MATRYOSHKAS

MATRYOSHKAS

"We were willing, both of us, to give our lives for the Socialist Revolutionary party. That was a just punishment for the lives we tried to take. We dedicated ourselves to the movement, Manya, and we didn’t take that vow lightly. We didn’t flinch from the consequences.”

Angelina will be involved in the following FiLiA session:
Revolutionary Women            (Saturday Morning)

Extra lunchtime sessions for young women at FiLiA!

We're delighted to say that there are going to be two additional sessions at FiLiA 2017 over the lunch break with young women in mind! 

Session 1: Pornography and Young Women's Sexuality - How Porn Culture affects me

TIGER (Teaching Individuals Gender Equality and Respect) is a Bristol based workers cooperative who work with young people to provide education on topics related to gender equality. In this session, we will be exploring a range of issues related to mainstream pornography and the impact this has on young women and their partners lives. We will be asking questions such as - who is porn made for and who does it represent? What does it teach us about how and why we have sex and the impact this might have on our ability to form healthy relationships with ourselves and others? 

Session 2: Body Image

TIGER (Teaching Individuals Gender Equality and Respect) is a Bristol based workers cooperative who work with young people to provide education on topics related to gender equality. In this session we will be discussing body image. This is a huge topic for young people today who live in media saturated environments, which convey multiple and often contradictory messages about how we should look and how we should feel about this. In this session we will be aiming to create an open and supportive environment from which to begin to explore these ideas as a group.

CAPITAL L

What does Lesbian feminist art looks like? What are Lesbian feminist’s concerns in 2017? How do Lesbians visually illustrate and frame their experiences as Lesbians in a word where the backlash anti-Lesbians is rife?

The Capital L room displays a series of work by Lesbian feminists artists addressing these issue and highlighting the richness and diversity of the Lesbian feminist political view point on ourselves and our lives as Lesbians.

Beyond Control: Attending A Conference on Men, Patriarchy & Mental Health

Beyond Control: Attending A Conference on Men, Patriarchy & Mental Health

Men, patriarchy and mental health; feminism; taboo… Over the years, the Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility (PCSR) has picked intriguing conference themes. This year’s event, held on 6 May 2017, was organised by Dearbhaile Bradley, “eco psychologist, counsellor and poet”, and Chip Ponsford, whose starting point for wanting to be involved was having tried to run a workshop in the northeast called Rip Up Your Man Suit. No one had come.

ACTION BREAKS SILENCE - creating safer communities

ACTION BREAKS SILENCE - creating safer communities

Debi will be running a Personal Safety talk and demonstration at the FiLiA conference

Gender-based violence is a global problem. In the UK, approximately 585,000 women are raped or sexually assaulted in England and Wales alone every year and 2 women die at the hands of their intimate partner every week. In India, 848 women or girls are either harassed, raped or killed every single day. And in South Africa, rapes are estimated to take place every 26 seconds and it is thought that almost half of all women will be raped in their lifetime.

"Nos quitaron tanto que acabaron quitandonos hasta el miedo"

"Nos quitaron tanto que acabaron quitandonos hasta el miedo"

Me he ofrecido a entrevistar a Gloria Vázquez, presidenta de la Organización Ve La Luz, para FiLiA.

Me pregunto si el nombre de Ve La Luz es también un juego de palabras con vela y con velar, tengo muchas preguntas además de esta, preguntas que he reflexionado desde mucho antes, desde el 8 de Marzo para ser más concreta, cuando me llegaron noticias de que había un grupo de mujeres haciendo huelga de hambre en La Puerta del Sol en Madrid. Qué valientes, pensé en su momento.

“THEY TOOK EVERYTHING FROM US, EVEN FEAR”

 “THEY TOOK EVERYTHING FROM US, EVEN FEAR”

I have offered to interview Gloria Vazquez, president of the Spanish activist organisation Ve La Luz (See The Light in English, but it can also be a play on words – vela meaning candle, or velar, to watch over).

Gloria transmits a sense of fearless urgency. I ask about the hunger strike I knew of (there have actually been four so far), the one in Puerta del Sol in Madrid. Gloria interrupts me to tell me the point she has made many times to the press and politicians: they weren’t on hunger strike – they were making visible the thousands of women effectively forced into involuntary hunger strikes by a government that only gives financial help to 26% of victims of gender violence.

Polish Feminism & Women’s Strike

Polish Feminism & Women’s Strike

As far as Polish feminism goes, I think most of the world only learned of its existence last year. When Polish women marched through the streets of Poland, and beyond, on the 3rd of October 2016, the whole world watched in astonishment. I have to admit, I did too, despite the fact that I am a Polish woman and a feminist myself. Prior to that day, I believed I was living in a world where the words ‘Polish’ and ‘feminism’ did not really mix, and even when they did come together, it was not a comfortable coupling. Obviously, there had been feminists in Poland for a long time, but the country hadn’t seen anything like last year’s show of feminist solidarity before.

The Pimping of Prostitution

The Pimping of Prostitution

The Pimping of Prostitution: Abolishing the Sex Work Myth
Book launch and discussion on the 11th October (link below)
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.