THE WOMEN'S HOLIDAY CENTRE

The Women’s Holiday Centre was set up in 1979 following discussions between women from Gingerbread, Women’s Aid, Social Services, the Citizens Advice Bureaux and mental health organisations. An acute need was identified for low price holiday accommodation, in a friendly and supportive environment, for women and children who were otherwise restricted by their circumstances.

VIOLENCE AGAINST LESBIANS

VIOLENCE AGAINST LESBIANS

Violence against lesbians is a core tenet of patriarchal societies. How do I know this? Forty-four years of living as an out lesbian. I have had eggs thrown at me. I have been called names. I have been denied progress in academic settings. I have experienced exclusion, even when I am the most qualified person to speak on a subject. I have had to make my own life with little support from the outside. The main people to have supported me are lesbians. As Gill Hanscombe writes in her book Sybil: The Glide of Her Tongue

SURROGACY: THE INVISIBLE WOMAN

SURROGACY: THE INVISIBLE WOMAN

I attended a public meeting in Birmingham on September 3rd, one of a number held across the UK as part of the Law Commission’s Consultation on the introduction of a new surrogacy law. My purpose in attending was fact finding: Would this meeting, unlike the bamboozling consultation questionnaire, consider the ethical issues central to surrogacy, for example the human rights of the birth mothers and the children they bear?

PUBLISHING AS A RADICAL FEMINIST

PUBLISHING AS A RADICAL FEMINIST

My first job in publishing was as an editor at Penguin Books Australia from 1987-1991. I remember telling myself to 'not be a daddy's girl' and 'to unwork the system' as Valerie Solanas said back in 1967. It was good advice to myself and I set out to get into print as many lesbians, radical feminists, Indigenous writers, migrant and working class writers as I could. And by the time I left four years later, I had a pretty good record. But as the recession came and minds closed, ‘risky’ books were no longer welcome.

THE HOUSING (UN)AFFORDABILITY CRISIS

THE HOUSING (UN)AFFORDABILITY CRISIS

It’s no secret that we’re facing a huge housing crisis in the UK at the moment. Several organisations are campaigning hard for a change in lending rules, for the government to invest in more social and affordable housing, and for the private-rented market to be more closely regulated. What is often missing from these conversations is the gendered aspect of our housing crisis. At the Women’s Budget Group, we decided to change that.

DULLING MY SHINE

DULLING MY SHINE

A Muslim marriage practice that occurs behind closed doors in some cultures today is one akin to an interview, but the couple are warranted the liberty of disagreeing to the match after meeting. I refer to it as an interview, as regularly marriage CVs are sent out detailing vital pieces of information such as height, hobbies and religious sect. In lieu of employment, is of course marriage.

IN LIMBO PROJECT

IN LIMBO PROJECT

A talk given at the Global Bradford event on Sunday 11th August 2019

Thank you for welcoming me to talk to you about the In Limbo Project
I am not here on my own: with me are 300 friends who contributed to our books and are just a small sample of the 5 million people in limbo on both sides of the channel. Add to that our approximately 15 million family members who are British citizens and you will find that almost a third of the British population has been silenced.

THE PHENOMENON OF POLLY HIGGINS

THE PHENOMENON OF POLLY HIGGINS

Polly’s extraordinary passage from Life to beyond the veil of Death contains the potent seed of a new narrative for Humanity.

When those of us who knew and loved her, heard of the serious health challenge she was facing, the outpouring of messages, offers for support, love and healing sent to her from all across the world was an energetic tsunami of loving intention.

CPHRC: The Limits Of Consent Report

FiLiA welcomes the CPHRC Report "The Limits of Consent" and we are heartened to see that the report approaches this from the perspective of human rights and public health.  It is vital that this topic is considered from the perspective of women's human rights globally and that the voices of survivors are centred.  

We particularly welcome an end to penalising those in prostitution, and are delighted to see the recommendation that criminal convictions for soliciting should not be disclosable. Our huge appreciation to Fiona Broadfoot for the work she has done in this area.  We endorse the view that consent cannot be bought and call upon the Government to follow other countries who have recognised the sex industry as a form of violence against women.  An end to sexual exploitation can only be presaged by an end to the demand which normalises commercialised consent, by focusing legal sanction against buyers. FiLiA looks forward to contributing to the meaningful positive change envisaged by this report. 

DISABLED WOMEN IN ENTERPRISE EFFECTIVELY SILENCED BY NEW GUIDANCE ON ACCESS TO WORK

DISABLED WOMEN IN ENTERPRISE EFFECTIVELY SILENCED BY NEW GUIDANCE ON ACCESS TO WORK

By Jacqueline Winstanley

It’s hard to imagine that in a year when we celebrate the many achievements of women, once again we see conflicting criteria within the Access to Work award. Contrary to its stated intent and potential to lift disabled women out of poverty, it is now acting in ways which serve to remove the right to Advocacy and or Third Party Consent to assist with the application process.

BLAME HER, THEN BUY HER: LIFE AFTER THE SEX TRADE

BLAME HER, THEN BUY HER: LIFE AFTER THE SEX TRADE

The other day someone told me about a humanitarian aid strategy called “harm reduction”. It involves handing out condoms and lube instead of using the same money to shelter, clothe and feed women in prostitution. Usually the people pro “harm reduction” are also very much pro-sex work. They do their best to hide that behind the idea that prostitution is inevitable. “What else can we do?” they ask.

THE BRAVE NEW WORLD OF ACADEMIA

THE BRAVE NEW WORLD OF ACADEMIA

By Dr Heather Brunskell-Evans 

In the current UK academy, the deployment of the ‘No Platform’ policy now seems to have migrated to a ‘No Journal Editor’ policy as evidenced by the pressure put on two academics last week to stand down from their editorial roles. In the first instance, Sarah Honeychurch, one of the editors of the journal Hybrid Pedagogy, received a formal email from Chris Friend, Assistant Professor of English at St. Leo University Florida, the journal’s managing editor. He “invited her to resign her position” because she had signed a letter to the Sunday Times.

THE NORDIC MODEL

THE NORDIC MODEL

By Heather Brunskell-Evans

In a ‘voice piece’ published on the 11th June in the Independent, Molly Smith suggests that the safety of “sex workers” can only be guaranteed through full decriminalisation of all laws relating to prostitution. She alleges that whenever there are laws criminalising prostitution, a misogynistic state and police brutality stigmatise and victimize women.

THE SYSTEM OF PROSTITUTION AND HUMAN RIGHTS LAW

THE SYSTEM OF PROSTITUTION AND HUMAN RIGHTS LAW

Here are two documents that may be of interest to those fighting against the System of Prostitution.

  1. THE LEGAL OBLIGATIONS ON UK STATE BODIES FOR DECISION-MAKING AND POLICY DEVELOPMENT ON PROSTITUTION
    By Louise Whitfield, Partner Deighton Pierce Glynn Solicitors

  2. PROSTITUTION UNDER INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW: AN ANALYSIS OF STATES’ OBLIGATIONS AND THE BEST WAYS TO IMPLEMENT THEM
    By CAP International