLiA, enabling parents to attend the conference with their children rather than having to make alternative arrangements which can be expensive or unsuitable. Every year we have provided a creche for babies to pre schoolers and workshops for primary age children - although children are also welcome at the sessions at their parent's discretion. We do not charge an entry fee for children.
Women gave what they could to support the writing of this legal briefing. Women who have exited the sex industry; academics; activists and those who simply recognise that the sex trade has nothing to do with liberation, and everything to do with sexual objectification and exploitation.
As the debate around gender identity intensifies, it seems more and more people are asking questions about the impact of transgender ideology and legislation on women, children, and our understanding of gender under patriarchy, more broadly. At the same time, those who do speak out or challenge the ideology behind the concept of transgenderism (or connected policies and practices) are being punished for doing so.
LINK TO ORIGINAL PODCAST HERE
FiLiA stands in support of our spokeswoman Heather Brunskell Evans. We were surprised and disappointed by the decision of the Women's Equality Party to remove her as spokeswoman for WEP.
The trigger for this was Heather's participation in the Moral Maze, on an episode entitled "Defining Gender." It was, as one would expect on Radio 4, gentle, considered and thought-provoking. The whole thing can be heard here.
During that programme Heather expressed the view that while adults could define their gender in whichever way they see fit, more caution should be exercised when it comes to children.
We are astonished that such moderate views attracted a complaint to WEP. This is an issue where there is frequent disagreement, between politicians, between medics, between sociologists, between scientists, as well as within the trans and feminist communities. Removing a moderate voice from these discussions simply because others disagree with it is dangerous.
Heather's own statement can be found on her website here.
It is deeply worrying that across political parties, universities and media outlets, traditionally the homes of unafraid opinion, there is complicity with a culture of thought-orthodoxy. Yet we all know that nobody has ever changed their viewpoint by being told what to think. Persuasion has always come through reasoned argument, the foundations of which are free speech and free thought. FiLiA will continue our established principle of encouraging all three.
As you may be aware, a heavily under-reported Kurdish-led feminist revolution organised along the principles of direct democracy, racial inclusivity, ecological sustainability and a co-op based economy is taking place in Rojava, also known as the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria, in the middle of death and destruction.
More background information is available here: The Rojava experiment