JESSICA EATON

MISS YANKEY

MISS YANKEY

SECRET CHAINS AND CHAMBERS: “ANOTHER WOMAN’S CRY” MY STORY OF SURVIVAL

Secret Chains and Chambers combines Miss Yankey’s passion for spoken word poetry and domestic
violence awareness. An experienced and accomplished creative, Miss Yankey writes and performs spoken word pieces that offer an introduction to domestic violence from a multitude of victim perspectives; a snapshot into the thoughts, feelings, and experiences of real life victims and survivors of domestic abuse. This series of poetry offers a unique opportunity to hear the stories behind the statistics and campaigns- the parts that people rarely think, let alone dare talk about.
Through spoken word poetry Miss Yankey hopes to help people who are devoid of hope and fight, who are ignored, stigmatised and isolated. She is a voice that offers courage and direction to freedom. A voice firmly committed to speak up on a topic that for too many people is still a taboo, a social stigma, a topic of shame and discomfort.
This is an opportunity to hear Miss Yankey perform “Another Woman’s Cry”, an incredibly poignant poem taken from the above mentioned collection.

[with thanks to Million Women Rise, which is where we first heard Miss Yankey]

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 MAUREEN O’HARA

FEMINIST CHALLENGES TO WAR

WOMEN, PEACE AND DISARMAMENT:
INTERSECTING IDENTITIES AND SECURITY IMPERATIVES

Peace and security have for centuries been framed in terms of weapons, militaries and nationalist objectives. For far too long disarmament and peace activism were also dominated by Western patriarchal assumptions that ignored and marginalised the connections among violence against women, racism, colonialist-capitalist expansionism and destruction, and warmongering policies and consequences. How do feminists from different communities and experiences frame these issues and analyse the links? How can we be more effective in working together for peace, justice and an end to militarism, racist "othering", environmental destruction and violence against women and children?

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FEMINIST CONTROL OVER THE MEANS OF PRODUCTION

Chaired by Liz Kelly, who wrote for Spare Rib and was very involved in
Trouble and Strife; both independent feminist journals

WOMEN FACING THE CLIMATE CRISIS

WOMEN FACING THE CLIMATE CRISIS

We can face our grief together as women. We live in a for profit society where the owning class and white European greed has fed on oppression, particularly dividing us along the lines of sexism, racism and classism and this has led us to this current crisis.

It is a necessity for all of us to actively work on Decolonisation and decolonising our white minds, if we are white, and healing from the internalised hurts if we are black or women of colour.

In the global south - women are at the forefront of the movement and black women and girls are in the forefront of living in and with the climate crisis. There is horrific violence against women re the social unrest caused by the upheavals of devastation and the institutional - governmental/corporate multinational - responses to these.

Women are facing all of this and taking action together

Key Questions:

Are white women backing the leadership of black women? Is this happening?

What roles could we take on, what actions can we take - the people who attend FiLiA in Bradford in all this?

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SELF DEFENSE

CONSCIOUSNESS RAISING

GLOBAL WOMEN - LATIN AMERICA

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SURROGACY - A HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION

SURROGACY - A HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION

Do we need a feminist analysis of surrogacy? The Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission have been conducting a public consultation on provisional proposals for reform of the laws governing surrogacy in the UK. The closing date for the consultation is October 11, 2019. After reviewing all responses, they will decide on their final recommendations for law reform, accompanied by a draft bill (legislation) in 2021.

Their project does not seek to examine whether or not surrogacy should be allowed. Instead, the Commissions’ first premise is that surrogacy is an accepted form of building a family, as recognised by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). The DHSC already recognises surrogacy as a legitimate form of family-building. Their focus in the project is on improving how surrogacy operates. They believe that while society and attitudes have evolved, the law has not done so sufficiently.

The speakers on this panel challenge the Commissions’ proposition that surrogacy is progressive.  They demonstrate that when the focus shifts onto a feminist examination of women, women’s bodies and women’s human rights a different conclusion about the politics of surrogacy will be reached. 

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30 YEARS OF QUESTIONS

KURDISH WOMEN'S EXPERIENCES AND POLITICAL ALTERNATIVES

WHAT DOES A 'NO DEAL' BREXIT MEAN FOR WOMEN?