FiLiA meets: Rina


This podcast contains sensitive information, which some listeners may find distressing.

FiLiA is honoured and humbled to be able to share this important, brave and honest conversation with Rina. She introduces herself like this:

“I am Rina. I am a public speaker, advocate and campaigner for Domestic and Honour Abuse and the impact abuse has on our mental health.

Having been on the receiving end of physical, emotional, sexual, financial, psychological and honour abuse.... and surviving, and having my own struggles with mental health, as a direct impact of trauma. I now share my journey, as well as assisting in the delivery of training to professionals, business's and the general public on these issues, in order to raise awareness, educate and impact change.

I also support and help other survivors on their journey to a life free from abuse and the family court process as well as being a volunteer champion at a local Domestic Abuse charity.”

Twitter: RinaC110306

Instagram: xRed80x

Contact information for help or advice can be found from the following national agencies/charities:

Women’s Aid (Domestic Abuse Support): 0808 2000 247 (24h helpline). and

Samaritans (Mental health & Suicidal Behaviour Support): 116 123 (24 hours)

Karma Nirvana (Honour Abuse & Forced Marriage Support): 0800 5999247 (Mon - Fri 9am to 5pm)

Rape Crisis UK:

Mind (Mental Heath Support):

Freedom Programme:

FiLiA meets: Nancy


This podcast contains sensitive information, which some listeners may find distressing.

FiLiA is honoured and humbled to be able to share this important, brave and honest conversation with Nancy. She introduces herself like this:

“Hi my name is Nancy I am 63 years old and I've been abused since I was 8 years old. I have gone through many bad times, until I found out that there were people that could help and believe in me. I am now 3years free off any abuse xxx”

Contact information for help or advice can be found from the following national agencies/charities:

Women’s Aid (Domestic Abuse Support): 0808 2000 247 (24h helpline). and

Samaritans (Mental health & Suicidal Behaviour Support): 116 123 (24 hours)

Karma Nirvana (Honour Abuse & Forced Marriage Support): 0800 5999247 (Mon - Fri 9am to 5pm)

Rape Crisis UK:

Mind (Mental Heath Support):

Freedom Programme:

FiLiA meets: Daniela Nadj

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Daniela Nadj, LLB, LLM, PhD is a graduate of Queen Mary, University of London, Cornell University and the University of Westminster. She has been a lecturer in Public Law at Queen Mary. Daniela’s research interests are in the fields of international criminal law and human rights, feminist legal theory and housing. She is the author of the recently published book Women, Wartime Sexual Violence and Interpretation of Gender in the Contemporary International Criminal Trial, published by Routledge in 2018.  FiLiA’s Julian Norman joins Daniela in conversation for this podcast.

E-mail Daniela:

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FiLiA meets: Ailbhe Smyth

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Ailbhe Smyth has been active in LGBTIQ, feminist and radical politics for many years. She was head of Women’s Studies at UCD from 1990 until 2006 when she left the university to work in the community sector. She was centrally involved in Ireland’s successful the Marriage Equality campaign in 2015. A co-founder and Convenor of the Coalition to Repeal the 8th Amendment, she co-directed the victorious Together for Yes national campaign to repeal the 8th Amendment and legislate for women’s right to choose in Ireland. She was on the Time Magazine list of the '100 Most Influential People' this year. She is joined in conversation with Dr Heather Brunskell-Evans.

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FiLiA meets: Renate Klein


Dr Renate Klein is a Swiss-Australian biologist and social scientist. She has been a feminist health activist and academic since the 1980s and was a founder of FINRRAGE (Feminist International Network of Resistance to Reproductive and Genetic Engineering). She is the (co)author and  (co)editor of 15 books on radical feminist theory and critiques of biotechnological procedures. Her most recent books are Surrogacy. A Human Rights Violation (Spinifex Press, 2017, translated into German as Mietmutterschaft. Eine Menschenrechtsverletzung; Marta Press, 2018) and Broken Bonds. Surrogate Mothers Speak Out (Spinifex Press, 2019, co-edited with Jennifer Lahl and Melinda Tankard Reist).  She is also an original signer of and a founder of ABSA – Abolishing Surrogacy (Australia).

Renate will be speaking on the panel Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation at the FiLiA conference in October 2019. For this podcast she is joined in conversation by FiLiA spokeswoman Dr Heather Brunskell-Evans.


Read Renate’s books Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation and Broken Bonds: Surrogate Mothers Speak Out




FiLiA meets: Sarit Bloom - Women Wage Peace


Sarit Bloom is a member of the group Women Wage Peace (WWP), which started in November 2014 after Operation Protective Edge, also known as the 2014 Gaza war. WWP is the largest grassroots movement in Israel that strives to promote a political agreement to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Sarit explains the history of the group, their aims and why it is so vital to involve women in every aspect of the peace process.

Women Wage Peace Website

Women Wage Peace Worldwide Supporters Facebook Group

Pieces for Peace

1325 From Theory to Practice Women Wage Peace Talk Security

Donate to Women Wage Peace

Pray the Devil Back to Hell: the remarkable story of incredible Liberian women who came together to bring peace to their country

FiLiA Meets: Merly Åsbogård

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Merly Åsbogård is a wonderful feminist who will be speaking at the FiLiA conference in 2019. She describes herself like this:

”I administrate a support group online for women with experience of different kinds of abuse.

“I'm the woman behind the account Viskans Viol on Instagram. The account is used to raise awareness of prostitution, men's violence against women and bodypositivity. I hold lectures about the same and write on my first book as we speak.

“I believe in changing the attitude and general discourse when it comes to how we perceive the people in prostitution the people buying people in prostitution. When it comes to prostitution as with many problems in society we need to keep tearing down the patriarchy. Keep questioning the men's rights to a woman’s body. How can vulnerability be allowed to be a commodity for men to buy? Work towards the Nordic Model.”

Merly shares the following link:

@Viskans Viol

FiLiA Meets: Julie Furlong

Original artwork copyright of Lou Almond (2019)

Original artwork copyright of Lou Almond (2019)

Julie Furlong is a lesbian feminist activist, who is part of a group of proud lesbian women organising the Lesbian Strength March in Leeds on 7th September. The day will include a march for lesbian women from 2pm, followed by a rally for lesbian women and all female supporters. She speaks to FiLiA volunteer Zoï Hélène in this podcast about topics including what lesbian feminism means, why supporting this event is so important, and Anne Lister.

Julie would like to share the following links:

Lesbian Strength March GoFundMe

Eventbrite page: Lesbian Strength March

Lesbian Strength on Facebook

Twitter @strengthlesbian


Leeds Resisters

Resisters United

Magdalen Berns YouTube

Campaign to End Leeds Sex Trade

FiLiA meets: Zainab Ali Khan - Every Woman Treaty

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Zainab Ali Khan is a Gender & Research Specialist with 10 years of work experience in the Development and Corporate sectors of Pakistan. Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine in English Literature and a minor in Women’s Studies. Furthermore, she also holds a Master’s degree from the University of Toronto in Women and Gender Studies. Ms Ali Khan extensively researched honor crimes in Pakistan for her dissertation entitled, “Honor Crimes in Pakistan: A Critical Analysis of the Zina and Qisas & Diyat Ordinances”.

She is the author of a number of case studies, success stories, reports, and magazine. As a women’s rights activist who feels very passionately about gender equality, Ms Ali Khan has had the opportunity to speak about women’s empowerment in Pakistan and internationally. She is also part of the working group and steering committee of Everywoman Treaty, an NGO and initiative of Harvard University’s Carr Center for Human Rights, to build a stand-alone global treaty on violence against women and girls.

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Welcome to the FiLiA Podcasts


Dear sister,

We hope you enjoy these podcasts. We are honoured and humbled to be able to share the voices of incredible women, particularly those less-often heard. You can subscribe to our show and download our episodes on platforms such as Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn and Acast. These important conversations may contain content which is not necessarily representative of the views of FiLiA as a charity, but we believe in women being able to express themselves in their own words. Let us continually be inspired and challenged as feminists, in awe of the power of women. We are thankful for all the wonderful women involved in these podcasts: our guests, interviewers, our editor... and you, dear listeners.

In sisterhood and solidarity,

The FiLiA Team

FiLiA meets: Jody Raphael


Jody Raphael is Senior Research Fellow, Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Law Center, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois. She has been researching in the areas of prostitution and human trafficking since 2001 and is the author of four books on violence against women with particular emphasis on denial. In this interview, she discusses her article “Decriminalization of Prostitution: The Soros Effect” with Heather Brunskell-Evans. Jody explains the Soros position on prostitution, its relationship to neoliberalism, the issue of how research is used, the funding involved, and what feminists can do.

Read Jody’s article “Decriminalization of Prostitution: The Soros Effect”

Read about this podcast in Dignity Journal

Dignity Journal

Read Jody’s latest book, Rape Is Rape: How Denial, Distortion, and Victim Blaming Are Fueling a Hidden Acquaintance Rape Crisis

FiLiA meets: Maryam Namazie


Maryam Namazie is a political activist, campaigner and blogger. She is the Spokesperson for Fitnah - Movement for Women's Liberation, Equal Rights NowOne Law for All Campaign against Sharia Law in Britain and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB). Maryam is an inveterate commentator and broadcaster on rights, cultural relativism, secularism, religion, political Islam and many other related topics. She is producer and host of Bread and Roses TV broadcast in English and Persian via New Channel TV and deemed ‘immoral’ and ‘corrupt’ by the Islamic regime of Iran. She is joined in conversation by Sadia Hameed, FiLiA and CEMB spokeswoman.

Attend an event!

4th July 2019: Evening on LGBT+ rights and apostasy, London

31st Aug - Sept 1st, 2019: Celebrating Dissent Festival, De Balie in Amsterdam

FiLiA Meets: Louise Winstanley - ABColombia


Louise Winstanley has been working with ABColombia since 2010. As Programme and Advocacy Manager, Louise’s role is to manage and co-ordinate the work of ABColombia - the joint advocacy project of five leading British and Irish organisations with programmes in Colombia: CAFOD, Christian Aid UKI, Oxfam GB, SCIAF and Trócaire. Amnesty International and PBI are observers. ABColombia members work with over one hundred partner organisations in Colombia. Many of ABColombia partners are local and national women organisations and human rights defenders working specifically on issues impacting Indigenous, Afro-Descendant and peasant farmer communities. ABColombia has been working with women's organisations throughout the Peace Talks to support ethnic leaders and civil society organisations to achieve a gender focus in the Peace Accord. Louise speaks here with FiLiA volunteer Marta Nunez.

Find out more:
Twitter: @ABColombia1
Instagram: abcolombia
Youtube: ABColombia
ABColombia website:   

Write a letter to your MP about the situation in Colombia - draft copy here!


FiLiA meets: Eleanor Nwadinobi - Every Woman Treaty


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:

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


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.


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


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.


(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


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