Heather Brunskell-Evans wants to talk about the idea of ‘trans kids’

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.

Listen to Meghan Murphy from Feminist Current interview Dr Heather Brunskell-Evans on this issue.


In Support Of Heather Brunskell Evans

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.

A Women's Revolution In Northern Syria Fights For Its Life

A Women's Revolution In Northern Syria Fights For Its Life

Dear friends,

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



A full century after women were first granted the right to vote, the UK is still being made to suffer a massive imbalance in the political sphere.

Although every election in recent history has broken records in terms of women in government, Westminster is still significantly skewed. Only three out of every ten Members of Parliament are women, while women make up over half of the general population.



On February 6th 1918, the Representation of the People Act was passed by the UK government, signifying a momentous day for women. As well as abolishing many of the property qualifications for male voters, the law included this:

“Women over 30 years old received the vote if they were either a member or married to a member of the Local Government Register, a property owner, or a graduate voting in a University constituency.”



There is no official record or commemoration of women killed by men in the UK, so KAREN INGALA SMITH is taking to social media to remember them

IN JULY 1981, at the first Feminist Conference for Latin American and Caribbean Women in Colombia, November 25 was declared an annual day of protest in memory of three activist sisters Patria, Maria Teresa and Minerva Mirabel who had been assassinated due to their involvement in efforts to overthrow the fascist government of Rafael Trujillo.  

FiLiA STATEMENT: in support of a woman's right to speak

FiLiA Statement: in support of a woman’s right to speak

Since the beginning of recorded history, women have been forced or coerced into silence.

If a woman speaks disrespectfully (?) to a man, her mouth shall be crushed with fired brick, and that brick will be hung at the main gate’

c. 2350 BC Urukagina’s Code

Women and girls have been fighting patriarchal oppression for thousands of years. Patriarchal state laws, religious instructions, institutional and cultural norms combine to quieten, shape or silence our voices. Where we make even small gains, the backlash is fierce.

We have a right to speak out on issues that affect us, and it is incumbent upon those in positions of power to ensure that we are listened to and heard.

FiLiA is concerned by recent attempts to prevent discussion of the Gender Recognition Act. It is not acceptable that individuals and women’s organisations are unable to openly and freely explore the impact of this potential change in law on our lives.

Mary Beard points out that ‘women, even when they are not silenced, still have to pay a very high price for being heard’. That price is being felt in the form of threats, actual violence, withdrawal of speaking opportunities as well as the fear of loss of funding, job security and reputation.

FiLiA stands by Heather Brunskell-Evans and others who have stepped forwards; determined to uphold the principle of democratic debate and healthy discussion.

FiLiA is proud to provide a feminist space for women from all over the world to come together and share their views, respectfully and with the recognition that in order to be effective in creating positive change for women and girls – we must immerse ourselves in those difficult discussions; not be prevented from allowing them to happen.

In sisterhood and solidarity,






"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.


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.