Dictionary definition: ‘work in an organized and active way towards a goal.’
The goal is the liberation of all women and girls from patriarchy. Hear from some incredible feminists changing the world via their campaigns. Join them.
ABORTION RIGHTS IN LATIN AMERICA
PILAR GOLDMANN and ANGELES ANCHOU
With the exception of Uruguay, Cuba and the City of Mexico, abortion is a serious crime equivalent in some countries (El Salvador) to a homicide. This year the strongest campaign to legalise abortion took place in Argentina, with the message “sexual education, choice of contraception to avoid abortion, safe abortion to preserve our lives”. In spite of grassroots campaigns and professionals discussing the benefit of legalising abortion and in spite of the lower chamber approving the bill the higher chamber stopped the process. In spite of being illegal, higher and middle classes can afford expensive abortions performed by professionals in secret clinics. The poor had to put up with risky DIY procedures. This is a class issue in all Latin America. The energy of the Argentinian campaign produced a domino effect in most of the other countries of Latin America. The green handkerchief is now the symbol of our battle to own our body.
Latin American activists share the story
CAMPAIGN TO END THE LEEDS SEX TRADE
The so-called Managed Zone or Managed Approach in the Holbeck area of Leeds was set up by the West Yorkshire Police and Leeds City Council to allow men access to prostituted women without fear of arrest. This talk will cover the experiences and responses of residents in the area, those of prostituted women and campaigning by CELST, the Campaign to End the Leeds Sex Trade.
A WOMAN’S PLACE IS MAKING CHANGE
Woman’s Place UK is a recently formed campaign to ensure women’s voices are heard and our right to single-sex spaces upheld, in relation to proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act. It is built upon the seasoned experience of women activists from trade unions and women’s services. As described on Mumsnet, Woman’s Place UK are ‘Savvy, assertive, unfailingly courteous but take no shit’. This talk covers how our campaign demands, keeping women’s rights at the centre, help focus our work; the importance of consistency, creativity and stamina; relating to a wider evolving grassroots movement; lobbying and public meetings; the immense challenges of campaigning in the face of threats and intimidation.
STOP THE STRIP!
Page 3, Strip Clubs, Porn. We’re Not Buying It! Set up 3 years ago Not Buying It challenges the porn and sex trade and their normalising. We have successfully petitioned Ann Summers to dump its link with Pornhub and have the Equality and Human Rights Commission investigating why advertising regulator, the ASA, still allows porn and sex ads in newspapers.
Most significantly, Not Buying It spearheaded a successful legal challenge against one Council showing how the licensing of strip clubs is in breach of equality law. This has ramifications for the industry and Councils UK wide. We are now working with groups and individuals across the country, with the Women’s Equality party having just passed a motion to take on this branch of the sex industry.