FiLiA meets Sabiha Temizkan - Speak Up For Leyla

Sabiha Temizkan is the daughter of Leyla Güven. Leyla is a Kurdish member of parliament from the Peoples’ Democratic Party in Turkey and co-chair of the Democratic Society Congress. Leyla has been on hunger strike since November 8th 2018 to protest the conditions of isolation in which PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan has been kept. Sabiha and Güzide Diker (interpreting) speak with Sally Jackson from FiLiA about Leyla’s resistance for democracy and peace in Turkey and how women can support her.

Speak Up for Leyla Campaign

FiLiA Statement – a letter to Leyla

Follow Sabiha on Twitter: @sabihatemizkan

Write to your MP in the UK

FiLiA Meets: Dr Sasha Rakoff

FiLiA meets Dr Sasha Rakoff

Dr Sasha Rakoff is the CEO of Not Buying It, a UK-based feminist group who challenge the sexual exploitation of porn and the sex trade. She is joined by Sally Jackson from FiLiA in a discussion on strip clubs, including the recent exposure by Not Buying It of the sexual acts expected of performers at Spearmint Rhino in Sheffield. Sasha explains why the lap dancing industry is a problem for all women, especially the women working within it. 

Website: www.notbuyingit.org.uk

Sign the petition: www.notbuyingit.org.uk/Petition

Email for support with local activism: no@notbuyingit.org.uk

Sunday Times Article: Sting at Spearmint Rhino

FiLiA IN CONVERSATION: KHADIJA KHAN and SADIA HAMEED on RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISM

FiLiA IN CONVERSATION: KHADIJA KHAN and SADIA HAMEED

RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISM

Khadija Khan is a feminist, independent journalist and commentator. She is originally from Pakistan, but left the country after she criticised religious fundamentalism. Khadija now lives in Germany. Her work focuses on women's rights and secular critiques of Islam. She is joined in an important two-part series of conversations by Sadia Hameed: ex-Muslim, anti-theist and secular women's rights activist. 

Follow Khadija on Twitter: @khadijakhanlodh

Sadia Hameed is Spokeswoman for the Council of Ex-Muslims of Great Britain

Follow Sadia on Twitter: @sadia936

LESBIAN REVOLUTION with SHEILA JEFFREYS

Sheila Jeffreys became a feminist activist in 1973, and a lesbian feminist in 1977. She is the author of 10 books on the history and politics of sexuality, and is a Professorial Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She has been involved in many groups and campaigns against male violence towards women. Sheila's most recent book is Lesbian Revolution: Lesbian Feminism in the UK 1970-1990. On this podcast, she discusses her work with Heather Brunskell-Evans, touching on the scope, culture, ideas and practices of lesbian feminism, and the forces that led to the disappearance of the lesbian feminist movement. To quote Sheila: "Lesbian feminism is now rising again, and I hope that this book will provide fuel to that flame." 

Read: The Lesbian Revolution (available through News From Nowhere and others)

(Apologies for the poor sound quality - this was an online discussion and our fabulous volunteer did the very best that she could with the recording!)

FiLiA MEETS KENDRA HOUSEMAN - CAMPAIGNER, SPEAKER, BLOGGER ...

Kendra Houseman is a survivor of child sexual exploitation and gangs. As a child, she always used to think that adults couldn’t see her. Kendra now works with children and young people at risk of child sexual exploitation and gangs, and trains and educates practitioners around the subject. She promotes greater awareness of the issues with her campaign #ICU, and was a key speaker for International Women's Day 2018. Follow Kendra's journey on her blog Out of the Shadows.

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HEATHER BRUNSKELL-EVANS SPEAKS: HARASSMENT OF WOMEN AND GIRLS IN PUBLIC SPACES

Heather Brunskell-Evans

Heather Brunskell-Evans

BBC Radio Leicester interviews FiLiA spokeswoman Heather Brunskell-Evans on the recently published Women’s and Equalities Committee Report on harassment of girls and women in public spaces  which calls for an evidence based approach to addressing the harms of pornography

For the full programme online please go to LINK and listen from 1:48:45

FiLiA meets Hibo Wardere FGM Activist & Speaker

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Hibo Wardere is a survivor of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) who spends her time working to ensure that no other girl will be subjected to the pain and long term physical and emotional damage it causes. She works in the UK and all over the world advising governments and teaching schools and health professionals about FGM.

In Somalia, where Hibo was born, 98% of women have been cut; it is most commonly practised in west, east and north Africa. It is also practised in parts of the Middle East and Asia, particularly Indonesia, but, with migration, girls in any country can be at risk. It is estimated there are 170,000 women and girls in England and Wales who have been affected by it, and 63,000 who are at risk.

Hibo talks about her own experience, the works she is involved now and why stopping FGM is everyone’s business. She will be talking in more detail at FiliA on Sunday.

FiLiA meets Carol J Adams - FiLiA speaker and aurhor

Carol is interviewed by FiLiA spokeswoman Heather Brunskell-Evans

Carol is interviewed by FiLiA spokeswoman Heather Brunskell-Evans

Carol J. Adams is an American activist and author who has written extensively on the sexual politics of meat. Here she discusses how a culture of meat-eating and the objectification of women as flesh to be consumed are intimately connected. She argues that veganism and the dismantling of misogny go hand-in-hand.

FiLiA meets Elizabeth Gordon - Artist and Activist Non-State Torture

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Elizabeth Gordon is an artist and a campaigner against Non State Torture.  She advocates for non state torture to be named and recognised for what it is, so that the voices of survivors have the words to name the violence they suffered.  She campaigns for a human rights based approach to supporting survivors. She is interviewed here by Julian Norman.

Find out more artprintspace.net

FiLiA meets Huda Ammori Speaker & Activist

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Huda Ammori an activist and Campaign Officer from the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign talks to us about her family history in Palestine and why she got involved as an activist in this issue. She discusses the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions and how you can get involved. Huda will be speaking on our Panel - Justice for Palestine: Women’s Perspective on Saturday morning of the conference.

FiLiA meets Working Class Movement Library

If you are in the area the day before the FiLiA conference, Friday 19 October, do drop into the Library to see the exhibition, which will be open until at least 6pm that evening.  More about how to get to the Library, and its programme of events, at  www.wcml.org.uk/events .

If you are in the area the day before the FiLiA conference, Friday 19 October, do drop into the Library to see the exhibition, which will be open until at least 6pm that evening.

More about how to get to the Library, and its programme of events, at www.wcml.org.uk/events.

Working people have always struggled to get their voices heard. The Working Class Movement Library in Salford records over 200 years of organising and campaigning by ordinary men and women. Our collection provides a rich insight into working people's daily lives as well as their thoughts, hopes, fears and the roles they played in the significant events of their time.  And it’s free for everyone to come and use…

The Library couldn’t function without its amazing team of volunteers, who undertake tasks such as welcoming visitors; cataloguing books, photographs, posters, badges etc; and looking after the Library’s garden which has been in severe need of taming!  We also have a dedicated team of volunteers who research and then write the display boards for our popular exhibitions.   FiLiA volunteer Sally came to speak to the team as they prepared the forthcoming suffrage centenary exhibition at the Library, Votes for Women…or Votes for Ladies?, which opens at the Library on 5 October.  

FiLiA meets CADFA - Part 2

CADFA works in the UK to promote awareness about the human rights situation in Palestine.

CADFA works in the UK to promote awareness about the human rights situation in Palestine.

This is part two of a two part series from CADFA & FiLiA.

CADFA was formed to promote human rights and respect for international humanitarian law, and our main method has been to link people in order to build awareness and understanding and encourage people to be active in pursuit of human rights.

Special thanks to: Nandita, Khawla, Hiyam, Kifaf and Salma.

Here FiLiA spokeswoman Heather Brunskell-Evans joins CADFA to interview women from Palestine to hear directly what impact the  Israeli—Palestinian conflict is having on their lives.

Find out more: http://www.cadfa.org/

FiLiA meets CADFA - Part 1

CADFA works in the UK to promote awareness about the human rights situation in Palestine.

CADFA works in the UK to promote awareness about the human rights situation in Palestine.

This is part one of a two part series from CADFA & FiLiA.

CADFA was formed to promote human rights and respect for international humanitarian law, and our main method has been to link people in order to build awareness and understanding and encourage people to be active in pursuit of human rights.

Special thanks to: Nandita, Khawla, Hiyam, Kifaf and Salma

Here FiLiA spokeswoman Heather Brunskell-Evans joins CADFA to interview women from Palestine to hear directly what impact the  Israeli—Palestinian conflict is having on their lives.

Find out more: http://www.cadfa.org/

Culture Reframed - FiLiA meets Gail Dines

Dr. Gail Dines is Founder and CEO of  Culture Reframed . Having researched and written about the porn industry for over twenty five years, Dr. Dines is internationally acclaimed as a leading expert on how pornography shapes our culture and sexuality.  Dr. Dines is a Professor Emerita of sociology and women’s Studies at Wheelock College in Boston, a recipient of the Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America, and author of numerous books and articles. Her latest book,    Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality ,  has been translated into five languages.   

Dr. Gail Dines is Founder and CEO of Culture Reframed. Having researched and written about the porn industry for over twenty five years, Dr. Dines is internationally acclaimed as a leading expert on how pornography shapes our culture and sexuality.  Dr. Dines is a Professor Emerita of sociology and women’s Studies at Wheelock College in Boston, a recipient of the Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America, and author of numerous books and articles. Her latest book,  Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality, has been translated into five languages.

 

Gail recently presented in London providing insight, information, solutions, and a passion for building a healthy generation of kids. 

'Culture Reframed responds to the pornography crisis by providing education and support to promote healthy child and youth development, relationships, and sexuality.

Our research-driven programs teach parents and helping professionals how to recognize and respond to the role pornography can play in sexual violence, unhealthy relationships, internet addiction, negative self-image, sexual dysfunction, depression, sexually transmitted infections, injuries, and other health problems.

We aim to empower participants to create positive and lasting change in families and communities harmed by the sexually abusive and hyper-sexualized media that marks the digital age.'

CULTURE REFRAMED

PARENTS PROGRAMME

Persons Against Non-State Torture (NST) - FiLiA meets Linda MacDonald & Jeanne Sarson

Linda MacDonald and Jeanne Sarson testifying about NST at the Canadian Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights hearings on human trafficking May 22, 2018

Linda MacDonald and Jeanne Sarson testifying about NST at the Canadian Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights hearings on human trafficking May 22, 2018

We are Nurses, Self-funded Independent Scholars, Human Right Educators & Defenders, Researchers, Grassroot Supporters and Listeners of Atrocities

Our work includes: Supporting the Human Rights of Women who have survived Non-State Torture, International Human Rights Education, Speaking, Consulting, Research, Activism, Writing, and Listening to those who have survived atrocity.

PERSONS AGAINST NON-STATE TORTURE

FiLiA meets 50:50 Parliament

5050 Parliament is a cross-party campaign group asking for gender equality in the Houses of Parliament.

5050 Parliament is a cross-party campaign group asking for gender equality in the Houses of Parliament.

The 50:50 Parliament #askhertostand programme encourages, advises and mentors women on their journey to becoming an MP. The group was founded by Frances Scott in 2013. 

Charlie Brades-Price is a television producer and has been a member of 5050 Parliament since 2014. She makes campaign films for the group and is often seen out and about in London wearing her 5050 parliament t-shirt. 

5050 PARLIAMENT