A message from the organisers
The success of Feminism in London over the last few years has helped us reach a big milestone - we have been granted charitable status. This gives us the opportunity to move beyond simply hosting the conference and enables us to participate in further reaching work.
Our new organisation is called FiLiA, a word meaning daughter, and which is evocative of our intention to steadfastly continue the work of our foremothers to create a better world for our daughters.
Over the past year we have been building the organisation, deciding what our strategy looks like and which projects we want to pursue as well as thinking about how we can be as effective as possible. As part of this process, we are delighted to announce that Resist Porn Culture has become a part of FiLia.
The next conference will be 14-15 October 2017, at the Institute of Education in London. We hope to see you then!
With at its heart the motivation to set up a local equivalent of the ground-breaking Bristol Ideal – a whole school approach for ending sexual and domestic violence – the Women’s Rights Action Group (WRAG) hosted a half-day conference in Cambridge on 19 March 2017.
In 2016 Susan Merrick worked with a group of Artists at the National Archives to respond to some of the archives official documents on mental health. The National Archives will be touring the Artist responses to these documents throughout Autumn and Winter 2016/2017. Susan’s work is a film of her performance ‘Statements in Semaphore’ that she produced in May 2016.
Get Naked At Work? Get Stuffed!
by Karen Ingala-Smith, Feminist and CEO of a charity working to end male violence against women and girls
nia, a London based charity supporting women and girls who have experienced sexual and domestic violence, strongly objects to Lush’s ‘Get Naked’ stunt in which staff across the USA, described as ‘willing participants’, worked naked, save an apron, purportedly to raise awareness of the environmental damage caused by excess packaging.
We note from media coverage of the ‘events’ and also from a photograph on Lush’s website from earlier renditions in 2007 and 2008, that there is a marked preponderance of women, of course, young women.
What’s the matter with so-called “sex robots” anyway? Kathleen Richardson, the director of the Campaign Against Sex Robots, sees sex robots as part of a larger culture of exploitation and objectification that reinforces rape culture and normalizes the sex trade.