SATURDAY OPENING

OPENING: WAST CHOIR

Made up of women asylum seekers in Greater Manchester. They share their experiences, empower and support one another whilst fighting for our rights and raising awareness about the issues that force women to seek international protection and the effects of the injustices experienced through the UK immigration system.

They are women of all ages, nationalities, ethnicities, sexual orientation and disability. We speak many languages, practice many religions and accommodate for all.

The WAST choir go into the community to reach out to people who have never met any who is in the asylum system and think we are given homes and free mobiles and don't know how we suffer and also that we are women just like them, who care about our kids and just want to be safe and free.

In 2015 the Women Asylum Seekers Together WAST choir were recognized for their commitment to the rights of women by the Liberty Human Rights Awards where they were given the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award. The WAST choir continue to sing and use their voices to raise awareness of the challenges they and other women face.


KEYNOTE: TAKE OUT MISOGYNY
CAROL J ADAMS

Take out misogyny is concerned with the way misogyny, white supremacy, and attitudes toward animals interact through meat advertisements, stereotypes of meat eating, and animal agriculture’s dependence on female reproduction.  Misogyny enables not just the social oppression of women, but along with white supremacy, establishes a hierarchy of entitlement and privilege that is related to attitudes toward animals. To take out misogyny we must first know its reach.


SPOTLIGHT SPEECH: NAWAL SLEMIAH
WOMEN IN HEBRON

Women in Hebron was established as part of the Idna Cooperative Association’s efforts to provide women in Hebron district the resources to provide for themselves and their families through the production and sales of Palestinian handicraft items. As a result of our handicraft sales through Women in Hebron, members of the association can gather together to do their work, take part in educational programs, and socialize with their peers.

The proceeds from sales provide the one hundred and fifty women who produce the items and their families with additional income that could not otherwise be obtained through part-time employment.

Our work is based on the idea that developing Palestinian handicrafts is more than just an income-generating project. It is in of itself an act of community-strengthening, of honoring the role of women in our society, and a means to show sumud – steadfastness – in the face of the occupation of Palestine and the harm it has done to the people of Hebron.


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