FiLiA meets: Eleanor Nwadinobi - Every Woman Treaty

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Eleanor Nwadinobi, MBBS, EMA, FAAC, Nigeria, is an independent gender, health, women’s rights, and women, peace, and security consultant. She has worked on a wide range of issues including child trafficking, girls education, peace building, and violence prevention with the African Union, ECOWAS, UNICEF, the World Bank and others. Eleanor oversaw the women, peace and security networks that conducted advocacy on the Nigerian National Action plan, including special initiatives around widows and persons with disabilities in conflict-prone environments. The network actively advocated for the release of the 200 Chibok girls abducted by insurgents. More recently, Eleanor facilitated support for passage of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition act in Nigeria. Eleanor has presented numerous papers on women’s rights and security, most recently “Achieving Economic Empowerment and the Women Peace and Security Agenda” at the 2018 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women conference. Eleanor is president of Widows Development Organisation and president-elect nominee of the Medical Women’s International Association, a global association for women physicians. Eleanor joined the Every Woman Treaty Working Group in 2016 and served on the Expert Special Committee Life Stages. She speaks here with FiLiA’s Julian Norman.

Please look at the Every Woman Treaty website and sign the treaty! Check out the call to action: https://everywoman.org/the-peoples-treaty/

Find Every Woman Treaty:

@EveryWomanTreaty on Facebook

@WomanTreaty on Twitter

Everywomantreaty on Instagram

Use #isigned to share posts/tweets related to the Treaty

FiLiA meets: Karen Dobres

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Karen Dobres, Equality FC Campaign Manager for Lewes Football Club, talks about why and how Lewes became the first football club in the world to achieve pay parity for its male and female players, and why - shockingly but brilliantly - it is still the ONLY club in the world to do it. Karen is interviewed by Jacqueline Winstanley, Global Disruptor, Founder, CEO Universal Inclusion and our FiLiA lead on Diversity and Inclusion.


Want to help reverse the years of injustice in women's football? Become a co-owner of Lewes FC's 100% community-owned club. Use this link for a discounted rate for FiLiA listeners.

#reclaimthegame

Find out more about Lewes FC on their website, and on social media:

Twitter - @LewesFCWomen  (Lewes Women's Team), @Lewes_cfc  (Lewes FC), @LooseDebra  (Karen)

Instagram - @lewesfcwomen, @karendobres

Facebook - @LewesFC, @LewesFCWomen

Find out about Jacqueline’s work on her website, and on Twitter - @univinclusion 

FiLiA meets: Dr Ava Kanyeredzi

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Dr Ava Kanyeredzi is a lecturer on the Forensic, Clinical and Community Psychology programmes at the University of East London. Her book Race Culture and Gender: Black Female Experiences of Violence and Abuse (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) presents an in-depth account of nine Black British women’s experiences of violence and abuse, and their feelings of being silenced as children, women, Black women and as victims/survivors. She speaks here with FiLiA volunteer Sally Jackson.

Read Ava’s Book: RACE, CULTURE AND GENDER

(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: Megan Manson - National Secular Society

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Megan Manson joined the National Secular Society in 2017 as a campaigns officer. The NSS campaigns for the separation of religion and state and equal respect for everyone's human rights, so no one is either advantaged or disadvantaged because of their beliefs. The NSS works in the UK and internationally to challenge religion's disproportionate influence on governments and in public life. It defends freedom and equality as a counterbalance to the powerful religious lobby that can threaten human rights worldwide.

National Secular Society Website

Exploring Secularism

No More Faith Schools Campaign

Twitter: @NatSecSoc

Facebook: National Secular Society

FiLiA meets: Kiri Tunks - WPUK

The panel at the 22nd Woman’s Place UK meeting (London, 20th May 2019). Photo by: Pam Isherwood.

The panel at the 22nd Woman’s Place UK meeting (London, 20th May 2019). Photo by: Pam Isherwood.

Kiri Tunks is a teacher, trade unionist, socialist feminist and one of the co-founders of Woman’s Place UK (WPUK). This grass-roots women’s rights campaign group started with 5 demands:

  1. Respectful and evidence-based discussion about the impact of the proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act to be allowed to take place and for women’s voices to be heard.

  2. The principle of women-only spaces to be upheld – and where necessary extended.

  3. A review of how the exemptions in the Equality Act which allow or single sex services or requirements that only a woman can apply for a job (such as in a domestic violence refuge) are being applied in practice.

  4. Government to consult with women’s organisations on how self-declaration would impact on women-only services and spaces.

  5. Government to consult on how self-declaration will impact upon data gathering – such as crime, employment, pay and health statistics – and monitoring of sex-based discrimination such as the gender pay gap.

Find out more at WPUK Website

Share the WPUK manifesto with your politicians in the UK

Follow WPUK on Twitter @Womans_Place_UK

FiLiA in conversation: Khadija Khan and Sadia Hameed on Religious Fundamentalism, Part 2

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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. 

Part 2 of 2

Follow Khadija on Twitter: @KhadijaKhan__

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

Follow Sadia on Twitter: @sadia936

FiLiA meets: Meghan Murphy - Feminist Current

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Meghan Murphy is a freelance journalist and writer, who uncompromisingly highlights women’s rights issues. She is the founder and editor of Feminist Current, Canada’s leading feminist website. Meghan is visiting the United Kingdom in May 2019, where she will be appearing at a number of events. She speaks to FiLiA’s Heather Brunskell-Evans about international issues facing feminists, silencing, social media bans, and women’s sex-based rights.

Feminist Current

Feminist Current Podcasts

FiLiA meets: Mine Atli - KAYAD

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Mine Atli: Lawyer and activist from THE ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN TO SUPPORT LIVING, or KAYAD as its known in Cyprus, speaks with FiLiA volunteer Sally Jackson.

KAYAD was established in 1998 with the aim of eliminating all forms of discrimination against women and contributing to gender equality by strengthening the profile of women in the community. 

As the first and only of its kind in the northern part of Cyprus, KAYAD has carried out various awareness raising activities to prevent domestic violence and has made an effort to ensure that all steps it has taken for community development are sustainable. 

Within a volunteer framework KAYAD has provided solidarity to all women, families and children that seek support. 

KAYAD Website

Follow Mine on Twitter: @MineAtli1

FiLiA meets: Sabiha Temizkan - Speak Up For Leyla

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UPDATE 26th May 2019

“I end my hunger strike but continue my fight against isolation”
Leyla Güven

Article in the Morning Star HERE


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 - Not Buying It

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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, Part 1

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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. 

Part 1 of 2

Follow Khadija on Twitter: @KhadijaKhan__

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

Follow Sadia on Twitter: @sadia936

FiLiA meets: Sheila Jeffreys - The Lesbian Revolution

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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 - Out of the Shadows

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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.

FiLiA speaks: Heather Brunskell-Evans - Harassment of Women and Girls in Public Spaces

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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 on the Sunday of the FiLiA conference in 2018.

FiLiA meets: Carol J Adams - Sexual Politics of Meat

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 - 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.

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