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FEMINIST PERSPECTIVES ON THE SEX TRADE


Where Patriarchy meets Capitalism - Prostitution thrives

We are Feminists

We are Abolitionists

We are NOT for sale

Chaired by Fiona Broadfoot

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FAILING FAMILIES: WHEN COURTS ABUSE

This panel will discuss the various ways in which the family court system is not fit for purpose. As part of the response to the Domestic Abuse Bill consultation the government is now reviewing the safety and effectiveness of the family court system. This panel will look at the law, the research and the secrecy around the family court system and hear from two women with direct experience of the dangers of a broken system to both children and their mothers.

CHAIRED BY LOUISE TICKLE

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WOMEN'S HEALTH

Women's concerns about our own physical and mental health are persistently ignored, minimised, and misdiagnosed. This panel will discuss how this happens and how we can address it.

VOICES OF AFRICAN WOMEN

Voices of African Women (VoAW) is a UK WILPF campaign which is
led by diaspora African women.
The work of VoAW developed from listening to the issues that diaspora, refugee and immigrant African women were raising in the UK, and joining together to raise our voices at the UK national and at international levels.

THEIR STORIES AND NARRATIVES: VOICES OF AFRICAN WOMEN

RAISING THE VOICES AND NARRATIVES OF AFRICAN WOMEN AS WELL AS SUPPORTING THEIR LEADERSHIP

This panel will briefly reflect on the feminist “herstory” to challenge false narratives that feminism is a Western or European ideology that is often used to silence many African women’s voices and stories as well as negatively stereotyping many of them as lacking agency or being confrontational or aggressive.

The panellists will discuss in details, the neo colonialism and double standard unjust international policies that are maintaining power structures that marginalise and discriminate African women as well as provide an insight for the audience about the issues diaspora African women are tackling in their home countries and life in the UK.

This panel will be bringing “herstory” narratives of diaspora, refugee and immigrant African women  who are raising their voices at UK national and international in:

  • The agency of women in Africa and the African diaspora

  • Ending support for repressive regimes

  • Ending the proliferation of small arms, light weapons and foreign military bases on African soil

  • Ending GBV and GBSV

  • Ending the exploitation of African natural resources by multinational corporations and the role this plays in fuelling armed conflict and the destruction of our environmental and ecosystems

  • Improving healthcare and education provision

  • Implementing legal frameworks for the rights and participation of women in the governance of Africa

  • Establishing National Consultations with civil society women’s organisations

Supported by Bradford Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Survivors Service

CHAIRED BY MARIE-CLAIRE FARAY

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HOLDING THE STATE TO ACCOUNT ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS

This panel will discuss ways in which feminists can use the law to hold the state to account on violence against women and girls building on the work of the Centre for Women’s justice which undertakes strategic litigation against criminal justice agencies and increases access to justice. We promote a collaborative way of working drawing promoting cooperation between lawyers and survivors, activists, campaigners, frontline services and other experts.

CHAIRED BY HARRIET WISTRICH

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